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Watch a Smoke Tornado Swirl in a Soap Bubble

Good, clean, non-destructive fun!

Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore…we’re inside a giant bubble.

The tornado that swept Dorothy away from her bucolic home might be large and destructive, but when it comes to coolness, it’s no match for the spinning vortex in this video. Witness as one of nature’s most destructive and awe-inspiring forces is captured in an orb of soap.

Using a massive wire bubble wand, the master mini-tornado blower suspends the bubble in the air and carefully pokes a pocket of smoke at the bottom. The vapor rises from the bubble’s belly, wrapping around itself to create a spiraling column that escapes through a narrow hole at the top.

And if that weren’t cool enough, he does it two more times! The second tornado traps some baby bubbles in its wake, sending them twirling around in a spritely dance. The third bubble just can’t take it anymore and collapses on itself mid-tornado, fleeing its own fragile existence. The bubble’s contents fly up and out of the hole in the wand. Freedom at last!

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