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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 1:10 pm 
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Cashy: hi mark do you sit at home trying to come up with new stuff or do you do it out working?

Mark: I am asked this question all the time... my pat answer is "No I come here and do it!" the reality is I usually if I have an idea work it out where ever. I have broken balloons out at the doctors office and started twisting.

Cashy: I see that you use 321s you should make a hat dvd with just them I know you do the beer bottle and now the lobster what else do you use them for?

MArk: 321's are so spanking new!! I try to use them any where I see I can save a balloon. Many times I need the variation of 3" vs 2", and I hate wasting the other half of a balloon. I use my scrape pocket alot.
Beer Bottle • Lobster • Baseball bat • club • faces are a few designs.

Cashy: Would you ever do a book?

Mark: as a graphic artist I hate to say this ... print is dead. I love books, but the reality hard costs I can put out a DVD for about $2 a piece and books base cost is on the low end $5 each. Also the amount of work to make a book is sooo much more than shooting DVD. Problem with DVD you need at least 2 people.

Cashy: Who would you like to work with dead or alive?

Mark: there are several people I would like .... Oops that isn't the question.
• Dead: Merlin, Leonardo Da Vinci (I think I could relate), Rene Magritte, Doug Henning, Bob MacAllister (childhood hero).
• Alive: Larry Moss, Guido, Suzanne Haring, All the So. Callifornia people, Michael Gjerek, wow I really think I want to work with everyone except Ben Alexander (mainly because he doesn't pay anything)

Cashy: what's your fave color balloon to work with?
Favorite colors? Black, red and Purple even though Black isn't a color. Colors I use the most? Red, green & blush. Color I use the least and I don't know why? Blue and I carry 4 hues of it.

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 1:27 pm 
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Graham Lee wrote:
Mark,

What is it about latex that excites you so much :)

The eagle is looking very colourful; did it start out as polystyrene with an outer protective layer then put over?


Instant gratification ... I can make a work of art in less than 2 minutes and get paid for it. Average tip $5 multiple that by 25 that is $125 per hour working for tips ... far more than I ever made sweating over an oil painting or working on a computer designing art.

the benefits suck but that is what wives are for :o

The Eagle project is cut buy a computer, glued by hand, hand sanded and then spray coated with a hard urethane coating. this is the first endeavor of this kind for me. I came about this by desperation.

Here in the states (or the lost colonies) we have several city art projects called Tour of Turtles, Cows on Parade, guitars on Go .... well I think you get the idea. A charity foundation will have a theme base sculpture that all the artist use. and then they go wild on it.
See here: http://outdoorartsfoundation.com/totartists.html

I looked into getting an Eagle fiberglass model. Plain they are around $700 .... shipping was $600!!!! So I researched other options. (I love the internet!!) Found a company within 100 miles of me that could make anything out of styrofoam and they were cost effective. $382 I got a 6 foot tall structure.

The commission for the project was generous ... depending on how much time I have into it. Since it is during the day it really doesn't take away from my day to day activity, heck it gets me in the sun!

The Eagle is not finished!! It is colorful because we are using junk to make it. Once all the stuff is on it we will be Priming it white and then I will spray it Eagle colors. Finished project will take about 2.5 weeks to complete.

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 1:41 pm 
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Dean: I love the dresses they are so impressive.

Mark: thank you

Dean: Where can I find out more information about weaving?

Mark: Larry Moss has some basics on Balloon HQ.
http://www.balloonhq.com/faq/weave/
I also think Larry has a DVD on it to.

This is going to sound stupid ... I don't own any balloon DVDs. everything I learn about balloons is strictly from observation. I am glad people buy DVDs (especially mine!) occasionally I will watch a twister and pick up a technique. I have an innate ability to mentally tear things apart and put them back together. When the MATRIX movies came out, I told people "that is how I think!"

Dean: Well done on the art project it looks wonderfull.

Mark: Thank you again!!

My question is what is your personal goal when you set off to work ? is it money or to entertain etc?

Mark: "Time to feed the kids ... again" Yes I do have those moments. "Gawd I don't want to make another f******g mermaid!!" Usually when I reach for my balloon case just before a restaurant. I stop and think of everything else I have done for money in my life....

Often I am asked "Is this your REAL Job?" sick as I am of the question the line that gets me through the day is : "Yes ... isn't this enough?" I also use the mantra "Beats getting a real job ... had one of those it sucks"

My goal in life is to be creative or be perceived as such. Also I really don't know what else I could do that makes this much money and is this much fun. (Well I do but that is illegal here)

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
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Danny: I too know little about weaving - where's the the best place to start learning about it? In your new DVD?

MArk: See above post :geek: there are people who weave much better than I. Rie I hear is goingto put out a DVD ... she is a goddess of latex "Izanagi anf Izanami".

Danny: What irritates you most at a gig?

Mark: Adults.... They treat their kids like idiots that can't have a conversation without their help. They will also change a kid's mind right after I start working on it. (Hey Lady Shut up!!!)

I had a paradigm shift in performing many years ago. I started to hate my audience. More specifically the adults. You would go to a party and you would be marginalized as being the nanny or just for the kids.

I decided to aim my show at the FAMILY market. Disney, Universal and All the G-rated movies now appeal to the adults as much as the kids. They use aside techniques or a phrase I coined "Bi-Level Humor" What this means is the Jokes are for the adults and the situational comedy is for the kids.

Danny: where do you get your inspiration from for a life with latex?

Mark: I don't like status quo for anything in life. That is why I refuse to do swords and poodles.

