A warm welcome to Balloon Chat.
The site is completely "free" to use, so please take your time and look around the forum and enjoy this wonderful world
of ours that is, balloon art. We do hope you like what you see and will actively take part and join in with the forum.
Perhaps it will give you the bug to try twisting for yourself. If so we do have a balloon tutorial section that
has the instructions for some basic designs which will hopefully get you up and running with a list and some
explanations of all the different twists and bubble phrases that are used within the balloon community.
But please be warned, balloon modelling is very addictive. (Link to balloon tutorials)
Joining The Balloon Chat Forum
Please just click on the register button above and Graham will activate your account asap.
|Danny Schlesinger will be performing in various shows over the next few months.
So please go along and support Danny and live entertainment in one of these fun shows,
for more info click on the links below or check out Danny's website, (Link)
Three Little Pigs
||Robbie Furman 321 Car Build.
The only UK date for this year will be on Wed 10th July
in Sutton, Surrey. The day will run form 10 till 5 pm.
Included in the fee is the DVD car build to help you
after the event, these are excellent lecture notes to take
away so that Robbie is still there with you explaing
everything in your own front room. This DVD will not
be on general sale and is only available at the day.
The early bird special fee for the first 10 people to
book is a bargain at just £35. For more information
please contact Graham Lee and to book, (Link)
|Capel Manor College, Twisting Days.
There are two days coming up at Capel Manor College, Enfield. Tuesday 4th June is the "Basic Day"
that will have four, one hour balloon sessions that will take you through the basic's for balloon modelling
with tips and tricks along the way.
There is also a follow on day, Thursday 6th June "Basic Day Plus"
to help you build on gradually from the basic day. There is an early bird special price for
the first ten people to book onto either day, so be quick to pick up a bargain.
Both days run from 10 till 5, for more details and to book, (Link)
|Balloon Art Wholesale are in the process of re-designing all the headers for their websites.
The latest one to be completed is on the Sempertex Balloons website. (Link)
| World Balloon Convention, Denver 26/30th March 2014
Balloon decorators, twisters/entertainers, and party store retailers should mark their calendars for
September 2, 2013. That’s when registration will open for the World Balloon Convention 2014,
taking place March 26-30 in Denver, CO, USA. In order to receive the biggest savings,
delegates are encouraged to register early at WorldBalloonConvention.com. (Link)
Extra Early-bird pricing (September 2nd to November 29th)
|Robbie Furman, bapia UK Tour 2013
Robbie Furman is coming to town!
BAPIA is extremely pleased to announce that we have teamed up
with one of the most charismatic instructors in the balloon industry to
bring his fantastic tour to the UK. Robbie Furman who has previously
toured across the USA, Italy and Mexico and received great reviews,
is coming to the UK and will team up with some other highly popular
instructors to offer what is probably one of the best combinations of
decorator & twister classes available. Robbie is one of the most ‘giving’ instructors that you will ever meet and he has some fantastic tips, hints, techniques and designs to share with you. The planned dates are:
June 18th – Ireland, June 20th – Basildon, Essex
June 24th – Bristol, June 27th – Manchester
July 1st – Glasgow, July 3rd – North East
July 4th – Midlands
To register and for more information, (Link)
Pioneer Europe Ltd, the leading manufacturer of Qualatex balloons, is excited to be adding partyware to its range.
The partyware has been designed for Qualatex by the award-winning Rachel Ellen designs, and incorporates
the established pirate character and newly developed - knight, princess and ballerina.
The brand new Rachel Ellen partyware range includes paper plates, cups, napkins and fun table covers.
“We are delighted to have developed our exclusive Rachel Ellen range into partyware,”
commented Marie Gransbury, Managing Director at Pioneer Europe,
“All of the cute and colourful Rachel Ellen characters really ensure that they stand out from other partyware.
Qualatex prides itself on its strong education programme. The highly talented team of instructors show just
what can be done when Qualatex balloons, education and imagination come together, and now with Qualatex’
offering developing into partyware, the team at Pioneer Europe are looking forward to helping even more
of their customers develop and increase their profits for 2013.
For more information, please visit www.thequalatexevent.com (Link)
| Patricia Balloona Balloon Blog
||Patricia is on a balloon
sculpting journey and shares
all about it's twists and turns
on her balloon blog. She
replicates and reviews other
balloon artists designs and
tutorials as well as sharing
pictures of her own personal balloon art and designs. There
is an index and links so that
you can quickly find designs
that you are interested in
learning more about.
|Patricia who is from Chattanooga TN USA always acknowledges where the design is from and who was the
original artiste. Her personal favourite creation so far is her balloon Dalek, to view the blog, (Link)
|Graham & Lyn from Balloon Art Wholesale who go around the UK promoting and selling Qualatex Balloons
via the "Care & Share" balloon fun days (Link) have updated the website header logo.
Please contact Graham if you would like to become a wholesale customer.
To view the full range of products on offer, (Link)
|The Balloon Artistes Guild......My Daily Balloon Blog
||The Balloon Artistes Guild are offering monthly payments for
yearly membership. Now into the third year, the £120 fee
lets you enjoy the fun of ten balloon days all over the UK
with seven "Care & Share" days and three "STAR" lecture
days that are filmed for members. For more details,(Link)
The next Star lecture is the "David Grist Memorial Lecture"
with Antonio Becarus which will be in Birmingham as part
of a two day balloon event, 24/25th June.(Link)
Forum member Rob Driscoll has challenged himself to
produce a balloon a day on his daily blog, it is well worth a
look with Calvin and Hobbes being Feb 28th entry.(Link)
Danny Schlesinger will be performing his new show "Three Little Pigs" presented by Circo Ridiculoso.
This is a re-telling and re-imagining of the classic tale the Three Little Pigs.
Danny has ordered a Story Telling Kit which has arrived in a crate. The crate contains all the props
Danny will need to tell the story of the Three Little Pigs or does it? So Danny has to try against all
the odds to enact the story without making a pig’s ear of it. Danny will tell the curly tale with lots
of huff, lots of puff and will blow you away through physical comedy, with lots of laughter and
circus skills and sheer pig headedness. And by the hairs on your chinny chin chin you
will be howling with laughter at this higgledy piggledy Pigs Tale. Oink!
9th November - The Met, Bury - show time TBC
10th November - Brook Theatre, Chatham, Kent - Shows at 11am & 2.30p
Robbie Furman, Pieter van Engen USA Tour 2013
This is your chance to see two of the finest balloon entertainers on the same day, even if you need
to travel awhile to get to a venue it will definately be well worth it. Robbie for his Deco/Twisting and enthusiastic way he approaches the business side of balloons. Then you have Pieter van Engen
who is one of Europe's finest twisters. All this plus a jam session to follow as well,
tour dates include, Orlando, Charlotte, Silver Spring, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Pittsburgh,
Detroit and Chicago. For more info and booking details, (Link)
|Qualatex Colour Quest
The next competition for the Colour Quest challenge is now on with entries having to be in for
the 1st April, the colour this time is Orange. For the rules and more details, (Link)
Below are two previous winners, Lily Tan for Wild Berry and Pieter van Engen with Mocha.
|B.A.M. Balloon Artists Meeting Convention
The convention is on from Thursday 14th Feb through to Sunday 17th Feb.
The workshops will include, Guido Verhoef, Ralph Esslinger, Tom Bola,
Antonio Becares and Victor Forja. More details, (Link)
||Pioneer Europe have updated the website, (Link)
with details for new courses/training days in 2013.
One of the new days being offered is a full day
"Twisting Made Easy" course that is taking place
all over the UK with some of the top industry
instructors. There are Decorating courses on,
Beginners, Classic Decor, Weddings with
Demonstration days and of course still the
very popular "Care & Share" Balloon days run
by Graham Lee that take place all over the UK.
The Balloon Artistes Guild is now into it's third year,
for the novice to Professional balloon artiste, as they say
"We Care, Together We Share" More info, (Link)
|2013 STAR PRIZE, Buster Balloon (Link)
||It is not often you get the chance to
have a one to one with arguably
the world's leading entertaining
balloon artiste. This is your chance
for such a meeting, wheather it is
advise on marketing, sculptures,
production, ad-ons, direction,
etc, etc. A fantastic
competition to get 2013 off
a great bang. For more details
about how to enter, (Link)
|The Star Prize for 2013 will be announced on the 1st January, it is an exclusive prize with one of the
world's top balloon artistes. To enter the four mini competitions and for more details on
this once in a lifetime prize that money is unable to buy. (Link)
||FUN AT THE BRIDGE
Mr Tony (Link) and Ady (Link)
could be seen performing and twisting sculptures for the very excited children
that attended the seasons celebrations
at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea
Football Club. The Winter wonderland
grotto that was held on Sunday 9th Dec.
The event was organised with the help
of Jojo's travelling minstrels with plenty
of attractions for everyone including
the balloon modellers and some very
talented face painters. As always though
the star of the event was Santa himself.
|This year the Float Convention, 27th/31st Jan that is run by Steve Jones is taking place just before
Twist & Shout, the balloon twisting convention and at the same convention centre in St Louis, USA.
There is an early bird special still available at just $599 with up to ten workshops to attend and three master
classes. Instructors booked are, Eve Antonello, Troy Apprill, Alex Arroyo, Brian Asman, Nadia Azar,
Katie Balloons, Tammy Corzine, Joette Giardina, Eddie Hayland, Jan Iiams, Glenna Kipp,
Dante Longhi, Tena Santaularia, Colin Stewart, Lisa Swiger, Colin Woody and of course Steve Jones.
For more details on the event, (Link)
|Twist & Shout 2013 (Link)
With three master class workshops,
Danny Schlesinger, "Performance"
Royal Sorell, "Life Size"
Don Caldwell, "Wacky Racers"
and "Trick or Treat" Also teaching in
St Louis from Jan 30th to Feb 3rd
are; Alberta Nava, Jeff Hayes,
Ken Stillman, Scott Tripp
Debbie Stevens, Thad James,
and Robbie Furman.
||Florida Super Jam 2013 (Link)
Taking place from 9/13th Jan.
The group build for this year is
"Out Of This World"
There are so many teachers it's
best to checkout the website but
they include so far, Aaron Hay,
Andrew McDonald, Dustin Queary
Shonna Flanigan, Debbie Stevens,
Ken Stillman, Jonathan Fudge,
Randy Zacks and Rebecca Kanar.
|Balloon Chat Picture Gallery Updated.
The picture gallery has just been updated with over 100 pictures from the Ed Chee lecture that took
place in Sutton Surrey on the 1st/2nd Nov. (Link) There are also over 130 pictures posted so far from
the Euro Jam convention that took place in Melle from the 6/8th November. (Link) There are still over
300 pictures to re-size to put onto the thread over the next few days so please keep looking back to view.
Please note you will need to join the forum to view the gallery page as this section is a members only area,
the site is "FREE" to view and there are some excellent pictures from both these events.
The Balloon Blast Video Show
Scott Tripp and Sam Cremeens are still producing the series with a new episode every week (Link)
This week's edition which is number 30 can be viewed and there is a competition to win some
great prizes. To win viewers have to do a selection of tasks while accumulating points along the way.
||Antonio Becares Rodriguez, New DVD's in Stock
We have just taken stock of Antonio's brand new released DVD on his award winning "Flowys" Design. This won
Antonio at Twist & Shout in 2012 first place in the 12
minute competition. The DVD thoroughly explains all
the techniques required to master this excellent design.
We also have the Pinch Line technique which has many applications in the balloon world, for some excellent
ideas check out the portfolio of Pascal Grooten (Link)
On the DVD Antonio explains the technique with 15
chapters and the DVD
also has a section with step by
step instructions on five original figures, Mouth, Bracelet,
Rainbow, Flower and the Snail. More details (Link)
|Twist & Shout Balloon Convention.
St Louis, Missouri. 30th Jan/3rd Feb 2013
Danny Schlesinger will be teaching two classes at Twist and Shout 2013!
Two performance classes to help you perform with balloons, whether
you are a twister or have a balloon show/kids show. The first class is,
"How To Be Totally Awesome With Or Without Balloons"
and looks at fundamental secrets that will improve your performances
with or without balloons. Danny will show you some techniques that will
enhance both balloon shows AND balloon twisting. The second class is,
"How To Make Your Balloon Act Totally Awesome."
