Hyderabad: As a kid you must have played pinball on the old computers for hours together. The different hurdles and the task to keep the ball in the game would be so thrilling as a kid – you would go along with the ball in your head to keep it away from falling.
Well, have you ever imagined being the ball yourself? But this man from Argentina called Pavel ‘Pasha’ Petkuns has now become the only ‘human pinball’ in his brainchild – a giant pinball machine.
For 28-year-old Petkuns, the whole world has been a big playground. Being one of the world’s foremost freerunners – a sport that blends gymnastics, martial arts and breakdance moves to turn cities into urban playgrounds, he has made all kinds of grounds his play area. He has also been The Red Bull art of motion champion.
Now, the Latvian freerunner needed some thrill for playing a large game – in a giant pinball machine. And so, the unimaginably huge pinball machine was created in London. As described by Petkuns, the pinball machine weighs 23 tons, is 20-metre-long and is 45 degrees steep.
In the game, we see the plunger launches Petkuns – the ball of the game – forward. Disorientated, the tiny freerunner scrabbles to work out what’s going on as he’s bounced around by the bumpers.
Like all pinball tables, this one has a theme: world landmarks. Petkuns grabs hold of the Eiffel Tower before dropping from it, sliding down the Great Wall of China and landing on a Mayan pyramid. Each time he falls past the flippers, he’s launched back into the game, quickly adapting to sliding, flipping and spinning himself around the obstacles, according to ‘The Red Bulletin’.
Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
Watch this video to know more about the human pinball:
Pic Credits: The Red Bulletin