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I am a noob at balloon twisting. I've known the basic dog / giraffe for a few years, but I've just started learning other stuff about three months ago. So far, I can do about 20 different sculptures, not counting several crazy hats.

Anyway, I took my family out to eat tonight, and my daughter (8 yrs old) wanted me to take my balloons in, so I did. I saw a family with three children (aprox ages 4-10), and my daughter asked me if I would make them a balloon animal. I said "If their parents don't mind, I guess I could." I asked the parents if I could make a balloon sculpture for each kid. They said "SURE"!!! Well, as I was doing so, other families around started asking me to come to their tables and make balloons for their kids. So I did. Then the wait staff all came to me with "special request" ballon requests. So I made them. Then more families asked. Then the manager of the place came and asked for one. I twisted my little heart out, and the next thing you know, I'd been twisting for nearly 2 hours. I didn't accept tips, though not many offered. And I left feeling so "giddy" and happy.

Now before you pros get on me about doing this for free, remember that I am a balloon beginner. This was great experience for me. I don't intend to do it for free all the time, this was just a special situation. Also, I live in a VERY VERY rural area. The only other twisters that I know of around here are my mentors, and they live in a big city about 60 miles away. The don't even market themselves here, so I didn't steal anyone's business.

But it was amazing. I was right on track. I was funny. I twisted good. Everyone seemed to love me. And the owners son was very impressed. HHHMMM..... This may lead into a regular PAYING gig!

Anyway, I'm on cloud nine, and just wanted to share me experience with yall!!!

Brian Lehr
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That is absolutely awesome! Way to go Mike -- you rock!!! Smile

You might want to check back with the owner to see if he would like to have this on a regular basis at the restaurant. Since he saw how popular it was, you can certainly point out how this would be a great drawing card for his restaurant, and make his establishment stand out a little more among all those in the area.

Keep 'er going!

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