Improv Everywhere holds impromptu audio mob in Calgary
Public prank part of the 30th High Performance Rodeo
Those walking through the +15 near Bankers Hall around lunchtime may have been surprised by some crazy colours and spontaneous moon-walking, singing or people falling to the ground.
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It was billed as an audio mob and had people listen to instructions while wearing something red, blue, yellow or green. There were even some parts that included blowing up balloons.
You may have heard of or seen Improv Everywhere's famous annual No Pants Subway Ride, which has happened this year on Jan. 10 in Calgary and dozens of cities around the world.
Charlie Todd of New York-based Improv Everywhere is the man behind the prank collective with the tagline, "We cause scenes."
"The goal is to create a unique and unusual experience for the random strangers who witness it, hopefully giving them a laugh and a smile and a great story to tell," says Todd.
THE HORROR!!! <a href="https://t.co/LmEEGuvbYo">pic.twitter.com/LmEEGuvbYo</a>—@HPRodeo
Today's participatory prank is no different. Called the Mp3 Experiment, it has been successfully done in Berlin, Adelaide, Australia and on several college campuses in the U.S.
Those who participated in today's event had to download onto their mobile device an original Mp3 file, which is about 45 minutes long. Then synchronize your watch to an atomic clock on the website.
"It's nothing but pure joy," said Todd.
Check out what was happening today during the High Performance Rodeo and Improv Everywhere event today:
Skipping makes ya happy, agree? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HPRodeo?src=hash">#HPRodeo</a> <a href="https://t.co/dMnuUi020O">pic.twitter.com/dMnuUi020O</a>—@HPRodeo
Sounds like <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HPRodeo?src=hash">#HPRodeo</a> <a href="https://t.co/L5Tftv7ZyL">pic.twitter.com/L5Tftv7ZyL</a>—@HPRodeo
You're all fantastic - Goodbye!!! <a href="https://t.co/SFDHl7Wzyo">pic.twitter.com/SFDHl7Wzyo</a>—@HPRodeo