14th November 2023
In this month’s zoom there is all the usual banter along with some brilliant tips and tricks.
Lorenzo talks about how he ‘orchestrates’ the bubbles with child management, with other members providing how they achieve harmony between performance and the children’s urge to pop the bubbles.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR BUBBLE JUICE WARM? … plenty of ideas, tips and tricks on how to keep your bubble juice warm
Here’s the link to the product described and shown online:US Version: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WLHLQY8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Disclaimer: Damian doesn’t really glue razor blades to the bubble machine wands.
More chat on the comparisons between Wolfgang, Frederic and Dustin’s versions of the bubble tank, including the hand crank to push more air through the device and discussions on sizing, leaking and handling.
Thomas C. Altman has also posted separately in the Members FB group on a device to push more air through the tank.
Does your Uncle Bubble juice let you down? Here’s a quick discussion on how to diagnose and possibly fix the mix.
Russell Kemmish brings up a new bubble juice concentrate, possibly as good as Uncle Bubble? It’s called JOYIN
UK link: https://www.amazon.com/Joyin-Toy-Solution-CONCENTRATED-Machine/dp/B0721ZKZ6X/ref=asc_df_B0721ZKZ6X/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=241913971097&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13336579557321297453&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9032155&hvtargid=pla-456217340619&th=1
Sandy Joins us with his tips on kid management and his take on Dustin and Wolfgang’s tanks / reservoir
Have you seen those giant waving men at carnivals and fetes? A giant fan and a long tube of material? … Thomas C. Altman has found a mini one and created something marvellous… you’ll need to watch to find out what it is.
Mellissa talks about her awesome wedding, and the amazing bubbles her friends created for her magical day. She has also uploaded a video clip, again find it on the Members FB group) of her day/night with bubbles bubbles everywhere … stunning.
Congratulations Melissa xx
MONDAY MAY 6TH INTERNATIONAL BUBBLE BLOWING DAY
We had a quick chat on what we could all do to celebrate this day as individual bubble artistes and as an International Bubble Association.
The most popular idea is for all members to go bubble at a local to them landmark. Send in a pic or two showing you bubbling AND your local landmark. You will also need to submit your name, location and the name of your landmark.
These will be collated into an album and set to music. This will be made available for ALL members before May 1st .. so that we can all premiere the album at the same time on May 6th 2024.
There’s also a post on the Members page for you to pop your thoughts on.
Talk turns to the Tornado effect and the post Damian made in the members group asking how to ‘clean it up’
From this discussion came the revelation that our very own Blaise Ryndes and team of Gary Pearlman, Dustin and Thomas C. Altman created and achieved the Guinness world record for the world’s biggest Tornado bubble.
Congratulations Blaise and team
A conversation follows on wavelengths of light, colours in soap films, and a photo of a bubble with the reflection of a sunset … beautiful image.
And a stunning video from Maxwell the Bubbleologist’s Instagram account showing his ‘A Solar Powered Bubble Projector’
This is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING …. Maxwell is glowing with the power of the bubble.
Can this be replicated in an indoor show? … Can soap films form geometric shapes when subjected to certain notes?
And from this we move into Thomas C. Altman’s use of white lasers and bubbles some really great images showing reflections, bouncing and refractions.
And lastly … tiny bubble machines …. Can you still get them and where from.
You can watch the replay on the AOIBA YouTube channel by clicking this link: https://youtu.be/ciMX_7zNQws
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Join us for the next zoom on Wednesday 6th December 17:00h UK time.
14th September 2023
Your 2023 / 2024 Committee members are:
President: Sterling Johnson
Chair: Sarah Campbell
Secretary: Iain J. Mindwraith
Treasurer: Damian Jay
Membership Secretary & Apprentice Co-ordinator: Helen Dutch
General Committee Members:
Caroline Cornelius -Jones
Motions put forward for Members vote and their results:
Updated AOIBA Constitution
An updated version of the AOIBA Constitution was voted on and passed with a majority vote by those voting at the AGM.
This updated Constitution is effective from today, and over the next couple of days the new version will replace the old one as a downloadable document and all other places where it is visible.
A big THANK YOU to those of you who managed to come to this years AGM.
The results of the Committee Elections are on the left hand side.
I’m sure I speak and type on behalf of the entire Committee and the Membership in saying a very big thank you to our outgoing Membership Secretary Eran Backler for all his work and achievements within the AOIBA. We all wish you well in your next chapter.
We also say a fond farewell to our outgoing Secretary, Mark Heskeh Jennings. Once again the Committee and the Membership thank you for all you’ve achieved within the AOIBA, and we all wish you well for the future, and that we see you snapping away at future events.
