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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
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--------4, What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you during a ballooning/entertaining session?

Rain?... just kidding, one thing I hate is when the materials are not good, maybe it sounds like an excuse, but if the balloons are not fresh and they pop all the time, I can not work in a comfortable way, so any brand, but fresh balloons.

--------5, What do you most enjoy about twisting & why?

As a magician I can create a feeling, a surprise, an emotion... but none of those can be touched, they can not be pictured or saved for later or showed to your loved ones, illusions are amazing for the people that watch them but they are non tangible, I love to provoke good feelings and emotions in people but I really miss making something touchable, show-able and picture-able...
Balloons are perfect for that; they don't last too long, but long enough for me!!! Let me tell you a funny thing that happened, to clarify the touchable factor of balloons, I was performing as a magician in a magic festival in Vitoria, Spain with some of the great magicians from the show time world, like Michael Weber, Kevin James, Gaetan Bloom, Vallarino, a big number of stars, at the gala night it was the birthday of one of the assistants of Kevin James, everyone in the room could make miracles or illusions as a present for the assistant but Weber came to me and whispered: "Hey Antonio, can you make him a balloon so we can make him a surprise party?" It felt so nice to be the one that twisted a cake for him. I was there as a magician and didn't make any balloon for the audience in my shows but as always I had my balloon bag with me, and I always will, I really love balloons!!!

Also because I am a really bad at drawing and it has always been like that, (believe me if I draw a dog I will draw the 4 legs and it looks like a flat dog or like it had a car accident, I can not draw the 3 legs and assume that the fourth one is in the back...) I love to draw but for me drawing with balloons its much much better, I can draw anything I want and that makes me feel good, it helps me to improve the drawing issue ;


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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
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Antonio - I love your passion and enthusiasm for balloons and the artform!!
What is the majority of work you are doing at the moment? - parties / stage performances etc
Lisa


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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
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Lisa Chester wrote:
Antonio - I love your passion and enthusiasm for balloons and the artform!!
What is the majority of work you are doing at the moment? - parties / stage performances etc
Lisa

Hello Lisa, Thanks first of all,
now its the low seasson here,
i have some decors and some partys to twist or do close up magic but its quiet time, they are birthdays and pub gigs but as i say small amount as all years by this period of the year.
so i realy love it because i have the time to play and inproove designs that i will use in my bussy time in the summer season,
also time to place all my balloons ready by sizes an colors and that takes a while as i guess you know...
some how time for me to develope my inflators and look for new ideas as i play,
i am always with my bag of ballons with me and i twist balloons for my self every where every time, well if i am not disturbing with the sqicky noise ( i like that balloon noise but not every body does so i try to respect that, by the way if i really fell like twisting and its a quiet atmosphere i use metalic or satin balloons, they are less noisy because the friction is less whith them, never try it with a cristal clear they are really noise ones... I also try to avoid friction by pulling all the torsions... Hehehe i really like to challenge my self) so twisting for the fun of play its every day work.
This is also a good period for me to teach and visit balloon congres and clubs, i try to travel as much as i can because in the sumer time i can not leave Altea.
Thanks again!


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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
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---------6, What's your favourite age to entertain?

Adults, for sure, I like children shows too, but somehow, like they say in a Simpson chapter, adults have more capacity to appreciate the fun and somehow children are always looking for games and playing so it's easier to entertain them. Adults have a cover that protects them from fun and the ridiculous, so somehow they are harder to get, but once you are done, they are really touched and for me the important thing is to leave memories in the audience, kids are all the time learning and forgetting, adults never forget something that touches their soul...

----------7, Do you have the same act but vary the presentation for all ages or do you have set acts for different ages?

It's a great question, I have 2 different characters, one is a magician and the other is a twister, I don't combine balloons and magic, normally the balloon man doesn't do magic and my magician doesn't make balloons, but of course I do change the show depending on the age and on other aspects like the physical place where I am acting, street, pub, restaurant... I even change the kind of inflators because of noise issues and so on...

A fast example of what I do is if the kids at the party are younger than 7 years old, I don't do a magic show.


----------8, What’s your favourite thing to make at the moment?

