Archive for February, 2010

Or Something Like That

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Last night at Golden Corral, a very young man asked me (Tony the Balloon Guy) to make him a green jaguar out of balloons.

Why green?

“Because green is my favorite number!”

Have a fun day!

Role Reversal

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Did a party Sunday at a restaurant, after which the owner asked me (Tony the Balloon Guy) what it would take to get me in there on a regular basis.

That’s a nice switch. We used to go into restaurants trying to sell ourselves as entertainers, and now the restaurants approach us! The last three regular gigs we added on were owners/managers who saw us and wanted us to come to them.

Unfortunately for this last one, ’cause it was a cool little restaurant, our calendar is pretty full now, but maybe sometime in the future.

Have a fun day!

Happy Valentine’s Day

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Sometimes a guy will say he’s going somewhere or doing something with The Most Beautiful Girl in the World. But when I (Tony the Balloon Guy) check with my wife, she doesn’t even KNOW the guy.

What a bunch of liars!

Have a fun day!


Sunday, February 14th, 2010

My regular line when I (Tony the Balloon Guy) give a pile of business cards to the Birthday Mom or Dad at a party where Face Painter Phyllis and I are entertaining is, “In case anyone asks who those crazies were.”

Yesterday, Birthday Mom at one party said, “A lot of people have ALREADY asked me who those crazies are!”

Have a fun day!

Kindness – Bank On It

Friday, February 12th, 2010

I (Tony the Balloon Guy) had to do something at a bank today that was supposed to cost a fee of seven dollars. Because it never hurts to ask, I asked if that fee could be waived. The lady did some stuff in her computer, and said no, she wasn’t supposed to waive the fee for that type of transaction.

Then she looked at me and said, “I CAN waive it, though, and I’m going to, and I’ll tell you why. I was eating with a bunch of friends at Chili’s one night, and you had finished working. But when the hostess told you we wanted balloons, you went out to your car and got your balloons, and entertained all us grown-ups. We laughed so much, and I appreciate you doing that.”

People remember when you are nice to them!

Have a fun day!

By Popular Demand

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Thursday nights at Anthony’s Italian Restaurant goes like this:

5:55pm Mostly empty.
6:00pm Slammed with customers.
8:00pm Mostly empty.

The owner thinks to himself, “Self, that busy time, 6-8pm, is when Tony the Balloon Guy and Face Painter Phyllis are here. Maybe if I hire them for an extra hour, that crowd will spread out a little.”

Or maybe the restaurant will be slammed with customers for THREE hours now. Either way, Thursday’s kid night entertainment is 5-8pm at Anthony’s now, starting February 18th.

Come see us!

And have a fun day!


Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Last night at Golden Corral, I (Tony the Balloon Guy) was asked to make a rat out of balloons. It turned out the little boy had rats as pets. So that was fine.

About an hour later, a little girl asked for a rat made of balloons. When I asked her why she liked rats, she said that she had found a rat in her garage one time.

“Did you make it a pet?” I asked.

“No, it was dead.”


Have a fun day!

Home Run

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

I (Tony the Balloon Guy) am usually at Denny’s in Brooksville on Tuesday nights, when kids up to 10 eat free. (Ten years old, not ten feet tall.)

But this Tuesday I was there in the morning and early afternoon, when EVERYONE ate free, as long as they ordered the Grand Slam breakfast.

Man, that place was crazy busy! I was surprised how many kids there were (preschoolers, homeschoolers, vacationers, home-sick-but-well-enough-to-go-out-to-eaters), but mostly I was entertaining grown-ups with my balloons. And although the promotion stopped at 2pm, I STILL had grown-ups waving me over to their tables for balloons after 2:30pm.

Have a fun day!

Izzy or Ainty

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

I (Tony the Balloon Guy) had the good fortune to fall into this mix-up at a party recently:

“What’s that dog’s name?” I asked.


“Izzy what?”

“That’s the name.”

“Who’s name?”

“The dog.”

“Izzy… the dog?”


“I can see he’s the dog,” I said. “I asked what his name is.”

“It’s a girl.”

“OK, what’s HER name?”


“No, ‘is SHE?’ It’s a girl dog.”

This went on for about ten minutes, until the children went insane.

Have a fun day!