Whether you already have a balloon act, or would like to have one, Danny
will help you through this latex labyrinth. Danny through his creative and
directing experience will make sure you are inspired to make your own
balloon act Totally Awesome. Both classes are open to any skill level of
twisting or experience of performance. This will be Danny's first time at
Twist and Shout (Link)
and his first time in St. Louis, Missouri.
The convention takes place Jan 30 - Feb 3, 2013.
Danny's website, (Link)
|Euro Jam 6/8th November, Melle, Germany. (Link)
With just three weeks to the 15th Euro Jam in Melle, the line up of teachers is now complete. Direct flights
from London City Airport are available. Those teaching are, Antonio Becares Rodrigues, Klaus Loffert,
Pieter van Engen
and Andreas Zier
||TRIX IN THE STIX, May 2013
A brand new convention for the Childrens entertainer, 20th & 21st May.
Venue details are, 4 Star Lion Quays Waterside Resort, Oswestry.
The Monday evening will have an All Star Cabaret with Terry Herbert.
A dealers hall will be open on Tuesday serving up all that is new in magic.
There will be snippets of information and presentations throughout the
day with two star lectures by Terry Herbert and John Kimmons.
There will also be one or two surprises as the day goes on.
The cost for the event including the Monday night is just £25.
There is also a discount on the hotel rooms for those who wish
to stay over and make full use of the two day event.
To book or for more information (Link) the event is limited
to 200 with over 100 tickets being sold in the first ten days.
|The Balloon Artistes Guild and Tonya McNeill CD
|Qualatex, Purple Violet Colour Quest
The colour quest winners for August have just been announced (Link)
Below are a selection from all the entries, Crab - Zsolt Dömötör. Elephant - Patrick van De Ven. Bear - Paul Navarro.
|Pioneer Europe/Qualatex Balloons
Pioneer Europe have just updated the website with a more refreshing look and easier to
navigate website.There is a gallery page that will be regularly updated and all balloon
workshops/courses canbe found under the education centre. (Link)
|Kidology, Childrens Magic Convention. 11th Sept, Wolverhampton.
||This year the number one UK Children's Entertainer Convention is bigger
and better than ever. Not only is there a fantastic line-up of Lectures from
some of the most versatile and creative Children's Entertainer's in the UK
and Overseas; including Christopher Somervile, Michael Diamond, Gay
Ljungberg, Gary James and Ozzy Dee and a whole host of mini-lectures,
magic and balloon related demos and many specialy invited dealer
stands including some great magic, costume and balloon stands.
The night before the convention is also set to be a full fun evening with
Kidology's first Children's Entertainer of the Year Competion. The
competitors are Balloon Chat member Dov Citron (Link), aka
Captain CalamityJulie Carpenter, Carol Bosworth aka Pip the Clown,
Shane West, Steve Ablett and Sally Ridgley performing for an audience
of children and conventioneers who will vote for the winner.
The winner will receive a trophy, £200 in dealers vouchers and automatic
entry into the UK Children’s Entertainer of the Year at Blackpool 2013.
The venue is booked until late, food will be available and there is cabaret
featuring Amethyst Illusion Show. For more info and to book, (Link)
|Mr Tony, The Run The Race Foundation
Mr. Tony, local balloon twister from High Wycombe was approached
by The Run The Race Foundation (Link) and had the pleasure
to entertain the public with his fantastic balloon creations. The fund
raising event evenings were celebrating the London Olympic games.
The Foundation is a partnership between local churches in Chalfont
St. Peter and Gerrards Cross, Mr Tony entertained at the
open air event for the broadcast of the opening and closing
ceromony of the Olympic Games. Both events were a great
success with many of the locals attending and having a fun time
during the evening. For more about Mr.Tony, (Link)
|PLAY, MAKE, MASTER. Cannes, France. (Link)
Larry Moss from BalloonHQ (Link) has just had the chance to spend the week in France at the
Play, Make and Master International Festival of Creativity. Larry who worked alongside Kelly Cheatle and
Michael Abrahamson taught a balloon masterclass. The idea behind the festival was to encourage creative
professionals to remember the importance of play in their work. Along with the balloons there were
specialists in Lego building and clay modelling. To read Larry's blog on the whole event, (Link)
|The Balloon Artistes Guild
The balloon artistes guild have just booked Ed Chee from the USA to come and lecture in Sutton, Surrey on
Friday 2nd Nov as part of a two day balloon event running on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd Nov. (Link)
This is the sixth star lecture day that the guild have run in the 18 months that it has been formed, previous lecture
workshops have been Shirley Ray, Colin Myles, Dennis Hogers, David Brenion, Ken Stillman and Patrick van de Ven.
The guild costs just £99 a year to join with 10 care and share days all over the UK, with 3 star lecture days per
year included. Members receive all 3 DVD's so even if you are unable to make all events you can keep up
with new trends, techniques and sculptures that are being made within the balloon community.
To book or for more details then please contact email@example.com
|The David Grist Memorial Lecture
A couple of pictures from the day with an excellent lecture given by Patrick van de Ven,
there was a band for the day and Joyce presented Patrick with a gift for all his hard work.
More pictures can be seen on the forum (Link)
Special July Offer on David Grist DVD's
A single copy is just £12.50 and the full set of nine DVD's is a bargain at just £99 (Link)
BAPIA is the Balloon And Party Industry Alliance, a pro-active organisation working on behalf of the industry.
Creating awareness of our industry and the professionals within it along with generating benefits for members
are the key aims and objectives of BAPIA. Now into its third year BAPIA is achieving what it originally set
out to do and will continue to work on behalf of its members and the industry.
With benefits such as the inclusive Public, Products and Employers Liability cover and the Legal insurance
cover alongside a new members ‘welcome pack’ including training vouchers, DVD vouchers and samples
from manufacturers in total valued in excess of £100 it is no surprise that membership is growing rapidly
and with every new member so comes the ability to create greater awareness and build more benefits.
If you would like more information on BAPIA simply go to the website, (Link)
|Kevin Hart, Balloonatic Kevin (Link)
The Leamington Day Of Magic
Wed 20th June is the date for this year with three star lectures by, Richard Pinner, David Tomkins and Pete Wardell.
This has to be the bargain of the year as there is a full day of magic with a close up show/competition in the evening
and breakfast, lunch and a BBQ all for the price of just £20. The day attracts approx 150. Booking details,(Link)
Danny And His Amazing Balloons
Circo Ridiculoso (Link)
Age 3+ SUNDAY, JUNE 17th. Time: 3pm Tickets: £5
Dugdale Centre Enfield
Danny the Idiot presents his Amazing Balloon Show. In this show Danny
mixes the daft and silly with the dangerous and difficult. Using the techniques
of the magic, circus stunts and crazy balloon manipulation Danny will amaze
and astound. Watch as Danny attempts to escape encased by solid inflated
balloons. Cry with laughter as he tries to make incredible balloon sculptures,
and gasp as he climbs into the Giant Balloon of Death. The show is full of
visual humour, physical comedy and unbelievable stupidity.
For more information and booking details, (Link)
|Capel Manor, Enfield. Basic Twisting Days.
The basic class is back again at Capel Manor College with a slightly different format to last year. On Tuesday
26th June, basic day and Wenesday 27th June, basic plus day. The days will follow on so that students are
able to attend both days to get a more structered lecture/workshop with more hands on training available over
the two days. The days are sponsored by Qualatex Balloons and are priced at a bargain £15 for either day.
The Tuesday will deal with the different size of balloons, pens to use, how to correctly use neons and metallic
balloons and will cover an array of basic one balloon animals with many hints and
tips thrown in as possible.
There will also be a question and answer session over the two days to help with all the problems you may
be having while twisting. The Wednesday will progress with a session on slightly more advanced one
balloon models and then it will be on to the two and three balloon models that are quick easy and
impressive to get you re-booked and people talking about your balloon art. Booking details, (Link)
|Creative Characters with Sue Bowler, Twist My Ride with Dom & Keith
|The David Grist Memorial Lecture
This is the first time the lecture will be held over two days with Patrick van de Ven coming over from Holland to run both days
||with his excellent lecture workshop. The event takes place in Birmingham on the11/12th July with the first day being filmed
for BAG members. To attend either day is just £35 or there
is a super saver ticket available for
both days. (Link)
To attend the care & share days for free you can join,
"The Balloon Artistes Guild" (Link)
Attend all 10 lecture/ workshop days throughout the year
and receive the three DVD's from the Star Lecture
Days. David's excellent DVD collection set is still available
with all money raised going to the Grist family. (Link)
|Peace and Harmony Contest Winner
Colin Myles of Smiley balloons (Link) very kindly donated a superb prize to balloon chat of his latest
3 DVD collection set comprising, Weddings, Weaving and Little Things. The idea behind the competition
was the theme of Peace, not surprisingly there was a very good amount of entries from the novice to
seasoned professional. The winning entry was by Rhian Beynon who works as an adoption social worker
and has only been twisting balloons for the past two years and mainly twists for her two young children. Rhian
who is originally from Wales but moved to Yorkshire to attend university and stayed loves the fun and frivolity
that balloons bring after the stresses of her day job. Rhian never leaves home without a few balloons in
pocket and loves the versatility and portability of balloons knowing that just a handful of balloons can make
a sculpture to fill a room making it look fantastic. Rhian has a facebook page, (Link)
|Pioneer Europe, Lois Devlin & Marie Gransbury
There has been a change around at Bishops Stortfords the home of Qualatex balloons in the UK and the
European distributor. Lois Devlin has been promoted to the role of Chairman with Marie Gransbury
being appointed as Managing Director. To read the full press release statements, (Link)
|The Balloon Artistes Guild
The Balloon Artistes Guild has just celebrated it's first year anniversary on the 1st April.
Top names coming over to the UK to lecture and run hands on balloon workshops were
David Brenion, Dennis Hogers and Ken Stillman. Club members receive DVD's of all
star lecture days with over four hours of tuition on every recording. This year booked are
Colin Myles, Shirley Ray, Ed Chee and Patrick van de Ven. Patrick will be over to run a
two day event in Birmingham which will include "The David Grist Memorial Lecture"
For a bargain price of just £99 members can attend all ten events held throughout the
year all over the UK. Non members are also most welcome to attend any of the events
that are run in Banstead, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Bishops Stortford.
Pictures from all the days can be seen via the events section on the forum, (Link)
Details about joining the club, email Graham Lee or hit the link button. (Link)
|Alberto Falcone, DVD Collection.
Alberto has just brought out the start of a planned 12 DVD collection set of his balloon art sculptures.
The first group from the collection cover the 321 balloon with some interesting designs, his ideas for the
stuffing machine with very usable ideas and the use of the Qualatex 15" bubble. For more details, (Link)
||BALLOON CHAT, Happy Birthday.
The forum is four years old today.
There is a happy birthday thread here, (Link)
BALLOON CHAT Forum News Update.
For a trial period, from March 15th the forum will only be viewable to members only. Guests viewing the
site will only be able to view, Events, Balloon Chit Chat, Balloon Tutorial and Balloon Chat Challenge.
To view all 17 sub forums, please just sign up via the register button below the forum logo.
So Please sign up and join in as we are normally a very friendly and sharing community.
|Colin Myles, New DVD Set.
|International award winning balloon artiste Colin Myles
has just produced his very first collection of DVD's
on Weaving, Weddings and Little things. (Link)
Colin has been teaching around the world for Qualatex
for many years and has a very successful balloon and
party shop business in Broughty Ferry, Scotland. In the DVD's Colin has tried to show designs and techniques
that have sold in his shop and that have been helpful in
his balloon business. You can see Colin demonstrating
some of his tips and techniques from the DVD's at the
Leeds two day Super event on April 17/18th (Link)
The DVD's will be shipped from 15th March.
|New Products from Qualatex
Exciting new products just released by Qualatex, many of which were on display at the recent Spring Fair.
Among those designs causing interest are the new glitzy Holographic Welcome Baby Boy and Baby Girl
in 36" star and 18" round. New to the range of Bubbles and arriving in time for the Diamond Jubilee and the
Olympics are the 22" Union Jack, which seems a certainty to reach the number one slot in the Qualatex top 100.
||Frank Skinner Show, Room 101
Graham Lee had a short guest spot on Room 101
with Frank Skinner which has a new format
with three celebrity guests now appearing on
every show. With Alice Cooper were Chris
Tarrant and Chris Packham. The BBC contacted Graham as they had Alice Cooper wanting
Balloon Modelling to go into the room 101
Graham made a quick Swan and a life size
replica of Alice Cooper. Luckily balloon
modelling was saved and Alice was
very gracious in defeat. To view the show,
(Link) the section starts from 8min 25 secs.
|KIDOLOGY, Children's Magic Convention. 11th Sept.