So as one chapter closes, another is just starting, and we welcome a new Committee member Iain J. Mindwraith stepping into the role of Secretary. He brings with him a wealth of experience within the role of Communications.
Stepping into the role of Membership Secretary is our very own Apprentice Co-ordinator – Helen Dutch.
Having successfully steered several Apprentices and their Mentors along their journey to Full Membership, Helen brings her charm, warmth and wonderful personality to the role along with a passion and drive to serve the AOIBA Membership into the future.
As a whole, the Committee is looking forward to working together and facing the exciting times ahead.
You are all invited to the AOIBA’s AGM meeting which will be on Wednesday 13th September at 17:00h UK time
This is your chance to vote for the Officers and Committee members to guide and run the day to day management of the Association.
Although applications for general Committee members is now closed, applications for the Officer roles of Secretary and the role of Membership Secretary are still open.
If you wish to stand for either of these roles, please message either Sarah Campbell or Damian Jay to register your interest.
There will also be statements from the Chair, Treasurer and departing Membership Secretary. And of course the announcement of the Plasterer Award recipients.
Details of how to join the AGM Zoom meeting are below, and can also be found on the Members Facebook page pinned in the featured box.
Please do try to make it as it is after all your association 🙂
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After 2 terms in my role (4 years altogether) I have decided not to stand for another term on the committee. I believe now, the association is well founded and in a good place, and a new and fresh committee can take it into its next steps going forward. This will also allow me to have the time and energy to focus on new projects that I am keen to work on. For the time being I will remain like the rest of you, a full member of the AOIBA, however I will no longer be working on promoting or managing the association as before, so for any future queries please contact one of the other committee members.
In stepping back from a frontline role within AOIBA, I can now put my time and energy into my family, my work and the many projects I have not got round to doing. I want to thank all those who supported me in my role, and also those who reached out to me during the past few weeks. I am grateful to you.
I am also thankful for the many great friendships I’ve made here in the bubble community, you are all welcome to get in touch anytime.
Founder Secretary of the AOIBA
7th July 2023 update
Although this months Zoom was a small amount of attendees, it’s PACKED with useful info on various topics, including:
What IS a bubbleologist?
JLube or KLube?
Different brands of FAIRY
Alternative to the usual Guar mix
And the usual banter, silliness with some funny anecdotes along the way.
For those of you who purchased Frederic’s Ballerina .. there are some helpful hints and tips on getting her to rise into the air gracefully.
There are a couple of edits in this video, partly down to some sound issues, and a request to edit out a comment or two. So forgive the couple of ‘jumps’ in the recording.
Next Months Zoom meeting is on Wednesday 2nd August at 17:00h UK time. Add it to your diaries
Would you like to help shape the future of the association? If
you wish to join the AOIBA Committee, please fill the form (which you can download from the members area on this site) and email it to email@example.com by 31st July 2023 at the latest.
Elections will then take place at our Annual General Meeting 13th
September. If you are then nominated you will join the AOIBA Committee
from September 2023. We are especially seeking for someone to fill the
Secretary roll, which involves AOIBA Admin and Communications.
Let us know if you have any questions by commenting below or by direct
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Posted on 17th September 2022
Pep was introduced by Martin, and then a pre-recorded video of Pep accepting his award was played. Aramis introduced Tom who then accepted his award.
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Posted on 26th July 2022
The AOIBA needs YOU … yes YOU!
Dear members, our next AOIBA Annual General Meeting will take place on 8th September 2022 at 5pm (UK time), please put this date in your diaries. The Zoom link and other details will be published closer to the time. See you all there!
Aprils Zoom 7th April at 5 pm UK time
The topic – Practicality!
AOIBA Zoom 3rd March 2022
Replay now available on the AOIBA YouTube Channel Link: https://youtu.be/_K2i_mCrc-w
Guest lecture on websites by Fernando Alvarez Jr
The topic – Websites that get you GIGS!
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ZOOM CALL 3RD MARCH 2022 SUMMARY
This month we had a guest lecturer – Fernando Alvarez Jr. The topic – Websites that get you GIGS!
The first hour is the lecture, followed by a Q & A session. After that there is our usual chatty stuff and banter. At the end we also cover the next upcoming Zoom calls and a few dates for the diary.
In this lecture we learn about the Three second rule, top tips on webpage and navigation layout including drop down menus and CTA’s (Call To Action)
We take a look at various example websites along with some of our Members websites so we can see these top tips in action and how they impact our website visitors.
