As a balloon artist I am asked all the time if I dress as a clown. Back when I was younger I did for some events with church, but what I quickly found out is that while many people love clowns, an equal number or more are terrified of them. So as more parents realized this the less demand there was for clowns. So I decided when I became a profession performer not to do make-up and costumer style clowning.
Instead I chose to follow in the footsteps of America’s favorite clown, Red Skelton! I grew up watching great clowns and comedians like Red, Jerry Lewis, and Lucille Ball. They made me laugh and forget my cares and they did it without resulting to vulgarity. It was humor for me as a boy and fitting for my grandmother as well. They would have crazy slapstick and would make fun of themselves and their audience, but always in a lovable way.
Red always had the best characters from Clem Kadiddlehopper to Freddie the Freeloader (the one character that did use makeup). My favorite bits were when he would break a rule of performing and just crack up at his own jokes or his audience. He had a love of God and country and he wasn’t ashamed of it. His Pledge of Allegiance bit is fondly remembered by many and has even been read on the floor of Congress.
I was in Branson last week and saw Tom Mullica’s tribute to Red Skelton and I laughed til I cried and then a tear was brought to my eye for a moment to mourn the loss of such great entertainers. Red’s day has past but it is his legacy and those like him I try to perform and bring a smile to you and yours. Thank you so much for the opportunity to do so.
Last week was the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I was very happy to join the Christian Boys and Men Titanic Society for a weekend remembering those that gave their live for “women and children first.”
Of course I had to leave my mark on the event so I created a giant balloon Titanic costume.
I hadn’t really planned on creating the Titanic so I settled to create the bow of the ship (which would have filled with water and tipped downward but you get the drift).
It was a lot of fun to create and many of the kids came up and helped blow up balloons including some of the Duggar boys from the series “19 Kids and Counting.” What a great and sweet family they are.
With the Iowa Caucus tomorrow I thought I’d share a photo from the election four years ago. Below is a photo of John McCain and a couple of staunch looking Secret Service guys with a balloon I made in McCain’s likeness. This is probably my most famous balloon sculpture because the Associated Press (AP) and TMZ picked and aired it a few times. TMZ’s caption was “Full of Hot Air:
Looks like he’s finally found a qualified running mate.”
Whoever you’re supporting this election cycle remember to get out and vote! And just as important remember to have great balloon decorations, balloon entertainment, and maybe even a balloon drop at your celebrations!
Hope everyone is enjoying all their Christmas gifts. One of my favorite gifts ever was a Super Nintendo with Mario. The systems and games have changed, but Mario is still running strong as a favorite among kids. Several years ago I made a balloon Mario for a birthday boy and thought I’d share that with you today!
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I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas. I spent the day with some great friends. As has become my tradition I end Christmas by watching the annual Doctor Who Christmas Special. This year’s was a simply fantastic ode to C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” The episode was entitled “The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe.” Steven Moffat is an absolute genius.
Anyway, in honor of that I thought I would share a life-size balloon T.A.R.D.I.S. (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space) I created for a party last October. Also pictured is my friend dressed as River Song. After the party was complete I delivered this to Fantasy Shop, a local game and comic store so other nerds could enjoy it.
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This teddy bear was designed and created by Guido Verhoef from the Netherlands. It was made at this year’s T-Jam on the Road. I don’t know of any kid that wouldn’t love to find this big balloon bear under their Christmas Tree.
I have the great pleasure of performing at a lot of parties in Dallas and other regions. The great part about that is that I’ve learned what makes events great. I’ve learned what really makes them magical, and not it isn’t a magician.
It isn’t the food, or decorations, or even great entertainers (though beautiful balloon decorations and balloon entertainment can really help). It isn’t about having a great theme or a party DJ. Having a great party is really very simple.
The magic of a party is found in having a great host! Yes, you as the organizer and host of the party really does make the event.
The hard part is that at some events the host is so busy preparing and caring for issues that they don’t have time to host the party and greet and talk to their guests.
So the best piece of advice I can give you after being part of thousands of events is relax. Do your prep before the party and then just trust that it was enough and go with the flow. Your guests primarily are there to be with you. Remember that and you’ll host some great parties.
Balloon Artist, Dallas / Fort Worth
P.S. Of course one way to make sure you can relax is having a great team of people around you for the event. That is where I come in. So if you’re looking to have hassle free entertainment and décor give me a call at (314) 346-2241 today!