Sam Cremeens

Sam-150It was an ordinary day in June of 2003 when Sam Cremeens stumbled upon a discovery that would change, and ultimately save his life… BALLOONS!

Sam cohosts the Balloon Blast Video Show, a monthly educational and entertainment program for balloon twisters, on YouTube, where he shares working designs for use in the real world as well as new product information and history of balloon art.

Sam is known for his unique balloon sculptures incorporating motors, lights, and microprocessor controllers to create one of a kind displays.
As a full time balloon professional, Sam makes over 350 appearances per year for such clients as The Tennessee Titans, Jack Daniels Distillery, and the US Army 101st Airborne Division.

Be sure to check out Sam’s classes on Balloon Straws (functional drinking straws with balloon embellishments) and Quick And Easy Star Wars Designs (be ready for the 2015 release of Star Wars Episode VII)

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Lori Hurley

Lori-Hurley-150Lori Hurley is an accomplished speaker and performer who’s been a successful entrepreneur, delighting audiences of all ages since 1986 with clowning, physical comedy, stage hypnosis, face/body art, balloon sculptures, magic, singing telegrams and general silliness. She has an extensive background in sales, communication, facilitation and the healing arts and brings her entertaining, insightful programs to audiences around the globe. Her early career included the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and now she includes many of the country’s Fortune 500 companies on her list of clientele. She has been seen on stages and television in Finland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Japan, Canada and across the US. Lori’s book (which sells out at each convention) is available this weekend, teaching YOU how to make money doing what you love (and how to outsell your competition). Participants in her post-convention classes, can receive a coupon for $5 off the book during the convention.

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Dennis Scott

dennis-scott-150At the age of 13 Dennis was punished by his single mother for being a “bad kid”. So, as a creative form of punishment, he was forced to attend a 2 week long clown camp instead of going to football camp with the rest of his teammates. That is where Dennis first met balloon sculpture and it was love at first twist.

In December of 2000, Dennis met the love of his life and future bride, a kindergarten teacher. What better way to award the kids for good behavior than to have him come in and twist some balloons for the children. “I want a teddy bear!” one little girl said. So, Dennis made a teddy bear and handed it to the little girl expecting to see a giant, happy, great big smile. After a look of horror began to appear on the girls face, tear drops began to flow and crying commenced. It was apparently not good enough or what the little girl had in her head of what a cute little balloon teddy bear should look like. It was at that moment that Dennis proclaimed that he would never make a child cry with bad balloon designs again! So with the help of hundreds of balloon artists around the globe all sharing on www.balloonhq.com, balloon conventions, (and 2 years of therapy to get the child’s crying out of his head), Dennis practiced and practiced…and practiced and is now on teddy bear 4.0. Take that little crying girl who didn’t think the teddy bear was good enough.

Since 2000 Dennis has performed at birthday parties, in restaurants, corporate events, festivals, and just about anywhere that children and adults gather for fun and laughter. Dennis was most recently honored (and humbled) to be named Twister of the Year in 2013 at Twist & Shout and has since had multiple balloon sculptures finish 2nd in the world during The Qualatex Color Quest competitions. He is preparing to take his final exam for his CBA in September and looks forward to attending and competing with the best balloon artists in the world at The World Balloon Convention next March. Dennis is very blessed to have a beautiful wife and adorable 2 year old daughter who both support his passion of balloon sculpture.

Over the past 23 years, Dennis has learned from some of the best in the world and can’t wait to “pass it on” as a way of thanking those who selflessly taught him.

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Michael Crayton

Magical Balloons is the creation of, International Multi-Award winning Balloon Artist & Event Designer, Michael Crayton. This creative and highly motivated, balloon Artist is fully committed to entertaining with balloons. Michael started his journey into the balloon industry in 1990 with a retail gift shop & decorating services business. In 2003 he met Dr. Scott Andersen DDS and became his full time balloon artist. As he continues to hone his skills, his unique entertaining ability is sought after for private parties, corporate events, community events, fund raisers, hospitals, charities and a host of other events and venues. Michael is a native Houstonian and a resident of Spring, Texas.

For over twenty years he has been making a difference in the balloon industry by demonstrating his creative skills through his artistry coupled with his infectious personality and entertaining skills. His passion for balloon artistry has made him one of the industry’s most influential designers and has helped him to get thousands of people to attend his exhibits. Michael admits that his talent to design and create unique balloon dresses and balloon art is the ultimate test for him as an artist.

Michael’s artistry has been featured on numerous Houston Television stations, including many live interviews. His unique talent for creating inventive balloons draws crowds everywhere he goes. “I am blessed to have a job where my primary duty is to make people smile and say, ‘Wow!’” Michael’s balloons do exactly that. They have wowed Michael’s way onto local television when Fox channel 4 invited him as a guest on the morning show. In addition, his work has been featured in many trade publications. In 2008 he won the coveted Dewy balloon award for Best New Rising Star. Michael enjoys sharing his gift and continues to teach young aspiring jugglers and balloon artist.

After more than twenty years at his craft, it’s easy to see that this talented artist and balloon twister is unique in his own right. His passion for the craft and desire to create one-of-a-kind, eye-popping balloon sculptures and caricatures is special. If you haven’t seen his art or been wowed by an artist of this caliber, then you owe it to yourself to meet the Balloon Artist ExtMagical Balloons is the creation of, International Multi-Award winning Balloon Artist & Event Designer, Michael Crayton. This creative and highly motivated, balloon Artist is fully committed to entertaining with balloons. Michael started his journey into the balloon industry in 1990 with a retail gift shop & decorating services business. In 2003 he met Dr. Scott Andersen DDS and became his full time balloon artist. As he continues to hone his skills, his unique entertaining ability is sought after for private parties, corporate events, community events, fund raisers, hospitals, charities and a host of other events and venues.

