Handi-skill Spotlight: Bubbleology and Designing Your Own Future

Not sure what a Handi-skill is?

Right about now, I’m sure you’re thinking – bubbleology? Is that really a thing? And, I’m here to tell you that last Fall (at the same nature fair where we got the Cloud Posters), we were thrilled and amazed by a Bubble-ologist.


Keith Johnson uses bubbles to teach lessons on everything from science and math to history. He is hired to perform at schools, libraries, and other events – so, apparently there is a career path available playing with bubbles. Whoda thunk it, right? :)

But, even more than the bubbles is the lesson– this guy took something that he loved to do – and was good at – and made a career for himself!

The recipe for making your very own touchable bubbles (<-tweet this)

  • 12 parts water
  • 1 part dish soap
  • 1/2 part KY (I’m guessing for the glycerin?)

{There’s an exercise in math right there, right?}

Don’t have a wand?

No problem – you can go simple with either a straw or paperclip, or you can go as elaborate as a hula hoop in a baby wading pool.  Really the sky is the limit.

Using a straw? Make a small slit in one end of the straw, and fold back the edges. Dip the end with the slit into the bubble solution.

Using a paperclip? Unbend it and reshape it into a ring with a handle.

When touching the bubbles, be sure that your hands are wet with the solution – dry hands equals popped bubbles.

If you have the opportunity to see Keith Michael Johnson in person, I highly recommend it – it was fun for the whole family!  His website lists his performance schedule.

In closing, enjoy some bubble fun from the master himself:

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Do your kids have any crazy ideas that would be pretty cool as a career? Tell me about it in the comments!


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11 Thoughts on “Handi-skill Spotlight: Bubbleology and Designing Your Own Future

  1. Hello All. It will come as no surprise that I really enjoy traveling around sharing bubbles with people just like you. Thank you for your kind words about my work.

    The KY has glycerin and cellulose. The glycerin adds lifetime to the bubble. The cellulose makes the film more elastic and so is more likely to divide rather than pop when wind tries to tear it apart.

    If you’re interested in seeing my latest strangest gig, I’ll tack on a link. It’ll lead to a music video, shot in NYC earlier this year. As bubble & fog wrangler I had a wonderful time working with the director & the musicians….

    Be well all & Happy Bubble Days!


    • Gidget on August 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm said:

      Wow, Keith – thank you so much for stopping by! Yes, we thoroughly enjoyed your show and look forward to catching it in person again one day :-)

      I am so encouraged by people such as yourself who take what they are interested in and make a career out of it! Thank you for sharing your most recent project with us.

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