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A skydancer in Sendai, Japan

An airdancer, skydancer, or tube dancer is a large inflatable device 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".

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".[1] [2] [3] [4]

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  1. ^ "The Caribbean Origins of the Dancing Inflatable Man". 99% invisible. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Who knew Minshall invented - Inflatable men?". The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper. 
  3. ^ Sam Dean. "Biography of an Inflatable Tube Guy". Medium. 
  4. ^ "Who Invented Roadside Arm-Waving Air Dancers?". Consumerist.