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So on BalloonHQ my favorite twister commented that some were questioning the class fee at T&S and was interested in our review after attending. I did not have a problem paying the fee but I was confused with the system. I do think that all of the classes were worth this fee, although I never did doubt that. I guess it all depends on how much you'll gamble--to me, a poor student, five bucks for a class is worth it, even if I don't get as much out of it as I thought I would.

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I can not even begin to describe how fantastic twist and shout was.

I am truly humbled from being in the presence of greatness and yet I am emboldened and encouraged by the wealth of information & knowledge I attained... most of it just from walking up and down the corridor.

I questioned the price per class primarily because it was a new concept for me. What I took away for 5 bucks at a pop, I found to be invaluable...whether I liked the class or not.

This was no magic convention that is for sure.

One of my favorite Don Caldwell quotes (from his halloween DVD I believe) mentions the difference between magicians and twisters is a willingness to share. This line always stuck in my head as I found it to be true...and I was fortunate enough to see it personified and alive at twist and shout.

At risk of sounding hammy, I will go so far as to say Twist and Shout 08 changed my life.
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This was better than Nashville...

6 days of no sleep yet totally energized each and every day... except that 8:30 class hard to hit when you go to bed at 6 am.

I wish there was a magic convention like T&S
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This was my first T$S, although I had been to Diamond Jam. The willingness to share in the Twister world is such a great thing. This willingness to share goes all the way up the Twister food chain. I would not be surprised to see Ralph Dewey, Marvin Hardy, Don Caldwell or Ken Stillmen or one of the other "greats" showing someone who wanted to learn, how to make a 3 twist doggie.

One of the other things I learned from Twist and Shout was that you can learn a lot by competing. I am not the competitve type and I would not have competed if one of my Southern California (SoCal) twister buddies had not told me to. Having a deadline and not wanting to be embarressed forced me to concentrate and forced me to be creative. Obviously, I wanted everything to look as good as it could, and you have to have a good foundation, so my weaving improved as the base of my sculpture was weaved. I tried to make it as square and flat as possible. I probably twisted five or six bases trying different ideas before I went to Twist and Shout. I wanted to make actual fingers and not use loop twists for the hands, so I had to devise my own since I had not seen any hands with fingers on a smaller figure before.

The other thing I will take away from competing was the surreal nature of it all. There is so much going on from 8am to midnight every day, that I worked on my piece from 11pm to 5:30am the day it was to be turned in to be judged. So, it was a bit surreal to be mixing food coloring in a bottle and putting the colored water in a clear 260 in the bathtub of the hotel at four in the morning. I was trying pretty hard not to pop any balloons so that I would not wake up the people in the rooms next to me. It was all worth it. The icing on the cake was that I actually placed. I took third place in the medium sculpture competition. So if you go to a balloon convention, compete. You will learn a lot if you do.

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Nice post Steve!!!
For me this was the Best Twist and Shout EVER!!!! This is my third and Mark is right about not sleeping much at all. The people are AWESOME and I consider most of them my friends. ( So. Cal especially )
The next one is in Cerritos California.
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Steve is right about competing. I learned a ton!
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This was my first balloon convention as well with my only other "live" balloon experience being T-Jam on the road 07. It was definately an eye opener for me. I agree with the others and wish magic conventions could be this cool. I'm glad I took a hundred pictures just so I don't forget all of the incredible creativity that abounds around every corner. I'm really hoping I can make next year's convention in SoCal! There is some serious talent exploding out from that area and I think just being in their backyard I could learn something by osmosis.

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Thanks for the nice comments about the SoCal Twisters. I feel really blessed to be part of the SoCal group, and I certainly have benefited by being in the presence of some seriously talented twisted people. I sure hope that you can make it to Cerritos next year. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Southern California. The SoCal group wants to be great hosts like the folks from Boston were. I'll be glad to turn my minivan into a shuttle bus for anyone that needs it.

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