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Flyer about balloon convention 10 yr bash!


September 25 & 26 2007
Midlothian, IL

About the Jam




Marvin Hardy, CBA - Sponsored by Pioneer Balloons
Provo, Utah

Marvin was introduced to the Balloon Twisting in 1980 while working as a
volunteer in a youth program at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. He published his first balloon instruction books in 1983 under the title “Balloon Magic”. He has been directly associated with Pioneer Balloon Company since 1985. He is the author of the Balloon Magic books and videos that are distributed throughout the world by Pioneer Balloon Company. He is also the Industry Editor of Balloon Magic the Magazine.

Marvin was awarded the Crystal for his outstanding contributions to the Worldwide balloon industry at the International Balloon Arts Convention in Orlando, Florida in August 1994. The Crystal is the highest honor the balloon industry can bestow. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for twenty years of continued service to the Balloon Industry at the International Balloon Arts Convention in Las Vegas Nevada in March, 2000.

Marvin has traveled extensively for the past 27 years, decorating, conducting workshops, and performing magic throughout the World. Marvin has developed a worldwide reputation as multi-lingual performer, lecturer and instructor. He generously shares his expertise with audiences wherever he goes.


Ken Stillman - Sponsored by Balloon Distractions
San Jacinto, CA

Ken "Flash" Stillman has brought his cartoon style of balloon art to the industry.  His innovative hitchhiker hats have become a favorite of many twisters. Ken has taught around the world and back. So make sure you signup for this class early. His classes fill quick.

  • Clowns of America International (Anaheim CA)
  • Western Regional Clown Association (Laughlin NV)
  • Clownarama (Phoenix AZ)
  • Balloonarama (Phoenix AZ)
  • Fellowship of Christian Magicians (Riverside CA)
  • Association of Christian Entertainers (Ontario CA)
  • International Balloon Services European Tour (Europe)
  • Millennium Jam (Belgium)
  • T.W.I.S.T.E.R. International (Netherlands)
  • T Jam (Austin Texas)
  • Twist and Shout (Peabody MA)
  • International Balloon Arts Convention (I.B.A.C.)
  • Show-Me convention (Kansas)
  • Japanese Balloon Art Network (Yokohama Japan)
  • Qualatex® Singapore
  • Qualatex® Europe
  • Balloonaversity (Georgia)
  • Balloon Arts Convention Italy
  • Book: Awesome Balloons, BalloonToon Elvis and the Rock'n Maniacs, Awesome Muscle Man, Razmatazz and all that Jazz, Cartoon Balloon Encyclopedia, Hitchhiking Hats, Featured in Balloon Magic: the Magazine


Dale Obrochta – DEO Consulting
Orland Hills, IL, USA

Dale “Magical Balloon-dude” Obrochta has been performing for 23 years in the Chicago land area.  Dale owns and operates the website which is home of the forum.   Dale is a seasoned professional who has worked all venues of entertainment such as TV, Radio, and newspaper and has had countless articles written about his entertainment.  Dale is known for is in depth marketing knowledge, understanding of promotional entertainment, restaurant entertaining and is a successful trade show balloon entertainer.

  • He has written two books Face, Face, Balloon Faces and Mardi Gras Bead Twisting. Co-Produced The Art Of Balloon Twisting
  • He is presently writing a book on restaurant entertainment
  • Written numerous articles for forum
  • His work has appeared in Balloon Magic Magazine
  • Administrator of forum


Andrew McDonald

Andrew McDonald has been entertaining for over 20 years in Michigan.  Andy works many major malls and elementary schools.  He is presently working for a major department store chain as a balloon entertainer.  Many people are aware of Andy’s talent from Twist-N-Shout, TJam, Diamond Jam, forum, and Michigan Twisters Group. Andy teaches small private classes and this will be his first industry class.

  • Paced Thrid at Twist-n-Shout 2007 for Large Balloon Sculpture
  • Manufacture and distributor of the Macpump
  • Active member of forum

Bonnie Davis

The Party Package
Pocahontas, AR, USA

Bonnie "The Balloon Lady" Davis has impressed the industry by demonstrating her talent on and BalloonHQ.  Winner of the "Rising Star Award" at T&S 2005, Bonnie's unique style has developed a following of her peers.  Bonnie is a forum moderator for and has contributed articles, instructions and advice.

  • Instructor Diamond Jam 2006
  • Produced two CD’s – A Bit of Bling, and Bonnie, the Balloon Lady’s Wearables
  • Moderator for forum


Rick Mohr
Elk Grove, IL, USA

Rick Mohr has taught the art of balloon twisting with private lessons as well as for the International Balloon Arts Convention in Las Vegas, NV, The Twister Club in the Netherlands, The Millennium Jam in Mol, Belgium, Twist and Shout in Peabody, MA. He is dedicated to the advancement of balloon artists everywhere!

  • Has been the "Spotlight" and has had designs featured in Balloon Magic Magazine.
  • Has been on Chicago network news TV and Radio for the IBAC Convention promotions 2000-2002
  • 3rd Place, Busking Competition, IBAC 2002
  • Instructor, IBAC, The Twister Club, Netherlands, Millennium Jam, Belgium, T&S
  • Active member of forum
  • Author of a  balloon twisting book The Art of Balloon Twisting
  • Produced a DVD Cornering the Hat Market with the Triangle Hat


Ken Ernsberger
Bremen, IN, USA

Ken Ernsberger has been sculpting balloons and performing magic for thirteen years. He became involved with balloons and magic to fill a need for teaching aids in his children’s church ministry.  Ken loves to share what he has learned from others with his own little twists and tweaks added in.

  • Paced Thrid at Twist-n-Shout 2007 for Large Balloon Sculpture
  • Instructor, FCM 2004
  • Active member of forum


Angel Contreras
Mokena, IL, USA

Angle Contreras has been creating illustrations for clowns and magicians since 1995. He has been on staff at Clown Camp® since 1998 teaching clowns the art of simple cartooning and developing his own frolicking clown character named simply, Mr. Angel. He has had the pleasure of illustrating for hundreds of clowns from all over the world, including places such as Japan, Malaysia, England, Australia, Bermuda, and even Wisconsin! Angel has been an instructor, teaching cartooning to clowns at the Midwest Clown Round-up, FCM, Next Step, Comedy Magic Workshop, Circus Magic and Clownfest. There have been Angel sightings at WCA and COAI Conventions, Randy Christensen's IMPACT Conferences, and various clown alleys as well.
Angel provides the clown community with skilled, fun illustrations for self promotional use, and has developed clown focused merchandise such as tee-shirts, tote bags, note cards, note pads and caps. Angel has currently put out a line of clown stickers as well. Will his mind ever stop??? Beware his pen, he has one and is not afraid to use it!


Instructor(s) to be Named Later


Web Cast Instructors – to be determined per registration

  1. Dale Obrochta
  2. Andrew McDonald (Unknown to Mac ;-)