The “Last” Flash Mob

September 10th, 2003
Photos from the 'last' Manhattan flash mob, courtesy of

Tonight another Manhattan flash mob went down, and they say it was the last.

But what was it the last of? Supposedly it was the last flash mob in New York to be organized by “Bill,” the mysterious inventor of flash mobs.

“Bill” might be one of the men photographed above. Of course Bill might be neither of these men. And of course, more New York flash mobs might take place tomorrow. Life offers no guarantees.

Thanks to Fred’s Journal for the photos. You can see more coverage of the “Last Flash Mob” there, as well as at Satan’s Laundromat. These are both intriguing accounts; check them out. (But what are they accounts of?)

Thanks, Bill, for flash mobs. Thanks for the mystery.

And thanks for not selling out.

36 Responses to “The “Last” Flash Mob”

  1. comment number 1 by: Anonymous

    Last me arse. flashmobs were in mallard filmore too BTW.

  2. comment number 2 by: Philippe


  3. comment number 3 by: JesusChrist

    For purity sake, the elusive “Bill”, founder of the first flash mob, has announced that last night’s mob in NYC was THE last. Bill, you are an overman. Yet…

    I (and I hope others) secretly plan to carry on the full originary artistic purity of the Mob Project by evoking yet another brilliant expression of meaninglessness, pointlessness, and enthusiastic joint endeavor soon. After all, when all is said and done, despite and in conjunction with self-satisfying narrative and accommodation of practicalities, little else remains.



  4. comment number 4 by: Glowlab

    Interesting…a reversal of the “Bill” shot…now he’s facing the opposite direction from the photo on Fred’s post. Is there a message here…?

  5. comment number 5 by: Alien Coruscater

    #001 Tokyo Flash Mob

    Date: Friday, September 26

    Time: Evening

    Place: Marunouchi


  6. comment number 6 by: Mia

    September 11th of ANY YEAR is NOT a good day for a MOB … UNLESS … it is done to Tribute those that have died on 9/11

    REALLY guys!

  7. comment number 7 by: sean

    Mia… it was on Sept. 10

    it’s good to live in the “now.” but not everything you read today was written today.

    if you want to keep your head in the sand, please keep your mouth there too!

  8. comment number 8 by: RuriChild

    Is this the last of Bill for sure? are you sure that there wont be a “Bill 2″? There is an upcoming flash mob in Denver. Place: stairs of the Cpaitol. : Month : October. Time and Date: Unknown.

    One more comment… How doyou know that im not the next ” Bill”?????

  9. comment number 9 by: Ginger

    An extensively (some might say excessively) detailed report of MOB 8, plus a history of my own MOB-related posts and links to several other MOBlogs are now up on my site, so come on over! yeehaw.

  10. comment number 10 by: Anonymous

    Howard Stern talked about Flash Mobs on his show this morning.

  11. comment number 11 by: Elmozo


    new idea, hoew about i f we flashcrop, by puting crop-circles near major toiwns like new york, moscow, london, la etc, etc

    can you e-mail me with your thoughts/feedback

  12. comment number 12 by: AnGeL

    hi, i`m brazilian anD I would like to do a FLASH MOB here in my city.. some fridns say i`m crazy.. and i say.. yes I`M and? hihihi.

    kisses for aLL people.. and continue do flash mob.. it`s very funny

  13. comment number 13 by: Carol

    Hii i’m brasilian and i read one magazine and they talk about Flash mob…it’s so funny…

    I would like to do a Flash Mob in my city but in Brasil it’s impossible because there are a lot of “bad peolpe” so….

    But it’s so cool..:)

    Kisses Carol

  14. comment number 14 by: saddler21

    London House of Commons Flash Mob Alert….

    For details email

  15. comment number 15 by: AssMaster

    none of you are brasilian/brazilian, none of you matter, flash mobs don’t matter, you’re all extra-white, blogs are for naked fat people, i will beat your ass… questions? comments? nipples?

  16. comment number 16 by: AssReamer


  17. comment number 17 by: Loehne, Germany

    Flash-Mob in L–hne, 24. Oktober 2003, 10 Uhr

    vor dem Jugendamt, Alte B¸nder Straþe 14,

    32584 L–hne, Germany

  18. comment number 18 by: Honey

    i’v jest read about flash mobs in my magazine and im totally hooked! i’v seen the photo’s but there doesnt seem like there is anyone there who is my age(15) would i look really out of place joining one? i really want to but i dont want to be singled out for being joung…any feedback?

    keep up the enthusiasm!!!


  19. comment number 19 by: marcus

    You guys seriously need a job.

  20. comment number 20 by: jared


  21. comment number 21 by: Aubri

    How can I find a flash mob in Boston??? I’m really interested! I’m a freshman at an art school, and think it would be an excellent piece or performance art… What do you call a flash mob-like act, if there is only one person?????

    email me at

    Thanx so much! 🙂


  22. comment number 22 by: ALMIGHTY ASSLOAF

    greetings everyone…does anyone have any information about flash mobbing in philadelphia? or is interested? email me at



  23. comment number 23 by: lyrical

    Does anyone have any info on the flashmob that happened in Las Vegas, August 31st? I haven’t read anything post-mob


  24. comment number 24 by: Anonymous

    We need another flash mob in NYC…things are just too quiet.

