Keith Michael Johnson
RI Bubble Guy

When not performing, Keith Michael Johnson, Rhode Island's Bubble Guy, is experimenting and stretching the limits of what bubbles can do and what people can learn from them.

Describing Keith takes more than one short phrase. One has to use words such as artist, entertainer, scientist, researcher, teacher -- the list could go on and on. One of his specialties is presenting core academic subjects in a theatrical, humorous, and enthusiastic way.

Keith describes his work with bubbles as "a passion to use these spherical wonders--from tiny, intricate geometric sculptures to VW Beetle-sized behemoths that lumber through the air like dinosaurs--to stir the minds and imaginations of audiences." He adds, "The art of soap bubbling lies in its capacity to dramatically illustrate the transformation of the mundane into the extraordinary."

Keith has developed a huge site that can tell you everything you've ever wanted to know about bubbles, bubble performers, and all things bubble-related. Check it out at

He includes a huge history area that will give you tons of information about bubbles over the past 100+ years. He says, "I was really taken with all that bubblers were up to between 1885 & 1925. Much of what they were doing back then has been forgotten. I'd like to bring it back and keep it alive, in my own way. I mean, a 'bubble social' as a small group fund-raising event sounds like a fun time! Or bubble parties for kids with contests and bubble games.

"They had an enthusiasm for playfully testing the limits of bubble's abilities back then, which I found contagious and have tried to carry into my show."

His bubble show was the first in America to be created with funding support from state and federal arts endowment sources, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

The show includes bubble domes, lighter than air gasses, home- made bubble devices and inventions, and secret solutions that make bubbles live the entire length of the show.


Keith starts his shows with "You know, I get to talk with a lot of kids, and when I ask them what they want to be when they grow up ~ no one ever says Bubble Artist. Well, I'd like to change that. In fact, that's what this show's all about..."


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last updated 04/25/2009