Based around the Children's entertainer market this is the only UK magic convention dedicated for just the
purpose of entertaining children. Alex Powell from The Albion Magic Company is the organiser of this superb
one day convention which is held at the Civic and Wulfrun Halls in Wolverhampton on Tuesday 11th Sept.
The cost for the event is £40 which includes three Star lectures, mini lectures and a buffet lunch.
Gary James from Scotland has been booked to run a lecture on "Running Magic Workshops"
This lecture will discuss fully the details about,
"How To Sell" and "What To Teach"
There will be an early bird discount price and a night before party with competitions
and a special announcement to be made shortly, so watch this space.
For more details and to book, (Link)
|Twist & Shout will be happening in Phoenix Arizona from the 1st/5th Feb 2012, with a wealth of top
International twisters lecturing/performing from all over the world. Top names appearing so far include,
Patricia Bunnell, Twistina, Melissa Vinson, Ken Stillman, David Brenion, Guido Verhoef.
There will also be master classes from
Don Caldwell, Willie Monroe and David Kaye aka Silly Billy.
For more details of this excellent convention, (Link)
|Graham Lee, "The Front Room Tapes" Vol 6 DVD, "Just Hats"
||The latest addition has just been released called "Just Hats" and is the seventh DVD in the collection by Graham Lee. There are 15 hat designs, five in the basic section and then progressing through the DVD until Mickey Mouse which is possibly the most difficult
but still achievable. With excellent and clear instructions being shown face on and over the shoulder to help with ease of following along to the DVD contents. Models include, Duck, Flower heart, two Ghost's, Rabbit, Monkey, Giraffe, Swan, Flamingo, Aeroplane, Snail, Basketball game, Crocodile, Sponge Bob
and a Mickey Mouse hat. Details; (Link)
|Balloon Panto Dress, Sarah Russell from Balloonytoons (Link) had a very unusual request
for this Christmas which was to make a spectacular costume that was big, bold and bright for the pantomine
being put on by the local drama company, Barking Music and Drama. Sarah made the dress in five hours on
the day of the dress rehearsal and the dress lasted for all seven performances throughout the week with just
a few minor alterations having to be made. The reaction from the show was fantastic and well received and
to date this is the biggest sculpture Sarah has worked on.
|Florida Super Jam, 2012. January 11/14th
The Florida super jam is just a month away with some of the leading balloon artistes attending from all
over the world to make this a fun filled few days for everyone. The convention has a more laid back
approach to most as there are no major sculpture competitions and balloon classes are kept to a
minimum as the main focus is on the Jam room where many new techniques are learnt and shared.
An excellent value for money convention with registration costing just $129 (Link)
|The Qualatex Event was a very successful convention with over 450 delegates attending the 3 day event in
Oxford from 29 countries. There were 13 cometitors in the large and medium sculpture competition,
Pascal Grooten (medium) and Tatiana Ismaylova (large) being the prize winners.
For a review and to see over 300 pictures from the event, (Link)
|Rie Hosokai, New Publication, DAISY BALLOON
Rie Hosokai (Link) who is a multi award winning balloon artiste who makes balloon dresses to die for
has yet another excellent publication which is available from the 11th Oct. The book, Daisy Balloon is
written in English and Japanese, anyone interested in obtaining Rie's First book,
Balloon Beauty, this comes highly recommended as well.
Details about Daisy balloon taken from the website,
Daisy Balloon is balloon artist Rie Hosokai and art director/graphic designer Takashi Kawada.
Making the world their stage, this balloon unit travels the globe to exhibit their art as,
Daisy Balloon. Over the course of three years from 2008 to 2011,
they pursued the possibilities of balloon art and in this book they present their works.
For more details about the book and to purchase worldwide, (Link)
|Ken Stillman, Care & Share Super Day.
||This is "The Balloon Artistes Guild's" second two day super
event that will be taking place in Leeds on the 16/17th Nov.
Ken Stillman will be flying in from the USA for his only UK
lecture this year. Ken is a master of his craft with so many
modelling techniques to share with everyone and is famous
for his Turtles, Princesses and Superhero's to name but a few.
Ken will be teching some new ideas and designs and this is definately a day to put into your diary. Ken has started his own website BalloonClick.com (Link) which is a membership
site designed to provide it’s members with the very latest and
the very best in balloon twisting and balloon decorating ideas.
For more details about the days and to book, (Link)
|Twistina's Five Minute Delights Volume 3
||Twistina has just released her latest CD Rom, Volume.
There are 15 models plus variations shown in printable
PDF format with step by step instructions and photo's
which makes things nice and easy to follow along.
It is available as a CD Rom or as a file for immediate
download to your computer. There are three hat designs,
some well known character parodies and several creations
that adults as well as children will love. The designs
include; Lion, Penguin, Big pig, Little pig, Blue steam
train hat, Tyrannosaurus, Wally the whale, Tulip
bouquet, Princess tiara, Spaceman, Cowboy, Kitty,
Kitty wand, Glam bags, Snowy the mouse, Fast McQ
hat & Monty the meerkat. For more details, (Link)
THE BALLOON GARDENER. Danny Schlesinger will be performing his
fantastic balloon show The Balloon Gardner this Autumn. Danny
has run low on balloons and must grow his own. Seeds of hilarity are sown
as he attempts to cultivate big, bold and colourful latex shapes in pots. Can he
grow a prize winning balloon? The plot thickens with pests, wacky weather and eccentric nonsense. Putting the rubber into shrubbery; this fool for flowers
creates an organic garden of delights. Pop along - it's blooming marvelous!
Oct 8th, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. Shows at 11am & 2pm.
Oct 15th, Nuffield Theatre Southampton. Show at 1pm.
Oct 16th, Jacksons Lane, London. Show at 2pm.
Oct 27th, South Street Reading. Shows at 11.30am & 2pm.
Nov 4th, Siamsa Tire, Tralee, Ireland. Show at 2pm.
|Ha Ha Entertainment, Balloon Jam, 3 Day Event, Dennis and Ingrid Hogers are helping to organise a three day balloon exstravaganza for balloon artistes in Preston Palace resort, Holland from 31st Oct to the 2nd Nov. The all
inclusive price of 250 Euros includes registration, accommodation, food and drinks. Website details, (Link)
Qualatex Halloween Brochure
The Qualatex Halloween brochure has just been released with the bubble balloons having the advantage of staying
inflated for weeks due to their wrinkle free seams and pop-resistant stretchable plastic. No special inflating
equipment is required and the the bubble balloons are safe for use with all high pressure regulators.
Also available in the Qualatex range are the Magical Jack and the Floating Eyeballs
|Kidology and IBM Magic Conventions, Sept 2011.
|There are two excellent magic conventions taking place in September, Kidology which is a one day convention
for the Childrens Entertainer. This will be taking place in Wolverhampton on Tuesday Sept 6th with three main
lectures by Steve Short, George Kovari and Sally Rigley. There will also be four mini lectures and 15 dealers
to browse around. (Link)Then there is the International Brotherhood Of Magicians convention taking
place in Southport from 22nd/25th Sept with stars from around the World.
Michael Finney - USA and Rafael - Belgium will be lecturing and performing. (Link)
||Tony (Link) had his balloon art
were featured in OK magazine this
week after entertaining at parties
organised by Peter Andre.Tony
who only started twisting three
years agoafterdelivering a bouncy castle and spotted a clown
making some basic models.
From there Tony found a local
party shop for balloons and then
went to The Millennium Jam.
Balloons are now his passion in
life, Peter loved theSpiderman.
|Thelma Levett "International Twister of the Year"
from Hinckley, Smudgy the Clown (Link)
Thelma has been featured in "Pick Me Up" magazine with some of her stylish balloon dresses
which have a unique look. Each dress is individually crafted and can take up to four days to
make using multi techniques to perfect. Thelma tries to make each creation just right
to blend in for that very special event.
|Ken Stillman, www.balloonclick.com
|Ken's new website, (Link) is up and running. This months video
is the Ninja Turtle that has an easy distortion technique for the head,
the next project will be the Prince video to go with his award winning Princess design. There are PDF downloads available with all six of
Ken's books, Cartoon Balloon Encyclopedia, Hitch Hiker and
his first four books that have been out of print for the past eight
years. Ken is also happy for members of the site to set him
monthly challenges that he will video and upload to the website.
||The Balloon Artistes Guild (Link) which was formed on the 1st April
2011 has produced the first DVD from it's star lecture day which was held in Banstead
on the 6th April with David Brenion coming over from America to lecture on "Backpacks"
and "Rounds & Hearts" Pictures from the day can be seen here; (Link) The next star
lecture day on Wed 20th July will be "The David Grist Memorial Lecture" in Birmingham,
(Link) Membership to "TBAG" is just £99 with ten balloon days to attend, Seven Care
& Share days and Three major star lecture days that will be filmed with all club members
receiving a free copy of the days events, so even if you are unable to attend you still get a
feel for what was shown and lectured at the day.The design cover, duplication was
produced by Jimmy Carlo (Link) with Lord Geoffrey doing the editing, (Link)
|Ha Ha Balloon Event, 11/12th June 2011
||Dennis and Ingrid Hogers of Ha Ha Entertainment (Link) will be holding a balloon seminar in Volkel, Holland on the 11/12th June with sponsorship from Qualatex Balloons and Conwin. The event will have five of the leading industry experts at hand to help make this an enjoyable event with Sue Bowler, Patrick Van de Ven, Fiona Fisher, Alberto Nava and Sofie Vandewyer. Registartion is just 150 Euros with a Saturday night party. Dennis will be coming over to the UK on the 20th July for "The David Grist Memorial Lecture" (Link)
Halloween Feature, Some exciting new designs for Halloween
are being launched by Pioneer Europe following good growth for
this event in recent years and will be found in the dedicated
Qualatex Halloween catalogue due to be released in late May.
A preview of the catalogue shows a magnificent 36" foil "Dracula"
shape and a huge Halloween Moon and Bats amongst the new products. Several new 11" latex designs have also been added
and will combine to make a great eye catching window display.
Each year, Qualatex introduces designs to add to
the portfolio alongside best sellers from previous years.
For those that are not superstitious Euro Jam is having its 13th Edition in Melle, Germany from
the 11/13th October. The event is jam packed with Courses, Seminars, Workshops and the
added attraction of a 24hr around the clock jam room. Three full days of pure fun! The cost for
the full 3 day event is 200 Euros with day tickets available, there is also the final evening
Jam buffet night for an additional 20 Euros. For more details and to book; (Link)
Paul Belanger and Sheree Brown-Rosner are organising the
second Florida Super Jam for 2012 in Orlando, Florida from 11/14th Jan at the International Palms Resort. There is an early
bird special of $99 if booked by the 1st May or $129 after,
this is the ultimate balloon jam with four days of continuous
balloon twisting available. There will be some great learning experiences with many surprises planned with balloon lectures
for artistes and entertainers, there will also be a chance to
perform your balloon performance show and have it critiqued
from your peers. Then not forgetting the added advantage
of taking in some of the local attractions on offer
including Disney, Universal Studios and Sea World.
For more details check out the website, (Link)
|New Disney Licenses For Qualatex Bubbles
|The combination of Disney characters and Bubble balloons was a great attraction on the Qualatex stand at the recent Spring Fair. The latest licenses are Tangled, Cinderella Dream Big
and Princess Daring to Dream which
are great additions to the other Disney lisenses on Bubble balloons such as Minnie and Micky Mouse. With the Disney animated film of Tangled currently on release, sales are
expected to be buoyant. Check
out the latest catalogue for the
full range available.
||Latex Soup by Scott Tripp
Latex Soup, the balloon magazine published by
Scott Tripp (Link) is coming up for issue four
with a change in format from a printed magazine
into a pdf file. For a free sample copy please email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Due out on the 1st June, there isan interview with
a lady who is an expert on frogs, Miss Jeanine von Essen. There is a subsciption charge of $7 for the
next three issues with a bonus thank you of the
very first latex soup being sent free in a pdf file.
Balloon Art, Forum member Kevin Hart
made the soup cans, for more details; (Link)
|BALLOON CHAT, HAPPY BIRTHDAY
The balloon forum, www.balloonchat.co.uk is celebrating its third birthday on the 15th March.
|Twist & Shout Balloon Convention, Phoenix, Arizona!
