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I recently went to T-Jam on the Road in Memphis & I would recommend finding the closest stop to you & go. How often do you get to learn from the likes of Robbie Furman, Royal Sorrel, & Alberto Nava? The classes were very affordable & everyone had a lot of fun too. They also have some great contests that will give you a chance to become an “award winning balloon artist “. In fact I’m considering driving 5 hours to the next closest T-jam in July also. Check out their site & figure out which class is nearby & which special guest is teaching & go. In short I’d say this is a don’t miss event. http://www.tmyers.com/TJam2010calendar.html

P.S after re-reading this It almost sounds like an ad for T-Jam, but I’m not affiliated with T-Myers, I just had a really great time, & thought everyone should know about this event.
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What exactly are they teaching in the classes? How many classes are they offering? I have never been to a Balloon Jam before and would be interested in knowing exactly what goes on there.
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Robbie Furman (he’s the lootle guy) taught a deco-twisting class. He shared some really nice balloons that would be great for centerpieces, delivery pieces, or that special balloon for the birthday kid. Alberto Nava shared some really different ideas-some especially cool ideas for girls I might add. What you’ll learn from him might just change the way you look at balloon hats. Royal Sorrel taught a variety of balloon hats & some other figures. But since this is a legends tour, they have a different teacher every few cities & Royal has finished his time & they have picked up a new teacher. Since you’re in New York (depending on which city you went to) you would either have Larry Moss of Balloon HQ or Don Caldwell (I’m so jealous!), and Robbie Furman teaching (and maybe Alberto Nava-I’m not sure).

I believe there would be two classes at the stops in New York, one from Robbie, & one from the special guest teacher. Some stops have two days, but most are only one. As to what happens at a jam, you just get together & share ideas, learn new techniques, learn new figures from others & have fun! And to top it all off they even fed us. Here’s the link to the T-Jam FAQ page http://www.tmyers.com/TJam2010What2Expect.html

And the contests are so much fun. It’s a great way to push yourself to twist better & faster. They have 3 contests: The “ whatever you can get thru the door “ contest, the “ 7 minute “ contest & the “ 1 ballooner “ contest. I highly recommend entering the contests.
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Alberto has put up a video on YouTube of the T-Jam on the Road stop in Memphis. Now you can see what kind on fun we had & what kind of things you can learn on this tour.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glgDctEeEI4

(But please ignore the bald man with the caterpillar on his head)
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Great time in Orlando .... Two days of fun with friends.

Oh yeah learned a thing or two.... One the single balloon 2 minute contest.

Alberto Navo, Billy Damon and Robbie Furman do a bang up job Tomorrow MIAMI!!
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I'll be in DC, just for the later day things. I can't get up at 5am to drive there for the whole day, then back.

Anyone else hitting that one?
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Well, I thought I should give an update. I drove the 5 ½ hours to T-Jam St. Louis. I actually went a day early to hang out with Mike Blumenthal & the teachers-Robbie Furman, Alberto Nava & THE Jack Matson! (If you haven’t seen this video, you don’t know Jack!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv9bIiFtH......embedded
These guys are a blast to be around even if you don’t twist a single balloon! We went to the Budweiser museum, drove out past the arch, & even found a restaurant with a twister to have dinner at.

But on to the balloons

I didn’t take Robbie’s class this time since I had already taken it in Memphis. I wish I could have hung out in the classroom though because of all the great advice he gives while he’s teaching. I was busy working on my thru the door piece anyway. Jack taught his one ballooners class for the first half of his class time. He had some really great stuff & has just released a DVD with several of those designs. Sadly, Jack has finished his time on the T-Jam tour & this is the only way you can learn these designs now. I bought a copy of the DVD & I really liked it.

Had some time with Alberto next. I expected to see the same things he showed in Memphis & was shocked to see not only was it different….It was even better than what he showed us in Memphis! Fantastic designs that will have girls, & even women screaming for their own.

Jack finished up his class time by teaching the stitch base & then how to transform it into an incredible Taz mask. We concluded with the scheduled contests & even had a couple of surprise contests thrown in also.

