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Glad you asked -- back when I did balloons at fairs, I used several ideas to help out :

You know that there will be a big circle around you, everyone will want a balloon and -- surprise-- some of the adults will be a bit short because their child is next.

First off, take care of yourself. Setup in the shade, bring water, take breaks, use sunscreen

Second -- going faster won't help. It should be a law of physics that the faster you make 'em, the more people will want 'em.
Go slow, chat with people, entertain.

Third -- control the lines. Have the kids line up on one side only, and repeat that that is the line for balloons and who to get behind for your balloon. ( maybe make line markers with a 30" dowels in a base, with rope along the tops -- like stanchions.)

Fourth -- get a pump. really.

five -- if you're busking, have a regular tips & free line and a have a priority $5 line -- and go there first.

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All GREAT suggestions. Thanks Dave!

Mark.
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Second tip is really true, I though I could satisfy them if I go faster but they just came back for more and more...

Thanks for the tips Dave.
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Brilliant! Thanks!
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Ah, shucks...Smile

Balloon line management will test your crowd controll skills like nothing else. Does anyone have ideas for how to do 'line markers" for ballooning?

Dave
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I tried barbed wire, but it didn't work. Balloons kept popping.

Seriously though, BalloonHQ has some ideas.

Plastic chain and PVC stands (made from 3/4" pipe and fittings) from Lowes or Home Depot. Although this gives you yet one more thing to carry and setup.


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I use foam mats that interlock. I also contemplated using carpet runners.
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I use foam mats that interlock. I also contemplated using carpet runners.


EXCELLENT! Thanks for sharing that Mark.

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phill
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I like to think I'm entertaining to watch while I twist so I like my line to curve a little so everyone can see. For the most part people can line up if reminded every so often. I sometimes use a piece of rope or chain just lying on the ground, I've also used duct-tape.
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Comedy writer,

Great advice & you might want to change tip #5 to tip #1 (joking of course).
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