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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:11 am 
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Hi Antonio, thanks for the detailed answers to the forum members questions, it's very much appreciated.
Can I ask how it came about your trade mark Top Hat that you wear everywhere,
I have pictures of us at Twist and Shout in the Ice Cream Parlour on a warm and sunny day and you in the Top Hat.

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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
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Hi Graham, yea i remember i asked for small ice cream and they took me one that cud had something to do with the titanic disaster....

you are really welcomed, its a big pleasure for me to chat about my passion for the audience and the balloons,
thanks to you for making this forum work so well!!!

-----About the Top Hat

he he i like you notice the hat.... it comes from a 13 years ago.

i visited Copenhagen coming down from Sweden in a bus and i stayed there for 3 weeks with a magician,
it was an amazing experience because he knew the classics and i knew the new version of the effects
so we really had a great time for day and night playing and mixing classics and new ways at his beautiful place in an amazing neighborhood
there i not only learned about effects i did learn allot about character and behavior,
as a magician i really like to show people amazing things,
and some how a normal human can not make "miracles",
Dr Bo (its his name) walks always with a top hat and a Caine and from far away you know he is a magician,
i really wanted to try the felling so after look for second hand top hats all around Europe and any hat that i found fits my head (too much megabytes of memory i guess...)i went to Madrid and bayed my first hat in 2002
i felt the effect of becoming a symbol,
since i got it many many things happening to me because of the top hat,
i had escaped bad situations and i experienced great ones,
some how i like to make smile people even when i am not working
so with the top hat its clearly a fun thing with out it i might look as a psycho..

its also a way to let clear that you are not looking to be unseen , i mean if you want to be bad you don´t call the attention
and a top hat its clearly calling the attention so some how people trust and remember me from the first moment thanks to the hat

as you know now i am from a small village and i like to be recognize, i don´t mean fame, i just mean i like people and i like people that remembers me, some how makes for me a nicer world around me.
and yes this its just because the hat... i know it might sound strange but i really love the way people react to the hat.

also I'm wearing it so people doesn't collapse for my beautiful face, the top hat calls the attention and they look to my face slower which its the best way to digest something perfect...

i also use it in the show as a way to appreciate or provoke the clapping of the audience,
every time they clap i take the hat of so when i want them to clap i take the hat of and they understand its time to clap,
i found it much more elegant than asking for the claps ( let me let clear that its too little times i have to ask for it, i most of the times come out of the room on the shoulders of the people with Hurray and Bravos....)

i have to say i had made for me 3 hats until now,
and the one you see more its done at the same Copenhagen few years after my first visit,
at a factory that produces the famous juggling hats,
i was there and its and amazing place where father and son made all the hats for many artist around the world
as was seen by the pictures on the walls with nice words for the factory,
they have a room full of different hats for ladies and one for gentleman i saw them bout and its amazing... really a great place.

i have a smaller top hat for the close up magic that i only use for the performances to keep it more nice!!!

dear Graham i take my hat of for this great forum!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:14 pm 
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-----------------16, What’s the biggest thing you’ve ever made?

To live from balloons, that is big... but if you mean figures or decors I had the great luck to help some really big set-ups from amazing people in this industry in different countries, in my case I don't judge a project by the amount of balloons used or by the surface that it needs, I judge them for the aesthetic result and some of the biggest things I made were really small if you judge them by the square meters...

--------------17, What has been your proudest achievement in our wonderful world of twisted latex?

For sure "The Pinch-Line Technique" I am really happy to have developed a technique that is opening new doors to balloon artists to develop their talent and to make things possible that weren't possible before, I am sorry but I have to add here the small heart that I make from 160, 260 or 350 (what I call the twisted heart), this idea comes from the inspiration of a great artist, Sean Rooney from Canada and an amazing brain in this latex world, Thanks Sean!!!

And I can not miss to mention to be in the balloon magazine, to win prices is a nice feeling that tells me I am on the right way, but to be in the magazine that gets to all the world with the name of my village made me so proud of myself...

Thanks to all the people that find interesting and use "The Pinch-line" and to Balloon Magic for the great feeling, by the way, this interview also makes me feel so nice, thanks Balloon Chat too.


-------------18, What advice would you give to someone starting out, or wanting to increase their business?


For someone that is starting I do have an advice, try to make all the balloon designs small, small proportions are nicer than big ones, I mean the smaller you work keeping the proportions right, the better it will look, to make a comparison: the cartoon drawer works on really big size drawings and then they reduce the size so all the small mistakes will not be seen anymore, some way the same happens with balloons, you can not reduce the size once it's done like in the comic but you can really minimize all the sizes and keep the proportions so all models look more compact and cute. Try it yourself: twist a poodle in a white 260 and make 3 different sizes, smallest normal and big, look at them and ask to your friends which one it’s cuter, I bet for the smallest...


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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
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-------------19, What road in latex do you see yourself taking in the future

I hope I can keep this amazing way of living from the balloons and the audience, somehow the more I know about this life enterprise, the more I see that it's not easy to have a normal life, I hope I can win some more prizes in future competitions that I participate in and really hope to travel to many countries and share my balloon knowledge there, I love teaching people to do what makes me so happy.


