Micheal is an entertainer on the Seattle team, this is his story:
“I was twisting at a restaurant the other day, spotted a table with a mom and son, about 8 years old. The boy was being difficult, holding his head down, with a sullen expression on his face, basically refusing to co-operate with anything mom wanted.
I approached the table, gave a big cheery HELLO, and preceded to ask if I could make something for either one of them. The boy just ignored me – but not without first glancing at all the balloons in my apron. Mom said she wasn’t sure, as they were having difficulties even ordering their food.
I commented, “Yeah! Sometimes it’s really hard to decide, it’s all so good!”
We chatted for a few more seconds, and the little guy kept sneaking glances over my direction.
I finally asked mom what his favorite color was, (blue) and inflated a balloon, making a big production out of it. Then I asked if I could sit for a moment (next to the kid) “… ’cause my feet were sore…” (with a wink at mom). She said “Sure!” and I plopped down, and started waving the balloon like a wand. By now the kid was more staring at the balloon than down.
I continued talking to mom, telling her about Balloon Distractions, and that I twist all sorts of shapes, and I’m not sure what to make with this beautiful blue balloon.
This caused the kid to whisper ‘… a Dog…”
I sat there, slowly shaping a Sitting Dog, and explaining what I was doing as I went. The boy’s eyes were now riveted on the action. By the time I got to making it’s ears the kid was fascinated, and totally into it. I got him to tell me a joke, even got the mom to laugh at my exaggerated mistakes When I’d finished the shape (He chose the color for the eyes), the kid was smiling and laughing, and had decided he was hungry and happy.
I got a $10 tip from a grateful Mom.”