Well I have 2 that I really really love, but the list would be so long because I have favourites from lots of artists in this balloon industry, if I could make a list with one design of each of my favourite artists it would be very long, so I will just talk about my own designs, the Twisted Heart where I make a 1 inch heart out of a 260 or a 2 inch heart from a 350 or a smaller one from a 160, it's my favourite thing followed closely by the Altea Rose that until now has a big effect on the face of the people that get it as a present, I promise!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
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Hiya,

I had the pleasure of meeting you at Mill jam some 3 or 4 years ago and have always loved ur work, i remember
watching you early in the jam room busy with 646`s making the most amazing turtle,i loved TMJ but boy it was scary to be around such monster twisters and artists but all of you just wanted to share , help and play with balloons all day and night:)

So how do you come up with your own unique designs?
How do you stop copying other peoples ideas and create your own?
Whats the best sculpture you have ever made?

Who do you think has inspired your work the most.

Much love

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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
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Hiya Norm,

i really miss TMJ and to meet all that professional twisters... it was unique, we still have Euro Jam and some other Balloons events but i really will love TMJ to come back... Yea Balloons all day and night!!! hehehe

you asked:

-----So how do you come up with your own unique designs?

i really love the Balloons to play because there are not too many chances of things that can be done with them (more and more things as lots of creative people are playing and developing but nearly all its based in 7 or 8 things that can be done with a balloon) so that means a "easy puzzle" with small amount of pieces you can create thousand of shapes and that its so much fun, so to star creating first rule its to play, once you play with the balloons you find on the way new shapes and torsions that remains you some part of an animal or thing and from there on you develop the rest of the design, in a workshop of Mr Rainbow he say that its a good idea to play using a different balloon color for each balloon you use in a figure that you are working out so when its finished its easy o follow the steps and to change the possible mistakes you find, its a great idea but on top of all to play and look for the things you cant twist jet, i try to get out of my comfortable zone learning difficult twist and techniques to use them in my balloons if i fail its ok i considerer it as rehearsal never as a lost of time, of course i don´t rehearsal in front of the audience, there its a time and place to play and a time and place to be professional and twist the things you already have under control, the second part of creating a new design its to check that the design doesn't exist before, in my opinion even if it existed before doesn't mean that you didn't came up with it but it does mean that you can not claim it like your design, its a petty but its the same way in many things in life great ideas still great even if some one have published them before... so if you have a great new design and you ask the people from the industry and you find it new then you make a great thing for the balloon community, if it was already out there you did a good work for your self , i mean you never loose by playing and experimenting with new shapes and torsions, one thing that make me change allot the way to think in ballooning was to stop thinking in 1 balloon or 2 balloons and thinking in balloons like lines of colors that can be erased (popping the rest of the balloon) can be different colors and different size lines (260 160..) and when you start drawing with those air filled colorful latex you can draw anything, all depends on the scale and the amount of time and balloons you can use for the design, there its always a middle point between the nice and the effective balloon figure, as more sugar more sweet but sometime you need to walk to the corner shop for one extra spoon of sugar and that doesn't deserve the walk....
always try to make it the nicer for your self, if you like it , i mean really like it more people will like it too!!!

---------How do you stop copying other peoples ideas and create your own?

nice question,i will just talk about how to create you own, to stop copying its a personal chance and not always good idea, some how to let that clear i will say i love when people copy my designs if they do in they work, if they do in the net i like to be mention but even when its not like that i fell honored to see my design its been choose by some one as a nice thing so somehow i am helping that person and the people that looks and enjoy the balloon and you know , money its not all in life!!!

how to create, if we compare it with music its easier to understand i think, to play an instrument first you need to learn the notes, then the scales , then the rhythms and once you have those things you start playing the classics... i mean Happy birth day to you, and some other classics that let us use the knowledge we got and to practice the scales and rhythm in a song that its already made , so more or less we copy the song played in the begging bad but with some time of try we master the piece and we can play decently 1 song so we can change to next one and next one ... each song will be easier to learn because your scales and rhythm its been perfected and there are many many great songs you can play form other people but there its one day that you start to express your self with the techniques you earned playing other people songs and that day you make your own song, a song that talks about your experiences and maybe its not a great one but its yours and that first song will take you to others and by practice again on the process of expressing your self in a song you will get a great song maker, well with balloons some how its the same way, to be able to create you need to know the techniques and the behavior of the balloons and the best way to do that its to make figures that are out there and not been your own designs they are good ones and helps to amaze your audience but at same time to improve your skills, one day and other and other until you have a back up of techniques and torsions that you control perfectly, then you can play and create you own designs and any thing can be done with balloons.