We learn about page and website loading speeds and by using a simple online tool how we can check our own webpage loading speed. If you want to try that yourself, you can use the site mentioned in the lecture to see how fast your page loads. Link: www.pagespeed.web.dev
We also learn how to secure your website with a Padlock icon. Then we turn our attention to Booking Forms, again with some real website examples of booking forms, and some interesting points were raised during this section.
SEO plays an important part in any website, so of course Fernando delved into this covering topics such as Key Words, Headings and how and where to use H1, H2, H3 etc Meta Tags, Title tags and image text and Alt text are also covered, which makes putting images on your website much easier for Google (and other search engines) to read and categorise.
He also explained how to set up the text that shows up when your website appears in the Google search results.
Fernando also talks about a very important aspect that many people don’t know about – Google my Business.
A very useful and important tool that can be set up and used for free. This will help with your rankings.
Although there were questions throughout the lecture, there were also quite a few after the lecture where Fernando gave extra information and useful tips on backlinks and how to get reliable backlinks for a fee.
There is a lot more information in the lecture than I can possibly summarise in these short paragraphs so it’s worth spending an hour to watch the first half of this replay.
Fernando has kindly agreed to offer help and support to our members who may have further questions or need some help. He also designs and creates professional websites for entertainers all over the world.
If you would like to get in touch with Fernando, either message him on Facebook letting him know your are an AOIBA member, or alternatively you can contact him through his website www.fernandoseo.com
Aelfwyn Shipton also raised a point in the brief discussion on testimonials and marketing. She mentioned she had some resources on Marketing she was happy to share with AOIBA members. These PDF resources can be found in the AOIBA Members Facebook group in the files section.
Link to part one: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aoiba/permalink/741985830051899
Link to part two: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aoiba/permalink/741986583385157
The links contained within this article are backlinks to the various websites they link to :-)
February’s Zoom call is now available on the AOIBA YouTube Channel the link you need to watch the video is: https://youtu.be/xfXUw1reMBo
Are bubbles alive? and Do bubbles go to the loo?
No copyright infringement is intended.
Smoke mod and Ecig kits.
Fog Tube Device
Small adapter / top for Ecigs
The Floating Ballerina
The Living Bubble
The foam ring maker with lights
Wand with tube to put smoke into the bubble
Tennis Racket (with thread) and appearing tennis ball
Bubble to necklace
Candelabra with LED lights
The awesome Bubble Umbrella
The Bubble Book
Bubble Ice Cream
Dr.Zigs frozen bubble kit https://drzigs.com/gclid=Cj0KCQiAxoi…Videos
on the Dr Zigs Instagram page, here: https://www.instagram.com/drzigs/
Heart shaped wands and hoops
As it’s February we just have to talk about Luuuuurrrrveee and the special things we do for our clients that require that little touch of ‘Awwwwww’
Happy New Year to you all.
January 6th’s Zoom call is now available to watch on our YouTube channel.
In order to watch the replay please use this link: https://youtu.be/I5qM3FsqwkQ
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Topics covered in this Zoom include:
Iain Jay mentioned The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures which can be found here: www.rigb.org/christmas-lectures
Graham Maxwell talked about Salt Shakers to disperse salt onto performance area to soak up the soap and mitigate slipperiness. Easily available from Amazon.
Thomas Altman’s forthcoming book. The PDF of this is currently (at the time of this video upload) to download and peruse on the FB members page.
Mini air blowers to make mini foamers. Two versions were mentioned.
Sandy Snakenberg mentioned the Opalar version, here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Compressed-Cordless-Computer-Rechargeable-Efficient/dp/B09GYC4XK4/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?keywords=opolar+air+duster&qid=1641493597&s=officeproduct&sprefix=opolar%2Coffice-products%2C77&sr=1-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyWUI3OEtMTVNWR1ZDJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNTkwODcwMVJQRFA1VFpGTk4zSSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwODI2OTg5MkhIRjZBSlQ2RFQ3UyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
And Cj mentioned the air pump from Decathlon, here: https://www.decathlon.co.uk/p/electric-camping-pump-mains-power/_/R-p-329373
Discussion on frozen bubbles, freezers and phones inside freezers with Paola and the Dr Zigs frozen bubble kit: www.drzigs.com/collections/most-popular/products/frozen-bubble-kit
Seeing how sound waves interact / resonate / wobble (that last one is the correct scientific term) while blowing bubbles and suggestions of using strobes as well. Usual precautions please if you use stroboscopic lighting.
