As many parents know a few bubbles, be it from a bottle or a machine, can excite almost every baby, toddler and child (and plenty of adults too).
But no one can blow bubbles better than Louis Pearl, the Amazing Bubbleman, and thanks to him bubbles will never be as exciting as they were on stage at Alnwick Playhouse.
Accompanied by his musician, Jet Black Pearl, the world’s leading bubbleologist (yes that really is a thing) did things with bubbles thatpeople wouldn’t think were possible.
A regular sell-out act at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding tricks to keep everyone mesmerized.
From bubble chains to bouncing bubbles, giant ones, bubbles that move up a rope, and even getting children from the audience kissing bubbles, there was a lot of fun and silliness.
Then he breaks out the smoke gun, making the lines between bubbles clearer, and more interesting.
The range and beauty of the effects really has to be seen to be believed and anyone who doubts that bubbles can fill almost an hour of stage time will be very pleasantly surprised.
The colours that are shown just from simple bubbles were fantastic.
My three-and-a-half year old daughter was mesmerised, and quiet for a whole hour – that never happens!
Louis started with a few big bubbles to get us all warmed up, but it was when he pulled out the big guns that it really got going.
At times you could have heard a pin drop, he was concentrating so hard and the audience was watching so attentively.
He used steam and what I can only assume was helium to make bubbles rise to the ceiling, while also putting children inside giant bubbles.
He even managed to creat the illusion of a square bubble, in the centre of a load of other bubbles, which he then filled with smoke – the limits were endless.
But my favourite was the bubble spaceship that he sent spinning to the ceiling.
And while the bubbles were being blown he also managed to fit in some of the science behind it, as an added bonus.
Louis Pearl is a bubble geek and what he doesn’t know about bubbles probably isn’t a lot, but it isn’t worth knowing.
If you ever get the chance, I would definitely recommend going to see him.
Young and old alike will be amazed by his show and what he can do with bubbles.