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I am looking for a source to instruct me on twisting a goblin/gremlin balloon hat and a monster balloon hat.

I would like a "generic" goblin and monster, not a recognizeable character. These are to be used in an audience participation routine I am working on.

Any help would be appreciated.
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I will save time..try Bad to the Balloon 1 and 2

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Thanks for your reply, but it doesn't appear to be what I am looking for.

There is only one monster on the first DVD -- "One-Eyed Monster" -- and I think it is likely to look a lot like Mike Wazowski. That is not what I am looking for.
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Opus...My buddy Brian Potvin is a master at making Goblin/Gremlin looking masks. Look at his portfolio on BalloonHQ. His monster masks are typically based on Don Caldwell's Stitch base hat on Mad Hatz and Wild Wearables #1. One thing to consider is if you are going to be using this for a show, you may want to simplify the hat as much as possible to reduce prep time. I am assuming that you would want to perform this routine a lot and not just a one time thing. You've got me curious about your routine and what you are thinking about doing. I'd be curious to hear what you are planning. If you want, you can PM me, and I'd be happy to help out if I can.
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Brian Potvin is a god when it comes to making goblins and monster faces.

Look here:
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Brian Potvin’s sculptures are indeed phenomenal. But I think that they would be much more elaborate than what I was thinking about. I want to walk the line between detailed and quick, and I think hats are the right approach for two reasons -- I should be able to make them while the "action" is going on (rather than pre-making them), and I want the spectators to see the “actors” faces. I think much of the humor in my routine will be in the actors' expressions.

I PM’d Steve Yarosko a brief outline of what I am considering, and I see no reason not to let you folks know as well. It may spur some thoughts that would help me out. Here’s what I am working on.

The Rotary in my town runs a fundraiser event in the summer each year to raise money to support the cub scout/boy scout/girl scout programs in the town. The event is a rubber ducky race down the little river that runs through a park (this is essentially a raffle with a number of modest prizes that were donated by local businesses). In addition to the race, they will have a classic car show, two bands, some games, a pig roast, bake sale, etc., all run by volunteers (no hired professionals).

We are always looking for additional things to sell to the crowd, and this year I intend to teach a few of the scouting leaders/parents to twist duck balloon hats to sell to the attendees. In the event a line forms, I think some entertainment would be desirable during the wait. I thought I would do something like a circle show for the line. I would start with a few simple bits of balloon business (bubble off balloon, etc.). Then I might stage something similar to Don Caldwell's light saber routine with a helper from the line. If well-received and there is still a line, I would go into a longer routine -- the production of a musical.

The musical would be "Little Bunny Foo Foo." I would select an adult male from the line and make him a bunny hat -- probably Pat Bunnell's from either Twisted Critters Vol. 1 or the large one she has posted on BalloonHQ. I would also select a child from the line and make him or her a Pat Bunnell mouse hat. And I would make a princess crown for another adult male (and maybe a tutu too) to act as the fairy. The people on line would have to sing the song.

I can run this short or longer using the different characters in each verse, or cutting them out: first, the field mice (mouse hat), second, the wriggly worms (a worm hat), third, the tigers (Pat's Saber-tooth tiger hat), and fourth the goblins (this is why I am looking for a goblin hat, but if I can't find an acceptable one, I will use Pat's cow hat and change that verse to "scooping up the moo-cows").

At the end, Little Bunny Foo Foo gets his come-uppance and is turned into a goon (this is why I need a monster hat -- the goofier-looking the better). This of course leads to the moral to the story: "Hare today, goon tomorrow."

This routine lends itself to a lot of business: Bunny Foo Foo will be dancing through the forest, and each verse's dance will be more outlandish than the last; the fairy will be required to sing his part in falsetto, with appropriate gestures; at some point we will decide we need an orchestra and we will draft other people waiting on line as musicians (each will be issued a kazoo), etc.

That is a rough outline of what I am working on.

Thanks for your suggestions.

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Your answer can be found on Don Caldwell's DVDs for sure. He loves that creepy stuff. There are a couple simple ones using the new undipped 321's on his latest Mad Hats and Wild Wearables and check out his other stuff for more.

I would say for a creepy monster type you can take things that you have and just weird them out with different colors etc. Monsters and goblins are just scary variants of animals and other creatures. Whip out that imagination.
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