Powerful Businesses To Watch During The Covid-19 Pandemic

Mickey Mouse wearing a face mask

In this article, I will discuss Covid-19, Disney, and the future of larger events. Covid-19 is a super leach that attached itself to our world and is draining it of social interaction.  Amusement parks, community events, and sporting events are struggling to develop a protocol for dealing with this pandemic. I do not have specialized … Read more

4 Warning Signs To Look For – TheTip Will Be Small

Imagine you are entertaining at a restaurant. You see five kids waiting for you. A mom pulls out a handful of singles, and each child is given one dollar.  Does this affect or change your entertainment style? Ten one dollar parent happened to me the other day, and I noticed my entertainment style changed. I normally upsell … Read more

Don’t Make This Mistake While Shooting A TV Segment

When I arrive at the WGN Studio at 7:30 AM, I was greeted by the WGN helicopter landing in the parking lot.  I walk in the studio with Traffic Reporter Sarah Jindra. I was directed to the cafeteria by security to wait.  Nothing special as it just a room with vending machines, tables, two TVs … Read more

Mind Mapping “AWESOME”

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 … Read more

It’s all About Line Twisting

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 … Read more

To Achieve Success You must Perform

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 … 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

How To Take Two Simple Halloween Balloon Figures And Make It Awesome

I have always been a fan of combining balloon figures and Halloween is the time of year when I like putting a twist on designs. Popular among the kids is photobombing, and I thought what would happen if a ghost decided to photobomb a teenager. What would that look like? Well a couple of balloon … Read more

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

How I Calculate Balloons Made Per Hour

The event is over and my pocket is bulging. Today was that rare day when everyone wanted to tip. I did not ask for it. I was not encouraging it. It just happened. The event was a two hour public event and when it was over I walked away with one $10, two $5 and … Read more