It’s Not Rocket Science – Reaction Machine

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  • Branded Batak reaction wall machine
  • Batak reaction game hire
  • Reaction wall hire
  • Batak reaction game wall
  • Branded corporate game hire

Batak Reaction Wall – TV Filming

Several months ago we hired our Batak Reaction Game to ITV for filming the brand new entertainment series It’s not Rocket Science. We couldn’t wait to see the Batak machine in all its glory on prime time television.

Batak Reaction Wall MachineOn Tuesday we were finally able to watch the Batak Wall in action being used by some fab athletes. Players used the Reaction Machine to test their reaction times but there was a little bit more to this Batak challenge.

Unknown to the athletes they would be helping to demonstrate the placebo effect in an experiment using the Batak Reaction Game. The experiment carried out by Dr Jeremy Howik would test the reaction times of the athletes before and after the placebo. The placebo in this experiment was a red and white pill which athletes were told was a powerful stimulant but in reality it had no intrinsic physiological properties. It was just a placebo.

The athletes would test their reactions on the Batak twice, once before taking the placebo and again after. To ensure the test was fair and to check the reaction times on the Batak machine did not increase just because they had played the game previously a control group also tested their reactions on the game twice.

The Results Were Astounding

The control group (no placebo) increased their reactions by an average of 3.6%, which is an average of 1 hit per 30 seconds game on the Batak machine.

However, the placebo group increased their reactions by an average of 12.7% which is an average of 3.5 hits per 30 seconds game on the Batak machine. The increased reaction times are astounding and demonstrate the effect a placebo can provide, not just on a Batak Game.

The results of the experiment were intriguing and suggest placebos do work and the power of suggestion can increase reaction times.

Batak Machine Hire

The Batak was a fantastic activity to demonstrate the Placebo Effect. If you would like to test your own reactions on our Batak Reaction Game get in contact and you can hire the reaction machine, unfortunately we don’t provide placebos!

New Activities for 2016 Events

  • Football Pool Inflatable Game Hire
  • Neuron race table based reaction game
  • Pluck a Duck steady hand game hire
  • Tap the App steady hand game hire
  • LED pool table hire
  • UV Ping Pong Table Tennis Hire
  • LED Table Football foosball

Activities for Hire

Xtreme Vortex are pleased to announce that our product range is growing again for 2016! After searching for something a little different (as we always do) we wanted to provide our clients with some new fun and interactive games. We think you will like what we have found.

We have added some fantastic indoor activities and games perfect for events at smaller venues and evening entertainment.

We have many exciting new developments to announce throughout 2016 but below are the activities we have already announced:

Event Branding and Customised Activities

These new activities and games can be branded for your event making them perfect for Exhibitions, Conferences, Product Launches, Experiential/Event Marketing and many more.

International Confex 2013

Inflatable mobile laser tag hireTrade Show Attraction at Excel, London

It is almost unbelievable how quickly time is passing by and International Confex has closed its doors for another year. We attended International Confex 2013 and had a great show, with lots of interesting visitors to our stand which you will hear all about later on!

This year we decided to make our stand interactive and with only a limited amount of space available we decided to use one of our great indoor activities, the Batak Reaction Game. We wanted to offer all our visitors the chance to experience and play the reaction game and challenge their reactions to see what score they could achieve while experiencing one of the great products we provide for hire.

The Batak reaction game is a perfect for trade stand attraction and also perfect for exhibitions as it gets visitors interacting with your stand and really gets you noticed, which is why we use the Batak reaction game on our own trade stands. Batak can be branded with a great background to promote your product or service so not only is it perfect for visitor interaction it is perfect for getting your message across. As you can see from the photos, the branding on the Batak really stands out.

We had a large number of visitors to our stand and it was absolutely lovely speaking to everyone who stopped by. Our visitors were interested in a variety of events from family fun days, corporate entertainment to team building and away days. We are very excited that our Batak reaction game was a great crowd puller for our stand and we saw some great scores too! Among our visitors were some familiar faces that you may recognise and of course they could not resist trying their hand at the Batak!