----------Whats the best sculpture you have ever made?

hum that its a beat difficult to answer, first of all i am not a big fan of the factor "best" some how i thing the best thing can be just really bad one in the wrong place, i hope you understand but if i have to answer i will let clear that some really nice ones that i do they aren't my designs so i will focus on mine,i am really proud of the butterfly in the mirror and the all mirror concept, i am also really happy with the vespa, but if i have to chose just the one i like the most to do and give away its the Altea Rose, every time i give it away i get a huge reaction its a flower but at same time its a strong symbol for people around the world.



----------Who do you think has inspired your work the most.

hey lots of people have to be in the list but starting from the people i learned from in my first balloon meeting all of them.
and specially i have lots of things to thank to the amazing Balloon Artist Sabina Kellner
she teched me the sensitivity on balloon figures, but some how every one of my friends that are twisters have influenced my art deeply, each of them in different aspects and the combination of all makes the one i am now, and lots of my non twisters friends have also inspired great ideas, some how all the workshops i went to, all the great collages that shared with me they knowledge and esthetics's point of view have inspired and will always be an inspiration, Thanks to all of them, and thanks also to some of them that are not my friends but they are great artist...


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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
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Hello Antonio, thank you for your answers so far, I have another couple for you:

Do you have a favourite colour, size or shape of balloon to use?
Do you have a 'set list' of models or are you willing to take on the limitations of your clients mind?

Thank you

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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
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its a pleasure Dan, you asked:

-----Do you have a favourite colour, size or shape of balloon to use?

well i do like all balloons but my work its based on lines not on dots so i really prefer the long balloons as i play and play for my self the more easy balloon to play its the 160 because in proportion you have more things to twist out from one balloon...
at same time the factor small in a figure goes linked to the cute factor in my opinion, so with the hand in my heart for the others i go for the 160, in second place the 260 of course but let me clarify that i like to use all shapes and sizes, as painting the more different types of lines and sizes of dots more things and better detail can be added...

about color, hum remember as a man my scale of colors in the brain its smaller than normal one so...
taking this in consideration i go for the solid colors,
the "can see though" colors are fun but doesn't give to the creations a felling of solid piece
so from the scale of the solid colors
i like the great scale you can get combining different manufacturers
we are so lucky in those days you can find more than 6 tones of green
and lots of blues and the gamma its really close to the one that a painter can get,
we can even double stuff to create new colors that are not in the normal catalog...
its endless so to choose one lets say White , yes i do love the elegant look of the white figures.


-----Do you have a 'set list' of models or are you willing to take on the limitations of your clients mind?


i know some good artist have but not my self,
some how i love the contact with my audience so i really love to tell then i can do ANYTHING they want,
then depending on the situation i have to offer alternatives and get to a deal with the people that are asking, i will write some examples down
but the fact that they can choose one thing between lots of different models take lots of time and in my opinion makes all the process more slow
at same time in my opinion the people think we as a balloon twisters can do any thing we like , at least i will like it to be that way,
so by showing what you can choose in a book looks a beat like you just learned those designs and work with them but you can not do something out of the book,
some how i love the challenge and i normally manage to make what they ask from me.

here i like to say i do different things when i have a private party than when i am on the street,
when i go to private events as a balloon man i have with me lots of different shapes and colors
so i am ready to twist ANY THING i really make what they ask,
many of the models are not my own designs but that its the reason that took me to travel from congress to congress,
to learn other people designs and make my parties more completed...
so there i am safe but when i go to the street i only have with me

-260 around 20 different colors
-160 around 17 colors
-350 like 5 colors
-5 inch 6 colors
-11 inch 4 colors

so that let me out of many figures that can be done if you have more material,but keeps the challenge...

