not performing, Keith Michael Johnson, Rhode Island's Bubble
Guy, is experimenting and stretching the limits of what bubbles
can do and what people can learn from them.
takes more than one short phrase. One has to use words such
as artist, entertainer, scientist, researcher, teacher
-- the list could go on and on. One of his specialties is presenting
core academic subjects in a theatrical, humorous, and enthusiastic
Keith describes his work with bubbles as "a passion to use these
spherical wonders--from tiny, intricate geometric sculptures
to VW Beetle-sized behemoths that lumber through the air like
dinosaurs--to stir the minds and imaginations of audiences."
He adds, "The art of soap bubbling lies in its capacity to dramatically
illustrate the transformation of the mundane into the extraordinary."
Keith has developed
a huge site that can tell you everything you've ever wanted
to know about bubbles, bubble performers, and all things bubble-related.
Check it out at SoapBubbler.com.
He includes a huge
area that will give you tons of information about bubbles
over the past 100+ years.
He says, "I
was really taken with all that bubblers were up to between 1885
& 1925. Much of what they were doing back then has been
forgotten. I'd like to bring it back and keep it alive, in my
own way. I mean, a 'bubble social' as a small group fund-raising
event sounds like a fun time! Or bubble parties for kids with
contests and bubble games.
"They had an
enthusiasm for playfully testing the limits of bubble's abilities
back then, which I found contagious and have tried to carry
into my show."
show was the first in America to be created with funding
support from state and federal arts endowment sources, including
the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rhode Island State
Council on the Arts.
The show includes bubble domes, lighter than air gasses, home-
made bubble devices and inventions, and secret solutions that
make bubbles live the entire length of the show.
starts his shows with "You know, I get to talk with a lot
of kids, and when I ask them what they want to be when they
grow up ~ no one ever says Bubble Artist. Well, I'd like to
change that. In fact, that's what this show's all about..."