Intertational Confex 2013 trade stand attractionsMr T and Austin Powers dropped by our stand and looked very intrigued by the reaction game and they could not resist having a go. Groovy Baby!! We even had the almighty Storm Troopers come to visit and what a buzz this created! I must admit I have never seen a Storm Trooper playing Batak before but there is always a first time for everything! You would think they have lightening reactions but it seems like they don’t! So on a final note, if you every have a run in with a Storm Trooper, get him to play Batak and I am sure you will win!

If you are intersed in interested in finding out more about our Batak reaction game or any other activities, please contact us and we will be able to provide you with a quote.

Activity Hire

  • Corporate fun day supplier and ideas


    Inflatable activities for hire include Laser Tag, Human Table Football, Bouncy Volleyball and Football Pool
  • Neuron Race Reaction Table Game hire


    Neuron Race Reaction Game
  • Batak reaction wall


    Batak Reaction Wall is just one of many indoor activities and games
  • Human table football hire


    Inflatable Foosball table much like the popular pub game
  • Tap the App mobile phone themed steady hand game


    Tap The App Steady Hand Game
  • UV Table Tennis ping pong game hire


    UV Table Tennis - Ping Pong hire
  • Football Pool World Cup themed event


    Football Pool - Play pool with football sized pool balls
  • LED Foosball Table Football


    LED Table Football (Foosball) and LED Pool Table

Activity and Event Supplier

Xtreme Vortex now hire many activities and inflatables for both indoor and outdoor events. Specialising in supplying activities for activity days, birthday parties, corporate entertainment, exhibition entertainment, family fun days, promotional events, school activity days, team building events, trade show attractions and wedding entertainment. Xtreme Vortex are based on the borders of Kent and London but not only cover south east of England, but the whole of the UK.

Xtreme Vortex are an established business working of hundreds of events each year from small private events, to corporate events entertaining thousands of people with our wide range of activities and inflatables. Supplying a wide range of activities which we are constantly growing, we have activities and ideas perfect for any event. With a choice of activities including

For a full details on the activities, inflatables or event solutions we can supply, visit our  homepage.

Bexley Business Awards Gala Dinner – Finals

Highly Commended at The Bexley Business Awards 2013

You may remember from reading a previous blog post that Xtreme Vortex was short listed for the Bexley Business Awards 2013 which was really great news. It was a great honour to be short listed for these awards and we have been looking forward to the Gala dinner where announcements of winners would take place.

The Gala Dinner was held on 7th February at the Marriott Hotel, Bexleyheath and we thoroughly enjoyed getting dressed up for the occasion! It was an absolute honour to be shortlisted for awards but the news was about to get even better!

We are very pleased to announce that we were commended in the Best Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism Business category. It was a real honour to be commended for our work in such a competitive category. The Good news doesn’t stop there as we were also Highly Commended in the Best SME Business category which was also a real honour.

Here at Xtreme Vortex we are so proud to have received acknowledgement for all the hard work we do. We are completely committed to providing all our clients with a fantastic service and amazing activities for their events as each event is very special.

We would like to say a very big thank you to The South London Business Team who put in a tremendous amount of effort into organising and making the whole event possible.

Family Fun Day Organised by Xtreme Vortex

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance family fun day

Xtreme Vortex are proud to be organising a fantastic Family Fun Day for all the whole family to enjoy. The event is being organised to raise much needed funds for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance service. This charity is very close to our hearts at Xtreme Vortex and we wish to raise as much funds as possible through donating our time, activities and staff by organising this fantastic event.

The event is taking place on Sunday 28th April 2013 between 12:00 – 16:00 at Bexleyheath Academy (formally Bexleyheath School) in Woolwich Road, Bexleyheath.

