Professor Bubblemaker brings soapy fun to the fair
— Cassandra Peters stood on her mark, holding her son, Nathan, in her arms as Professor Bubblemaker encased the pair in a soapy sphere.
“It was very fun,” Peters said Monday, moments after the experience at the Cecil County Fair.
This is the first time John Gradwohl, better known as Professor Bubblemaker, has been at the fair. Along with his stage shows, he also has a minstrel show in which he roams the fairgrounds and performs.
Gradowhl became intrigued by bubbles and the science behind them about 11 years ago. So he began doing research into making a better bubble solution while also building his show.
He said the soap he now uses is created so big bubbles will split into smaller bubbles. The solution is thicker and more
stable and is also made to accentuate the beautiful colors of bubbles. Gradwohl says it took years to come up with a soap he is happy with, and still experiments to see if it can be further improved.
It was Daycare Day at the fair Monday, meaning kids got in free, with many parents and grandparents also taking advantage of the offer. In spite of the heat, there was still a good turnout, as evidenced by the many faces in the bleachers watching Professor Bubblemaker.
Peters, from Port Deposit, said she was a little apprehensive about being one of the people inside a large bubble.
“I just knew Nathan was going to pop it,” she said. “Bubbles are his favorite thing in the world.”
Megan Mulligan watched her son Eli bounce around excitedly, reaching for the bubbles blown by the West Virginiabased performer.
“The pure joy they get out of the bubbles is amazing,” said Mulligan, from Bel Air, as she watched her 4-year-old amongst a group of other children.
Professor Bubblemaker used items as small as a straw and as large as two tall poles with yarn stretched between them to create bubbles of every size. Mulligan said it was likely Eli would want to continue the show at home.
“I’m sure he’ll be trying to convince me,” she said.
Siblings Samantha and Paul Kellerman from Nottingham were’nt sure how they should react to the show, perhaps feeling at the age of 10 they were too old for bubbles.
“It was cool, sort of,” Samantha said.
“It was pretty cool, maybe,” Paul added.
Their mom, Debbie Kellerman, came to their defense.
“It was definitely fun for the little ones to chase the bubbles,” she said. “But it was neat.”
Kids chase bubbles created by Professor Bubblemaker at the Cecil County Fair.