February 1st/5th, 2012, Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel in Tempe AZ
Twist & Shout Balloon has had a date change for 2012, the new date now confirmed is February 1st/5th.
For full details about this balloon convention with details on who will be lecturing can be found here; (Link)
Tonya McNeill's New CD, Fun with 321's
Tonya's Fun 321 CD is now available for purchase, if you were wondereing what
to do with the new 321's from Qualatex and needed some ideas then this is an
excellent CD to get you started. There are 19 different figures and some have
multiple variations so 26 designs in all. All designs featured have a 321 as the
base combined with 260s and 160s. On the CD are: Dragon, Pig, Lizard, Bunny,
Beaver, Elephant (2 versions), Armadillo, Horse, Seal, Turtle (2 versions),
Unicorn, Deer, Monkey (2 versions), Kitty (2 versions), Squirrel, Tiger shark,
Sand shark, Dolphin and Angelfish. The CD is only $25.00 plus shipping.
You can save on the shipping expense and have the instructions emailed instead.
Payment can be made at; http://www.balloonjam.com/tonya/
||New Qualatex Catalogue/Website
The Qualatex Everyday catalogue has just been released with a number of new products now
available. The catalogue is an essential item for
every balloon professional and contains not only the complete Qualatex range, but also pages of
information on accessories, the QBN programme, training and helium guidelines. Copies can be
obtained from Pioneer Europe Ltd on
01279-501090. The new website is also up
with details of all the training days, including
the Care and Share balloon fun days and the
Qualatex Event balloon convention taking place
at Heythrop Park 5/7th Nov (Link to website)
A Beautiful Balloon Show For Grown Ups!
Masks, clown, extreme balloon modelling and lots of little bits of
paper comes to the New Diorama Theatre in London this March.
After his Peter Brook award winning production of Dr Faustas with
third party last year, John Wright (Director and co-founder of
Trestle and Told by an Idiot) returns to the New Diorama with
a theatrical double bill, Baby Boomers, his first full mask show
since leaving Trestle and The Confetti Maker, his first
collaboration with the renowned clown Frank Wurzinger.
Press night, 1st March, 7.30 p.m.
The New Diorama, 15/16 Triton St, Pegents Place.
Tuesday 1st March-Saturday 12th March, (no performance 8th)
Evenings at 7.30, Sat Matinee 3.00. Press night 1st March
Tickets £10.50 - £12.50. Details and box office, (Link)
The countdown for the Biggest Polish Decoration Convention has started. The
event will take place from the 17/20th of March 2011 near Warsaw. The main
idea of the project is to inform and connect decorators/twisters and create within
three days a flora and fauna decoration in a space of approximately 600 square
metres using 125,000 balloons including round, modelling and foil. They expect
more than 200 decorators and twisters, distributors from Poland and other
European countries to join the creation of the Beautiful World of Insects
themed decoration.Divided into 8-12 parallel workshops, students will
learn different basics and advanced balloon techniques from their team leaders.
The decoration room will be open for 16 hours per day, giving everybody enough
time to practice and finish his sculpture. Parallel with the Big decoration, different
seminars will be given by international teachers. Everybody is most welcome and
invited to join in the fun with all twisters and decorators coming from around the
world to join this event full of passion and creativity.Stay in touch with one of the
biggest and creative European Balloon Events. Details and regular updates about accommodation, arrival and the event program will be announced
weekly in the News at the BalloonsIT Website. (Link)
|A new balloon modelling twister club is just being formed in the UK from April 1st. Yes really! The idea of the
club is to help elevate awareness of balloons amongst the general public while also improving and raising the art
ofballoon modelling in the UK. David Brenion who is coming over from America has been booked to lecture at
the very first "Twister Club" day on Wed 6th April in Banstead, Surrey with a full day hands on workshop
( Info) There are 10 balloon days being planned throughout the year with seven "Care & Share" days being
run with a mystery lecturer and three Star lecture days from artistes coming from Europe and America. The star
lecture days are to be filmed with all members receiving a DVD copy of the day. Spaces at the day will still be
available for non members with a £15 fee to attend the Care & Share days and £35 to attend a Star Lecture.
The cost for yearly membership is set at a bargain price of just £99. More details; (Link)
Twist and Shout (Link) is just around the corner with the added attraction of Fabrizio Bolzoni just
being added to the line up of top instructors. The convention this year runs from the 16/20th February in
Burlington, Massachusettes. Royal and Patty Sorell have yet again put on a full star line up of classes and
master classes for everyone. There is also the jam room which is open around the clock and CBA exams being
taken. Master classes are available from some of the industry leaders, Michael Clay, Vicky Kimble, Stretch the
balloon Dude. One of the more important events to attend during the convention will be Suzanne Haring and
Larry Moss who are running a Stage Performance masterclass, something that every balloon artiste requires.
Class instructors are all the above plus Tonya McNeill, Jon "J" Hubbard, John Watkins, Asi Cohen, David Brenion
and John "The Balloon Man" Holmes. The cost for the full convention is only $225 dollars on the early bird special
till the 14th Feb to get an absolute bargain on what is bound to be an excellent balloon twisting convention.
The Balloon Gardener on Tour 2011
Danny Schlesinger (Link to website) will be heading out on tour with
his brand new and very funny show “The Balloon Gardener”. Danny the
Wild Balloon tamer has run out of balloons and must grow his own. The tamer turns gardener. Seeds of hilarity are sown as Danny attempts to cultivate bold, colourful, latex shapes in pots. The plot thickens with
problem pests, wacky weather and weeds you have never even dreamed
about. Contemporary clowning puts the rubber into shrubbery; this fool
for flowers creates an organic garden of delights. Blooming marvellous!
"A big hearted show with big balloons! Great fun especially for the kids." Stuart Cox, Blue Elephant Theatre
February 21st, Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 2pm. February 27th, Quarterhouse, Folkstone, 2.30pm.
March 13th, The Arc Trowbridge, 3pm. March 19th, Camden People's Theatre, two shows. Time TBA.
March 27th, Discovery Centre, Winchester, 2pm.
April 10th, Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford, 3pm.
May 7th, Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury, 2pm. May 8th, Artsdepot, North Finchley, 12 and 3pm.
May14th, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln, 3pm.
|"Care & Share" Balloon Fun Day, Dates For 2011
||There is an excellent line up of balloon modelling talent for everyones
enjoyment this year. With only a few spaces left for the first event in
Bishops Stortford on the 19th Jan (Booking details) We then move
onto Darlington and have now confirmed that for the very first time at
a Care & Share day one of the world's finest twisters
Miss Shirley Ray (Link to website) will be
lecturing for the full day on Wed 9th March with four 1 hour
hands on lecture/workshop sessions. (Booking details)
The Care & Share dates for the rest of the year are now all booked;
Wed Jan 19th, Bishops Stortford, Wed March 9th, Darlington,
Wed April 13th, Banstead, Mon May 9th, Bristol,
Wed June 7th, Manchester, Wed Oct 5th, Leeds
Wed Nov 30th, Bishops Stortford
"The David Grist Memorial Lecture" Lecture,
Wed 20th July in Birmingham
|FLORIDA SUPER JAM, Jan 13/16th
Come along and have fun at one of the most informal no frills balloon conventions
at Lake Buena Vista in Florida. The three day event is a bargain at just $59 for advanced registration. Lecturers booked are Debbie Stevens, Ralph Dewey,
Patrick Brown, Robbie Furman, Scott Kalin, Mark Byrne, Nick The Balloonatic
and Twistina. With no formal competitons planned there will be even more time
to spend in the jam room to get your creative juices flowing or why not enter the balloon performance show and have your act critiqued from select professionals
and your peers. With Disney, Universal Studios and Sea World all close by why
not come early or stay late to take in some of Florida's great attractions. (Link)
||WEST COAST EVENT, BALLOON ART CONVENTION
After the success of the debut 2009 convention for West Coast Events they
have decided to do it all over again at the luxurious orange county Costa
Messa Hilton Hotel from July 8/10th 2011.With an excellent line up of industry
instructors, including Ken Stillman, Tope Abulude and Edwardo Seiti to guide
you through some wonderful jam packed classes with many fun and exciting
activities along the way. There will be a Large exhibit and trade show floor,
three days of inspiring event decor, business and hands on classes, two grand
scale galas with top quality entertainment for your enjoyment, five unique and
creative competitions and anopening day ceremony. The early "Distributor
Discount Programme" available until the 31st March for an extra bargain.
Website details, (Link)
Wishing everyone a very happy, contented and most enjoyable 2011. From the "Balloon Chat" team. Graham, Lyn, Danny
Heythrop Park, near Oxford, Nov 5/7th 2011
At last, by popular demand, Qualatex are hosting another major event in Europe. The fabulous Country House
venue has been brought up to date with five star hotel accommodations and is for the use of delegates exclusively
The biggest House Party the Balloon Industry has ever seen!
20 leading instructors from around the world, Over 50 classes, Business advice, Keynote speaker, Jam room,
Competitions including large sculpture, 2 fabulous parties, Live entertainment, CBA Assessment.
For more details and prices for this fantastic balloon industry event, (Link)
|The Millennium Jam, Big Bang 2010
This year the 11th millennium jam took place in Mol, Belgium and was a fantastic success with over 330 registrants
attending from 23 countries across the globe with the event being sponsored by Pioneer Europe, who must have
been very pleased with what turned out to be an excellent event. With at least 12 classes a day planned with
teachers coming from the USA, Canada, France, Spain, Holland, Italy, Belgium and the UK there was plenty to
choose from with all classes being very well attended. With the majority of those attending being entertainers there
was a great selection of fantastic sculptures being made constantly in the jam room which was open 24/7. The final
night gala lived up to all the expectations with excellent acts performing fromall over the world with Manon and
Tom Bibo being excellent master of ceremonies for both gala shows. Competition winners were,
One balloon competition, David Brennion, USA.
Multi Balloon, Christine Belcher, UK.
Master Balloon Designers Award,
Rie Hosokai and Sofie Vandewyer.
Career Contributor, Colin Myles.
Rising Star, Peter van Engen.
International Twister of the Year, Thelma Levett.
The lifetime achievement award was presented
to Patrick Brown who becomes only the sixth
member of this very exclusive twister hall of fame.
A big vote of thanks must go to Leo, Johan and
the IBS team for all the hard work that goes into
putting on what is the best balloon convention in
the world. My own personal highlights were the "History of Balloon" class given by Ralph Dewey
and the talk on "Paintloon" which is the new art
of combining body painting with balloons, which
was given by Guido Verheof and Bella Volen.
For over 500 pictures from the event; (Link)
|Danny Schlesinger, Danny The Idiot. T.V Appearence,
Danny Schlesinger will be appearing on CBBC television programme “The Slammer” on Friday 3rd December at 16.30. The Slammer is an entertainment show in which a group of variety acts enter a mock prison and have to perform to win their freedom.
Qualatex, New Range. Qualatex are producing a wide range of exciting new designs for 2011, most
of which will be on display at the Spring Fair. This selection of those balloons which are aimed at the very
young and includes two lovely supersize shapes, the Soft Pony and the Soft Giraffe. For Birthday celebrations,
there are the 18” round Happy Birthday Smiley Faces and Happy Birthday Jungle Friends, together with the
18” diamond Birthday Girl. Another supersize foil shape is the Happy Birthday Cupcake, a wonderfully
bright and vibrant balloon. Just a small sample of the 80-plus top-quality new designs being produced
by Qualatex for the New Year.
|The Millennium Jam, 2010.
What another fantastic event the 11th edition of the millennium jam tured out to be. With over 350 people attending
from 30 countries worldwide it probably has to go down as the finest balloon conventions to date. The quality
of the twisting competition entries was stunning and the fairy tale dress entries left everone speechless with
Rie Hosokai and Sofie Vandewyer winning the "Master Balloon Designers of 2010"
and Miss Thelma Levett, "International Twister of the Year"
To view over 500 pictures from the event; (Link )
|Party Day, Bishops Stortford Dec 1st
The last care & share day for 2010 will be taking place at Pioneeer Europe's HQ in Bishops
Stortford on Wednesday 1st Dec. The day is planned form 10am till 6pm with activities planned
for all day with three mystery lecturers booked covering christmas balloons, line work and
golden nuggets and Graham Lee with a basic class early in the morning.
For more details and to book, (Link ) But please be quick as we only have nine spaces left.
||UK Lecture, Mon 15th Nov
Mark Byrne, (Link)
"Bad To The Balloon"
Banstead, Surrey, Monday 15th November.
