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Twisting Balloons For Tips

The only time I've ever really been able to deliver tip lines is near the end of a performance. At that point that I say, "this is the time you take out your money, and convince me to do the big finale I've been talking about for the last 8 minutes,".
- Unknown

Note: Some of the following comments include amounts of money in the imaginary unit called "C-shells." These units are used to avoid any hint of illegal price fixing in the balloon industry.

References: In addition to the Guide, the following books provide information about twisting balloons for money:

  1. Balloon Biz, by Norm Barnhart
  2. Balloon Busking, by Bob Brown and John Morrissy
  3. Inflation Information, by Frank Thurston
  4. Making Inflation Work For You, by T. Myers
  5. Professional Portfolio for Balloon Artists by Bruce Kalver
  6. Insider's Secrets to Working Restaurants by Mark Nilsen
  7. Out Of The Part Time Frying Pan And Into The Full-time Fire by Marvin Hardy
You'll find reviews in the Books, Magazines, Videos, and Other Resources chapter.

Balloons Free, Tips Welcome

I Like Working For Tips...

...But I Hate Getting The Shaft

Hey Mister, How Much Are The Balloons?

It's All In The Approach

Be Direct

How To Squeeze Money Out Of Kids

When Not To Accept Tips

General Advice

Handling the Money

How do y'all COLLECT the tips? Do you have a bucket or a hat? Do you simply take them in your hand and put them in your pocket?

Containers: Passing the Hat

Containers: Prime the Pump

Hand it Over: Money in the Hand

Making Change

Making Yourself Visible

Buttons and Pins

Wearing Money


One-liners to Use When Working for Tips

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WNL 11/11/97
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MB 5/26/00

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