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 Post subject: Patty Sorell Interview, 11/18th Nov
PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 11:34 pm 
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I'm very pleased to announce that Patty Sorell has agreed to answer the questions on balloon chat.
We are just sorting out the best time as she is very busy at the moment with the organisation and putting together of her own balloon convention in America; Twist & Shout.
More details can be found here about the event;
http://www.balloonconvention.com

and this weekend she is off to help out at Balloon Manor; http://www.balloonmanor.com

I'll be able to go next year for the first time to "Twist & Shout" as the dates have been changed, this was always on the same weekend as the Blackpool magic convention which is the biggest magic convention in the world, so I always needed to be there but now the date change & flying is not so much of a worry for me :o
I purchased from one of the first Millennium jam's that I went to Patty & Royal's balloon engineering DVD's, I'm sure Patty will plug these when answering the questions.

Patty will answer the usual questions but please ask away with anything else to do with organising one of the biggest twisting conventions in the world.

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 Post subject: Re: Patty Sorell Interview, 11/18th Nov
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Patty has sent me over some answers to the interview, I shall be putting them up under her name.
Any more questions you have for her please post & I'll forward them onto her for you.

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 Post subject: Re: Patty Sorell Interview, 11/18th Nov
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1, What road led you into balloon modelling?

1) Love. I wanted to spend more time with my boyfriend (Royal) and since he spent most weekends performing as a Mime and Magician, I started to join him. Tagging along on gigs and doing simple clowning and face painting.


2, when did you get started with balloons?

2) We started twisting in 1986 when our friend Spunky T Clown (Alan Belanger) suggested its a great thing for clowns to do and the kids loved it. Our local clown alley had Aaron Hsu Flanders com in to teach the first class and Royal and I both started that same night.



3, What’s your best twisting experience?

3) My best twisting experience is hard to say. There have been so many fun people and great events over the past 20+ years. I guess I would have to say the World Record Project at the first Millennium Jam in Belgium. There were so many cool creative people from both sides of the pond. We were all working incredibly long hours, playing music while twisting, coming up with new solutions to how to put these Soccer Players together. And the finished piece was AWESOME. Even though I have participated in many other large projects since, that first one was the best.



4, What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you during a ballooning/entertaining session?

4) My worst twisting experience is hard to say. There have been so many nasty people and crappy events over the past 20+ years. My worst performances are usually when I do something stupid. Like the time I showed up at a gig wearing two different shoes. I was rushing out the door and just slipped on two black shoes and ran out the door. It wasn’t until I got to the site that I realized my mistake. Luckily for me, the event was in a mall and I quickly bought a pair of (matching) shoes. I try not ot dwell on those negative shows I’ve had or the kids who may not have liked my creations, it would only make me quit ballooning much sooner.



5, What do you most enjoy about twisting & why?

5) I most love line twisting. I am not a performer, I am a twister - a balloon factory, if you will. I know many Balloon Artists who assert that being a balloon factory isn’t the right way to do balloons, but its what I like. I enjoy whipping out balloons quickly, making sure as many kids get balloons as possible, it make the time go by quickly. In addition, I really don’t want to think hard at a gig, if 20 kids want that tiger they saw, I say give the customer what they want!


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Hi Patty,
What inspired you to start the conventions?

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I have your new dvd (101) are you thinking about bringing any more out? with you and your fella?

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Who would you most like to make a model for and why? What would you make them ?

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Hi Patty,

What do you look for in an instructor for your event?

What subject would you love to have someone come and teach?


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 Post subject: Re: Patty Sorell Interview, 11/18th Nov
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Dave wrote:
Hi Patty,
What inspired you to start the conventions?





Back in 1999 Tom Myers had his first TJam in Austin Texas, and in the opinion of those that went, it was a huge success. The only way previously for balloon people to get together was if they lived near you or online with the fledgeling BalloonHQ. Then came Y2K and Tom announced on BHQ that he wasn’t going to do it again. That announcement stuck in my head for a few days, I was sad because I knew it wouldn’t happen again for a long time if TJam was allowed to be a one-time only idea. So I talked to Royal and convinced him this could work. Then I asked Tom’s permission to run a convention and he gave me his blessing. It all went very well and I didn’t lose money! Once that first Twist & Shout was history, Tom and I decided that it was going to be too much work for either one of us to do a convention every ear, so we had a gentlemen’s agreement for each of us to do every other year. When Tom decided he was done with convention running, I took Twist & Shout annually. I really happy and proud that our program is considered the best in the world!


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 Post subject: Re: Patty Sorell Interview, 11/18th Nov
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cashmagic wrote:
I have your new dvd (101) are you thinking about bringing any more out? with you and your fella?



I am considering doing one or two new DVD’s on more centerpiece designs, but I have to wait for this first one to break even first. I don’t think I’m going to be doing any more with Royal because he is a far better twister than I and should be the star of his own show. And Royal doesn’t do centerpieces (designing).


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 Post subject: Re: Patty Sorell Interview, 11/18th Nov
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Professor T Wist wrote:
Who would you most like to make a model for and why? What would you make them ?



I really would rather make some centerpieces for you Balloon Twisters, something to brighten a party for all of you. Twisters work really hard making other people happy, you deserve to have someone make your day special


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