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31  General Category / Non Balloon Related Topics / Re: General Clown Discussion on: April 24, 2010, 02:21:51 PM
I'm also a light auguste.
32  General Category / Non Balloon Related Topics / Re: Other Talent on: April 24, 2010, 02:17:49 PM
Whatever I've mentioned previously isn't all I can do(!). Having branched into furry fandom a few months ago, I made my own fursuit (animal costume). Why don't you have a look?:
33  General Category / Non Balloon Related Topics / Re: Thomas the Tank Engine on: April 24, 2010, 02:11:43 PM
My little boy loves Thomas.

Aww, that's so sweet! What's his favourite character?
34  General Category / Non Balloon Related Topics / Re: Other Talent on: December 22, 2009, 07:29:09 PM
As I've joined YouTube only today (22nd December), I've created a video using my voiceover skills. Type in 'Rudolph's 70th Birthday' when you log on and there it is. The most appropriate time to do it is obviously now that Christmas is still only around the corner. Here's the link:
35  General Category / Balloon Artist Introductions / Re: Hello on: December 22, 2009, 07:13:41 PM
Hi, I'm Dan from the UK (Bristol). I'm 39yrs old and got some balloons, about 2 weeks ago, to learn a few tricks to entertain my nephews and nieces during the family winterval get-together. I work in a shop and have been practising there, giving the results away to the kids being dragged around by their parents. This has gone down a treat and I'm sure has brought some extra cash into the coffers.
All I'm doing (really) at the moment is dogs/giraffes/etc and swords, but thats all thats needed for my current 'customers'. More designs will follow no doubt.
I can juggle and also have a small collection of magic tricks up my sleeves and balloons seem to fit in well with these.

You're from Bristol?! Well, I spend half my time in Kingskerswell, Devon. Maybe we could see each other one day.
36  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Holiday stuff!!!! on: December 11, 2009, 02:28:37 PM
Only recently, I've been experimenting in such a way that I've managed to create reindeer antlers (you can wear these) hence my newly-launched thread, 'Never Be Afraid to Experiment'.
37  General Category / Balloon Instructions and Requests / Never Be Afraid to Experiment on: December 11, 2009, 02:23:34 PM
Regardless of your skills, this thread encourages you to experiment with various balloon sculptures and also talk about how you got on.
38  General Category / Non Balloon Related Topics / Thomas the Tank Engine on: December 10, 2009, 03:13:55 PM
On the account that this forum evolves around children's entertainment, here I have is a generic thread on Thomas the Tank Engine. This is what spawned my interest in railways generally but in order to get the ball rolling, I have a brief history on this immortal creation:

1945: First Railway Series book, The Three Railway Engines published.
1946: Thomas, the main character, makes his debut in the second Railway Series book.
1949: Sodor, Thomas's island, 'discovered'.
1951: Rev. Awdry, Thomas's creator, joins the Talyllyn Railway, the world's first preserved railway, as a volunteer guard. Note: The Talyllyn Railway was the basis for the Skarloey Railway.
1972: Rev. Awdry's last Railway Series book, Tramway Engines published.
1979: First Thomas Annual published.
1980s: City of Birmingham bans The Railway Series from its libraries due to accusations of sexism.
1983: Christopher Awdry's first Railway Series book, Really Useful Engines published.
1984: Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends (later Thomas & Friends), the TV adaptation of The Railway Series introduced.
1997: Rev. Awdry dies aged 85.
2000: Thomas and the Magic Railroad, the first full-length feature film to be based around Thomas, produced.
2011: Thomas and The Fat Controller's Engines, Christopher Awdry's most recent Railway Series book published.
39  General Category / Non Balloon Related Topics / Re: Mechanical Music on: December 10, 2009, 02:34:03 PM
I've seen the video you have a link to and it's good but I'm afraid I consider that 'unrealistic'. To get a clear idea of what mechanical music is all about, I would recommend reading such literature as Mechanical Music (Kevin McElhone) and visiting such places as Paul Corrin's Music Machines, near Liskeard, Cornwall as well as traction engine rallies (you'll find plenty of mechanical organs playing there).
40  General Category / Balloon Artist Introductions / Re: Hi there from Rainbow the Clown on: December 10, 2009, 02:22:40 PM
I know it's early days for my clown character but I found character development, on the whole, to be a marvellous learning curve especially if I've recently been watching the old Chuck E. Cheese training videos on YouTube (even if we don't have Chuck E. Cheese in the UK). What's more, I've only recently developed a special seasonal persona on the account it's Christmas prior to SDC's Got Talent, my college's equivalent to Britain's Got Talent (it's taking place in five days' time). This new persona of mine turns out to be Rudolph the Comedy Reindeer (my skills won't be much different from my 'standard' clown persona). Well, I know what you're thinking so, will I wear a full unitard? No! I have a good selection of clothing of such colours as brown and beige (although my shoes would be black). And will I be wearing make-up on the same account? No! I'd simply wearing a nose (obviously!) as well as antlers (I'm sure they're easily obtainable). How's that?
41  General Category / Balloon Business / Re: scheduling! on: December 06, 2009, 06:06:02 AM
On Papa's account maybe I should have my clients booking me at least four weeks in advance unless anybody can prove me wrong.
42  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Holiday stuff!!!! on: December 06, 2009, 05:55:51 AM
According to what I've seen on YouTube, I love Ronzo the Clown's (I don't know if he's on this forum) 'interpretation' of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Despite my capabilities (I only managed to make a one-off), I was able to follow these instructions visually (it's amazing what people with ASD, like me, can do).
43  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Christmas parties on: December 06, 2009, 05:42:17 AM
I performed at a Christmas party yesterday. That was my first paid gig and it went down beautifully especially if I was paid £15 for a 15-minute show. How about that? Not to mention that when it came to the balloons in particular, the kids couldn't get enough of them! (Well, what do you expect?).
44  General Category / Balloon Business / Re: scheduling! on: December 01, 2009, 01:15:10 PM
Oh, yeah.  book out a few weeks if you can!  But you inevitably get people who call and want you "Saturday at 1?"   It doesna always work. Oh, sometimes it does. I check my calendar and see what is up but often I have to refer them to someone else.


More specifically, what do you recommend?
45  General Category / Non Balloon Related Topics / Re: General Clown Discussion on: November 30, 2009, 01:20:07 PM
I tried to be a clown....I think I got the concept wrong.

That looks more like the joker from the Batman films.
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