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The Art of Blowing Bubbles

Updated on November 24, 2011

A Timeless Pastime

Bubble Blowing has evolved to be a favorite pastime to the young and old alike. As far back as 1733, Families who had no other means for toys were able to fashion a wand with wire and soap. The earliest bubble blowers were wands and pipes. . Bubble vintage sets were sold with a pipe a bar of soap and a dish. These appeared round the 1940's. Automated Bubble blowers have been around since the 1950's. The Howdy Doody show was the first character to be on a bubble blower

How to make your own bubble solution

  • 1 cup water
    2 tablespoons light karo syrup or 2 tablespoons glycerin
    4 tablespoons dishwashing liquid

Mix ingredients together

Color Bubbles

  • 1 cup granulated soap or soap powder
    1 quart warm water
    Liquid food coloring

After soap is dissolved in warm water mix the food coloring in until your desired color.

How to make a homemade bubble blower

 It is as simple as taking pipe cleaners and making them into a circle shape.  Twist two together to make a handle.  You can even use the wire form a clothes hanger.  You don't even have to take it apart.  Just stretch the hanger part a little wider to make a giant bubble wand.  Craft wire can also be used and is a little more pliable than the hanger wire! 

Worlds largest bubble
Worlds largest bubble

Guinness Book of World Records

There have been some record breaking bubble blowing. In 2005 a mann according to the Guinness World Book of Records blew the largest bubble ever. It was 2.98 cubic meters) in size. If the bubble were filled with water, it would hold 788 gallons and weigh 3.2 tons. To give you another idea of its size, 13,627 baseballs would fit inside of it.

 In New Zealand the longest Bubble ever was blown at 105-feet.  this is also recorded  in 1996e  Guinness Book of World Records

 the Guinness World Record for most people inside a single bubble when he enclosed 19 boys and girls over 5 feet tall inside a giant bubble at Chessington World of Adventures outside London in Surrey, UK.

Frog Blower
Frog Blower
Eeyore Blower
Eeyore Blower
Dragon Blower
Dragon Blower

Modern day bubble blowing

 Bubble Blowing has taken to new heights with the invention of all sorts of bubble machines. They have bubble machines that make big bubbles, small bubbles and bubbles in bubbles.  It i one of America's favorite pastimes and is around my house.  Battery operated bubble machines even come in your favorite character.

Fantasy Bubble show

The Gazillion Bubble Show

There is actually a magic show featuring Gazillion Bubbles magicians. This show has ben featured on David Letter man and the Oprah Show. It is based in New York and has shows in Korea. The Bubble artists are featured in this website and are able t host a show lasting 85 minute with no intermission.  The above video is from a separate show.   I thought the Gazillion Bubbles clip was too commercial.  If you watch the video above they show some neat tricks with light and smoke

who knew you could do so many cool things with bubbles?


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    • SidneyMorgan profile image

      SidneyMorgan 8 years ago from Australia

      My kids love blowing bubbles and loved the pictures of the huge bubbles. Thanks!

    • E. A. Wright profile image

      E. A. Wright 8 years ago from New York City

      May be childish, but it's so relaxing. Probably because all you have to do is focus, breathe, and anticipate something fun.

    • AllMomNeeds2know profile image

      AllMomNeeds2know 8 years ago

      I think everyone loves bubbles and you get reminded of that when you get the joy of having kids. How cool that they have these bubble shows. My daughter loved the pictures of the huge bubbles :)

    • jim10 profile image

      jim10 8 years ago from ma

      I love bubbles. They can be great for keeping the kids busy wherever we may go. The bubble shows look awesome.

    • wesleycox profile image

      wesleycox 8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      Bubbles... simple yet so fascinating. My daughters go berserk with bubbles. My dogs do too. Great hub

    • shamelabboush profile image

      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      Oh! That's very nice and fun too :)