Mark is coming over to the UK for his one
and only UK lecture date for 2010.The day will run from 10 a.m till 6 p.m with Mark
doing four session during the day,
1, Bad to the Balloon Vol 1/2
2, Working the real world
For more details and to book; (Link)
|Michael Gjerek from BalloonsIT (Link) has his 5th Photo Exhibition now available, the 20 works
explore the balloon as a base for distortion and colorful abstraction taken by Michael Gjerek during the
year 2009/10. The dramatic close-ups, plastic perspectives, tonal contrasts and strong color combinations
created an extraordinary flair for telling a story from each picture.To create these images, Michael used
everything from broken mirrors, puzzles to special stuffing methods to build this special interest in
manipulated photography. To view more of Michael's work, (Link )
||Bonnie The Balloon Lady, New CD, The Dark Side
Bonnie has out another CD to go with her excellent collection of instructional CD's
that are already on the market and well worth purchasing. Her mind is constantly
working on new figures and how to incorporate the designs into quick, easy and
usable models to make. Included in this selection for Halloween are: Barn Owl,
2 Large Bats, Bat Wand, Black Cat, Crow, Devil Wand, Ghost, Ghost Wand,
Grim Reaper, Rat, Scream Wand, Little Witch and Witch Wand.
So from the ghostly fun to the devilishly scary to the down right batty. The CD
contains 15 new and exciting Halloween themed designs. Most of the designs
use 2/4 balloons and will take less than five minutes to make in the real world.
This CD is in a printable PDF format with step-by-step, full color photos. For
more info then please get in touch with Bonnie Davis, The Balloon Lady at email@example.com. To view the full range of ten instructional CD's
that Bonnie now has available. (Link) To view Bonnie's portfolio, (Link)
||Millennium Jam Winner
Parcival from Belgium won the registration to the millennium jam (Link) which was very kindly donated by Leo Verlinden, IBS balloons (Link)
Competitors had to enter a balloon model of their choice and answer ten general knowledge balloon related questions. Parcival has a unique style that probably comes from his working as a street busker/entertainer and at festivals, he specializes in balloon hats and has taken a year out to travel to
many more festivals this year and is looking to find more opportunities and direction in this wonderful world of balloons, he attended his first millennium
jam in 2008 which certainly was life changing.
|Danny Schlesinger, "The Balloon Gardener"
|Danny Schlesinger (Link to website) of Circo Ridiculoso fame is making his second balloon show "The Balloon Gardener" Danny will be creating the new indoor balloon show funded by the Arts Council, England and supported by Camden People's Theatre. The new show will be for theatres and arts venues for everyone over 3 years old and will be approx 50 minutes long. Danny the Wild Balloon tamer has run out of balloons and must grow his own. Seeds of hilarity are sown as Danny attempts to cultivate bold, colourful, latex shapes in pots. The plot thickens with problem pests, wacky weather and weeds you have not even dreamed of. Contemporary clowning puts the rubber into shrubbery; this fool for flowers creates an organic garden of delights. Bloonming Marvellous!
The Balloon Gardner will be available from Spring 2011
Camden People's Theatre, 8th October, 7 pm, 9th October 3 pm and 7.30 pm. (Link to website)
Blue Elephant Theatre, 24th October, 1 pm and 3 pm. (Link to website)
||Twist and Shout Balloon Convention (Link) have just announced the line
up for the instructors for there forthcoming event in Burlington, Massachusetts
from the 16/20th Feb 2011. The event is being held at the Boston Marriot Hotel
with an all star line up that includes, Vicky Kimble, Asi Cohen, David Brenion,
Stretch, Michael Clay and Balloon Chat's very own Tonya McNeill with other
names to be added shortly. Pre convention special is a full days masterclass
series on the 16th Feb for $99 with the pajama party run by Laura Caldwell
and Tawney Noreen taking place on the Wednesday evening. There are
competitions to join in and enjoy, small, medium and large sculpture and the
artistic figure. The welcome reception takes place on Thursday evening, the
stage competition on Friday and the gala and awards ceremony taking place
on the Saturday night. A full few days of twisting fun is planned for everyone
and you can still take advantage of the early bird special price of just $175.
Kermit the Frog was created by John Christianson (Link to contact details)
|"Care & Share" Days, New Sponsor.
The Care & Share days have been running for over five years now and Graham Lee
would like to thank all those that have supported the days and provided sponsorship
over the years. Sempertex balloons for the first four years and Balloon Art Wholesale
for this year. The days
now have a brand new sponsor, Qualatex balloons. It is a big commitment in both time and financially and the sponsorship is appreciated, it will
help in taking the days forward which will benefit our balloon industry while helping
to promote our art form to the general public. The days are expected to follow the
as known route with hopefully a couple of surprises thrown in along the way. The
sponsorship deal will run until the end of 2012 with three Care & Share days for
this year and seven days in 2011 and 2012.
|SPECIAL OFFER, "The David Grist Memorial Lecture"
Due to the sponsorship of the care and share balloon fun days there will be a special offer for those that book till
the end of August for the David Grist Memorial Lecture on the 8th Sept in Birmingham. The £25 fee will include a
buffet lunch and a £10 voucher to spend on balloons at the day. For more details and to book for the day; (Link)
The picture below advertising "The Millennium Jam" was taken in 2005 of the work by
Stéphane Robin and David Keller. This picture and others were displayed at
The Millennium Jam in 2005 which is where the picture was taken of the original.
The original picture was taken by Thomas Raffoux and is copyrighted.
The photo was part of an exhibition, "The Incredible Lightness of Art"
that took place in September 2004. To view the original and more, (Link)
|The Millennium Jam, Nov 7/11th
A week not to be missed and one that will definitely change
your life. Welcome to the world's best balloon convention hosted by Leo Verlinden and all the gang. (Link) The convention kicks off with a gala award ceremony on the Saturday for the distributors of Pioneer Europe and then
it's non stop workshops, 24 hour jam room, evening entertainment, including the cocktail bar with Koen and
Jochem with there very special brand of humour and drinks. Then it's competition time with The Iron Latex Man, single balloon and multi balloon competitions. Artistes performing
this year at the convention include, Alberto Falcone, Dee
White, Flipo, Luc Bertrand, Mimosa, Peter Van Engen,
Robbie Firman, Sean Rooney, master of ceremonies being
Tom Bibo and Manon
. "WIN A "FREE" RGISTRATION"
Leo has very kindly donated a free registration to;
"The Millennium Jam"
in Mol, Belgium from the 7/11th Nov. All you have to
do is answer ten basic balloon questions and enter
a sculpture of your choice to be in with a chance to win
a registration worth 225 Euro's for the full convention.
Details about winning the prize can be found here; ()
There is also an organised trip to the convention
from the UK, more details can be found here.()
|David Grist DVD's, New Artwork
The complete set of nine DVD's is now available with all new artwork to bring this excellent set of balloon modelling
DVD's more up to date with a friendly buy me, buy me shelf life look. David who was a true star in the balloon
industry passed away in 2005 and since then all proceeds from the sales of his DVD legacy have been donated
to his family.With each DVD sale a donation of £10 goes to the Grist family. Each DVD is available for
£15 with the complete set at £110. (Link to sales)
|| Jimmy Carlo (Link) has done an excellent job of updating the DVD's with a nice clean crisp look and feel to them. If you have any artwork requirements, Jimmy has designed for Terry Herbert, Pat Fallon and now has the time to design for Magicians, Clowns, Children’s Entertainers, with publicity logo's, DVD sleeves/body printing, and duplication.
|*****Two New Las Vegas Balloon Conventions*****
Sad news was reported last week that Dave Scott had to pull out of running Diamond Jam and Summer Balloon
Camp this August due to a low turn out of registrants. The balloon world being what it is rallied around and
two new conventions have been organised in a matter of days to run Aug 9/11th at the Tuscanny Suites,
Las Vegas; (Link) There is a one day twisting convention, Alterna Jam on the 9th August (Link)
which is followed on the 10/11th August with Balloonstitute for the balloon decorators; (Link)
Top names from the world of twisting, decorating and even manufacturers are all pulling together so that
those who had booked flights, hotel and registration for Diamond Jam and Summer Balloon Camp had
somewhere to go this August.
|PAFFA, Police and Armed Forces Families Association
||Mr Tony and Anna were kept busy at the Police
and Armed Forces Families Association
fund raiser in Bicester on the 11th July. PAFFA
(Link) was founded in October 2007 to help
and support the families of those who are in the armed forces and particularly those serving
away from home during these troubled times.
This was the couples fourth time of supporting
such a good cause and the day was a great
success and a lot of fun. For more info or to
offer support to the association can do so via
the above website. To find out more about
Mr Tony, balloon modelling and Anna, face
painting then please visit their website; (Link)
|Tonya McNeill, Wrist Critters
Tonya (Link) has brought out her new CD
"Wrist Critters" with twenty different wearables.
There is a good selection to choose from, Goat, Elephant, Polar Bear, Giraffe, Bunny, Tiger, Dog, Bull, Hippo, Lamb, Eagle, Pig, Swan, Chicken,
etc. The puppy dog, right has a very nice look
with the distorted heart technique being used.
The cost is only $25 if emailed with
a small surcharge for posting. (Link)
|| NEON's Single Colours
The mixed selection has been available for a
while on the Qualatex website and now the
full range of single neon colours, Orange, Pink, Magenta, Violet, Blue and Green are now all
in stock. Retail customers, (Link) Please
email if you wish to set up a wholesale account.
NABAS Balloon Convention.
"Festival Of Balloon Art" Stoneleigh Park, October 16/17th.
The design and portfolio day, Sat 16th,
This exclusive one day hands on workshop gives 50 lucky people the chance to learn from
the masters as under the instruction of Industry experts you will create a stylish and
stunning room decor for the evening's party on the theme of "Fairy Tale Kingdom"
from enchanted woods to charming centre pieces and captivating castle walls.
Seminars and hands on workshops, Sun 17th
With sixteen classes to choose from and a trade stand hall with many leading industry names.
There is plenty to keep your day full to brimming with plenty of opportunity to learn from
some of the leading Industry experts. For more details and to book; (Link to NABAS)
| Bonnie Davis, aka Bonnie The Balloon Lady
Bonnie has just brought out another CD, Braclets, this is her ninth in the series to date. The others available are;
Wearables Vol. 1 & 2, A Bit of Bling, Bash Notes, Thunder Thighs, Sitters, 2fers, The Flower Garden. (Link)
Bracelets being the latest CD with an excellent selection of models to choose from; Swan, Owl,
|| Whale, Crocodile, Spider, Butterfly and
many more. This instructional CD is in a printable PDF format. All 22 instructions
come complete with step-by-step, full
colour photos. The fish selection and
the swan are probably my favourite but
I can see the duck braclet being
the most popular due to it's simplicity and
"cute" factor. The price is a very
reasonable $25 with a $5 handling charge
for CDs mailed outside of the US.
For more details please email
Bonnie at; firstname.lastname@example.org
FUN IN THE SUN,
Dov Citron, aka "Captain Calamity" from Madhouse Entertainments has been in touch; I'm on
look out for seven passionate entertainer's/magicians/balloon twisters, ideally with experience performing
in front of audiences of children and families. After some initial training you will head off to sunnier climates for
six weeks(end of July through August 2010). You will be given an intensive training program before you go live!
And then you will be out in some f...abulous holiday resorts across the med working on the Thomson Extra
entertainment program. Your main roles will be to deliver interactive character driven poolside entertainment
as an array of silly characters, perform party style interactive shows and evening entertainment. For more info.
Please contact Dov: 07985 535472 or email; email@example.com
|"Balloons Around The World"
Become a part of the fun this year! Let's take the opportunity in 2010 to highlight the incredible world of balloon sculpting.
How can you help to increase the level of our art? Consider getting a group of people together to make a giant sculpture,
creating your own event within this event. What is Balloons Around the World? Jeff Brown (Link to website) has been running and organising this event for a few years now andIt's a chance for balloon artists to work together globally, donating an hour or more to a good cause in their community. I’m sure a lot of us already do that, but by doing it as a massive group, on or around
the first Wednesday of every October we can increase the worldwide profile of the balloon art form.
|Celebrating 25 Years, The Legends Tour.
