An inflatable tube on top of a truck at the Loveparade 2010
Airdancers are large inflatable devices comprising a long tube attached to a fan which causes the tube to move in a dancing or flailing motion; some variants may resemble humans with tube arms. Airdancers are generally called an inflatable tube or a moving figure, such as "windyman", "skydancer", "tube man" and "flyguy"; an episode of Family Guy called them "Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tubeman", which also made this moniker popular. The product was invented by Peter Minshall, an artist from Trinidad and Tobago, along with his team, including Israeli Artist Doron Gazit, for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Minshall originally called his invention the "tall boy". Gazit eventually patented the concept of an inflatable, dancing human-shaped balloon and licensed his patent to various companies which manufacture and sell vertical inflatables, including one which markets its product as the "Airdancer".
The term AirDancers is a registered trademark of Torero Specialty Products LLC and is strictly enforced (US Trademark Registration Number 2540277). Torero Specialty Products LLC owns and operates the brand AirDancers.com, which is a licensed user of the trademark "AirDancers". If an inflatable advertising product is called an AirDancer then it represents AirDancers.com’s patented design, proprietary components, and dynamic dancing motion.
Airdancers are generally about 20 feet in total height and are often used in advertising, often at places such as car lots, and at personal events. Most AirDancers that resemble humans have a single tube body, appearing to only have one leg (thus known as "Single Leg" dancers). Other air dancers, which are known as "flyguys", have two legs and can reach heights of up to 28 feet. This type of AirDancer is used for maximum attention.