Biography/Background on Rami Salami
Philip Bloom, 47, first performed
publicly as a child ventriloquist at the Children's Museum in Jamaica Plain
around 1968. He helped his parents run fashion shows in nursing homes and
state hospitals throughout New England. He attended Tel Aviv University
and Boston University, performed as a stand-up comic at The Comedy Connection
and the Ding Ho while working as a Real Estate Broker in Brookline in the
early 80âs and traveling often to Israel, Egypt and throughout Europe.
He served as a volunteer in the Israeli army beginning in 1988. During the Gulf war in 1991, he prepared antidote kits against nerve gas attacks and performed in hospitals and army bases. It changed his outlook on life when a scud missile landed near his base in Tel Aviv. He returned to Boston, underwent an experimental heart procedure to correct an arrhythmia problem, and decided to make the world a happier place.
Philip Bloom became Rami Salami while buying balloons in Israel in late 1992. He was hired by the Magic Shop owner to demonstrate his balloon technique on video while speaking Hebrew. Seeing a news story about a child named Rami, he started rhyming, and the rest is history.
He began street performing in Harvard Square in March of 1993, quickly finding his face on the cover of the Boston Globe Calendar. That fall, speaking Bostonian-accented Spanish, he made a name for himself in Barcelona, in front of the famed Liceo Opera House on the pedestrian Ramblas. Known throughout Spain as "El Rey de los Globos", The King of Balloons has enjoyed seven Spring seasons at the Carnival in Cadiz and the Fiesta de la Magdalena in Castellon, near Valencia.
It was at Harvard Square's Mayfair in 1996 that he met his wife, Susan, a talented visual artist and designer who creates the beautiful costumes, fleece banners and accessories of "SalamiLand". Married in a spectacular ceremony under the rotunda at Faneuil Hall early in the morning on Friday the 13th of September. They live happily in Dorchester's Melville Park neighborhood with her son, Max Dandridge, 16, a student at Boston Latin.
Rami Salami has appeared on The NBC Today Show twice, is beginning his ninth year at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and celebrated his 8th year at First Night Hartford, Connecticut . In 1995, Rami was a featured performer at Nagasaki Holland Village in Japan.
Rami was featured in March 1999 at a special children's party held by President Ezer Weizman of Israel at his residence in Jerusalem. While in Israel, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem played host to "SalamiLand" during the Purim Holiday.
In February 2000 Rami Salami auditioned at Harrods, of Knightsbridge, the worldâs best known store. He has become the house clown during the British "Half-term breaks" performing in Harrod's 4th floor children's theater to visitors from around the world, much the same as he encounters at Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Rami Salami loves to give the people what they want, an original, funny and colorful show that will captivate the entire audience from preschoolers to parents. His show is amazingly enough, also a big hit on college campuses such as Boston College in Chestnut Hill and Trinity College in Hartford, Ct. The ADL regularly opens their Team Harmony event at the Fleet Center with Rami Salami entertaining the 12,000 high school students who attend to fight racism. He also performs at the Massachusetts Special Olympics at MIT. His more notable clients have been Harrods of Knightsbridge, American Airlines, Malden Mills, Fidelity Investments, and the Lowell Spinners Baseball Club.
"Your balloon creations are so creative and exciting;
they exceed anyone's previous balloon experience....You have a very special
ability to reach children and leave them with a long lasting smile and
an original piece of balloon art."
Tiffany Grossman, Young Adult Librarian,
Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield, MA