T.Myers magic and balloons will be celebrating 25 years in the business this year and Gus Davis the new
owner has organised the legends tour taking place in over 40 locations all over the USA. Artistes appearing
include, Robbie Furman, Ralph Dewey, Andrew McDonald, Don Caldwell, Jeanine Von Essen, Royal
Sorrell, Billy Damon, Todd Neufeld, Alberto Nava, Jack Mattson, Lary Moss and last but not least the
man who is organising the tour Gus Davis. The day will begin with a special 9.oo/2.3o pm DecoTwisting
class taught by international instructor Robbie Furman, then follows two hands-on workshops being
presented by one of the legendary guest instructors, 3/5 and 7/9 pm.As part of your registration,
you will receive at the door balloon kits provided by Qualatex that will have everything youwill
need to make the figures in both class's. To finish off the day from 9/11.oo pm there
will be jamming and contests! So a fantastic fun filled day. For more details; (Link)
Young artist and balloon twister Chelsea of "Balloongenuity" in Indiana
had searched for months to find balloon animal jewellery. When her
search yielded no results, she decided to make her own. The first pair
of earrings were so popular with family and friends that she began
making charms and necklaces as well. Soon she decided to open
"Art with a Twist", an online web store, her jewellery is now available in many different styles, colours and sizes.
To view the full range; (Link to website)
|BAPIA (The Balloon And Party Industry Association)
|John Bowler with 20 years of experience
within the balloon community and his
association with Conwin, has started
up a new organisation, BAPIA is set
up to serve and promote the
interests of the Balloon and Party
industry. Promoting and marketing the
benefits of using industry professionals to
the general public is a major priority for BAPIA
For more details; (Link to BAPIA website)
|May Madness, "FREE" Shipping
|Balloon Art Wholesale, May madness moment
with "Free" shipping on all orders over £100. With
600 product items between the two balloon sites;
(Link, Sempertex)(Link, Qualatex) and the metallic
hearts having just been added to the Qualatex site there
is plenty of choice. Balloons, Pumps, Aprons/Busking
Bags and DVD's including the latest DVD from Thelma
and Graham, "It's Quicker By Tube" which explains how
to insert almost anything inside a clear balloon without
using an expensive stuffing machine, are all included in the promotional discount which works out from a 10% saving.
|Balloon Art Wholesale, New Adventure.
Lyn and Graham who have been running their balloon wholesale business, Balloon Art Wholesale for the past
four years via their website shop www.sempertexballoons.co.uk (Link) and through the "Care &Share"
days that they organise all over the UK promoting balloon modelling. (Link to "Care & Share" Info)
They recently had the opportunity to expand the business and are now pleased to offer
the Qualatex range of balloons via their new website shop;
|| www.qualatexballoons.co.uk (Link) They
have a good variety of products availabe from
the Qualatex catalogue but if there is something
not stocked then please get in touch as they are more than happy to get you a quote for the items you require and are looking to add more popular items to the website.
There is NO VAT to add to either site.
Takes place April 15/18th in Dallas, Texas with over $10,000 prize
money up for grabs. There is a star studied line up of instructors to
learn from, including Tom Saeys, Alberto Falcone, Fiona Fisher and
the lovely Robbie Furman to name but a few with a grand gala show
and dealer hall to view all the latest releases from the balloon world.
Possibly the highlight of the event could be the behind the scenes
guided tour of the Qualatex plant into how the balloons are
manufactured, well worth a visit.(Link to website)
|Diamond Jam/Summer Balloon Camp
||The place to be this summer is Las Vegas,for the joint balloon twisting
and decorators convention, Diamond
Jam for the twisters runs Aug 8/9th
with the balloon fashion show and
then Balloon Camp runs straight
after from the 10/12th Aug.
For more details; (Link)
||Tonya McNeill, New Releases
Tonya (Portfolio) has brought out a two new DVD's and a CD just recently, More Adjustable hats is the follow up to her very successful Adjustable Hats CD that came out last year, she taught this technique at America's number one twisting convention this year "Twist & Shout" She also has out two brand new DVD's "Blossom Bodies" which has 13 designs, all using a 6" geo blossom balloon for the foundation of the body and "Best Balloons For Boys" which has 14 of Tonya's favourite sculptures that are fairly quick and easy to make in a party situation. (More details)
|Billy Wiz, Make A Smile Appeal
Just a gentle reminder that Billy Wiz (Graeme Ash) is off to the Belarus orphanages very soon to
perform his magic & balloon shows. As always Billy is looking for sponsorship,
if you can help out ; (Link to website) Or if you would like to donate some balloons
to the project that will be posted out on the 15th March ; (Link to donate balloons)
|Lighter Than Air, Spring Tour Dates.
Danny Schlesinger is off on another whistle stop tour of the UK with his one
man balloon show, "Lighter Than Air" Where strange and bizarre things
happen to a wild balloon tamer. The show creates an utterly joyous
experience loaded with surprises and laughs.
"This is a must see show which is a joy to watch for the whole family."
17th February, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, Show at 2pm
20th February, The Maltings, Farnham, Hampshire, Show at 2pm
21st February, Winchester Discovery Dome, Hampshire, Show at 2pm
27th February, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Suffolk, Shows at 11am & 2pm
13th March, Hothouse Festival, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, Matinee, TBC
ONLY LONDON SHOW
14th March - Jacksons Lane, Highgate, London - Show at 2pm
3rd April - Rutherglen Town Hall, East Kilbride - Show time TBC
10th April - Ammanford Miner's Theatre, Ammanford, Nr Swansea - 2pm
17th April - Quay Arts Centre, Isle of Wight - Show at 3pm
23rd April - Victoria Theatre, Settle, North Yorkshire - Show at 6.30pm
24th April - The Arc, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland - Show at 2.30pm
Details about the show, (Link to website)
Larry Moss is after your votes to help build Elastic Park via the Pepsi
"Good Idea" Project, voting opens for the whole of February and you
can vote every day, The summary for the project is; Elastic Park is an
exhibit, featuring a unique blend of art, pre- history, and pop culture.
The multi-thousand-square-foot, interactive exhibit was inspired by
Michael Crichton’s popular novel, Jurassic Park.Balloons are the
medium used to create the exhibit. The unusual medium draws a very
diverse crowd both for the construction phase and the display phase.
This is important since all large scale Airigami creations are community
based art projects. Community members are invited to participate in the
100,000 balloon creation. Visitors will walk among the creatures of the
Triassic through Cretaceous periods, as described in Crichton’s work.
An audio tour with custom music and actor’s voices will guide everyone
through, describing the creatures, the art, and telling the story.
Voting takes place from the 1st/28th February (Link)
Larry organises Balloon Manor which takes place every year in America.
Kidology, Children's Magic Convention. 7th September
Balloon chat member Dov Citron from madhouse kids (Link) will be presenting a lecture
called, "What A Character!" which is all about character entertainment. Dov will be
demonstrating how to theme magic routines, games, balloons, 'call and response activities',
music, circus skills and puppet shows to keep them in-tune with current children's trends.
With the right costume item quickly applied, coupled with appropriate catch phrases
you can turn an entertainer into a Pirate, Superhero, Wizard or any number of different
popular characters, including different approaches to entertaining different age groups.
The great line up to the day, includes major lectures from Alan Shaxon,
(My kind of kids' show) Craig Petty (Close up magic for kids) and
Gary Dunn (Entertaining with nothing) There is a choice of mini lectures to
see from, Dov, Steve Dimmer, Mike Bradshaw and Olly Chaston.
The day is run by Practical Magic/Albion Magic. For more details; (Link)
|Billy Wiz, Make a Smile Appeal
||Billy Wiz, is taking his Magic & Balloon
Show on a tour to Belarus and Ukraine
on May 5th 2010.Billy visited Belarus
for the first time on the 20th anniversary
of Chernobyl. During his visit he will tour
hospitals, orphanages and village schools
performing his magic shows for the
children with the help of his balloon
modelling bringing smiles and joy to many.
|January Sale........ Now On
Lyn and Graham are having their very first sale, with many items being reduced throughout the website.
How long will the sale be going on for?
Well at least until the13th Jan at the "Care & Share" day that will be taking place in Banstead.
More details about the day; (Link) Price reductions on the website are;
160/260's £3.25, now £2.99. 160/260 metallic £3.75, now £3.49. 360's £5.75, now £4.99.
660's £8.00, now £6.99. With a special offer for three bags of 660 assorted, only £19.00
(Link to website)
|Twist & Shout 2010, Chicago
||Twist & Shout for next year is just around the corner with Chigaco, USA being the place to be at, Oak Brook Hills, 17/21st Feb. Featuring over fifteen of the top twisters from around the world to entertain and enlighten everyone in our wonderful world.
|Featured artistes this year include, Jolene Jang, Debbie Stevens, Jan Iiams, Vicky Kimble, Asi Cohen, Stretch, Jonathan Fudge, Don Caldwell, Todd Neufeld, Rick Mohr, Randy Zacks, Smarty Pants, Melissa Gjergji, Tonya McNeil whose balloon art features in the pictures above. And last but not least there will be some old guy from Scotland, you know what's is name, the one that no one can understand..................I remember now my good friend Colin Myles. So with plenty going on it should be a fun filled experience for everyone. For more information and booking details; (Link to website)
|Marie Dadow (Just Marie) ..................My Secret Adventure
Marie Kindly sent this story in to share. So, I'm sitting in Craft
Services, eating this delicious caprese sandwich, staring at the
large monitor in front of me showing that sparkling "V"-shaped
stage knowing that in less than one hour, not only will Super
Model Heidi Klum, several of the most gorgeous models in the
world and The Black Eyed Peas be appearing on it, but MY
balloon creations!....How did this happen?! Just over a week ago,
I received a call and was invited to New York City to create a
balloon dress for The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Before
I even had my itinerary, they had changed TWO outfits.
I'm a little fuzzy on the exact details of the conversation because
I was so excited, I never even got the name of the person I had been speaking to, I did eventually get it! The morning after I arrived, I met
with the head designers of the show. OMG, what amazingly talented people! When I entered the room with the entire product and several
of the other pieces from the show, I was so incredibly intimidated.
Rhinestones, crystals and feathers EVERYWHERE!! There were
some of the most gorgeous pieces I'd ever seen in my life. Sparkle,
glitz and glimmer to spare! Even with the magnificence of all
this work, they were treating me like I was their peer.
I just kept thinking to myself,
"But I only make dresses from BALLOONS!"
To read more about the story(Link)
||"The Real Secrets To Making A Good Living
As A Childrens Entertainer" Wed 18th November in Birmingham
Have you always thought you could be a childrens entertainer or would you like help in improving your already well established act, then this day could well be just what you've been looking for? Mike Ingham (Micky The Magician) and Graham Lee with all thier years of experience are
holding a full days instructional workshop on entertaining children, including all the very real
secrets about what and how to entertain chidren while having great fun yourself. They will
even be explaining and giving away their own acts which have kept them both very busy
and in demand for many years. More details about the day can be found here; (Link)
|Balloon & Clown Convention, China.
||The Millennium Jam
|Clown and Balloon Festival, China
Graham Lee is off on his world travels, for someone who is not very keen on
flying he seems to be geting around quite a lot lately. He flys off on the 28th
September to Shanghai for the international balloon and clown festival
(1st-8th Oct) where he will be performing his balloon magic act; (Link)
This is the second time Graham has ben invited to perform at the festival
where 15 of the top european balloon artistes will all be performing,
Bidou, Willie Monroe, Tom Saeys, Kokof, Todd Neufeld and Suzanne Haring.
FOR OVER 250 PICTURES FROM THE EVENT AND A BLOG. (Link )
Dov, Flying High
One of our balloon chat members, Dov Citron (Link ) is
certainly having a very good month. It started off for him getting
a call to entertain at Rocco and David's party, these are Madonna
and Guy Ritchie's children and then as if that wasn't enough he
got the call to go and entertain at number 11 Downing Street
to help publicise the seventh anniversary of the Children's
trust fund. All the events have gone really well and Dov is very
much looking forward to entertaining more stars in the future.
|Friends of David, A Tribute DVD
||Diamond Jam 2009
||The friends of David DVD sold
out within 24 hours, we will
try to get the dvd back in stock ASAP. The DVD is a collection
from eleven top international
balloon artistes, Colin Myles,
Rie Hosokai, Ralph Dewey,
Don Caldwell, Bidou, Ed Chee,
Marvin Hardy Alberto
Falcone, Larrt Moss, Ken
Stillman and Royal Sorell.
