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 Post subject: Re: August 2010 - Ending Lines/Queues
PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:13 pm 
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Yep. the end of the line is a bummer... but recently I started use this thing: let say I work till 17:00. I put a sign that say, "balloons after 17:00 are 15£ for a model, cash up-front...."


it helps ...

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 Post subject: Re: August 2010 - Ending Lines/Queues
PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2010 6:05 pm 
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I tried the balloon as a token method and got soggy balloons back!! Not nice so the next day I took a selection of helium balloon weights teddies, smilies etc. These were great and reusable!!


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 Post subject: Re: August 2010 - Ending Lines/Queues
PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:24 am 
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Very cool idea about using the weights! I love it! I have a bunch that have been just sitting on the shelf...now I have a new use for them. Thanks! :-)

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 Post subject: Re: August 2010 - Ending Lines/Queues
PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:23 pm 
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I try to avoid lines and get the crowd into a semi-circle; making a performance out of balloon twisting and making it quite clear that not everyone will get a balloon but everyone will be entertained. I also integrate storytelling, balloon games, balloon clowning and balloon magic into the whole event. The client is always very pleased, no body 'expects' a balloon and I can finish when I want to.

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 Post subject: Re: August 2010 - Ending Lines/Queues
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:16 pm 
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My son and I tried the hold the sign or balloon that says I am the last one on line and most times it works. I try to give everyone a balloon to hold so someone cannot slip in. I made up slips of paper that say I am on line for a balloon with my name and number on it. I also will make up about 15 –20 simple balloons just to hand out to people who come around afterwards. If I am at a block party I will hand that bag to the person who hired me and then tell people I have to leave but if you go to so and so house she has extra balloons for you.


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 Post subject: Re: August 2010 - Ending Lines/Queues
PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:42 pm 
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I had this problem, unwittingly, yesterday.
I was working a busy market selling my baby clothes and to entertain the customers kids I made a few simple models. It wasn't long before there was a small queue of kids waiting for balloons. The market was coming to an end, the wife was dealing with the last of the customers and it was time to get cleared up.
I gave the last half a dozen kids a balloon each and told them I had things to do, but, if they could bring the balloons back when they've blown them up I would make them a model. Not one of them came back, or if they did, I was long gone :D


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 Post subject: Re: August 2010 - Ending Lines/Queues
PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 7:39 pm 
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I have a clock which shows what time I'm stopping at and I verbally announce 15-20 minutes before my scheduled end time, anyone left in line at that time I simply explain that I have another engagement and cannot stay any longer. You always get the ones that are angry because they have waited in line. I tell them they are welcome to take my card and book me for their own event but that my paid time is done here and I can't be late for my next appointment. I find this usually works, if it doesn't I offer to give the child an uninflated round balloon, hand them a balloon, then start packing up my stuff.

No matter what you do, you will, from time to time, get that person who insists on calling you crude names and making themselves a wonderful example (sarcastic eye roll) for their children. I've learned you can't take any of this personally, as there are people in this world who are just plain old idiots. :)

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 Post subject: Re: August 2010 - Ending Lines/Queues
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 9:38 am 
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I never leave before I have finished my line. If I have to work longer - then it's my problem for not closing the line earlier.

I have a self-inking stamp with my name and a balloon doggie on it. I stamp all those in line when I'm closing, then no one can jump in line - it's free advertising on their skin ;)
Kids who come late can often be satisfied with just the stamp.
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 Post subject: Re: August 2010 - Ending Lines/Queues
PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:41 am 
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I know that this is an old thread but I've only just joined.

I wrote this blog after having a really bad end to a day's twisting. (A guy wrote some really slanderous stuff about me on his Facebook page. However the threat of legal action sorted him out.)

I hope you find it interesting.

http://amazingmistertall.blogspot.com/2 ... -gone.html

Sean

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 Post subject: Re: August 2010 - Ending Lines/Queues
PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:34 am 
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That was an interesting read.

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