--------20, What is your personal goal when you set off to work? Is it money or to entertain etc?

For sure to entertain people but on top of all to be remembered as a good experience by my audience, to add happiness to people's lives, but to be remembered for that is the goal. In my opinion, to make people have a good time doesn't work if they forget about it the next day, I like to make the time I spend with my audience memorable in all kinds of scenes, street, small parties, stages... to leave a good and long memory in the people is my goal because I also have amazing memories from amazing artists that made my life better: musicians, painters, cooks...


---------21, What are your balloon goals for the future?

Keep twisting and designing nice balloon sculptures, keep sharing and teaching around the globe, work on big scale balloon decors, and unfortunately pay all the bills, sometimes in this industry it's hard to charge money because some great artist will work just for the fun and that makes an unfair competition with colleagues, I really think more artists will manage to live from the art they make with balloons, if no one worked for free. All of us have bills and life expenses so to charge money for your work is for me a sign of respect for the other artists.

--------22, If you could start all over again, would you change anything?

Yes, I would change my attitude about some projects where I helped and I know I had the knowledge to help but the attitude could be different, I did hard work but maybe didn't let the people around me know how much I appreciate to help and the same way the ones that helped me, sometimes I get too focused on the balloon and don't take enough care on not to ask from others the same as I ask from myself...


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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
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--------23, How would you like the future of balloon modelling to develop?

I like the people that get the old ideas and change them into new things, mainly I would love to see that the respect for creators will be bigger, nowadays I see lots of copies done with no crediting and just seeking for the easy clap, but this behaviour will make that the people that are really amazing artists, will keep their ideas and designs to themselves. It's understandable if the only thing they get back is people taking profit from the creativity and effort with no payback. I would really love the respect for the creative people to be bigger in the future, unfortunately things don't look that way now, let's see if we help to change that.

-------24, Who's the most famous person you have made a balloon creation for?

The "famous factor" depends a lot on the surrounding, I have made balloons for really famous people from small villages, I did twist for kids in the dessert and they became the most famous ones in their area for years after, but here in Spain I did some balloons for famous people, from the TV, they passed by my spot in Altea and got some balloons from me, but honestly I love the "unknown famous" people to make happy.


---------25, How do you keep the enthusiasm going & what still excites you about our great world of latex

The improvement of my designs and the use and discovery of new techniques, also can not forget the feelings I give to the people that see my performance, I love them all and I really work hard so they have a great experience.


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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:11 pm 
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This is just to give Antonio's website and facebook page a plug as I think he was not going to mention them,

http://globosaltea.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/antonio.becare ... ts&fref=ts

I think this has been a great interview and I've really enjoyed ready the answers and trying to get into Antonio's mind, thanks for taking the time out Antonio, it is appreciated. :) :D

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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
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Graham Lee wrote:
This is just to give Antonio's website and facebook page a plug as I think he was not going to mention them,

http://globosaltea.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/antonio.becare ... ts&fref=ts

I think this has been a great interview and I've really enjoyed ready the answers and trying to get into Antonio's mind, thanks for taking the time out Antonio, it is appreciated. :) :D


A really big plessure, and abouth the links good idea thanks Sir...

And by the way be carefoul my mind its weard, tender but really weard... Hehehe

Now the last questions from the list...


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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
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---------26, What inspires or is your thought process in coming up with a new design

To PLAY, I play with balloons every day sometimes just making the things I already know but sometimes just for the fun of play, lots of things come from "just playing" time, in my opinion the mental state that you get when you play, makes you more creative than if you are in a working mentality, when you work, your goal is to get paid and that is great as I said before, we all need that money, but if you only work and don't play with balloons, its really difficult to improve. Let's PLAY!


-------27, Who would you like to work with dead or alive?

I have the luck to have already worked with some of the people I admire but really I would have loved to have the chance to meet David Grist, he was already twisting balloons in heaven before I knew he existed so... same as with the amazing Arturo de Ascanio (Spanish magic prodigious mind) those two, I really miss the chance to shake their hands.


--------28, What makes you laugh?

Phew, many things as many things make me cry, I think I am too sensitive, I enjoy the fun of life but I also suffer the pain and this is the unique way I have to live my life with a full scale of emotions that make me feel alive and I tell you, the happier you can get, the sadder you can get too, I mean, if you stay in the safe zone where there is no full happiness, you will not be fully sad either but we are here to live and living is an experience of contrasts and emotions, as my well loved friend Pantano said to me one really sad time: Antonio you need the rain for getting the flowers, just sun will not make a nice garden, it's really nice the sun, but be happy to have some rain sometimes because it will make your flowers nicer, I hope this fable is understandable for the readers, try to get as much sun as you can in your live but don't worry if it's raining time, just remember it will make the flowers nicer after the rain.


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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
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I was looking through all my picture folders tonight and found this with the small ice cream from the USA trip with Antonio and Pascal.


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 Post subject: Re: Antonio Becares Rodriguez, 1/10th Jan 2013
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Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Thanks Antonio for being our guest Star, and for sharing with us!
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