How To Make A Blacklight Effect Using Balloons And A Mirror

A cool effect with blacklight and neon balloon that create a cool balloon effect.

This article talks about being creative with twisting balloons and how a balloon entertainer used blacklights, neon balloons, and things he had at his disposal to make a cool social media video. Dale talks about how he came up with these ideas, along with showing you the end results.

Making A TikTok Video, The Balloon Artist Story

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Tap the app TikTok, and you see the wacky, off the wall, choreographed videos that use all the tricks of a small motion picture company.  Kids spend hours watching and even more time learning, memorizing, and producing these 15-second videos. I figured, what the heck, I would give it a try. To my surprise, I … Read more

A TEDx Talk That Exposes The Truth About People

Exposing Myself with Balloons Have you ever mentally planned out a meeting in your head and when it happens it’s nothing like you expected?  Well, that is what happened to me.  In August, I reached out to a TEDx producer, who I worked with before, and pitched him an idea.  The idea was based on … Read more

Review of the Mini Balloon Apron

Mini Balloon Apron

Over the years, I have relied on the Mini Balloon Apron to hold my balloon scraps, but this mini apron has a couple of more advantages than just holding balloons.  Here’s a review of this great product that I’ve been using since 2000. Mini balloon apron pricing and availability at the mbd2.com balloon store.

Six Awesome and Shocking Changes in the Balloon Industry

Balloon colors have exploded over the years. What originally started as nine colors has now escalated to forty-seven colors. This is not counting the offbeat imprints and seasonal balloon colors. Instructional books dwindle as fewer are being produced. Yet YouTube is fueled by thousands of individuals teaching balloon techniques once only taught in books and … Read more

Simple Balloon Design, Creates Big Impact.

Balloon Decoration made by balloon artist, Dale Obrochta

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 … Read more

New and Improved

Balloon decoration make from balloons by balloon artists Dale Obrochta

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 … Read more

January, the Month to Move Forward

Dale Obrochta with schools kids from a school fun day program.

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, … Read more

Twisting Balloons in the Bitter Cold

Balloon artist Dale Obrochta - dressed to entertain people at a winter festival

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. … Read more

Top 3 Questions Asked by Beginner Balloon Entertainers

In this three part article, I will be addressing the top 3 questions asked by beginning balloon entertainers. In part 1 of 3, I will be discussing balloon stuffing. Question 1.  What do you use to stuff a balloon inside a balloon? Answers:  An elastrator, stuffing tube, force insertion, pre-inflation, The Magic Pipe, Conwin Insider … Read more