I’ve said it once, & I’ll say it again. If you’re anywhere near (or even not so near-I drove 2 hours to one & 5+ to another) one of these stops-GO! You won’t regret it, I sure didn’t.

Jason
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On 2010-07-13 13:33, AMAZINGJASON wrote:
Well, I thought I should give an update. I drove the 5 ½ hours to T-Jam St. Louis. I actually went a day early to hang out with Mike Blumenthal & the teachers-Robbie Furman, Alberto Nava & THE Jack Matson! (If you haven’t seen this video, you don’t know Jack!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv9bIiFtH......embedded
These guys are a blast to be around even if you don’t twist a single balloon! We went to the Budweiser museum, drove out past the arch, & even found a restaurant with a twister to have dinner at.

But on to the balloons

I didn’t take Robbie’s class this time since I had already taken it in Memphis. I wish I could have hung out in the classroom though because of all the great advice he gives while he’s teaching. I was busy working on my thru the door piece anyway. Jack taught his one ballooners class for the first half of his class time. He had some really great stuff & has just released a DVD with several of those designs. Sadly, Jack has finished his time on the T-Jam tour & this is the only way you can learn these designs now. I bought a copy of the DVD & I really liked it.

Had some time with Alberto next. I expected to see the same things he showed in Memphis & was shocked to see not only was it different….It was even better than what he showed us in Memphis! Fantastic designs that will have girls, & even women screaming for their own.

Jack finished up his class time by teaching the stitch base & then how to transform it into an incredible Taz mask. We concluded with the scheduled contests & even had a couple of surprise contests thrown in also.

I’ve said it once, & I’ll say it again. If you’re anywhere near (or even not so near-I drove 2 hours to one & 5+ to another) one of these stops-GO! You won’t regret it, I sure didn’t.

Jason


Jack has to be one of the worlds best I am blown away by his amazing creations!

Is anyone better than this creative guy?
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I'm planning to go to this. It should be fun.
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Ill be at the one In Phoenix. Can not wait,so many good twisters here in Arizona!!!
Got to meet Shirley Ray last night wow great times.I love this ballooning thing!
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I was at the one day event in Dallas yesterday.

Fantastic.
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About to head to Phx to get ready for Tjam Fri and Sat. can not wait....

Hope there is a good turn out.Then again it wouldn't be bad to have Robbie and Jennine to myself.
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In order to benefit from TJAM what level should you be at? I can only do the simple ones like dog, elephant, flower.
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At both the T-Jam stops I went to there were newbies, and they twisted right along with the seasoned twisters. The teachers will help everyone along & slow down & help anyone who's having problems keeping up, and usually if you've got a more advanced twister sitting near you they'll help too. I was actually tying balloons for a 13 year old newbie since he was having problems. Robbie told me they've even had people show up who have never twisted a single balloon. Since you already have some twisting experiance I don't think you would have any problems at all & will learn a lot of cool new things and have a great time doing it.
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I was pretty basic when I went and I was able to make everything. I have trouble tying the first knot after I blow up the balloon. If I can do it you can.

You might be a bit challenged a time or two...you go up to the instructor and they will show you how to do it.

If you like balloons and can go to this do so. You will have a lot of fun and make balloon figures you never thought you could.
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Well worth the time and effort and worth more than I had to pay for 2 days of pretty much one on one instruction from some top pros.So much fun.Had a great time And hope to see some new friends in Vegas in two weeks.

Mark your winning hat design is super cool!!!
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I went to TJam on the Road in Long Beach (Marina Del Rey) and I still learned an awful lot. Some guy did annoy me, but I think he would have annoyed anybody since he brought TWO unicycles with him to a BALLOON jam. The Classers were awesome with Andrew McDonald and Robbie and Alberto were true Gentlemen and awesome teachers. Don't miss it if you have a chance to get to one!
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On 2010-07-26 18:44, FuDD wrote:
Well worth the time and effort and worth more than I had to pay for 2 days of pretty much one on one instruction from some top pros.So much fun.Had a great time And hope to see some new friends in Vegas in two weeks.

Mark your winning hat design is super cool!!!


winning t-rex is cool as was your hat ^_^
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