Two American teenagers have set a new world record for doming toppling.
GV INTERIOR Green Palace in Tokyo where dominoes set in intricate patterns
CU Joined hands await touch as countdown goes on: dominoes set into motion
GV & CU Outer line of dominoes toppling (3 shots)
CU Dominoes toppling along chutes, over small bridges and down slope into anchor pattern
CU & TV Dominoes falling in criss-cross shuttle pattern
CU Toppling continues along main line and along connecting line leading to rocket-launching device
CU Rocket ignites and takes off in puff of smoke
GV Line topples, around curve and into massed pattern with inset arrow
CU Curved lines of dominoes falling an opening paper flowers
GV Line flows up chute triggering three pendulums to swing across gaps and line goes down chute
GV & SV Toppling continues: up chute knocking domino suspended on wire to fly down setting off another line
TV Three triangles shift in succession and setting off another rocket at screen right
Moving dominoes setting off series of triggers: five rows going down simultaneously
TV Numerous lines of multi-coloured dominoes falling
GV & CU Many lines falling together setting of tuned bells
CU & TV Single line toppling (2 shots)
SV Pinball machine going and dominoes rippling down five chutes (2 shots)
SV Dominoes falling on top and down sides of carousel and two fan patterns opening on floor (2 shots)
GV ZOOM INTO SCU Domino movement up slope
CU Dominoes falling along shelves at back of display, single domino falls into chute
SV American organisers looking dismayed at section where toppling ended prematurely (2 shots)
GV & CU Organiser talking into phone to previous record holder with co-organiser on another phose (3 shots)
VOICE ON PHONE: "How are you doing?"
KLEIN: "Not too bad, how are you doing? I can't feel anything."
PHONE VOICE: "You can't?"
KLEIN: "No, You know the feeling."
PHONE VOICE: ":Very well. What's it look like?"
KLEIN: "A mess right now. I'm very sure...in fact I know.... we passed your record."
The last record was achieved on 9 June 1979 when Michael Cairney 23, toppled 169,713 dominoes at the Mid-Hudson Civic Centre, Plaza, Poughkeepsie, New York.
SPORT: DOMINO TOPPLING
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Background: Two American teenagers have set a new world record for doming toppling. The toppled a total of two hundred and fifty-five thousand, three hundred and eighty nine, which had been laid down in intricate patterns inside the Green Palace, a sports pavilion in a hotel at the Japanese mountain resort of Hakone. John Wickham of Southern Times, North Carolina, and Erez Klein of Des Moines, Iowa, achieved their feat on Sunday (24 August), though the number they moves was just under eighteen thousand less than the total they'd laid down.
SYNOPSIS: John and Erez had spent a full month putting the dominoes in place. They lock hands for the starting touch.
Patience has never been presented as one of the great American virtues, but the two nineteen-year old needed reservoirs of it to set down miles of dominoes, each one precisely positioned.
They also brought imagination to their task with a series of chutes bridges and shelves and flows of simultaneous toppling creating a multitude of patterns.
And a showman's touch... the movement triggering the launch of a toy rocket in a cloud of smoke.
The exact number they'd put in place was two hundred and seventy three thousand, three hundred and seventy two. And they'd accommodated the culture of their hosts by incorporating paper flowers.
Then some neat engineering with little margin for error ... three dominoes swinging Tarzan-style to keep things moving.
Hundreds of multi-coloured dominoes topple together, producing the energy to send up another rocket, and creating fresh patterns, with the audience showing unabashed delight.
Then a little aural pleasure added to the visual...coordinated lines setting off a row of tuned bells.
The lines ripple on and on ...towards a real American touch: a pinball machine triggered into noisy action.
Even with dozens flipping down together, it took twenty-nine minutes to move more than a quarter million of the small rectangles.
Things are about to go wrong ... one domino falls into a chute, breaking the chain of movement. But the record's theirs, as they tell the former record holder: