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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:08 am 
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Bad to the Balloon wrote:
[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!


Well as I remember it’s not much of a story really.
After doing a showcase in Torquay about six months ago for about 350 agents I was on the way out of the venue loading the car ready to go and someone asked if I was the balloon man, I said yes. Then he started to tell me that his best friend had a son that had gone to America & was twisting, at this point I think I butted in and said your name & he was very surprised that I knew of you. I carried on saying how good you were with DVD’s out etc & that I had them & used some of your work.
I said to tell you that I said hello and went.
So nothing that exciting, so what did you hear!!!!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 2:29 pm 
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I would love to hear your favorite joke? :D

if you couldn't do balloon's/magic what would you do?

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

What makes you laugh?

What are your balloon goals for the future?

How would you like the future of balloon modeling to develop?

Danny

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:10 pm 
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Graham Lee wrote:
Bad to the Balloon wrote:
[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!


Well as I remember it’s not much of a story really.
After doing a showcase in Torquay about six months ago for about 350 agents I was on the way out of the venue loading the car ready to go and someone asked if I was the balloon man, I said yes. Then he started to tell me that his best friend had a son that had gone to America & was twisting, at this point I think I butted in and said your name & he was very surprised that I knew of you. I carried on saying how good you were with DVD’s out etc & that I had them & used some of your work.
I said to tell you that I said hello and went.
So nothing that exciting, so what did you hear!!!!!!!!

Graham Lee


I heard it two ways: one was my Dad the other my Uncle Chen. I just saw him today he is here on holiday and I asked him without my Dad around. Actually he tells it just like you said. My Dad's well ....just a bit inflated to say the least.

Thank you for the kind words from across the pond.

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
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Dave wrote:
I would love to hear your favorite joke? :D

if you couldn't do balloon's/magic what would you do?


When I make a mermaid and I get to the bikini top part I twirl it in my fingers and say: "Mermaids gone Wild!" Hmmm it might be an American thing.

Wow what would I be doing... probably working in a bar and doing oil paintings on weekend at Art shows. Or I would be in Iraq.

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
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Bad to the Balloon wrote:
My Dad's well ....just a bit inflated to say the least.

So Mark, How did your dad tell it?

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:35 pm 
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Danny the Idiot wrote:
Mark,

What makes you laugh?


Large bald men with leaky pens!!!!

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What are your balloon goals for the future?


My balloon goals are to double my current income. Did 25% better than last year. Teach more. Sell lots. Create ... create ..create..

My Business goal are different, I want to open a chain of magic theme restaurants.

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How would you like the future of balloon modeling to develop?

Danny


I would like to see people get paid, I would like to see people who do it better get paid more. Funny you never see a guy doing stick figures gobbling up all the gigs from the caricature artist.

I like the group projects and conventions it is a very eclectic energy. very few egos, most problems or perceived snuffs are based on miscommunication and not negativity. As a whole we all stay together.

believe it or not I would like to see balloon become more mainstream, that way people can recognize talent when they see it. My friend Todd Nuefeld will be on the David Letterman show tonight, watch it if you can.

the opportunity is out there, look how much impact was created with the shanghai fashion show pictures. My daughter school librarian came over to tell me about it and I said yes I was the monkey there in the middle.

what upsets me is the copycat syndrome. why can't people thing of something else to make themselves special? I started doing hats light years before anyone else in my area, now everyone does them. You got to find the thing that makes you special, and do it.

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 10:42 pm 
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Graham Lee wrote:
Bad to the Balloon wrote:
My Dad's well ....just a bit inflated to say the least.

So Mark, How did your dad tell it?

Graham Lee


Dad has always had a flare for the dramatic, and facts don't matter. He told me Chen say a guy doing my balloon stuff in England and asked him if he created those figures or did he learn them. (you) said there all my creations (Which could be taken many ways depending on pause and inflection) Chen then said oh cause I have friends son in Florida .....

Then you said this one is one of Mark's creations and I have all his DVDs.... yada yada

I am not upset in the least and like I said, Dad will do anything to make a story sound better. I am kina glad Chen came into town the same time this Chat was set up. Kismet?

Oh yeah Chen also said that we were in China together but different cities. Did we run into each out in Old Shanghai Shopping area?

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
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What is the worst thing that has happened to you during a ballooning session ?

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 Post subject: Re: Mark Byrne Interview 21/27th April
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Professor T Wist wrote:
What is the worst thing that has happened to you during a ballooning session ?


Quite a few things, worst for me or for the audience?

Audience:
• 50th Anniversary Party and the husband had a heart attack. :roll:
• Picked up a little girl to move her (she had no underwear and a dress). :o
• Hit a ceiling fan with a balloon and black rain came down. :oops:
• Had balloons land in food, Drinks, hit people in the eye, etc ... :twisted:

Me:
• Punched in the knonkers by a 4 year old. :shock:
• Snapped in the eye while blowing a balloon. Eye was tearing so bad yet I kept working. :cry:
• Had people say really rude and disgusting things in front of children. :x
• Had some one complain about me making a joke about evolution :roll:
(little too christian right for me)
• Brian Asman spilt a beer in my magic case ;)
• Almost got into a fight with a Redneck because my line was done and he decided I am going to stay. BTW I left with out incident and DID NOT make balloons for the jerks.
• Similar situation different guy. He didn't think I was nice to his girl. Kid kept walking up and standing in my twisting space ask several for her to step back and to get into line, asked where the parents were didn't respond. On the last time, I said hey you really need to stand back or your going to get hit with my balloons. Guy started shouting. Funny thing the crowd, turned on the guy and told him to watch his kid.

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