Why He’s Interesting: Pearlman has an alias: Dr. U. R. Awesome. Before you’re finished thinking, well, that’s pretentious, let us say he’s an 11-time Guinness World Record setter in bubbleology (yes, it’s a thing). In July, the magician-turned-balloon-twister-turned-bubbleologist grappled for a 12th record, the Largest Soap Bubble Net, at Notre Dame College.
Can’t Burst His Bubble: Despite a couple of bugs in July’s attempt, Pearlman is confident he’ll eventually claim the record. “There has been some lady in Austria that supposedly set the record,” he says. “I gave her the temporary satisfaction of claiming the title right now, but I don’t think it will be that long she’ll have it.”
Goosebubbles: In 2018, Pearlman traveled to Caernarfon Castle in Wales to participate in the record-breaking of the most people blowing bubbles with a wand. “It was 381 people simultaneously blowing bubbles. It just looked like a mass bubble blizzard in this courtyard … like Dracula’s castle. You kind of got the shakes and the goosebumps.”
Count Down: This off-season, Pearlman will dodge Cleveland’s dreary clouds for California sun. He jokes, “I got 87 days here, can you tell I’ve been writing them off? The plane leaves at 7 p.m., I’m in Palm Springs by 10. I’m at the pool by 10:30.”
Tough Bubbling: Pearlman’s voice tightens when he recalls being asked to blow bubbles at a young girl’s funeral. “I felt good about it, but … that was a new one for me. If I could bring joy and happiness to somebody in times like that, I don’t have to think twice.”
Creating Good Karma: While Pearlman may like to keep his life light — and bubbly — he also loves to use his foam cannon for good by working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “People have done for me, and I like to give back also,” he explains.
Interesting Fact: 175: Number of events Pearlman had last year, April to September