Pro­fes­sor Bub­ble­maker brings soapy fun to the fair

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY LINDSIE PALMER

Kids chase bub­bles cre­ated by Pro­fes­sor Bub­ble­maker at the Ce­cil County Fair.

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