Carol Collins exploding kids bubble brains …. very funny !!!! The images for this can be found in the AOIBA Facebook group’s media section in the photos tab.
Helen’s portable tent for either performing inside or and or for use with KIB outside. Link to the tent she uses here: https://alvantor.co.uk/products/alvantor-outdoor-bubble-tent-pop-up-gazebo-igloo?variant=39858608537794
Various methods for achieving KIB outside including the awesomeness of Demian Zen.
Putting on your own theatre shows which lead to the conversation of the AOIBA putting on theatre shows. Discussion moved over to the Committee to discuss.
And many more topics, laughter and merriment.
All the above links, and link to this replay, will also be posted in the AOIBA Facebook page.
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We are also inviting nominations for our Committee. We currently have our full quota members of the Committee. If anyone wants to stand as an officer or if we have new nominations for the Committee, the positions will be decided by ballot. If you would like to stand please complete and return a nomination form by 23rd August 2021, All submissions should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org We will acknowledge your submission by email within 48 hours to confirm we received it.
You can download the nomination form on: https://aoiba.org/downloadable-documents/
Dear members, Just to let you know we managed to restore our paypal account, so hopefully you should be able to make payment through the link below, if you could do it by the end of April, we will greatly appreciate it. Also to inform you that Steff has decided to resign her position as Treasurer of AOIBA and we are currently seeking to fill her position. On behalf of the committee I would like to thank Steff for all her hard work and dedication helping to establish the association since its formation. Have a bubbly weekend all!
Dear AOIBA Members,
In a conversation among this organization’s Committee members it was suggested that we might want to consider sending out a regular or semi-regular newsletter of some sort. While the Committee is interested and has ideas on the subject, we soon realized that the few of us are feeling like we are probably not the ones to do the time consuming job of heading up such a project. Then it was decided to raise the subject here among the larger membership. … if you have thoughts on this subject let’s talk.
Dear AOIBA members,
Your annual AOIBA membership fees are now due. Kindly use the following Paypal link to make payment, this payment will then be taken yearly, until you cancel the subscription on your PayPal account. The amount currently remains on £10 a year.
PLEASE make sure to put your FULL name so we know who paid.
Kindly make payment as soon as you can by the end of the month. If you have any issues please contact us.
Eran & Steff
Dear AOIBA members,
We want to give you an update from the AOIBA committee.
- Annual General Meeting
- Membership Fee
- AOIBA Website
- Bubble Beach Vacation
In light of the current world situation we sadly decided again to postpone our plans for an International Bubble Fest Event, and will be looking into holding one in 2022/2023, where hopefully we can all meet again!
Our Annual General meeting will be held on Zoom on 2nd September 2021 5pm (UK time), so keep the date available, and we look forward to seeing you then. More details will follow.
We are now coming to this time of year, where your membership annual fees are due. We will send you all an email in the next week or two with instructions on how to make payment. Fee remains at £10 only for the year. If you have any issues with payment, please contact me or Steff.
Meanwhile Social zoom meetings for members are held on the 1st Thursday of each month, hosted by Umar, 6pm (UK time): https://zoom.us/join, Meeting ID 334 407 3683, Security Passcode BUBBLE
We are currently working on two new features on the AOIBA website. One is a world map, showing where all AOIBA members are located with links to your profiles on the AOIBA website. The other is an extensive an attractive gallery with photographs from previous Bubble gatherings and other events. We will update you when those become live.
Bubble Beach Vacation (BBV) 2022 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, is still going ahead, and we hope to see many of you there, please join the dedicated FB group for more details:
Meanwhile we hope you are keeping well, and staying bubbly, while the world hopefully gradually returns to some sort of normality.
Eran, AOIBA Secretary
On behalf of the AOIBA Committee
AOIBA Zoom meetings will continue in 2021 on a monthly basis. These will be held on the first Thursday of each month 6pm (UK time) and will be informal/social gatherings , but also if anyone wants to propose or lead a theme/lecture/masterclass please do let us know. As usual these are for members only. Umar Shoaib kindly agreed to host the sessions, and we thank him for his support! Below are the new details for the Zoom meetings for 2021.
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It was wonderful to see so many of you at our first Annual meeting last night. Thank you so much for coming along to give us your support.
We began with a welcome from our President Tom Noddy.
The current committee Steff as Treasurer, Eran as Secretary and myself as Chair along with Aramis and Sterling were re elected and Paola, Caroline Cornelius-Jones and Helen were also elected into the committee.
We formally adopted the constitution after making three amendments . Paola’s amendment to include a statement on inclusion, mine to allow for apprenticeships and Terries to remove mention of Facebook as a means of communication we’re all passed.
