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About Ben Teoh

Ben Teoh is one of the organisers for the Adelaide Flashmob. He enjoys the thrill of the events, and meeting the great people who come along. You can contact him on Twitter: @HelloBenTeoh or at his website:

Burst Into Song This Sunday!

With just days to go, our next event is almost ready to go! We’ve been fortunate enough to get a bit of media coverage this time around with the great people at FiveAA and the City Messenger.

If you’d still like to get involved, please come along on the day and learn the chorus parts. It’s going to be pretty simple, and we’d love as many people as possible to join in.

Find out the full details of Sunday’s event by heading over to our Facebook Page or check out our previous post: Belle – December 19th, 2010.

As always, this is all in the spirit of fun and good times!

Look forward to seeing you there!

News from Maria Tran

Hey, just a quick update from our time with Maria Tran and her Quest for Jackie Chan. She’s been super busy with what seems like 101 different projects, but she’s going to be heading over to Hong Kong soon where she’ll hopefully meet Jackie Chan!

She’s also written a little bit about her time in Radelaide with us over at the Quest For Jackie Chan Blog:

I would like to send a major shout out to the Adelaide Flashmobbers who are so bold, innovative and daring in their approach and wish them all the best in continuing to inspire the world, connect with the next generation and engage with the world with more fun and excitement.

Cheers to you to, Maria. Your quest has inspired one of our best Flashmob events yet!

Belle – December 19th, 2010

Date: December, 19th
Time: 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Meeting Point: Clubs Assosiation on Adelaide University Campus, Lady Symons Building

The main cast has already been organised, however we still need plenty of people to get involved in the chorus/ensemble. We’ll be teaching everyone these parts on the day, so you don’t need to rehearse. We’d still suggest you check out the song that we’re doing though, just so you’re familiar with it. Check out the YouTube clip below:


For those of you who are not aware of “BITS” This is how it works. Imaginge that you are in a musical, people bustling about you in Rundle Mall, chatting, laughing, then something happens. Music starts, suddenly everyone seems to know the words and dance steps. People dance and sing and then, as the song ends, they disperse back into the crowd as if nothing happened.

FlashMobs all over the world have been running BITS for a while now. Adelaide has had two successful ones ‘kiss the girl’ and ‘wicked’, the videos of both can be found on youtube.

However we need people to learn the song, come along and learn the choerography (both relativly simple so anyone can do it.) Without people, we cannot make this happen.

There will be more details on the day.

Please take a look/listen to the song that we are doing. It is ‘little town’ or ‘belle’ from Beauty and the Beast, the very first song of the whole movie.

Hope to see you there, if you have questions feel free to leave a comment below or drop us an email at

Adelaide, you’ve been RICKROLL’D!

Adelaide Flashmob: Rickroll

We’re no strangers to love… well at least we know that a whole lot of people in Rundle Mall are no strangers to it today – a bit of love from the Adelaide Flashmob. Today, Hindmarsh Square began teeming with life as people came together to receive the final instructions for what would be a brilliant event.

The idea behind today’s event was to take the ‘rickroll’ meme and translate it into a live-action experience. This meant setting up situations where people would be interacting with one of the flashmobbers and being surprised by a group of people suddenly singing Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” and then quickly dispersing.

After a quick briefing and rehearsal, the Adelaide Flashmob split up and made their way to their first location – the Rundle Mall Canopy.

Rick Astley, the statue busker
Brave Barnaby was up first.  His role as a ‘statue’ busker was perfectly performed with his very own milk crate, Rick Astley costume and a pair of fluffy dice. A sign reading “roll the dice for a surprise” hung around his neck, and it drew a bit of attention quite quickly. A soon as someone rolled the dice, Barnaby launched into song, and was then joined by the rest of the flashmob. The reactions were priceless, and Barnaby’s performance was spot on – even when he was being assaulted by a blow up doll.

Rick Astley, the self-photographer
The next few activities involved flashmobbers Heidi and Leticha, then Chris and Dan asking people to take photos of them with iconic Rundle Mall sculptures. The trick here was that just as the people lined up to take their photo, the flashmobbers would burst into song!

Rick Astley, the cassanova
Due to the number of flashmobbers, we decided that going into shops would have been difficult – one for safety, and two because it would have boosted the number of people in the shop too much to be inconspicuous. Luckily, we had a plan b… as in b for Ben, the cassanova. Dressed sharply in a suit, Ben offered people down the Mall a tulip and asked if he could sing them a song. Plan B seemed great, but started off badly. The first few ladies he approached all rejected his tulip, and his song. So, he had to change tactic… and the first guy he approached loved it. From there we serenaded a few more people, and finally sang for the great staff at Cibo, Rundle Mall.

Special thanks goes out to Barnaby (and his huge effort with the $9 trenchie), Heidi and Leticha, Chris and Daniel, and of course, all the people who were sung to or cheered at the end of the songs. It was a fantastic afternoon out and I’m sure an event even Rick Astley would be proud of!

Adelaide RICK ROLL – October 24th, 2010

Yes, that’s right, Adelaide’s about to be rickroll’d!

The idea behind a rickroll: someone clicks on a link expecting one thing, but ending up at a vid of Rick Astley singing Never Gonna Give You Up. We’re going to translate this by setting up situations where people will interact with a flashmobber, expecting one thing, then suddenly a group of people will be singing Never Gonna Give You Up!


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Hairspray Cancelled – New event on its way!


Sadly the Hairspray event has been cancelled. Unfortunately, I can’t explain the full story here, but involves pirates, a love triangle and a three headed monkey.

However, we ARE still going to be running an event this month, which we’re keeping to ourselves at the moment (unless you’re on Facebook, then it’s pretty easy to find out). If you’re not on Facebook and you’d like details on the NEW event, email us at and we’ll let you know what’s going on.

Auditions & Rehearsals – 2nd October 2010

That’s right, auditions and rehearsals are happening this Saturday. Dirk and Nicole will be auditioning people for the main roles for the upcoming Burst Into Song and Dance event. If you like to sing and dance (you don’t even have to sing and dance well… you just have to enjoy it!) then come along and have a bit of fun.

Time: 12pm – 4pm
Location: Adelaide Uni Clubs Asc (Lady Symon Building)

I see your Schwartz is as big as mine!

It’s tough searching through YouTube for flash mobs and find something a little bit different. It seems that everyone’s doing a freeze or a song and dance style flash mob. So, it was with a bit of joy that I discovered this little clip.

Hundreds of lightsaber-wielding Star Wars fans hit Cabot Circus in Bristol, England for one epic battle. Young and old were involved – some really got into the dressing up, some looked like they just came along for the lightsaber action. Hit the “more” link to check out the video.
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Quest for Jackie Chan – what a day!

Adelaide Flashmob

Quest for Jackie Chan Adelaide Flashmob

Wow, what can I say? It was a great turn out for today’s Quest for Jackie Chan flashmob. This flashmob took some of our tried and true favourites and added a Jackie Chan theme. Everyone came dressed in blue jeans and a black top to pay homage to the great Rumble in the Bronx, and the costumes were completed with our very own Jackie Chan face mask.
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