Bring Mario to a Birthday Party
This past month, I had a request from a client to bring a Super Mario Brothers character, Mario to a birthday party. I typically don’t do this because of logistics of performing several birthday party shows a weekend and worry about it breaking or deflating before it gets to the client. However, this was one of the few occasions that I did do it and everything turned out fine. The birthday child was ecstatic with the Mario figure plus I made a Mario Balloon Hat created by Sean McDaniel
The Mario took about an hour to build. Not because it took that long – I kept trying new designs and finally went back to my original concept. I tried three different body styles none had the look I was looking for. This is another reason I don’t deliver balloon figures. I’m to critical of my work and waist more time screwing around with new techniques then using the ones I have mastered.
Now, for those of you who will tell me, “keep working on the new techniques” there is a time and a place to do that and for me its never while I’m contracted to build a balloon sculpture. I prefer to only experiment on designs when people are not paying me to build. This way I know exactly how to repair the the design if something should go wrong.