Frequently Asked Questions
How long have you been a balloon twister?
I learned to twist my first balloon on June 10, 2008. Read more about it on the About page.
How long will the balloon creation last?
That depends on the creation, how it's handled and how it's kept. Balloons don't like to be handled too much. They will last much longer sitting on a table or shelf than they will being played with. A bouquet of balloon flowers can last 2 or 3 weeks or if it's in direct sunlight it can last only a few days. If you want your balloon to last, try not to touch it too much, keep it off the ground, grass and cement and store it in the refrigerator. Balloon art is a temporary art form. It's fun for a while but it's not meant to last forever.
Are you afraid the balloons will pop?
Not anymore. I was at first but my instructor said that even though the balloon pops, I will be just fine. He was right. I've had many, many balloons pop in my hands and I've survived them all. Balloons pop...they just do. It's okay, though. I have plenty more.
How long can you work?
I have twisted balloons at all day events from 9am to 10 pm. For all day events, I require a 15 minute break every 3 hours and a 30 minute break after 5 hours.
When are you available for bookings?
I am available weekday evenings and all day on Saturdays. I am also available for some daytime events during the week, please contact me for availability. I choose not to work on Sundays. I reserve Sundays for church and family time. Thank you for your understanding.
When should I contact you to book my event?
My weekend schedule fills up quickly so as soon as you know you want to book me, please contact me. My weeknight schedule is generally not as full so I can often take last minute jobs. Please don't hesitate to call me and check my availability.
Are you available on holidays?
Yes. There is a $200 minimum for events on a major holiday, including but not limited to New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Pioneer Day, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Where can you work?
I can work indoors or outdoors. For outdoor jobs, it is best to be in the shade. Balloons do not like heat or direct sunlight and will pop much more frequently on a hot day without shade. I've worked in large arena and expo centers, parking lots, parks, bowling alleys, churches and schools in addition to many homes and backyards.
Do you require a deposit? How do I pay you?
A prepaid 50% deposit may be required depending on the size of the job. Generally, a 1-hour birthday party does not require a deposit. Payment is required at the end of the job. Payment from private individuals must be in cash or by credit/debit card. Payment from businesses may be in cash, by credit/debit card or with a company check.
Are you a clown?
I am not a clown. I do not dress in costume or wear face paint.
Can you do a magic show?
I only work with balloons. Some say I am magic with balloons but I do not perform a magic show.
Will you donate your time for a non-profit organization?
For a limited number of non-profit organizations, I may donate the second hour of my time for the first hour paid. If you would like to request this option, please send a letter to Twisted Chicken Balloons, 5683 W 4510 S, West Valley City, UT 84128, requesting my services and providing information about your organization and event.
Do you deliver to hospitals?
I do make deliveries of custom balloon sculptures to hospitals, however some hospitals do not permit latex balloons. Please check with the hospital before placing your order.
Do you have latex-free balloons?
I only use professional quality, 100% natural latex balloons. At this time, there is not a professional quality, latex-free twisting balloon available.
How do you make that?
I have learned from many of the very best in the balloon business including Buster Balloon, Robbie Furman, Ken Stillman, Ralph Dewey, Ed Chee, Patricia Bunnell, Tonya McNeill, Twistina, Michael Floyd, Asi Cohen, Sandi Masori, David Brenion, Mark Byrne, Just Marie, Steven Jones, Vicky Kimble, Andrew McDonald, Alberto Nava, and many more. If you want to know how I make something, chances are I learned it from one of these great artists. You can search for them on FaceBook, Google or YouTube or contact me and I will try to direct you to the source material.