as i said some example of the deals with people for changing figure with the Hello KAtty (copy-write problems?),
i cud take some white hearts and a yellow marker with me and make the easy and fast version,
but some how the marketing that they have behind its so strong that if i make one that becomes the figure of the day and nearly all girls and some boys i must admit... wants the HELLO...

so i offer the people that ask for it that its a really complicated figure that takes me lots of time to get ready so they can have a really nice one even more than one if they like me to be in one of they private parties but in the street it will be better a pinky panther or maybe they like a Mini Mousa... or a Unicorn...(unicorns are free of copy-writes...) just Any thing...and we start again,
i guess its a personal option but i like the talk with the kids, other option i always give the kids its when they as for a gun, i offer them the laser sword because its a more gentleman weapon, you have to look to the eyes of your opponent...
but if they insist in the gun... i offer them a tommy gun (the one from Royal Sorell VHS 1) which can kill more and its same price...


i do that because the gun i make its realistic one so its great for adults but the kids like to play with it and mine its so so realistic that i don´t want the kids to get arrested by the police... most important i like the people to see the balloons and admire what i can do so the bigger the balloon if its nice one the better, that Tommy gun made with black and moka brown its great Thanks to Royal!!!


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-----------9, What is the most asked for model?

Normally they ask the same as the last person, people like to be sure of what they will get so this is a good way to know what your balloon will look like, I really recommend to do the same in restaurants, take a look at what the people are eating and ask for the one you like the most, then there will be no surprises, but to answer the question, the most asked model is the dog, I have been thinking about why and I think it's because lots of kids would love to have a real one and because they have the amazing power of pretending, illusion, it's reality; if they have a balloon dog, they have a real relation with an imaginary dog, maybe I am completely wrong but hey, you asked...


----------10, What do you tend to do more of if stuck in the 'balloon production line' model?

I don't have the feeling of getting stuck in the "balloon production line" or at least I don't remember that feeling I guess I had it in the past and somehow I think if that happened, it's because the timing of the performance is not right, in my opinion time is not important, Rhythm its the key, so keeping an acquired rhythm will avoid that stuck-feeling. To find the appropriate rhythm for each situation I think there is no other way than to experiment and be aware of what happens around you while you perform, if there is a figure that helps to get out of lots of kids in my opinion it's definitely the poodle, it has a little air so little time to inflate, there are many many jokes about the final figure, so dogs for everyone if there is a big hurry time.


---------------11, Who is your market aimed at?

To be honest I have not aimed my market yet, as a market man I am not too good, I try to teach balloons to people around the globe in congresses, I do decorations, I do deliveries of twisted pieces, I try to make some instructional material for the twisters, if you look for commercial advise do not contact me, I am not the guy for that, but I do street ballooning which makes me so happy and I will try to keep doing it for ever!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
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----------------12, What kind of work do you do mostly - parties? Corporate? Etc

In summer definitely Street Ballooning, I really love the contact with the audience on the same level as me, I mean no stage or high surface that makes a big difference between the performer and the audience.
During the winter period all kind of balloon related things, teaching, deco, birthdays...


--------------13, What is your favourite/ideal gig to do?

I really really love street ballooning, so if you have a nice spot with a permit and good weather that would be paradise for me, but if we talk about booked ones I love to make balloons for not-drunk people, honestly, all is fine, I just don't enjoy drunk people asking for naughty things...


---------------14, What irritates you most at a gig?

Not to be treated with respect by the client, I can deal with a respect-less audience, but if the client didn't arrange a place to change clothes and leave my things, or if they don't care about the conditions for me as a person then I do the gig in a bad mood and I am sure it can be felt by the audience, even if I try to do the most professional work I can, no matter what the inside conditions are, I am sure that it affects the final result. One tip to avoid being treated without respect from your clients, it's the fee, if you charge little you will change clothes in the toilet, if your fee is big they will provide you a room to change...


---------------15, How do you book yourself?

I am a really good friend of myself so normally I don't pay for my own booking... but sometimes when I am not in a good mood I charge even myself for doing balloons... Maybe I got the question wrong, if you mean how can I sell myself, with balloons it's much easer than with magic, with balloons the pictures talk by themselves and take lots of bad competence away, when the client wants what they can see in the pictures then they book me, so my portfolio its the way to open works.


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