Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I do alot of restaurant work. I can be found at Joe's Crab Shack on Rainbow/Lake Mead on Friday nights, Joe's on Sunset/Green Valley Pkwy on Saturday nights, and Dick's Last Resort in the Excalibur on Sunday nights. I also do alot of birthday parties, grand openings, special events, etc. NOTE: when working at Joe's Crab Shack, the show is VERY kid-friendly and scripted for all ages. However when working Dick's Last Resort, my performance style is very rude, suggestive, and "edgy", to go with the theme of the restaurant. Though I will not treat the kids this way directly, they will very likely see some rude and suggestive balloons that I make for other patrons of the restaurant. If you've never been to Dick's, you're in for an experience you will never forget!
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Please be aware of the situational circumstances for which you are hiring an entertainer. A pool party at 3 in the afternoon on a sunny July day in Las Vegas can be a GREAT time for the kids, but it is a DISASTER for balloons! It is impossible to make balloons in that kind of heat and expect them to last beyond 10 seconds. And doing a magic show in that environment is equally impossible.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Rather than standing still and mechanically cranking out balloon sculptures like a human vending machine, I stand out in the fact that most of my balloon creations are scripted Performance Art. I engage and interact with my audience while making the sculpture, which makes for an unforgettable experience, even after the creation itself has expired.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love performing. I have been a performer since I was 4 years old and I got my first Magic kit. I have been performing magic for over 38 years, and I have been making balloons for over 34 years.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Where/how did you learn this?
"I went to Blow University. No, really I did. I didn't graduate, though. I ummm.......... blew it!"
"It was a work release program while I was in prison!"
"I am self taught. Anyone can learn to make the balloon sculptures, I just combined them with my natural ability for performance art."
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I wish people understood how much time and planning goes into a simple 5-minute scripted performance piece. But then again, if I do my job right, they shouldn't even have the occasion to think about it.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. It chose me, I didn't have any choice in the matter. All my life, people have told me that this is what I'm good at. In 2005 I had an opportunity to quit my job and try to make a go of it as a professional entertainer. Turns out, they were right!