There will be a huge range of activities and entertainment for all ages including:

  • Mobile Climbing Wall
  • Inflatable Laser Tag
  • Bungee Run
  • Gladiator Joust
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Side Stall Games including Coconut shy and Buzz Wire
  • Human Table Football Tournament
  • Tombola and Raffle
  • Refreshments – Food and Drink Stalls
    and many more to be announced very soon

This event is being organised by Xtreme Vortex and details about the event and how you can get involved can be found at

Please come and join in the family fun day at Bexleyheath Academy on Sunday 28th April 2013.

Bexley Business Awards 2013

Highly Commended at The Bexley Business Awards 2013

Xtreme Vortex are proud to announce that we have been short listed for the Bexley Business Awards 2013 in four categories. These categories include Entrepreneur of the Year/Best Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism Business/Best SME Business/Commitment to the Community. We will be attending an interview in front of a panel of judges for each award in January 2013 and find out the results at the gala dinner event organised by South London Business which is being held in February 2013 in Bexleyheath. We are delighted to have been shortlisted and look forward to the interviews and the award ceremony.

We shall keep you posted with progress of the awards and you will be able to follow our events on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday

Theo Paphitis winners of Small Business Sunday SBS award

SBS Winners Event – 30/03/12

March 2012 was an incredible month for the owners of Xtreme Vortex who not only won the TIPE Operator of the Year award, but were also recognised by Dragons Den star Theo Paphitis as one of his Small Business Sunday (#SBS) winners. It was a real honour to be picked by Theo back in May 2011, but it was such an amazing opportunity to meet Theo in person, along with other SBS winners at the first event of its kind.

Small Business Sunday, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter, was created by Theo Paphitis in October 2010. Theo is best known for his star role in TV’s Dragons Den. He is the chairman of Ryman Stationary plus Boux Avenue and joint owner of Red Letter Days.

Theo Paphitis, along with the support of Rymans the Stationers hosted the event at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham for all SBS winners. This was a fantastic opportunity to meet other SBS winners along with an inspirational talk from Theo and Kypros Kyprianou, the Chief Exec of Ryman. Many people recognise Theo from his time on Dragons Den, but the multi-million pound dragon has built up his empire of businesses from scratch. Theo is truly inspirational and uses his own personal time to support and help small businesses through SBS. He has a genuine passion for helping small businesses and he still clearly remembers that point when you are trying to grow a business, working long hours, grafting hard and wondering will it all pay off?

SBS winners with Theo Paphitis Maybach car

Xtreme Vortex are so proud of this opportunity and it has only fuelled our enthusiasm for providing the best activities and service to the events industry. Following the event, a few sleepless nights have occurred where the brains of owners Andy and Donna were fuelled with inspiration and motivation for exciting new projects for Xtreme Vortex. Xtreme Vortex cannot thank Theo Paphitis and his team enough for such an amazing event!

Press Coverage

We were so excited about meeting Theo Paphitis we released press releases to various papers and magazines. We have appeared in the Bexley Times and most recently in the Newsshopper. Check out the Newsshopper website for coverage of this story.


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TIPE Operator of the Year

March 2012 has been an incredible Month for Xtreme Vortex. Not only did we get the change to meet Theo Paphitis as winners of Small Business Sunday (#SBS) but we were also recognised by The Inflatable Play Enterprise (TIPE) as Operator of the Year. Xtreme Vortex is extremely proud to win this award as we pride ourself on offering a service that is second to none. It is really great to see that our values and ideas for business are being recognised and awarded by a body such as TIPE. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to TIPE for this award.

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International Confex 2012

International Confex Show 2012 at Excel, London

March 2012 has been a very busy month so far. We attended International Confex and International Outdoor Event Expo (IOEX) at London’s Excel for three days. This was a fun packed three days for us to meet so many people in the event industry. Attending International Confex 2012 gave us the opportunity to introduce people to our new activities which we have introduced for 2012 such as our Under Pressure Game and Giant Scalextric Racing Track. It was a great opportunity to talk to our current clients and also meet new clients to discuss their requirements for their events and answer any questions they had. The response from International Confex has certainly kept us busy over the last couple of weeks!

We would like to thank Andi B Illustration for all of the artwork designs for our trade show which certainly drew in the crowds!