The Amazing Bubble Man’s “The World’s Funniest Bubble Show” Resumes at The Marsh Berkeley September 26 through November 28, 2010.
Contest on Halloween. Special Thanksgiving Weekend Schedule. “The hit of the day…a fringe favorite.” The Guardian, UK. “The Greatest Bubble Show On Earth: A really good time!” Linda Ayres-Frederick, SF Bay Times. “Oddly enough, one gets the feeling that a lot of adults in the audience wish they were small enough to be called on as volunteers.” George Haymont, MyCulturalLandscape.com.
Packed with fun stuff, the show is a family outing (and, over Thanksgiving weekend, an alternative to hitting the crowded holiday sales.) All kinds of extraordinary things happen, such as flying saucer bubbles, square bubbles filled with fog, universe bubbles with orbiting planets and bubble chains that look like centipedes. There’s lots of audience participation and some lucky kids will find themselves inside bubbles, while others will get to eat them. Warning: expect lots of excitement and laughter.
Pearl, a resident of Sebastopol, has been bubbling professionally since 1980. His love affair with soap and water began while studying painting at UC San Diego, and was encouraged by the artist and professor Allan Kaprow, the inventor of the sixties "happenings" phenomenon, to make art without consciously trying to do so. For a class project, he constructed a cardboard trumpet that allowed anybody and everybody to blow beautiful bubbles. “We're always striving for perfection in life,” he says, “and we rarely achieve it. But every bubble is perfect every time.”
One day, after college, Pearl, now living in Berkeley, didn’t have enough money for Bart. So he hawked his bubble trumpets on University Avenue, while performing an impromptu bubble show to attract customers. Business was brisk, and not long afterwards he started Tangent Toy Company in Sausalito. There he invented and manufactured an amazing variety of toys, all or which were designed to turn soap into bubbles, and which sold to 1000 toy companies around the world. Later on, he attended Wavy Gravy’s performing arts camp in the Mendocino mountains, an event which confirmed his love of entertaining people. In 2002, Pearl sold Tangent to concentrate on performing and has since appeared in both America and Europe. He has been a huge hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the last four years.
Pearl comes from a family of doctors (his father headed San Francisco's Mt. Zion Hospital, a position now held by his brother), and so, although he is the artist in the family, it is perhaps not surprising that he is also fascinated by the scientific aspect of bubbles. Indeed, he thinks they are great way to teach science and has been performing bubble shows in local schools for many years. Among other things, he uses them to make such esoteric subjects as molecular bonding and surface tension interesting and fun. He is also full of quirky bubble facts. "If you can protect a bubble from air currents, it can last a long time," he says. "I once had one go for a month. And in the end, they don't pop. What happens is that the bubble shrinks as the air slowly leaks out." The Guinness Book of Records entry for bubble longevity is just one day short of a full year.
Perhaps the best testimony regarding the show comes from the British newspaper, The Guardian, whose critic took his son, Callum, to the show. Callum found it ‘just brilliant’ and spent the whole time “with his hand in the air ("Me! Me!"), desperate to take part. “It's definitely 100%," he tells his father. "Definitely. The bubbles were enormous: 100 inches at least." Callum’s favorite bit was "when the man put the bubble on the boy's head and put steam inside it. Then he bursted it and the steam came out." And when Callum said that he wished he could have been "standing inside the giant bubble,” his father had to admit that he wished he could have been inside it too.
For Calendar Editors
What: The Amazing Bubble Man In “The World’s Funniest Bubble Show”
When: September 26 – November 21, 2010; Sundays At 11:00 Am
Friday, November 26 At 11:00 Am
Saturday, November 27 At 11:00 Am & 2:00 Pm
Sunday, November 27 At 11:00 Am & 2:00 Pm
Where: The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, Near Shattuck, In Downtown Berkeley
Parking Is Available At The Allston Way Garage At 2061 Allston Way Between Milvia St. And Shattuck Ave.
Tickets: Children under 12: $8.00; General Admission: $11.00;
Parties of 4 or more: $8.00 per ticket; Reserved Seats:$50.00.
For tickets, call 800-838-3006 or visit www.themarsh.org
For more information, visit The Marsh website at www.themarsh.org;
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