About WHAT'S GOING ON HERE, BEAKMAN?
The family friendly, live stage show is based on creator Jok Church's question-answering scientist Beakman from the syndicated column U Can with Beakman and Jax and TV's long running hit show, Beakman’s World.
Broadcast across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brasil, Argentina, Korea, Taiwan, Colombia, and 20 other countries, Beakman's World has been highly acclaimed by teachers, parents, critics, and, most importantly, kids, for its compelling and appealing science content.
The show features science demos such as:
- A LIGHT ON A STRING uses persistence of vision to trick your brain into seeing a color that isn't there.
- INSTANT CLOUD IN A BOTTLE shows what dust and water vapor can create.
- AUDIENCE VOLUNTEERS take a humorous quiz on phenomena such as edible insects and diaper-eating mushrooms.
- AMAZING OPTICAL ILLUSIONS demonstrate how the brain can be tricked, and thus make faulty assumptions.
- A LEVITATING BEACH BALL shows the strange power of Bernoulli's principle.
- A MYSTERY EXPLAINED: why does your shower curtain stick to you when you are showering?
- BEAKMAN BLOWS A HAIRDO OFF A HOG with the power of a vortex of air.
- ...and much more...
The aim has always been to introduce young audiences to science in a fun, accessible, and memorable way.
Grades: 2 and up.
Ages 6 and beyond, plus family audiences.
A complete study guide is available in PDF form for educators and presenters who wish to connect their curriculum to this live show.
“As Beakman, Mr. Zaloom practices a decidedly cool brand of science.”
— THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Fact: 90% of the scientists who ever lived are alive today. Fact: the lively host of Beakman’s World may be funnier and more informative than any of them.”
— THE WASHINGTON POST
“The irreverent Beakman can satisfy nearly anyone’s curiosity with an answer that is always right on, and can be wry, energetic, sarcastic, engaging, funny, and loud.”
— THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
Who is Paul Zaloom?
He's is an Obie-winning puppeteer, performance artist, filmmaker, and satirist who has created 15 solo shows, including The Fruit of Zaloom, Zaloominations, and White Like Me: A Honky Dory Puppet Show.
Over the past 40 years, he's performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History, Spoleto Festival USA, the Walker Arts Center, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and many other venues on numerous tours throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Zaloom has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, 4 National Endowment for the Arts grants, an American Theater Wing Design Award, plus other financial support for his work from the Jim Henson Foundation, Art Matters, the L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs, the N.Y. State Council on the Arts, the Durfee Foundation, and others.