Balloon Entertainer Takes A Stand

Have you ever tried to cook a chicken with a beer can stuck inside it? No matter how careful you are, the chick is just top-heavy and wants to fall over. Years ago, I was not sure where my mom bought this handy little device, but we had a rack that you push into the … Read more

Stupid Things People Say

Picture of Dale Obrochta balloon entertaining

“You should let my 2-year-old go first,” bellows a woman standing behind the teenagers.  The four teenage girls had no idea what the woman was complaining about; they too stood in line.  “Ma’am, this is kid’s day, and they, like you, paid to get in and are entitled to balloons.”  I could see my logic … Read more

Splitting the Line

Here is a line technique for better control of a line, while giving the appearance lines are smaller. I look up and all I can see are eyes looking back. Moms are standing, smiling, yet I can see in their eyes they have other places to be, things to do, and standing in line for … Read more

3 Facebook Groups You Should Know About

Specialized Balloon Facebook Groups Over the past few months, I have seen an increase in specialty groups for the balloon industry on Facebook. The three newest groups are the Deco-Twister Balloon Artists, Hairbanders!, and Line Twisting. Deco-Twister Balloon Artists focuses on decorating with twisting balloons. This field has grown over the past three years because of … Read more

Using Your Smartphone to Take Pictures in a Resturant

Smartphone picture quality is making it easier for me to capture balloon creations that I make while entertaining at a restaurant. Just a couple of years ago, images were dark, grainy, and unsalable for marketing. Nowadays, I use my Smartphone to record my YouTube videos blog. Yet, it does not matter how good the camera … Read more

Smartphone Manipulation That Makes Entertainers’ Pictures More Interesting

  Creativity is captured with a click of a button and shared with millions. When I first started out, you needed to shoot 12, 24 or 36 photos before taking the roll of film in to the store to be developed. Then, if you were lucky, you would scan and post the picture to a bulletin … Read more

List of Balloon Groups On Facebook

There are many Facebook groups for balloon artists.   Some are private groups – invite only.  There are even secret balloon groups.  Oops, the first rule is you are not supposed to talk about these secret groups, unless your in the group. If your in a secret group, pull out your decoder rings and start decoding the … Read more

A List of Ways to Increase Creativity and Develop New Balloon Figures

Here is a random list of ways to increase your creativity and develop a new balloon figure. Turn the specialty balloon inside out. Deflate the balloon halfway. Inflate the balloon and twist it in half. Turn the balloon shape 180 degrees. Hold the balloon shape up to a mirror, viewing the problem from a different angle. Twist a balloon … Read more

Recipe for Balloon Figure Suzie Snowflake

Suzie Snowflake

Recipes – the step-by-step procedure to make something is associated with cooking.  These steps are either very simple or befuddling with coded symbols only people with cooking experience would quickly distinguish between Tbsp and tsp.  Many times, you start the process just to learn at the very end that you need one more ingredient, which … Read more

Defining the Balloon Industry

I am opening a can of worms here by trying to define the  balloon industry and it categories. It is like trying to define Love. Every person in the industry has their own meaning of what a Balloon Artist consists of and what defines them as an Artist.   Yet this term “Balloon Artists” is tossed … Read more