Balloon Animals

The world of balloon entertainment, by Dale Obrochta

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It bugs me when I see the same message posted or tweeted over and over again on a friend’s social media site because they have associated all the sites together. As a result, I’ve mind mapped my social media tweets and post to ensure I don’t spam my followers. The concept of mind mapping was not new, but I had never mapped out a speech and this was going to be a new experience. After my presentation at TEDxNaperville, I […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Nov - 17 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
TEDxNaperville-Stage

The room goes black at TEDxNaperville and there in glowing neon balloons is the cryptic word “awesome”. Balloon entertainer Dale Obrochta has visually mind mapped Jill Shargaa’s presentation, “ Please, Please, People, Let’s Put the Awe Back in Awesome” out of twisting balloons. “This was a first for any TED/TEDx talk”, says TEDxNaperville producer Arthur Zards. Over the years TED/TEDx producers have used scribes to visually draw a mind map, but this year TEDxNaperville 2014 is tipping the sales by […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Nov - 13 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST
90-minute-marketing

In the blink of an eye, another day passes; and with each passing day so does another day spent marketing my business. The countless hours spent making new connections, networking with old clients, interacting with entertainers, and developing new websites are never ending tasks. With the holidays quickly approaching I am already looking past them to January, February and March 2015. It feels like it is a long ways away, but it’s not. I need to have all my marketing […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Sep - 23 - 2014 5 Comments READ FULL POST
Bears headbands

“Never let them see you sweat,” a phrase which must have been coined by an individual who wasn’t working in the heat. Summertime entertaining is always a battle of keeping cool, and keeping the blinding and burning sweat out of your eyes. I considered keeping cool like Jim McMahon and Walter Paton wearing head bands, but felt more like John McEnroe. Headbands are great for working out, but not for professional entertaining. I used to use handkerchiefs to wipe the […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Jul - 10 - 2014 2 Comments READ FULL POST
Forest

The sky darkens and rain comes down in buckets. There I stand before a line of twenty people looking to the sky as the rain comes down. My first reaction is to protect my equipment and flee, but fleeing is not an option. To the right of me is Dave Evans under his hot dog stand umbrella, twisting balloons and cracking jokes about the rain as his line slowly thins out. Behind me I hear Andy McDonald make a mad […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Jun - 24 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST
Dale-kids

During my thirty-plus years of balloon twisting I have learned some valuable information when it comes to line twisting. Line twisting is when a balloon entertainer is faced with the challenge of making as many balloons as possible in a given period, while kids stand in line waiting for a balloon. Every balloon entertainer will be placed in this situation, and the ability to work efficiently is key to being a successful line twister. I personally try to avoid jobs […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Jun - 11 - 2014 15 Comments READ FULL POST
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$1,000 for a birthday party – sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? A colleague of mine, Andrew Smith, wrote a book explaining his technique for earning $1,000 for a birthday party. I was a skeptic at first. $1,000 dollars for a party! That is, until I was actually paid $1,000 for a birthday party. Now, I want to go on the record of saying…. “I did the $1000.00 birthday party before reading Smith’s advanced copy of his book.” […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On Jun - 5 - 2014 4 Comments READ FULL POST
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When I have time, I peruse the Internet looking at pictures and on this on particular evening while waiting for my son to fall asleep, I saw a picture posted by an Asian balloon artist. What caught my eye was the weave in the middle of the flower. It reminds me of a pattern that I probably doodled 1,000 times on a piece of paper. The next day I played around with the weave and found that it has a […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On May - 20 - 2014 3 Comments READ FULL POST
Balloon Entertainment, Artists, and Enntertainer

If it has not happened, it will shortly. The list of things children will never know, use, or experience. It’s a part of life as the world and technology change. I remember when a phone was just a phone attached to the wall with a cord. A word processor was a typewriter, and if you wanted to know what your friends were doing, you had to go and talk to them. For all my life, I have been learning, practicing, […]

Posted by Dale Obrochta On May - 12 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
Volunteer-Kids Show

That moment when someone from the crowd walks on stage with the performer, everything changes, from some memorized script to actual interaction. Total dynamic change. A representative of the audience, from the audience, is on stage. Someone the audience can identify with, sympathize with, cheer for, and often are just happy it’s not them. Everyone in the audience knows it could have been them. And, I believe, at some core level everyone kind of, sort of, wishes it was them. […]

Posted by Obediah Thomas On May - 5 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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Mind Mapping "AWESOM

It bugs me when I see the same message posted ...

TEDxNaperville-Stage

Entertainer Creates

The room goes black at TEDxNaperville and there in glowing ...

90-minute-marketing

The Endless Cycle of

In the blink of an eye, another day passes; and ...

Bears headbands

Blind Entertainer Ke

"Never let them see you sweat," a phrase which must ...

Forest

Entertainers Survive

The sky darkens and rain comes down in buckets. There ...


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