Balloon Animals

The world of balloon entertainment, by Dale Obrochta

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For over three decades I have been entertaining people, and have never given much thought to the volunteer assigned to help me while I’m entertaining. Yes, it is great to have somebody stand at the end of the line to assist in closing the line, but other than that, I never much thought about it. Until this past weekend, when my view of volunteers changed. As I entered the event with my contact, we passed a group of high school […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Apr - 7 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
Balloon Entertainment

Place your hand in a bucket of water and quickly remove it. The water ripples as you extract your hand, but notice how quickly the water settles down, restoring calm. That’s what it is like when you’re replaced. I was working with a colleague and reminiscing about the Chicago White Sox. We both worked with the White Sox for 5 seasons and were replaced a season ago. Ironically she made the statement, “They’re just using inferior entertainers.” Over the years, […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Mar - 19 - 2014 4 Comments READ FULL POST
Unique-Standout

It not easy, but it is possible Getting on an agent’s website is not an easy thing to accomplish.  Over three decades, I have learned that if you want a spot on their prime real estate, their website, you really have to provide them with something they want or need. It is easy to get on a list; hell, every agent has a list. You know you are on a list when your friends start saying… “Hey did, so-and-so call you […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Mar - 5 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST
Baby Centerpiece New

I stroll down the grocery aisle; my eyes catch the words, “New & Improved” on several products. The product is not new, but repackaged, a gadget has been added, fragrance or chemicals may have been stripped and replaced. In many cases we can call it a style change, or popular beliefs are making the product conform to the market demands. Change is afoot, and improvements are occurring. Buried in my office closet is a photo album of pictures of balloon […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Feb - 18 - 2014 5 Comments READ FULL POST
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This past week I was working on adding new material to my show. Like many people, the muse speaks to me just before the sandman douses me with sand. The next day, I brainstormed on new material, and several hours later, the feeling of failure slowly started to creep into my mind. The day was shot, no marketing, blogging, contracts, or goals achieved. Lying in a pile of broken balloons, distraught, I check my email. Nothing. The whole day has […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Feb - 6 - 2014 3 Comments READ FULL POST
Congress

We have all heard, to be good at anything you need to practice, but practicing and performing are two different things. Take a movie star and place them in a Broadway stage show, where there are no second takes. They must adapt, cover up, and make corrections on the fly. This is one reason why I like performing in front of an audience as much as possible; it ensures my stage skills stay sharp. Well known comedians have for decades […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Jan - 30 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST
Dale-kids

They say a rolling stone gathers no moss, but if that stone only moves a fraction of an inch every decade, it will become moss covered. As I start my third decade of balloon entertaining, I find that I am constantly pushing my skills to new levels. I am not talking about balloon twisting skills, but my work ethic. If the phone does not ring, I do not panic. It drives me to work harder to improve. Three years ago, […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Jan - 22 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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For decades, the talk among balloon entertainers has always been about how to twist a balloon in extreme heat. Yet few conversations talk about twisting balloons in extreme cold. This past weekend I had the opportunity to twist balloons in 36-degree temperatures, with winds between 10-20, with the occasional gusts to 30, miles per hour. The key to any outside event is dressing for the weather. It is not a fashion show. It is about keeping warm. Double the shirts […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Jan - 14 - 2014 5 Comments READ FULL POST
Darth Vader - Family Guy

I’m working hard putting a little twisted comedy in peoples lives. If you find these cute, funny, or just outrageously cool, please hit the share button and being some twisted fun to a friend.    

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Dec - 19 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST
Balloon Bag

Keeping twisting balloons ready to use Keep balloons neat, secure, and nozzle ready by reusing the product bags. Remove the tear strip from product bag. Place the empty product bag flat and arrange the balloon perpendicular to bag. Roll into a bundle and use the tear strip to tie the bundle together. If you use all the balloons in the bundle, you can see by looking at the bag label which color balloons you need to refill your supply. Never […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Dec - 10 - 2013 3 Comments READ FULL POST
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Give me a Volunteer!

For over three decades I have been entertaining people, and ...

Balloon Entertainment

I'm being replaced

Place your hand in a bucket of water and quickly ...

Unique-Standout

Advice on How to Get

It not easy, but it is possible Getting on an agent's ...

Baby Centerpiece New

New and Improved

I stroll down the grocery aisle; my eyes catch the ...

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Little Voice Says, "

This past week I was working on adding new material ...


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