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My Bubble Wonders show has a solid core. There is my central theme of "Anything is Possible" and to prove it the running gag is how I try to make a square bubble. Along the way I do all sorts of bubbleology and bubble magic while weaving in positive messages about following our dream, developing persistence, etc.

Along the way some of the segments have morphed because of audience reaction or my interest changes. Over years of doing the show I've dropped certain things that just didn't get a a great response or somehow just didn't fit the flow as well.

All in all the show has been honed and polished. I like the fact that the core essence, including the closing, has remained and become even tighter and more effective as a result of looking for all the ways to phrase things in just the right way, how to display the bubbles I create, how to engage with my volunteers in the best way to make them shine, etc.

I like the Seinfield quote above, "...I want to see your best hour." I feel that's what I have now...my best hour!

It's interesting to go back and watch recordings of previous shows and realize how much some things HAVE changed. Great little lines or bits that simply fell by the wayside as new interests and ideas are introduced into the performance.
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All that being said...I'm also now interested in developing a new show. So I feel on one hand I'm starting all over again but not from scratch. Creating and refining Bubble Wonders has given me keen insight into what sort of performance is most meaningful to me and what sort of routines and effects and storytelling best fit my personality.

I'm guessing my new show (completely unrelated to bubbles) will change often as a result of seeing what works and what needs changing. It's one thing to write out an act and it's altogether a different thing to actually perform it for a live audience. It's those ten thousand hours that will make one a master!
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