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1  General Category / Balloon Artist Introductions / Re: Hi from Paris on: March 30, 2009, 12:53:30 PM
Pleasure to meet you sir. I look forward to your creations and insight.  Smiley

J.D. Ebos
2  General Category / Balloon Artist Introductions / Re: Hi from Alley-Oop on: March 30, 2009, 12:51:07 PM
Sounds like you're a very interesting person.  We need more of those in the world. Do enjoy yourself and don't work to hard.  Cheesy

J.D. Ebos
3  General Category / Balloon Artist Introductions / Re: An introduction on: March 30, 2009, 12:49:31 PM
very nice. What is your favorite stunt, and how many do you juggle? if i may ask of course.
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Introductions on: March 30, 2009, 12:48:12 PM
Jon David Ebos here. Juggler of 3 years, and counting. Twister of a short time, and loon of many years.  This is an absolutely magnificent website and helpful beyond measure.  I live in Arvada Colorado (about 10 miles north of denver, and 10 south of boulder.)  I am new to balloons still, but not to performing, i am currently an opera performance major at the university of northern colorado... and i better run, the rabid monkeys are coming after me again. (then again, my own fault i've never been good at interpersonal monkey skills.  Grin

J.D. Ebos
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Why are my yellow 160s filling from the bottom? on: March 21, 2009, 09:30:06 AM
You know, I don't have a lot of experience in this, but I have noticed the same thing with some of my balloons.  I use a pump, I don't know if that affects it. For me usually it means I didn't stretch the nozzle of the balloon very well.  Sometimes it doesn't matter, it still happens, but usually if when I stretch the balloon and stretch the nozzle a little more, it usually inflates right.  However I haven't had that problem with 160's, I have had that problem with 260's.  (I don't use a lot of 160's)


J.D. Ebos
6  General Category / General Discussion / The Craziness of being an all around performer on: March 21, 2009, 09:25:47 AM
Let me start by saying I got my butt handed to me in a jar last night. lol I was working a fundraiser; doing balloons, and then acting as an auctioneer.  Well as it turns out the talent show that was meant to happen didn't.  So at the last minute they all remembered that I juggle, and so of course, I had to do an imprompteau show.  Ok, I have done many many street shows so that wasn't the problem.  The problem was that I ended up performing for a solid three hours.  Mind you, I had loads of fun, but I'm definately a little out of shape for all this.  SO, Word of warning.... If you advertise what ALL you do, people will take you up on it. Its crazy fun, but allow some time in the morning to recover from the exhaustion.  Cheesy

Anyone else have any funny stories about this?


J.D. Ebos
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: What made you start to tie balloons? on: March 21, 2009, 09:15:33 AM
Good job about the three ball juggling!  Grin And don't worry, you're gonna be amazing at the mall.  When in doubt, and if you've already learned everything from the videos here of course, youtube has great balloon tutorials for characters like elmo, roadrunner, and many others.  Not always easy for line work per se, but great for getting attention and improving your skills.  Good Luck, and tell us how the gig goes.

J.D. Ebos
8  General Category / General Discussion / Re: What made you start to tie balloons? on: March 20, 2009, 04:00:02 PM
Lol, Well if anyone wants help with juggling, I can instruct from technical 3 ball work, to contact juggling, to my discipline of numbers juggling (5 or above.)  And yeah, throw up, it helps.  Balloons are way better business wise.  A twister will usually get the job bid above a juggler, trust me I know.  For me this is good business, (a.k.a. I needed an excuse to learn balloons, they're freakin amazing.) And so I "learned" for "improving my clientelle" but really I just love all this stuff.   Grin
9  General Category / General Discussion / Re: What made you start to tie balloons? on: March 19, 2009, 11:48:28 AM
I haven't been doing it very long, but I started the same way I did for juggling.  I woke up one day and said, "hey, I can't juggle, I should learn that." So I did.  I woke up and said, "Hey, I should do balloon animals." And now I do.  Cheesy randomness seems to be key to fun!

J.D. Ebos
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Addiction! on: March 18, 2009, 10:31:18 AM
Isn't delightful to be addicted to something worthwhile?  Grin I too am an addict, and dang proud of it, papa.  And I'm glad I'm not alone, otherwise I think I would completely lose my marbles.  (The remaining ones.)

J.D. Ebos
11  General Category / Balloon Artist Introductions / Re: Hello, My name is Maple and I'm.....a (sigh) balloonaholic. (Look at floor) on: March 17, 2009, 02:50:56 PM
It is a very grand pleasure to meet you.  I look forward to any further (*cough*) antics.    Grin I hope you are having fun.

J.D. Ebos
12  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Addiction! on: March 17, 2009, 02:32:28 PM
In the performers i've met and discussed this topic with i've heard two main ideas.  People who perform for narcissim, and the much much much larger section of performers who love entertaining people.  Most performers who do well love entertaining people.  Every circumstance can be a stage, and as actors on this stage we play different parts.  (See also Hamlet)  =) As a student of opera I can tell you it is normal and actually a great escape to want to play different characters, instead of always being one persona.  I have definately found that as performers we run into the need for entertaining; we love to entertain people, because in turn it entertains us and shares our passion and joy.  So in the end, Addiction is sweet.  (Although sometimes makes us quite a bit nuts!)

J.D. Ebos
13  General Category / Balloon Business / Re: Restaurant work on: March 17, 2009, 02:11:02 PM
While I am a fellow with little balloon experience, I have already encountered this sort of request dilema.  Usually, the first thing I used to say was "what would you like?"  The response was always, "What can you make?"  I've learned not to necessarily rattle off a list; my style is a bit different, and I sound very silly when I list objects; for me personally, I just immediately start into a balloon creation, and ask them to guess what it is as I make it.  This gets a fun response, and also guides other people to see what other things I can do.
        As a juggler, i've learned, don't knock the cliches, they are cliche because they work; and sometimes what seems so rote and boring to the performer, is brilliant to the audience.

J.D. Ebos
14  General Category / Balloon Artist Introductions / Re: An introduction on: March 14, 2009, 06:06:46 PM
I currently live in Arvada Colorado, just ten miles or so north and west of Denver.  And thank you for the warm welcome, I'm certain i'll enjoy this place.  It certainly seems like my kind of people and interests reside here.

J.D. Ebos
15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Lines on: March 14, 2009, 06:03:07 PM
A thought:  When you pop a balloon for the first time that day or night; assuming the venue is correct of course; boldly call out "Now that I have your attention, would anyone like to see some balloon animals!?"  Its a fair excuse to get people to come over, and also, if you pop any more you can simply smile and tell people, "Im just making sure everyone knows I'm here and doing balloon animals."

Just a thought,

J.D. Ebos 
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