Couple reveal baby’s gender in bonkers Mousetrap-inspired video

Rube Goldberg machine gender reveal

We thought we’d seen it all when it came to baby “gender reveals” but a US couple have won the entire game with this amazing domino effect-inspired example!

3 days in 3 minutes

Dude Dad Vlog’s Taylor Calmus’ “Rube Goldberg Machine Gender Reveal” took a bunch of people three days to set up – but just three speedy minutes to play out – in pretty epic style.

“It’s March 12, 2017 — we’re about to find out the gender of Theo’s little brother or sister,” Calmus says as he sets up the magic that’s about to happen.

“It’s been about three days setting this up and me and all my best friends are super tired.”

A Rube Goldberg Machine is a deliberately complex contraption in which a series of devices that perform simple tasks are linked together to produce a domino effect in which activating one device triggers the next device in the sequence (source: Wikipedia)


Rube Goldberg Machine Baby Gender Reveal

We spent 3 full days setting up a Rube Goldberg Machine thoughout our entire house to reveal the gender of baby Calmus #2!!Music by #VALKA

Posted by Dude Dad Vlog by Taylor Calmus on Thursday, 16 March 2017

Ready, set, Theo!

Toddler Theo (eventually) gets things started, knocking his drinking cup from the edge of his cot and setting the whole expertly-choreographed sequence in motion, in a bid to find out the gender of his new sibling.

A complicated ballet of geek perfection then unfolds before our eyes, starring various balls, tunnels, ramps, xylophones, toy cars, telephones and more. We must admit we were on the edge of our seats, praying that every stage of the game went off without a hitch… which it (SPOILER ALERT) absolutely did! Hurrah!

The final scene sees Theo responding to the 3 minute extravaganza and it’s pretty hilarious and toddler-typical.

Posted by Dude Dad on Friday, 27 May 2016

The peanut gallery speaks

Of course, Facebook had many, many things to say about this clever announcement, as Facebook is wont to do.

Some were impressed that the set-up even made it to launch day:

“The fact they kept this in tact for 3 days with a toddler around is absolutely astonishing in itself!!” One super-impressed mum wrote.

Others were very, very worried they were being unfairly hoodwinked:

“Total bs. No way they did this in one setting. All the camera cuts and at the end the guy has baby in left hand then in right arm,” a cynical lady sputtered crossly.

Some were just flat-out in awe:

“Pee Wee’s Big Adventure breakfast scene was impressive. This beats that! Congrats to this creative family. How fun! Haha!” Another commenter posted.

Others were twitchy with neat-freaky-neatness:

“Very cool but is anyone else thinking about the mess they gotta pick up after..?? Lol,” an anxious follower commented.

Others were worried about the whole, entire thing:

“It makes me sick that people assume a baby’s gender. They don’t know what that child would identify as when it gets older. We should be neutral until the child can decide what it wants to be. Don’t refer to a child as boy or girl,” a worried person said.

Are you a fan of the “gender reveal” or do you think it’s a bit premature or fussy?!

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