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Ryan Price
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I have only made balloons before the party a handful of times. These were situations where I had a show already booked for a time in the day and someone wanted a show that would end pretty close to the start of the next one still leaving driving time of course.

Part of the problem I see is that some people don’t see value in the balloons. If you are only making figures out of one balloon and no artwork then I agree with you. However people pay extra (deluxe package) for my balloon service and time involved so I make them awesome stuff. I constantly have amazed parents who take pictures with the figures I have created. I also believe that the time I take to make the balloons is what gets me all the tips I receive.
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On 2009-11-19 07:18, A Birthday Magician wrote:
I make ALL the balloon prior to the party and hand them out at the very end...start the car and get out of there as soon as possible. My sales pitch is that there is no entertainment value for a 4-7yr old watching balloons being made...and that is the truth in my experience. Boys want swords..girls get dogs..never had a compaint.


But you don't stick around how could you hear a complaint?? Smile

Is that before or after the hippity hop rabbit finish?

Seriously I challenge you to make better stuff. My DVDs have stuff that can be made in 2 minutes and less. The extra 20 minutes at the party (10 kids) is a great time to smooze with clients and impres them with your balloons.

My pitch is "no need to spend money on goodie bags because they get a personally sculpted hat. No gum or playdough in the couch and no army men to step on in the middle of the night."
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I agree with most of you. I do mine last too. First is the magic show. Second the face painting. Last the balloons. A lot of kids go crazy making the balloons pop. I always make them another one until my time is up.
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Facepainting is a one on one situation...I usually end with that if they get that package. This is the time for presents to be opened.

Mike how do you handle the one on one situation in the middle of your package?

I agree with Ryan, the more complex/amazing creations really do make one stand out from the one-balloon competition. When you turn the birthday girl into a full butterfly using a minimum of 12 balloons, there is something to be said about that. Parents absolutely love it and then comes out the $20 bills for the tip with them saying "we didn't near pay you enough...you are awesome!!! Like nothing we've seen before!" And what have they seen before? Yep, those one balloon animals. Points to ponder
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On 2009-11-19 19:32, Bill Nuvo wrote:
Mike how do you handle the one on one situation in the middle of your package?

I have the kids get in line for the face painting after putting some tricks away. If there is a lot of kids I will do the cheek face painting. If there is a low amount, I will paint the whole face.
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Ok, but after doing one face, what happens with that child? and then the next after done. Do you have the children sit and watch you do the other's faces. Do you make comments to keep everyone entertained? Sing?

Just really curious how you handle it
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On 2009-11-19 19:32, Bill Nuvo wrote:
I agree with Ryan, the more complex/amazing creations really do make one stand out from the one-balloon competition. When you turn the birthday girl into a full butterfly using a minimum of 12 balloons, there is something to be said about that. Parents absolutely love it and then comes out the $20 bills for the tip with them saying "we didn't near pay you enough...you are awesome!!! Like nothing we've seen before!" And what have they seen before? Yep, those one balloon animals. Points to ponder


You have a point about a nice creation for the b-day child.
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On 2009-11-19 21:33, Bill Nuvo wrote:
Ok, but after doing one face, what happens with that child? and then the next after done. Do you have the children sit and watch you do the other's faces. Do you make comments to keep everyone entertained? Sing?

Just really curious how you handle it

After I finished a child's face I used to tell the child to go look in the bathroom mirror. But now I have my own mirror. Some kids (about 3 or 4) will stay around to watch others get their face painted. Most will go and play on their own. Usually it is around eating time. I just stay focused on painting each kid's face. A lot of times I will have to secure my face painting props from being touched by other children.

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Ok, thanks Mike. If that's what works for you, that's great Smile

Are you ever worried about getting paint on your Jacket? I used to take my jacket off when doing painting since there happened to be one mishap once...with red. It was on the cuff, but on a jacket that's half white...well that stands out lol.
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I always keep my jacket on because I never got any paint on it yet.

A good idea is to play music during face painting so the kids can go dance, not crowding the paint supplies.
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When I did face painting, I did face painting before the show, as an activity as the kids are arriving. Then balloons are done at the end (when they are leaving...) Moms love how flexible that is!!! But, I only ever offer face painting or glitter body art with a full party package, so that three step thing works for me.

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Balloons, Magic, Facepainting.. Its like we have to be the jack of all trades..

Where is our niche anymore..

I might as well go back to plumbing and fix the sink too!

oh well guess we have to pay our bills guys..
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I got different packages.
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I hear ya..

We all gotta earn a living,

I am not being mean just frustrated with clients.
alexa
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Definitely it's a matter of being frustrated with clients. Completely understand that. I do, in certain cases, hire additional entertainers with me. I started with magic AND balloons at a very early age and both are strengths equivalent or beyond the competition. Being a specialist in BOTH is what gets me work, which is actually why I stopped doing the face painting. However, pictures of it were still on my old website which clients LOVED, and requested.

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I offer different Birthday entertainment packages. When Balloon Twisting is offered, it is at the end of the magic show. I enjoy entertaining the children at that time and the interaction with the parents.

My face painting skills leave a lot to be desired. When that is requested, I have someone assist me.

Max
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Personally, am staying away from face painting, but that is what I said about balloon's ten years ago!
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