Record-Setting Dr. U.R. Awesome Brings the Fun of Bubbles

Record-Setting Dr. U.R. Awesome Brings the Fun of Bubbles

There’s a doctor in Northeast Ohio who only writes prescriptions for fun. In fact, Dr. U.R. Awesome is a professional bubbleologist and a perennial world record setter.

Dr. U.R. Awesome — also known as Gary Pearlman — combines science and entertainment with soap, creating awe-inspiring bubble shows at venues throughout the greater Cleveland/Akron area and beyond.

From area events and city celebrations to corporate events, schools, weddings and birthday parties, Pearlman enjoys making any occasion special and filled with the wonder of bubbles.

“Smiles are universal,” he says. “I keep it educational, entertaining and enlightening and am constantly innovating. There is no limit. Smiles, wows and joy are my bubble juice.”

Pearlman performs at a recent Fun at First & Main event in Hudson. (Photos by Shana O’Malley-Smith)

After being a magician for 45 years, Pearlman learned balloon twisting, which he performed on the cruise ship Allure. After that, his thoughts turned to staying ahead of the game: “(There are) too many magicians, twisters, face painters … I did my research and started bubbling in 2014,” he says. “I take both a scientific and entertainment approach to my art. I enjoy designing events that bond and uplift both national and global audiences.

Accolades soon followed for the innovative Dr. U.R. Awesome, who holds — or has pending — several Guinness World Records, including the record for the largest outdoor free floating soap bubble (3,400 cubic feet); largest indoor free floating soap bubble; largest soap bubble blown by hand; most people blowing bubbles; biggest bubble net ever created; and tallest bubble.

Pearlman has traveled around the world for events, conventions and to enjoy the company of his fellow bubbleologists, who he calls his “bubble family.” 

The joy of focusing on the art of entertainment for all ages has united my vast skills to focus on all aspects of the simple joys of bubbles and what they mean to everyone,” Pearlman says. “They are universal and speak the common language of wonder and awe. Our world needs more of that.”

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