  25. comment number 25 by: Carrie

    hey!! are there any flash mobs in canada? write back…

  26. comment number 26 by: Liddy

    Any flashmobs in denver coming up??

    TazmanianLiddy (AIM)

  27. comment number 27 by: Isabelle

    To: Marketing department

    I am the photos researcher for enRoute Magazine, the in-flight Magazine of

    Air Canada.

    In our December issue, we have a short text about the Flash Mobs.

    Would it be possible to have some photographs to illustrate the text ?

    You can either send us high resolution photographs (300 dpi, 4 X 5 inches in

    a jpeg, tiff, eps or psd format) or you can mail us slides, CD-ROM or

    photographs of the Flash Mobs.

    If you choose to mail us the material, please write ‘No Commercial Value’ on

    the package so it won’t be delayed at the customs. Our deadline is October


    Please include photo credit if any.

    EnRoute Magazine has a monthly circulation of 180 000 copies and an

    estimated readership of 800 000.

    Thank you for you help,

    Isabelle Sauve

    Recherche photos/Photos Research

    Magazine enRoute

    4200, boul. Saint-Laurent, bureau 707

    MontrÈal (QuÈbec) CANADA H2W 2R2

    514.844.2001 p. 211

  28. comment number 28 by: glenn

    read Flash Crowd, the true origin of flash mobs, for some insight into the future of police repression…

  29. comment number 29 by: Captain Wackypants

    Anyone thought of doing one in Oregon?

  30. comment number 30 by: AC

    003: Tokyo Flash Mob

    November 30

    2:22 pm


    For info:

  31. comment number 31 by: joe

    any info for flash mob

  32. comment number 32 by: red

    an event will take place on november 22nd in washington dc.

    at 12:30 pm, participants will step onto the lawn on the mall outside the hirshorn museum sculpture garden. sound an instrument of some kind. (whistle, horn, etc).

    drop to their knees and procede to count the grass outloud. at 12;35 they are to sound their instruments again and disperse. sign up at or just show up.

  33. comment number 33 by: X-0ff 04

    French Flash MOB #1 in Denver 02/7/04

    Les Flash Mobs sont des rassemblements urbains qui tiennent ý la fois de la poÈsie

    et de la farce. Avec seulement le plaisir comme moteur, venez nous rejoindre ce Samedi:


    Name: French Flash Mob #1

    Duration: 13 minutes (3MN of ACTION)

    Location: Downtown Denver, Civic Center Park

    (West of Broadway, South of Colfax Avenue, East of Bannock Street,

    and North of 14th Avenue).

    FFB Start time: saturday February 7, 2:20PM sharp

    Mapquest help:

    Bring: a baguette (a long thin loaf of French bread)

    Synchronizing: On the morning of February 7th synchronize your watch on

    Picture of the Flag from Brittany:

    FFM#1 IN 4 STEPS:

    1)PRE-Meeting: By no later than 2:20PM arrive at the following location:

    Downtown Denver, Civic Center Park.

    Upon your arrival, find a place to relax. Act casual and enjoy some of the cities

    finest street performers.

    2)PROCEDURE: Shortly before 2:28PM look for the person holding a Brittany flag.

    This is the MOB representative.

    3)FFB Action time: Saturday February 7, 2:30PM shout many times

    “KENAVO!” (MEANS HELLO IN BRITAIN) and keep your baguette up for 3mn.

    4)EXIT: At 2:33PM you should disperse.

  34. comment number 34 by: Anna

    mob in Poland . On monday in 22.03.04

    in Wroclaw Center we made Flashmob

  35. comment number 35 by: Anna

    Światowy Dzień Wody

    22/03/04, 15:00Ý::ÝWrocław

    kto: _joan_ ÝÝÝ gdzie: rynek, fontanna przed sukiennicami


    Wrocław, Rynek, Plac Gołębi (koło fontanny), godz. 15:00, zabierzcie plastikowe butelki wypełnione czystą wodą! :)) Zaakcentujemy w ten sposÛb problem wyczerpujących się zasobÛw wody pitnej na świecie – to naprawdę poważna sprawa!!!


    Spotykamy się w poniedziałek 22 marca na Rynku z plastikowymi butelkami po napojach napełnionymi czystą wodą. Punktualnie o godz. 15:00, jak tylko zegar na ratuszu zacznie wybijać godzinę, ustawiamy się dookoła fontanny odwrÛceni do niej plecami, i wylewamy wodę z butelek. Po czym krzyczymy “Nie ma wody!” i rozchodzimy się we wszystkie strony! Do zobaczenia!!! Liczę na wszystkich, dla ktÛrych nie jest obca wrażliwość na problemy środowiska a zwłaszcza wody :)))

  36. comment number 36 by: MattisManzel

    Global Flashmob #2 is sceduled for saturday 19th of June 2004, about 2pm local time.

    Informations are on the FlashMobWiki

    East european and russian mobbers came up with GFM #2. There are many, many cities participating mainly in the east already.

    !!!Add your city to the list on the wiki please!!!

    Preparations for GFM #2 are mostly going on in a HiddenSpace. An open discussion on the FutureOfGlobalFlasmob evolves on the wiki (which is an OpenSpace). Montly fullmoon GFM’s, global voting on scenarios … or better not. Stuff like that. Please feel invited to participate in the dicussion.

    — MattisManzel