We talked about our exciting plans for an AOIBA event in London in September 2021 and how we could achieve some form of accreditation particularly in bubble therapy. Exciting times ahead!
Wishing you all, I hope we can all make bubbles together soon.
We’d like to remind you of our Annual Meeting on Sunday 5th July 2020 at 6pm BST (UK time),
please calculate your local time.
Zoom Meeting ID: 897 2645 6394
We had two applications from members who would like to join the committee:
in addition all current committee members will be standing again for their roles:
Chair – Sarah Campbell
Membership Secretary – Eran KB
Treasurer – Steff Evans
Committee Member – Sterling Johnson
Committee Member – Aramis Gehberger
All these will be voted upon at the AGM. Tom Noddy is continuing his role as President.
There were also a couple of amendment proposals to the constitution. The constitution and the proposed additions below will all be up for approval at the AGM:
The constitution can be found here:
Constitution proposal, from Paola Dyboski-Bryant: ‘It is the hope and intent of this organization to take a proactive approach to diversity and inclusion amongst our members, and to resist and prevent discrimination regarding gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, physical ability or citizenship. We will endeavour to have an organization that reflects the diversity of our planet. Aliens and misfits welcome.’
Constitution proposal, from Sarah Campbell: ‘Apprentice Membership of the Association shall be open to any person interested in, and showing knowledge of, Bubble Artistry or Bubbleology Apprentice Membership is subject to being vouched for and mentored by an existing member and can continue until the Apprentice is deemed to have reached a sufficiently high standard to merit full Membership. Each member may serve as a mentor for one apprentice at any one time.
Apprentice Members shall pay a subscription as decided by the committee, be entitled to participate in some activities of the Association. They may not describe themselves as members of the Association but as Apprentices of the Association. They shall not enjoy any voting rights whatsoever or be eligible for election to the Committee or office.’
Treasurer’s report and accounts
Adoption of Constitution
Election/ re election
Date of next meeting
We look forward to seeing you at the AGM,
The AOIBA Committee
We hope you are all coping well during these challenging and uncertain times. AOIBA would like to invite you to fortnightly Zoom chats for members only as follows: (ALL Meetings are 6pm-8pm UK time):
Saturday, 25th April 2020 – Social Gathering
Saturday 9th May 2020 – Theme: Virtual parties, Instructional videos & performing in the new age of Covid-19
Saturday 23rd May – Master Class Webinar, Hand Bubbling with Sterling Johnson
Saturday 6th June – Theme: Share your Inventions
Sunday 14th June – A virtual Bubble Show with Blaise Ryndes from Spheres Bubble Show. Followed By Q&A
Saturday 20th June – An evening with Tom Noddy, sharing stories and Q&A
Sunday 5th July – AOIBA AGM (Annual General Meeting) – Association meeting
23rd July 2020 Equipment. Sharing examples of equipment we have made, sharing tips and experience. Including special guest: Gordy Tobutt
6 August 2020 Digital, online events such as Zoom parties and workshops and filming online content. Sharing expertise and showing short examples of what people have done. Including special guest
20 August 2020 Puppets, Story telling and scripting .
3 September 2020 Therapy and discuss gathering of ideas about how we can create some form of accreditation.
Meeting ID: 897 2645 6394
AOIBA has now been open for applications from the entire global bubble community since February 2020, and we have a steady stream of applications that we are processing. Currently membership has crossed the 80-members thresh line with members from around the globe.
We wanted to let you know of some benefits that we have been adding to our website for AOIBA members.
new Gallery section which will continue to expand we also have in our ‘Members
Only’ section of the website a few new features. Firstly, a discount page
offering members a number of discounts from some of the world’s top Bubble equipment
designers and makers. They were all keen and generous to support the association
by providing discounts to our members, please do not share these with
non-members. There is also a page with
downloadable document for your
adaptation and use, such as contracts, T&Cs templates etc.. a special
thanks to Damian Jay for creating and sharing most of those. You can also download the AOIBA logo from that
page and use it on your own website or social media, to mention you are a member
of the association.
There is also a News page where we will update you on association matters, some recommended links and our constitution. If you haven’t joined our members Facebook page yet, please go to:
You will note the members directory is now a public page so its open to the public anyone can access it. If you wish not to appear on the directory, please get in touch to opt out.
We would like to remind you to please only sponsor applicants you are happy to advocate both for their Bubble skills and experience and their ethical and professional attitude.
We will have more news for you later on.
Meanwhile Bubble On!