Many adults love balloon creations, even if they don't readily admit it.Twisting For All Audiences
Now you know how you feature in the overall picture...and so on.
Yes. And cats and cows and you name it. They will probably want you to teach them to make them. Also, hats are big with that age. Make it a hat party. There are fun balloon games you can find over in the guide.
Here's the chance to use a lot of the different sizes of balloons you bought to play with and never used at a gig. What you can hang from the connector pieces depends on your imagination and how many hats you have to hold it up.
I have found that four people are the most that can run around as a cohesive unit, but that varies a lot with the crowd.
18 year old males are not a "mature" audience...
Well, 18 year old males really like to pop poodles in creative ways (stomping on them, biting their heads off, lighting them on fire). Then they realize that the 18 year old females really like poodles... Work with it - have a creative popping contest.
Let your heart be your guide, but I don't actually soak anyone (the ensuing water war that could result would not only get you all wet, but your balloon bag could suffer a direct hit and end your day). The threat, alone, is usually enough to break the mood of contempt that they seem to have for the world. They now know that you are a fun person and instead of them having your attention alone, you, now also, have theirs.
What you do at this point can determine how the day goes. I usually put the bottle away and ask the obvious leader of these bad boys and girls, what their favorite cartoon character is. I then ask the line if they would mind if I make it for them. Most often those in line say, "Go ahead!". They all have, more than likely, had to deal with one or more of these misfits at one time or another and are probably quite pleased to see someone getting the upper hand. I then make the group's leader their favorite and before I give it to them (the group), I promise them that I will treat them with respect. The only thing I ask in return is that they do likewise. They will - because you have shown them respect by showing their leader some respect. I don't remember a single time that this was not the case . . .
(Well, once, but it was my own fault. I have learned, the hard way, to keep better control of my stuff. It's the reason that I now put the bottle back in the bag.... I set it on the table next to me "once," and one of the kids got hold of it. I got soaked, my balloon bag took a direct hit, and had I not had a change of clothes, as well as a gross bag or more of every color 260 in the car, my day would've been over. The kid came back and apologized to me for what he'd done. For his discipline, I made him be my assistant for the rest of his time at the event. He ran my errands, fetched my food and drinks, and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. He even helped police the line from cutters without being asked. Had I not had to go back to the hotel that night and spent over six hours individually drying all my balloons by hand, I might still be squirting the squirts.)
You have a golden opportunity to be a positive adult influence in their lives if you have the nerve to step out and play. I didn't for a long time. One day I took the chance and have never regretted it. Do I make mistakes? You bet! When you do, tell the kids you messed up, and that you're sorry. For some of these kids, it could well be the first and only time they ever get to hear a grown-up admit to a fault, let alone give them an apology. How they, we, and everyone learn forgiveness is by example. As a matter of fact, most of life's lessons are by experience and/or example alone.
A: Balloon Magic the Magazine gave some good pointers for this. The magazine talked about attracting the crowd and using lines to generate interest. Basically you need to put on a show. One of the best lines that I heard from that article was someone who said, 'Hey mister, would your daughter like a balloon?' whenever a man and wife walked by. They claimed the line was effective.
All three types tend to travel in packs. If you find a few at a party, there is a pretty good chance most at the party will fit this sampling.
First, don't dress in a manner that is likely to be totally out of character with the event.
If you think it likely that approaching a table of diners and asking "who wants a balloon?" (in whatever style you do) is going to be met with silence or "the kindergarden's next door" or whatever, then don't ask that. Instead, go to each table and announce that the organizers have asked you here specially to make a decoration for their very special table, as a thank you for coming. Make one of your best free standing creations, get your applause as you set it down and move on to the next table. If you only get around the room in your allotted time, then you have earned your money, and provided entertainment for each and every person there. But ..... if you still have an hour or so left, you go back to each table (or selected ones who responded well), and say "People have been asking if they can take home the models to their husband, wife, child, postman... of course you can, but no fighting. Can I make anybody else something special for a loved one?" Now you can make more variety, smaller things, wild things, etc., depending upon whom they are going to give it to. Sometimes just a simple tulip presented to a man to give to his secret desire later may be enough to get the ball rolling.
If there are not many tables, it is at these gigs that you really get a chance to show off all that clever stuff you have learned like clouds and rainbows, spiralling balls, mint roller, games with moving parts etc. Sometimes you get to show people how to make their own dog or flying mouse starting, of course, with blowing up the balloon.
Since then, I've made a point of carrying talc and randomly sampling the balloons for a new bag before any gig. I know most of you already do this, but I think it's particularly important when working with the elderly, who have earned a little peace and quiet.
I often stop on the way home from a gig. I even walk into places I've never been before. I have only been turned down 1 time in 9 years of offering free balloons/entertainment.
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Everytime I work, at a restaurant or festival, I speak Spanish with either the waitstaff, bussers or customers. Since I make approx 350 things, I've translated all the names so I'll know what to call them, including my having my business cards AND my name in English and Spanish depending on who I'm twisting for. If you need to translate, ask a native speaker or get good dictionary, like LaRousse. Usually, the first entry is the most common translation, but sometimes words are different depending on where the person is from. Also BEWARE OF SPANGLISH. DON'T USE IT!!! Always use REAL Spanish. If you have any questions or need a name/item translated, let me know. BalloonDude----El Chavo Globero
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The compromise was that I could continue if I kept a "safe distance" from the young lady in question. Her mom pointed out that even the dust from a popped balloon was enough to affect her breathing. I made out okay, and the family was happy. I'm sure glad that particular manager was there because I could see the family's point, but I was also feeling the pressure from the other families in the group. (Not to mention my tips -- but tips aren't worth anyone's life.) I asked him if he had any ideas, and he spoke with the mom and came up with the compromise.
I managed to keep about four or five tables between me and the young lady during the time they were in the restaurant, and that seemed to be fine. I was able to talk with the family later and do some magic for them. They weren't rude or disagreeable. The mom said she was in as much of a learning curve as I was. If you ever had to have a first time with it, this would have been a good one.