Balloon twister Southampton – back to balloon school

Balloon twister Southampton

Brian makes monkey

Back to balloon school today to learn some new designs and tips from fellow balloon twisters and a star lecturer.  Brian Asman took center stage as the guest lecturer. He’d flown all the way from San Francisco to be with us so we were very fortunate to learn from him. Brian is most famous for featuring in the US TV show The Unpoppables. This reality show documented Brian and his teams quest to build huge sculptures out of balloons.  All the episodes are on YouTube and it’s worth a watch.

It’s always great to meet other balloon twisters to see what kit they have and get ideas. I saw some great balloon storage devices. Things on wheels, hand made units and extra large bags where just some of the cool stuff I saw. I felt a little out of place with just my small storage bag. Think il get a bigger one!

Brian taught us some great useful designs that we could all go out and use on our gigs. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay the whole day but what I learned will be very useful for me for my balloon twister Southampton gigs.  I learned a really cool camel, teddy bear and monkey. I think I know six different monkeys designs now!  I learned from Brian the idea that no balloon should be the same and how you can make the same design slightly different with a few variations. This is also a crowd pleaser and I see why.

I have a charity balloon twisting gig this Saturday in Southampton so excited to get these designs in the hands of the baying public!

Balloon twister Southampton

My fellow students

I’m occasionally asked by parents what games I do in my parties and it’s always a bit of a mouth full to explain so I have wrote this for greater clarity. To begin with, none of my games are elimination based which means no one is ever ‘out’. This ensures all the children are engaged throughout and are not going to become bored which is very important to me. On to the games!

Character statues
I tell the children to dance and when the music stops to freeze and impersonate a well known character (superheroes, Disney princesses etc). I’ll pick the most creative one each time ensuring that everyone wins. If there are a lot of children, I’ll pick multiple winners each time so by the end they have all won.
Why it’s good
– The children enjoy being on their feet, if they don’t want to pretend to be a character they will usually just  freeze normally so they still feel involved. It’s  easy to understand and we can play it instantly. The children are never bored in this game and are always riveted throughout. It’s been so good over the years.