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Topic: Halloween Costume 2010
Message: Posted by: Jestnjoker (Oct 30, 2010 03:03PM)
Here is a link to my 2010 Halloween Costume: http://wrightentertainment.biz/balloon-mario-costume/. I've now been blessed to win the $1200 first place prize in Northeast Ohio's largest costume contest 2 years in a row. I'm going out again tonight to try to win some more.
Message: Posted by: alee7371 (Oct 30, 2010 09:45PM)
I don't post much but I do have to say that is a pretty cool costume. Great job and congratulations on winning the costume contest.
Message: Posted by: Jestnjoker (Oct 31, 2010 12:08AM)
Thanks. Just won another grand tonight. Here's another pic: http://wrightentertainment.biz/another-win-for-mario/
Message: Posted by: Alex Rapattoni (Oct 31, 2010 02:51AM)
That is simply beautiful. Congrats on the double first prizes. How did you do Mario's shoes? 3 ft rounds?
Message: Posted by: Jestnjoker (Oct 31, 2010 07:40AM)
Mario's shoes are simply 646's tied into a loop then twisted onto a 350 and pressure fitted around another. Then I added some uninflated balloon straps for support. Yoshi's shoes where more of a random construction involving a weave, 350's and 5" rounds.
Message: Posted by: revlovejoy (Nov 11, 2010 06:41PM)
Jeff, another magnificent winner. I love that you have a venue for appreciation for this level of work, and was thinking of you as Halloween approached this year, with your serious contests. The most I know of around here is one for $100.

I was going to post my costume head picture here, but it so pales in comparison. I did however, get TONS of props for it in DisneyWorld. I will post a short video. I never had so many people ask to take my picture, including many cast members. Next to yours, no one would have noticed, but in a sea of more of the same, I stood out.
Message: Posted by: Jestnjoker (Nov 11, 2010 09:33PM)

I say it all the time to (though don't know if I've ever said it here): You're industry peers are very rarely, if ever going to give you a paycheck. You're not getting paid to impress them. Impress the layperson, and it's a job well done.

So well done to you sir. I look forward to seeing the video.

It is fun to have all those pictures taken. It was fun tracking myself down on Facebook the next day.
Message: Posted by: under6 (Nov 13, 2010 09:29AM)
Great job Jeff - just amazing! I am just curious about how much time you have invested in something as large as your costume. It must have awed the crowds.
Message: Posted by: Jestnjoker (Nov 13, 2010 06:27PM)
The whole piece this year took me around 8 hours. I'm a big trial and error guy and there was far less error than expected, so things went quickly. I guess I weave pretty quickly too.

The crowds react very well to it. While "Best Costume" is by nature very subjective, there is something special about balloons that absolutely blows people away. If someone makes a great costume out of cloth, or foam, or cardboard, or wood, or any other traditional building material, people can understand that, but balloons are literally unbelievable to most people. It definitely works to my advantage.

Thank you for the compliment.
Message: Posted by: Wes Holly (Nov 13, 2010 07:39PM)