The Amazing Bubble Man

You’ve got to hand it to him, Louis Pearl aka The Amazing Bubbleman is a crowd pleaser. He’s no besequined showman relying on sleight of hand and fast patter; Pearl just has a passion for bubbles. However this passion, and deep understanding of the science of bubbles, is really all that’s needed to keep packed-out crowds of kids happy for an hour.

Particularly impressive are some of Pearl’s set pieces. With the aid of smoke and helium, he creates volcanoes, rocket ships and a quite mind-blowing flying saucer that spins as it gracefully rises to the top of the Speigeltent.

Pearl blows spheres that he shepherds into the air whilst telling us how he started out creating a bubble-blowing toy and went out on the streets of California to sell it. Soon these single bubbles are combined into shapes. Mickey Mouse, a caterpillar and bubbles giving birth to smaller bubbles inside. We are already oo-ing and ah-ing like its Guy Fawkes night.

From time to time we dip into the physics of what’s going on, but not in any overt way so the kids would realise they were learning. Pearl explains that just about anything can create a bubble, proceeding to demonstrate with a washing up brush, and a length of rope and just using his hands wearing a pair of surgical gloves. More science: the colour of a bubble, apparently, gives away the moment it’s about to burst and Pearl shows us how a dry surface breaks the surface tension, but his soapy sword just divides a bubble into more bubbles. It’s fascinating stuff.

But the heart of this show is the audience interaction, and there’s absolutely no shortage of keen volunteers. Eager hands are trying to touch the ceiling every time someone is called up to help, whether that be simply holding Pearl’s props or literally getting inside one of the bubble creations.

Particularly impressive are some of Pearl’s set pieces. With the aid of smoke and helium, he creates volcanoes, rocket ships and a quite mind-blowing flying saucer that spins as it gracefully rises to the top of the Spiegeltent.

The Amazing Bubbleman title is no hyperbole. Bubble animals, square bubbles, bubbles doing things you can’t believe they should actually do – all received to squeals of delight. If you’ve ever wondered about the bernoulli and venturi effects (or just have kids who like bubbles), this is the show to see.

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The Blurb

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles.

An Edinburgh Fringe Festival favorite, he has sold out every year for the last eight years.

Louis explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized.

From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant

bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages.