Provow's Puppets

Tampa, FL

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I've been performing puppet shows for over 45 years and I do 20 to 30 minute puppet shows to fit every most any occasion! I studied the art of puppetry in Milan Italy for three years. Performed my puppets on 7 nationwide TV shows and traveled the US and Europe performing shows. I also enjoy balloon sculpting and would love to sculpt balloons at your next event! I also know face painters here in Tampa and even do some face painting myself. I also do Santa work!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy bringing happiness to kids of all ages! I customize all my shows to meet your parties needs! I'm 60 years old going on 12 and simply love entertaining children of all ages! My shows can be religious or secular themed. This is what I've done since the age of 15 when I started performing birthday parties throughout the Memphis area! About to move back to Memphis Tn. from Tampa and I'm ready to start building some new puppets and costumes to sell and perform here! Let me help you in all areas of puppetry and I look forward to hearing from you! You can read a recent news story done on me at my web site which is now just finished.
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Location

Tampa, FL 33603

Background check

Complete

Years in business

41

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

26

Reviews

14 Reviews
  • Elisa G. May 28, 2017
    Puppet Show Entertainment
    Verified Review
    I hosted a party with more than ten 3 years old kids, so not easy to keep their attention, but he did a very good job! The show was nice and the kids had a lot of fun. He also did the balloons, so all the kids had a present. I recommend him!
  • Anupama P. May 15, 2017
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    He was highly professional and all my guests liked his show. I would hire him again.
  • Shayan B. May 15, 2017
    Puppet Show Entertainment
    Verified Review
    Rick is an awesome entertainer and knows how to get the audience engaged. To start off, he gave me a good deal. Does an excellent work overall. Kids at my party loved his work and to further add, even the adults at my birthday party enjoyed him. I highly recommend him.
  • Alicia S. May 1, 2017
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    I hired provow's puppets for my company even to do balloon artistry. He was awesome! The kids loved all of the creative things he made! He was super friendly and professional. Reasonably priced as well. He even showed up early to set up! Every time I walked over he was engaging with the children and always kept a smile!! Would definitely hire for another event! Thank you again!!!
  • Nayla T. Feb 23, 2017
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Balloon animals
    Professional and on time! The kids had enjoyed their balloon animals!
  • Terra A. Feb 5, 2017
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Rick the balloon guy
    Birthday party went great! The kids loved Rick! Will definitely use again!
  • Mileidy Z. Jan 22, 2017
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Loved it!
    Provow's Puppets joined our sons first birthday party as a balloon artist and entertained the kids for an hour. He was very punctual and worked very well with children of all ages.
  • Serena T. Jan 18, 2017
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Hurray for the best party ever!!
    Hired Provow's Puppets owner Ricky for my sons 4th bday party at his daycare! He went above and beyond my wishes and made sure they kids and my son had the best day ever! He started w face painting for his class of 14 then did a puppet show for the entire school and then ended w balloon sculpture for my son after we had cake! I would highly recommend him for kids party ages 2-6 he's very calm and good w kids and my son warmed up to him along w the entire class immediately! His balloon sculpting skills are very creative and he's super fast! Loved all the face painting choices along w gems for the girls and he was done before you could call the next little one. Highly recommend for the Tampa and Saint Petersburg area he travel to my sons party in downtown Saint Petersburg and was even 30min early for a 9am setup time. His prices were very reasonable almost the best quote I found. I do stand by tipping 20-25% for outstanding on time service. Thanks again Ricki we will use you again in the near future! Good luck w your new home here in Florida!
  • Nicole B. Jan 15, 2017
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Great
    Great
  • Kyle R. Jan 9, 2017
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Awesome
    Great job, Great with kids, and Great work!
  • Anil G. Jan 7, 2017
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    I will recommend ..
    All my guests liked the show ! great show i will hire him again if needed
  • Jen J. Dec 26, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Comunity Event
    Rickey is super professional and the kids loved him. We did community even for are resident . He made balloons for anyone that asked and multiples too! We were so happy with his service. And very Good price Thank you for taking you time and for great Service.
    Rickey P. Dec 30, 2016

    Thank you so much!

  • Melanie L. Dec 26, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Fantastic balloon artist!
    Rickey is super professional and the kids loved him. We hired him for our 5 year old daughter's bday party. He made balloons for anyone that asked and multiples too! We were so happy with his service.
    Rickey P. Dec 30, 2016

    That was very kind of you and I had a great time!

  • Jim K. Nov 14, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Book Rickey Provow for your next event! We did and are glad to share our experience
    Rickey was a huge hit at our Parish Picnic! We're still getting rave reviews from the crowds that were lined up to get one of his fabulous creations!! New to the Tampa Bay area, he will become a much sought after performer very quickly !
    Rickey P. Nov 14, 2016

    Thank you so much! Hope to see you again in the near future!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I find out just how many children at going to be at my shows. I get info on the birthday child so I can customize my material to me customer's needs! I also do shows for other venues as well and I can make my shows touch on Jesus' love or not depending on what your needs are.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
2000-2003 Developed a new show for television called, “Harvest of Wisdom Series” Written by Tom Maul and produced by Rick Provow. Rick is currently selling his creations at the Hickory Ridge Mall and is designing custom Marionettes for several different companies in the Memphis area. 1990-2000 Have done voice over work for Madison Ave. Video Post for Dave West and did voices for Serta Sheep. Performed for Malls, Company Picnics, and festivals all over the world 1995-1997 Puppeteer, Blue Star Production Company My puppets have been the central characters in videos that address the health and safety concerns of company employees nationwide. 1989-1997 Puppeteer, Television Product Promotion I have promoted numerous products with my puppets and have designed scripts which feature the merits of specific products. 1981-1989 Puppeteer, Memphis Arts Council I have taught puppetry to children of all ages and nationalities in the Schools Program of The Memphis Arts Council. 1977-1981 Puppeteer, Professional I have toured both Europe and The United States, appearing on The Merv Griffith Show, The Mike Douglas Show, The Dinah Shore Show, The Donnie and Marie Osmond Show, Midnight Special, American Bandstand and The People’s Choice Awards. 2000-2003 Developed a new show for television called, “Harvest of Wisdom Series” Written by Tom Maul and produced by Rick Provow. Rick is currently selling his creations at the Hickory Ridge Mall and is designing custom Marionettes for several different companies in the Memphis area. 1990-2000 Have done voice over work for Madison Ave. Video Post for Dave West and did voices for Serta Sheep. Performed for Malls, Company Picnics, and festivals all over the world 1995-1997 Puppeteer, Blue Star Production Company My puppets have been the central characters in videos that address the health and safety concerns of company employees nationwide. 1989-1997 Puppeteer, Television Product Promotion I have promoted numerous products with my puppets and have designed scripts which feature the merits of specific products. 1981-1989 Puppeteer, Memphis Arts Council I have taught puppetry to children of all ages and nationalities in the Schools Program of The Memphis Arts Council. 1977-1981 Puppeteer, Professional I have toured both Europe and The United States, appearing on The Merv Griffith Show, The Mike Douglas Show, The Dinah Shore Show, The Donnie and Marie Osmond Show, Midnight Special, American Bandstand and The People’s Choice Awards.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Show only $125.00 Show with balloon sculpting varies depending on amount of children so every show has a custom quote.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started as a child doing puppet ministries and grew up doing shows throughout my entire life. Puppetry is my true love more than anything in my life!
What types of customers have you worked with?
All types of customers from families to having my puppets involved in videos that address the health and safety concerns of company employees nationwide. Also have been involved in commercials as well promoting many different products!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Currently working on shows for children with serious issues addressing, Guns in the schools, gangs, drugs, abuse and many more hard topics. It's a difficult and hard area to work in but it's also a very badly needed topic.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Just be certain that your getting what you need! Be prepared and know how many children you expect at you venue.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
You need to have all your ducks in a roll and know just what you want before approaching a professional.