All monies raised from the
sale of this DVD will go to
the Grist family. (Link)
|To read an extensive write up
on diamond jam 2009 and to
find out what went wrong this
time with his flight adventures
etc. Pictured left are the
winning dresses from the
balloon fashion show which were designed by Sofie Vandewyer
and Rie Hosokai.
For the first timeever there
were joint winners from a really
great line up of some stunning
dresses. For more reviews with
over 150 pictures, (Link)
||David Grist DVD Sale
1st Sept, limited period only we will be offering a 10% reduction on all of David's DVD's.
A single copy will be £18 with the full set at an anazing low price of only £135.
This is a fantastic balloon modelling set that takes you right from the
basic beginings up to David's award winning weaving techniques with the big
sculptures, a must for every balloon artiste to have in their collection. (Link)
All money raised from the sale of these DVD's will go to David's family.
The David Grist Memorial Lecture 2010
Once again we will be inviting over from the USA one of the world's leading balloon
artistesto run the hands on lecture/workshop early in the new year.(Link to lecture)
|Danny at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
"Circo Ridiculoso" and Pleasance present "Lighter than air" at
this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Come and see live wild
balloon taming at,
The Pleasance Above, Venue 33, 5th - 30th August
Danny has been touring around the country all year to get
the show at the peak of its performance. So before Danny
goes international and hits the big time. Come and see the show!
Book tickets on 0131 556 6550.
Enter the strange and bizarre universe of a wild balloon tamer
where surreal and stupid things happen. Combining circus and
comedy, performer and clown Danny Schlesinger creates an
utterly joyous experience loaded with surprises and laughs.
Warning! Features loud balloon pops. For everyone over
the age of four. Circo Ridiculoso and Pleasance present
LIGHTER THAN AIR at Pleasance Above, venue 33,
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
5-30th August (not 17 & 24th)
BOX OFFICE: 0131 5566550
||Levett and Lee On The Road
Thelma Levett and Graham Lee completed a photo
shoot in July for Esquire magazine (Link) After
getting the story board and with only a few days
working on the ideas it was time to see if they had
interpreted the thoughts of the magazine and
photographer. The day was a success with everyone
at the shoot appreciating the wonderful balloon art form.
The publication will be out and in the shops on Sept
14th with a nine page spread related to fashion using
balloon art. For more pictures and to see why the
skeleton was made in two contrasting colours. (Link)
|Danny's Amazing Balloon Show, "Lighter Than Air"
|“How anyone can be that funny with a few balloons and few words I'll never know, but he is.
This is just one of those shows you should borrow a child to come and see with.
I'd be hard pressed to say which of you will enjoy it more!”
Pam Hardiman, Deputy Director, Gulbenkian Theatre.
Come and see Danny's fantastic show next at:
Saturday 27th June at the Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford Playhouse, Shows at 11am and 2pm
Saturday 11th July Bradon Forest School, Purton, Wiltshire - Show at 6pm
Sunday 19th July at the Pleasance, Islington London, shows at 11am and 2pm
|Sabina Kellner, Loop Technique
||The "Levett and Lee" Roadshow
|About the technique, Loop weaving
isa strong technique with an interesting structure, imitating scales, leaves or feathers. Balloon artistes who like 160's
as much as Sabina does will love to play around with this loop weaving idea.
Contents of the book,
The booklet has step-by-step instructions and helpful tips on how to make,
loop weaving in a line.
2, loop weaving in a circle.
3, flat loop weaving.
As well as selected balloon figures for
each technique, snake, heart, flower, vase and an elaborate parrot and mermaid.
(The instructions assume you have basic twisting skills)
||Thelma Levett and Graham Lee
Two of the Uk's most experienced balloon
twisters are giving away all the hints, tips
and tricks of the trade. Birmingham, Wed
22nd July, Banstead, Wed 21st October
Leeds, Wed 25th November. The idea of
the days is to give everyone the basic
understanding of what makes the balloon
industry such a unique and fun place to
work in. Everything will be covered during
this full day hands on workshop from
basic animals, hats and quick, easy and
Impressive models. The day will include full
details of all the balloon twisting terminology
and what they are used for and what can be
made from all of these twists. This is a fun day
not to be missed and will benefit even the more experienced twister. More details; (Link)
|The Millennium Jam Nov 10/12th.
|The brand new millennium jam website will be going live later today with all the
details for this 10th anniversary edition. This is the one convention not to be missed.
The plans and format for this year are slightly different than usual due to the
economic climate but no doubt it will still be an excellent balloon convention run by
Leo and Johan from IBS Balloons, with no doubt Tim running around like a
headlesschicken doing all the work as normal!! (Link to TMJ website)
|Graham Lee DVD 3 "A Romantic Twist "
|Don Caldwell. America's Number one twister, UK tour dates.
|The great news is that Don Caldwell is confirmed and will be coming over to the UK for two dates, Friday 29th May in Banstead,
Surrey and Wednesday 3rd June in Birmingham. The Banstead day will be focusing on Don's performance Lecture "The Buster
Balloon Show Live!" This is the real deal, nothing held back. Don Caldwell takes you into the world of his famous alter-ego,
Buster Balloon. You will see Don's 45 minute family show in it's entirety, then strip it down beat by beat in a Q&A session to
discover what makes a successful balloon show tick. After lunch the fun continues with Don teaching several of his other
favorite original balloon gags, tricks, and routines that are not currently in his show. Having seen the workshop at twist &
shout in February this is definately one not too miss.
Then it's on to Birmingham for; "The David Grist Memorial Lecture" (More Info)
What Don will be including in this full day hands on lecture/workshop........... "The Best of Mad Hatz & Wild Wearables"
The workshop will feature Don's favorite, and most popular wearable creations. From the stupidly simple, to huge show stoppers,
these are the pieces that Don uses in his every day work and the pieces that he counts on to always deliver. You will also learn
Don's secret presentation tips for getting even more impact out of your sculptures. And yes, there will be a few sculptures that
Don has not released before. More details on the days and to book; (Link to Don Caldwell)
|Thelma, Bonnie and Petra are kept busy with new CD's
||Thelma, Bonnie and Petra have all brought out new instructional CD's.
Thelma's, "A little bit more" is a follow on to her other excellent CD's
with some slightly more advanced models being shown with the eagle,
doll and tigger being probably my favourite on the disc and the flat heart
is definitely very usable. Bonnie kindly sent over her class notes from the
G.O.T mini convention that she attended the other week as the star
lecturer. The cheetah is worth the price of the CD alone, this is my
favourite design on the disc but there are plenty of others to keep you
interested, especially the lion. Petra's first CD "Heartfigures" has a
selection of twelve models which all incorporate theuse of a heart
balloon. The elephant, ballerina/mermaid are very nice with the
chicken being cute. To contact Bonnie just send her a PM
through the forum and to purchase either of Thelma
or Petra's CD's just click on the link (Link)
|Diamond Jam 2009, Las Vegas 13/15th August
Diamond Jam "Celebrating The Art Of Twisting" Is back in Las Vegas for the second year since Dave Scott took over the running of this event from Ed Chee and moved it from Phoenix. There are abundance of quality balloon artistes attending to teach, including; Ken Stillman, Colin Myles, Stretch, Patrick van de Ven, Patricia Bunnell, Ed Chee, Bidou,
Robbie Furman, Ralph Dewey. It's like a who's who from the balloon world for this three day twisting event taking place on the 13/15th August. Then on Sunday 16th it's the balloon dress fashion show, some of last years entries are, on the left a dress made by Debbie Stevens and Colin Myles entry on the right. This is then followed by "summer balloon camp" for
the balloon decorators from the 16/18th Aug. Diamond Jam certainly
has something for everyone. More details on the events, classes
and registration can be found on the official website; (Link)
|Kidology, Children's magic convention. 8th September 2009
|The only UK children's magic convention which is being held
on Tuesday 8th Sept at the civic
halls in Wolverhampton. The
convention is planned for
mid-week so that the professional entertainers can attend and is run
by Jeremy and Cheryl from
Practical Magic (Link) and
Alex Powell from
Albion Magic (Link)
|There are fifteen dealers from
across the country attending and
four lectures planned; Michael
Fitch, Kid's Cabaret. Derek Lever,
Children's magic props through
the ages Ali Cadabra (left)
Walkaround magic for children
and Michael Diamond,
G.O.T Mini Balloon Convention 2009
Stretch Clendennen is organising the gathering of twisters
convention that will be taking place at the, All American Balloons,
Arlington, Texas on the 30th/31st March this year with 10 classes on
offer, including Decor, twisting, facpainting and deco/twisting. Bonnie
Davis (Link to portfolio) one of our balloon chat members is the star
attraction for the convention and will be teaching two classes that have
been especially prepared for the convention. Others that will be teaching
are, Stretch, Linda Berman, Diane Gauthier and Sharon Hodges.
For more details about the event and booking details, (Link)
Happy Birthday Balloon Chat, 1st Anniversary 15th March
|We're having some competitions to celebrate the forum, www.balloonchat.co.uk being one year old today.
There are two competitions, with one of them to encourage all those members that are still to post
for the first time onto the site. For more details and to see the prizes on offer; (Link)
|Thelma Levett, New CD. Nice and Easy
The long awaited sequel to Thelma's first and very successful CD was released last weekend at the Blackpool
magic convention to great acclaim. On the new CD are detailed and very easy to follow instructions for some
really great designs, including the Penguin which is now a true classic in the balloon modelling world.
Explained are; Dove, Cow, Snail, Butterflies, Bald Eagle, Owl, Lion/Tiger, Frog in a rowing boat, Tweety Birds.
For more details about the CD; (Link to more info on Thelma's CD)
Twist and Shout, Los Angeles 2009
Lighter Than Air, by circo ridiculoso
This is another chance to see Danny on tour with his brilliant balloon mime show which is suitable for
the whole family. Danny is an eccentric performer of physical comedy. Not only is he an expert
in eccentricity, he is also a visual poet, a certified fool, a multi-talented modern vauderville artist
and a wild rubber tamer but on top of all this he is a very nice guy too!
The show is a must see so don't forget to put the dates in your diary, (Link to details)
"A master of his own particular brand of tomfoolery" The Stage Newspaper
7th February - Norden Farm, Maidenhead, Berkshire - Shows at 11am & 3pm
8th February - South Street, Reading, Berkshire - Shows at 11.30am & 2pm
14th February - The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead - Show at 2pm, followed by balloon workshop
15th February - Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford, Middlesex - Show at 3pm
7th March - The Clocktower, Croydon, Surrey - Show at 2.30pm
21st March - Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, Hampshire - Show at 1pm
22nd March - New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, Hampshire - Show at 2pm
28th March - The Studio, Broadway Theatre, Catford, London - Show at 11.30am
29th March - Arts Depot, Finchley, North London - Shows at 12pm & 3pm
8th April,The Arts Centre, Darlington, County Durham Show at 2.30pm, followwed by balloon workshop
9th April,Lamplight Arts Centre, Stanley, County Durham Show time TBC, followed by balloon workshop
10th April - The Maltings, Berwick-on-Tweed, Northumberland - Shows at 12pm & 3pm
11th April - The Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven, Cumbria Show time TBC, followed by balloon workshop
12th April - Town Hall, Selby, North Yorkshire - Show time TBC
14th April - Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn, Cheshire - Shows at 11am & 2pm
16th April - The Puppet Theatre, Norwich, Norfolk - Show at 2.30pm
17th April - New Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk - Shows at 11am & 2pm
19th April - The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire - Show at 11am, followed by balloon modelling
|Britains Got Talent
Coming back for yet another series and forum member Dennis Dillinger will be
designing a mini me balloon fairy for Pat who is a comedian/poet and will be
enterring the competition this year as a fairy. The planned auditions for
Newcastle last wek have been moved up to Edinburgh so keep your eyes
glued to see if Dennis gets some air time later on in the year.
Pictured with the said sculpture is Dennis's young grand-daughter
Tegan. (Link to website). Dennis Dillinger
Danny Joins The Balloon Chat Team
||Although it's a small team at the moment, well it's just doubled with Danny coming
on board and next year's christmas office party will be so much better. I'm pleased
to say that Danny has agreed to join the balloon chat team and be another pair of
hands and eyes on the admin side of the forum, with his youthful boyish
enthusiasm I'm sure he will be a great help and asset in the day to day
running of the site, so big hugs and a warm welcome Danny.
