|Shin Yong, Bubble Artist|
Hundreds of Bubbles go up in the sky and there is a kid trapped inside a giant bubble. The crowd's interst is aroused by watching his wonderful perfomance. Hundreds of bubbles he make is so fantastic that they think they saw amiss. From start to finish his performance, his nimble movements his audience sellbound. Both kids and parents smile sweetly and he soon smile too.
Shin Yong is first bubble artist in Korea. He became a bubble artist by chance. In fact, he was actor and major in drama at his college. Okuda's (a famous bubble artist in japan) bubble show that he watched by chance when he was in high school changed his whole life. "Okuda' show was so amazing. I thought it was just what I had looked for. I had wanted to play monologue. I thought bubble performance had something in common with monologue. So I thought it was suited for me and I decided to try later." Before he turned to bubble art, he was in dramatic company playing for children as an actor and pantomimist. "Career as an actor was very helpful to bubble performance. It teached me such like how to act and treat children friendly."
In 2003, He started out bubble performance. There had been many problems since he start out that. He had no material and no data about bubbling and nobody could advised to him just because he tried first bubbling in Korea. "I had no material about bubbling at all. I needed to study bubbling and create bubbling equipment and unique bubble wand. Sometimes I ran into a brick wall, but, I thought it was worthy of attempt because no had tried before. Like an frontier, he made everything needed for bubbling by himself. There were no store selling bubbling equipments he wanted to in Korea. To create them, he went to hardware shop and junk shop to bought materials such like the iron wire and stick. Developing his own bubble solution was also not easy. It took two years to develop his own bubble solution making bubble last longer and stronger. The most difficult thing for him was the bubble. The bubble is so sensitive to heat, huminity and that he could not produce performance in outside changing the flow of air every seconds. Inside a room also could have some problem if its air conditioner is turned up too high. The fever of audience can make bubbles pop. "I must decide what I should do for every case before show is on due to the nature of bubble. Bubbles like moisture and pop when they touch something dry. Dry objects absorb the liquid like sponge and the bubble's surface tension make it burst. But If they were wet, the bubble thinks of it as part of itself. Muggy rainy days are actually better for bubbling because its love for moisture. So I hope for the sun to go away and the humidity to rise when I have performance."
The performance is as important as the bubble in the show. It make audience watch the show with breathless It also make them happy, smile. "My most audience is children. So It is very important for me to have a love of children and gentle smile at them. I smile sweetly at them, then they smile sweetly at me too. Now I realize it is really improtant in performance that I have to smile sweetly at them. Since he was in high school, he have learned how to act and gesture in the stage through drama class and pantomime. But, he felt it was not enough. So he learned magic to make his show more fantastic. People who watched my show used to compare my show with the show of Fan Yang, canadian, world-famous bubble artist. I really appreciate that, but I actually want to produce something different to his show. I want to create not copy."
He has to practice and experience bubbling every day to realize his idea about bubbling. He select best bubble artistry out among results of his experiment. He has many bubble artistry. For example, he can take a sharp needle and place it through. He can also place a person through a giant bubble and make hundreds of bubbles at once. Lately he has learned magic and has developed "Bubble Magic." Even though he is veteran bubble artist who has done this job for ten years, bubble show is always difficult to him. "The more I do the bubble show, the more confused I get. The more my bubble show come to fame, the more expectation I have to meet. I usually feel heavy burden for developing new bubble artistry. But, I really try to develop new, funny and brilliant artistry . I think It is very harder than when I started out bubble art."
Bubble is getting more popular, there are many people want to know how to play bubble artistry. He could never think of that, when he had difficult time due to no co-worker, no senior bubble artist. When they asked him for teaching some bubble artistry, he turned them down at first. But he couldn't refuse their request any more, he decided to meet them and practice them in some bubble art.
He hope to produce touching bubble show in the future. As for the future, he says, "I want to produce show can make impression on audience and exchange a smile with them, not just show can show my bubble art off. I want to be a hero but a performer who give people hopes and dreams."
He spent a lot of time bubbling and an his tireless effort could turn "play" into "art". We can feel his mind to cherish children in his show. So his bubble show can be more valuable. Some people think his bubble show is just "play", but his bubble show give children dream and give adult their childhood memory. Now, do you still think it is just "play"?
Kim na-eun, News Desk Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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