Danny: why don't you talk on BTTB DVD's?

Mark: I really don't want anyone stealing my shtick :twisted: Often I have seen magic DVDs done where a performer uses his performance to show the trick ... next convention you see 18 people doing his act word for word. You see the same thing with people at balloon conventions. I call them the "Cauldwellians". I wanted to teach, but I didn't want to give up my character. So I made up a character I thought nobody would want to steal.

the contrast of a Lorenzo Lamas, biker, renegade making balloons tickles me to no end. I think it is the ultimate parody. What two things could be more diametrically opposed?

Also I find it annoying, the very few Balloon DVDs, I have seen how the same jokes are told over and over again. Yes I know that is an ear twist... I can see that.... endless banter tires my ears.

Lastly people learn better when music is used, I relate it to dancing your mind creates action to relate to the music. BTW all the music is original on my DVDs or Copyfree. The Song Parody is just that a parody, which is considered a new work and copyright by me!!!! Replications of that song is illegal, unless with my consent.

Danny: Do you want more questions?

Mark: Yes Please!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
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How has things changed in the entertainment world out there with this recession?

If you were entertaining at a 6yr old girls party what would you make the birthday child?

Would you make balloon's for the under 3s?

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
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Hi Mark, thanks for answer the questions so far...

here are some more!

I decided to stop performing for kids parties a couple of years ago - I drew my line.
Where do you draw your line for performing? Is there one? Who won't you perform to?

and on the other side...What's your ideal dream gig?

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

Are you coming to TMJ 2008? (Did I ask you that already?).

What's your favourite beer? ;)

Danny

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
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Mark,

You'd never have got away with this quote on balloonHQ
Bad to the Balloon wrote:
the benefits suck but that is what wives are for :o
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But then again us Europeans do have a sense of humour :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:47 pm 
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Dave wrote:
How has things changed in the entertainment world out there with this recession?

If you were entertaining at a 6yr old girls party what would you make the birthday child?

Would you make balloon's for the under 3s?


I really don't like false media bravado. Recession, Depression, congress-ion, impression. It is all hoop dee do. The economy flexes and bend on a regular basis. I find it happens every 5-8 years.

Now you want to talk devastating times .... 911. that was a shift!!! Lost all but 2 days worth of restaurants, nobody going out to eat, parties were on hold.

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I would make the kid the same thing I make every other kid ... a birthday hat. I make a cake with candles. If it is a repeat performance they may ask for something special.

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I make 3 and under balloons all the time. I really don't believe the myth of children choking on balloons. Specifically there are no incidents of a modeling balloon incident as a medical record. If a parent is really worried about their child they wouldn't have hot dogs in the house.

My fav is the fish on the fishing pole. You get the right kid it is 20 minutes of material.

BTW I really don't want to hear my cousins brothers friends baby die from a balloon. I want to see actual reports of the incident and what product it happened with. I actually have the CPS 60 page document of all balloon related deaths. Funny how there is only large rounds and balloon like toys in the report. Biggest offender .... plastic bubbles gel and mylars.

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
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Danny the Idiot wrote:
I decided to stop performing for kids parties a couple of years ago - I drew my line.
Where do you draw your line for performing? Is there one? Who won't you perform to?


I don't have a line it is more of a squiggle. My pricing usually scares off the ignorant and stupid people. If the price is higher it is a lot easier to deal with brats. Did a "Religious group" the other day. Never heard of this group before. I am not going to name them because I am sure I will offend someone. Any way what a bunch of brats!! With adults there!! I would look at the adult and they would do nothing about it. One guy after the show said "you have remarkable patients" I said "I can be nice to anyone for an hour and a fee" we laughed.

Danny the Idiot wrote:
and on the other side...What's your ideal dream gig?


China trip would be close IF I could bring my family (paid expenses), and double the pay (Okay triple). Closest REAL gig was a 4 day cruise to Bahamas with the family on a private cruise ship (yes I got paid).

Danny the Idiot wrote:
Who's the most famous person you have made a balloon creation for?


I have met over the years : Bruce Willis, Jay Leno, Carrottop, Soupy Sales, Jim Bruer, General Norman Swartzkoff, and many more I have forgotten. Did not balloons for any of them.

I have made balloons for Hulk Hogan, Jose Cansaco (Baseball Player), Macho Man Randy Savage, Molly Ringwald, Lead Singer for Cheaptrick and his family, Frank Gorshan (Batman's the Riddler), I think Stephen King (damn he really looked like him), several congressman and senators, Three or four mayors, and I know I am missing some oh wows I'll ask my wife later and get back to you on it.

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Are you coming to TMJ 2008? (Did I ask you that already?).

What's your favourite beer? ;)

Danny


I would love to come!!! Who is paying??? Kidding .... but not really. I would really like to be sponsored to go. I am trying to raise some capitol to re-do my business plan. Teaching and world travel is a big part of it. I have been asked to lecture in France, England, Scotland, and Italy. I have lectures on Balloons, Marketing, Magic and balloon magic.

Cold ones...... sorry can't drink it like you blokes.

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:22 pm 
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Graham Lee wrote:
Mark,

You'd never have got away with this quote on balloonHQ
Bad to the Balloon wrote:
the benefits suck but that is what wives are for :o

But then again us Europeans do have a sense of humour :lol:

Graham Lee[/quote]

Clarification the wife is for the benefits not ....

BTW I kinda want to heard how your conversation with my Uncle Chen went. I'll tell you what I heard after you tell your side!

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