"I'm honoured that Graham has asked me to help him with Balloon Chat. I have no idea
what it entails. But I look forward to helping this brilliant resource for balloon twisters
grow. I come from a performing background and have always done simple balloons.
In 2006 I went to TMJ and saw that really anything is possible to make out of balloons.
And since then I have been striving to improve my balloon art. The balloon community
is great - It always helps knowing your not the only one with a difficulty, knowing where
to turn to and who could help with your balloon related dilema. I also find I learn so much,
new figures, ways of doing and thinking about things. So I am happy to help Graham out.
Keep Chatting! Really looking forward to seeing a few of you at the first performance workshop of the yearin Leeds on the 25th March that I will be running" (Link)
Thelma Levett, Joins the Sempertex bandwagon
I’m absolutely pleased, delighted, chuffed and honoured to
tell you all that Thelma, that little pocket dynamo who is
one of the best kept secrets in the balloon modelling world
has decided to come on board and help promote the
Sempertex balloon brand around the UK.
Helping out more at the “Care and Share” days and working
the big magic conventions with her expertise, creativity and enthusiasm she's bound to be a great hit and asset to all of
us. Thelma who wears her heart on her sleeve and is most
definitely one of the top balloon modelling artistes in the UK,
if not the world. Thelma has incredible enthusiasm for our
balloon art and her mind never switches off from creating
her balloon masterpieces. Her creativity just seems to be
so endless with new models, designs and techniques being
thought up daily and to top it all she is also just a lovely lady
and so much fun to be around.
Thelma is so modest about her talents, but I finally got her to
write a little intro into her life in latex, with a bit of arm twisting.
“I must be one of the longest serving, totally hooked balloon twisters with the least things to say about myself with regards to milestones. Just plodded along in my small world and thoroughly enjoyed thinking up new ways to play and new ways to create with balloons. I picked up my first bag of balloons in 1994, goodness 14 years ago!! How time flies, I was introduced to balloons by an entertainer called Terry Box. He was running a disco at a party where I was face painting and kindly suggested that I could expand my repertoire by offering balloon modelling. I purchased a book on basic models and a bag of balloons and ploughed through it in a couple of days. The best way to describe the experience is to say I found my thing. It was love at first twist and felt like I was made to do balloons but just didn’t know it till I bought that first bag. Within a couple of days I had done everything in the book and was feeling the need to do something more interesting. Within a week I had started designing my own balloons. 14 years later I am still constantly designing. It is an addiction. One of the very first models I designed was the penguin you see all over the place. Due to my financial circumstances, I did not buy any books or any other educational materials. I did not know any other balloon artists; all the people I met were only interested in making the basic dogs and swords. This was frustrating and I could not understand how anyone could have a material with such potential and not want to improve. It was not that I didn’t want to be influenced by any outside source but I think it was very good for me to have no pointers. It made me think and develop and I found my own style. Sometimes one misses the obvious though when twisting on your own and that is the beauty of getting together at a “Care and Share” day or balloon convention, a luxury I didn't have till 2001. I went to the Blackpool Magic Convention a couple of times and made models there when selling a book I had published but apart from that and a couple of balloon lectures for some magic societies I spent 6 years twisting in isolation more or less. By 2001 I was able to travel to the Millennium Jam where I experienced a total mind blast. I normally shy away from competitions and when pushed to do them I feel like the smallest person in the room. (Yes I know!!! I probably am the smallest person in the room but I feel even smaller in competition mode) Leo bullied/cajoled me into entering a competition for the first time and I came third. I personally wasn’t happy with the design but it got me my first trophy ever, which was nice.
My business is a success with a constant flow of work coming in and an extremely good reputation. I take great pride in doing a first class job every time and treating each booking as the special event that it is for the people who have booked me. I do face painting, music, games and magic shows as well as the balloons and it is for the whole party I am known and not just the balloons. But the balloon art is my joy.
I don't have a string of awards to tell you about, I just plod on in the background not making a lot of noise about myself and not getting noticed but I do so love designing and giving myself those little challenges. I saw Terry at an event I attended recently and he took great delight in telling everyone that he got me started and taught me everything I know, I just smiled. Well I wonder if I would be doing balloons if it were not for him. Lately I have not been so obviously active because I have been doing a lot of writing up and getting my gallery ready for the web site. And producing my very first CD publication “Two and a bit” with loads more designs being put onto CD and possibly a DVD as well in the near future.
In fact I just finished sorting out all the photos for the gallery on my new website, which hopefully will be launched in the very near future. Now I have to decide on the look of the main page and get the layout cleaned up. When the website is up and running I’ll announce it here on balloon chat"
Krazy Kev, TV Appearance on Sky One.
Krazy Kev who is a balloon chat member will be appearing several times on Sky one TV over the festive
period, 6.oo pm Christmas eve & repeated at 4.oo pm Christmas day in “Noel’s Christmas Presents”
which was filmed on 23rd November in the North East.Part of the show was in aid of the flood victims
& community of Morpeth who were devastated by the flooding over the past couple of years.
Filming took place at the New Life Centre in Morpeth and was all kept hush hush from the residents,
it was only on the day of filming that people realised something was happening. Among the guests were
Noel Edmonds, Zoë Salmon a blue peter presenter, Sooty and Sweep and not forgetting the ever smiling
"Same Difference" from last years X factor, who Kev says are just lovely people. He has met them
before and they don't change - always smiling.Kev was kept very busy all day making balloons for
everyone that attended the day & rubbing shoulders and making some balloons for the celebrities as
well. The five foot high Santa was the hit of the day pictured below with Noel Edmonds.
More details about Krazy Kev can be found on his all new and re-vamped website; (Krazy Kev)
A quote from Krazy Kev;
”It was a fab day and I would love the chance to do it all again as it was for such a good cause and
brought lots of smiles to a community that was devastated by the flood water in recent times.”
Twist & Shout Balloon Convention 5th to 8th Feb
Balloon Chat at the MILLENNIUM JAM, 2/6th NOVEMBER 2008
|Leo and Johan from IBS balloons (ibs-balloons) started to put this event on in 2000 at the Sunparks holiday resort in Mol, Belgium, hence the name “The Millennium Jam” and in the nine years it has grown from around a 100 people at that very first event into the worlds most prestigious balloon modelling convention in the world attracting over 300 people from all over
the world, from 23 different countries for this years convention.
The awards are looked upon in the balloon industry as the
pinnacle of out art form in balloon twisting and performance.
||“What a week ... this was absolutely fantastic." Tony Twist
“I feel overwhelmed with what I have just experienced, very special”
“Personally I can't afford not to go. I have been once before and it completely inspired me.”
Fashion Show winner, Sophie Vandewyer and Koen
One Balloon Model, Pieter van Engen
Multi Balloon Sculpture, Patrick van de Ven
Stage Show, Manon Dudziak
My thoughts on TMJ done from memory, will have a look through my note book when I get time to see what else I may have missed off;
To start off it was absolutely excellent and as I always say, a life changing experience.
For those that don't know I took an organised trip with nine people going over on Eurostar with two more meeting us there.
So if you'd like to join us next year for the best balloon convention in the world, as they say stay tuned...
The industry award evening was very good with some excellent balloon acts and a very nice buffet.
Tom with some help from Rafael were the compeers for the evening and what an excellent job they both done. The audience seemed to warm to them straight away in a difficult setting for the acts.
The show was excellent with everyone around me seeming to have a great time laughing and joining in, and we were sitting at the back.
So what did I see?
From memory and no particular order;
No balloons but absolute golden nuggets of information for the working pro. For me probably the best lecture for information that I've sat through.
Some very good information on trying to find your character on stage and how to develop it. Some good advice for those just starting out on this road.
What a great class, full of energy. Addi's so loud even without a microphone, hats and wings is what was talked about and I know from others reactions that this class was great fun, enjoyable with a lot of very good information passed on.
The lecture on magic and balloons being very informative with lot's of very good and usable ideas.
Don seemed so much more comfortable in this class which was later on in the week compared to his wrist friend lecture earlier in the week, perhaps he got to know a few people or maybe he's at his best when performing which is what he did in this lecture.
This lecture and Dave Bartlett's were my favourite from this year's list.
Sean is a real talent and I watched just one of his classes, getting a bubble in a balloon but just so that others that sat in the class know that I was listening, it perhaps should have been called according to Sean as getting a balloon around a bubble.
Sean is very informative and a few of us during the week spent a nice time with him having a coffee and discussing balloon related ideas, this was another highlight of the week for me.
The fashion show was amazing, I don't think any words could do it justice; you just had to be there (Full Stop)
Tom and Rafael again done a great job compeering, Tom did make perhaps some border line remarks which did get an intake of breath from the audience and I too was fortunate??? To get a mention here as well.
The Thursday Night Gala Show
There was no stage competition this year and I think two acts competed within this gala show for stage performer of the year.
Manon won the title this year with an act that would take quite a while to set and build but she has wonderful mime skills and is a joy to watch, 75% of the act was new to me and as she told me, it's "very crazy"
For more details and pictures about this event checkout; (Links to forum)
More details about the millennium jam can be found on there site,
Click the link balloon to vist (millenniumjam)
“We're having a party”
To celebrate the fact that Sempertex Balloons have
been sponsoring Graham Lee's “Care and Share”
balloon fundays we've decided to hold a party. All
are welcome and it's free. There are limited spaces
so please book online ASAP. Click the link balloon
for more details;
Due to a technical issue on the site we have to
charge you 10p to book but this will be refunded on
Tuesday 25 th November in Halesowen
The day will run similar to a care and share day 10 till 6 but the whole day is mapped out with two mystery lecturers, a session on bit's of business with balloons and two competitions, the one balloon model and making a hat.
We will also be selling raffle tickets to promote Graeme Ash (BillyWiz) and his “Make A Smile” appeal, click the link balloon for more details;
Graeme goes over to Belarus every year to the orphanages and cancer hospitals, this really is a great cause so please try and give so that Graeme can carry on with his “Make a smile” trips.
The plan of action for the day so far is, although those that know me will understand that sometimes things don't quite run to plan but I will try my best for the party………..honest
So the plan of action at the moment for the day is;
11..oo till 12.oo Mystery lecturer one
12 .3o till 1.oo One balloon competition
1.oo till 2.oo Get yourself some lunch
If anyone would like to bring some food along could you get in touch so that we get a nice even spread of everything for a party.
Lyn is making a couple of cakes.
2.oo til 2.3o Balloon "bits of business"
2.3o til 3.3o Mystery lecturer two
4.oo til 4.3o Hat competition
4.30 til 5.oo Raffle winners and Award ceremony for winners of the competitions
Don't forget that after we go out for a meal, all are welcome.
|We're having a party celebrating three years of sponsorship by Sempertex Balloons,
for more details about the day & the full venue address. (Party Link)
| Circo Ridiculoso presents Lighter than Air
Enter the strange and rather bizarre universe of a wild balloon tamer, where surreal and stupid things happen. Seamlessly combining circus, physical theatre and silent comedy, first-class performer and consummate clown, Danny Schlesinger, creates an utterly joyous experience loaded with participation, surprises and laughs.
"Hilarious and poignant physical comedy" Time Out
"A master of his own particular brand of tomfoolery" The Stage
"Moving, beautiful and very funny"
Barney Jeavons, West End Centre, Aldershot
"Charming poetic, and skilful as it is silly,
both full of heart and absolutely hilarious."
Amanda Huotari, Celebration Barn Theater, Maine, USA
| Lighter than Air is for family audiences aged 4+. It is highly visual, original, gentle, yet anarchic clowning and is suitable for
the deaf, hearing impaired and non-English speakers, fans of comedy and circus, physical theatre, clown, balloons,
and musical saw, and families. Running time: approx 55 minutes.
|Where can you see this show?
October 12th - The Albany Deptford, 3pm
Box Office 020 8692 0231 www.thealbany.org.uk
October 25th - The Egg, Bath, 11.30am and 3pm
Box Office 01225 823409 www.theatreroyal.org.uk/the-egg
November 9th - Jackson's Lane, Highgate 3pm
Box Office 020 8341 4421 www.jacksonlane.org.uk
||November 16th - Stratford Circus, East London, 12pm show & walkabout
Box office 020 8279 1015 www.stratford-circus.com http://www.stratford-circus.com/
November 23rd - Blue Elephant Theatre, Camberwell, London 3pm show & balloon workshop
Box Office 020 7701 0100 www.blueelephanttheatre.co.uk
If you can't make it to these shows, please have a look at the online video clip of the show: (youtube clip)
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