Go ahead and burst Casey Carle's bubble. He doesn't mind the joke, and his
bubbles need to pop anyway.
"I actually like that bubbles burst. ... If they didn't break, I'm not
sure where I'd put them all," says Carle, an entertainer who specializes
in live soap-bubble demonstrations.
Carle, who lives in rural Connecticut, will be entertaining visitors at
the Carnegie Science Center on Aug. 15 and 16 with his "BubbleMania!"
show, in which he'll create everything from foamy bubbles to millions of
tiny bubbles to giant ones on the Science Stage at the North Side center.
Carle aims to entertain as well as educate people about the science behind
"My brain is split down the middle between love of science and love of the
artistic and creative," he says. "I've never felt like they need to be
separated, so I combine them in my shows."
The bubbles Carle creates can be "jaw-dropping," and people in the
audience wonder whether they can make such bubbles, too. Carle explains
how it works. "BubbleMania!" may seem like a magic show, but it isn't, he
"What I do appears quote-unquote magical, but it's science," he says. "I
break down that difference between illusion and science. I don't do
anything that's an illusion. It's all real.
"When I come to science centers, I break down my art form so people see
the science behind it, so they can do it, too," Carle says.
What is the allure of the soap bubble, which author Mark Twain praised as
a fascinating thing?
Part of it is the bubble's elusive quality, he says. You can see it, but
you can't touch it without popping it. And it comes and goes so quickly.
"It's that ephemeral quality that I think makes my show particularly
appealing," Carle says.
Bubbles are a bit like fireworks, he says.
"Not that it's loud, but you have to be in the moment ... soap bubbles are
not going to last long," Carle says.
Carle — who has done some 4,500 shows in 23 years, including two
standing-room-only shows at the Carnegie Science Center in 2010 — has his
own secret formula for bubbles. "The bubbles have to perform on cue. They
are my partner on my stage," Carle says. "I compare working with soap
bubbles onstage with working with animals onstage. You have to keep them
happy or they don't perform."
Don't assume "BubbleMania!" is just for kids, he says.
"This show will amaze, amuse, and inspire every age," Carle says.