Michael is a native Houstonian and a resident of Spring, Texas. For over twenty years he has been making a difference in the balloon industry by demonstrating his creative skills through his artistry coupled with his infectious personality and entertaining skills. His passion for balloon artistry has made him one of the industry’s most influential designers and has helped him to get thousands of people to attend his exhibits. Michael admits that his talent to design and create unique balloon dresses and balloon art is the ultimate test for him as an artist.

Teri Stokes

terri-stokes-150Hi, my name is Teri Stokes, or Happy Heart the Clown. Years ago my grandfather taught me how to make balloon animals. In the summer of 1998, I attended the Cheerful Clown Alley Clown School in Houston Texas, and in August graduated to become a REAL professional clown. I do birthday parties; Preschool Programs; Company Picnics; Church Programs; and Special Events. Some of the things I do at these events include: Comic skits and stories, Magic, Balloon Animals; Face Painting, storytelling, and games. I currently work three nights a week at local restaurants face painting and making fun balloon creations at kid nights.
I also add balloon Decor in 1999 and became a CBA(certified Balloon Artist) in 2000.

My family calls me a bit of a workaholic. I love every minute of it.
I’ve won lots of awards over the years including best all around clown in Texas and a lot of awards in balloon twisting at Texas Clown, Clowns of America and Twist and Shout . I have also taught balloon twisting at Texas Clown conventions and Summer camp and Joey to the world. My favorite thing is still making children of all ages smile.

Pat Crosland

pat-crosland-150Once upon a time…(not that) far, far away…

Pat began twisting balloons. It all started when she watched a co-worker making some balloon animals and thought…”I can do that”! Well…it was harder than she thought.

She worked at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City where again she saw people making balloon animals and one of them asked if Pat was interested in becoming a clown.

Well after 1 year of being involved in the Olympic program she bought her first balloon kit.

30 days after the Olympics and the Paralympics were over PadyCake was BORN! She was found in full costume making balloon animals for kids at a make a wish function on Easter Sunday 2002!

Her new passion is making smiles and to bring joy daily to people everywhere!

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Jill “Silly Jilly” Schmidt

jill-schmidt-150Jill “Silly Jilly” Schmidt started clowning in 1994 because of a St. Louis Community College non-credit clown class. She’s thankful to instructor Karen Owens. Also in 1994, Jill started twisting balloons at restaurants. Restaurants are her favorite type of gig, and she’s provided table-side entertainment almost every week for 19 years.

For 15 years she’s twisted balloons at a pediatric dentistry once a month. She enjoys having co-workers there and being invited to the company parties as friendship is the only thing she misses from her 1988 to 1994 office job at Washington University.

Most of Silly Jilly’s parties are birthdays and she also does holiday parties, grand openings, and schools. Silly Jilly’s entertainment specialty is balloons, specifically cartoon balloons, and she’s also a face-painter and magician.

Christina Davison

Christina Davison is the founder and owner of AmaDazzle Arts. She has been entertaining the public since she was 16 years old, first as a violinist and later cellist with the Amarillo Symphony. Then in 1990, she started her own pony ride and petting zoo business, which operated successfully for 20 years. In 2004, she added face painting to the choices for the birthday party business, and soon became overwhelmed by its popularity. Within a few years, the face painting business was so busy that she began recruiting and training more artists, and teaming up with clowns, balloonists, and other entertainers in the area. Christina is always looking for ways to grow and improve her artistic abilities. During her pursuit of knowledge, she is always learning new techniques, styles and “tricks of the trade.” Christina has studied with many of the top artists in the world of face painting, and is now in demand across the US and around the globe as an instructor herself. She has painted, taught and competed in several major US cities, as well as in England, Austria, Japan and Australia.

Kara Andrews

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Kara got her start drawing and illustrating with black marker on her mothers walls at the creative age of 2. Also growing up on Comic books, Saturday morning cartoons, Kung Fu theater and creature double feature twisted her mind quite nicely for her future career. Since then has gone on to complete her degrees in Fine Arts/ Teaching, Graphic design, Anthropology and Chemistry. While in college, Kara explored body adornment from cultures around the world. Henna being her first love and Soon Face and body painting followed from a quick trip to Canada to see Cirque in 1993. In 2001, Finding life as a chemist rather unfulfilling, Kara started a Children’s art studio call Art on the Spot. Her love of Teaching, Painting, drawing and sculpture,was a perfect fit with her now thriving face painting and entertainment business of 20 years, named the same.

During the last four years Kara has been teaching and competing in the Face painting world. She has won several local and  International awards. And is the creator of the “I’m an Artist, your rules don’t apply” T-shirt, specifically made for all the crazy people who should wear it.

Amy Medina

Amy Medina is a Face and Body artist from Southern California and has over 20 years experience as an artist. Amy’s passion for art was sparked as a teenager when she began studies in the art of porcelain painting and through these studies she mastered the fundamentals of her artistic skill set. About 12 years ago, Amy began working as a Children’s Entertainer/Clown which awakened a passion for Face and Body Painting!

Amy’s work as a face and body painter has been recognized with awards from West Coast Face and Body Painters, Snazaroo, Face and Body Art International Convention as well as having the honor of being an instructor for FABAIC and Living Canvas. She also teaches classes in her local area.

Other claims to fame include being a guest artist on the hit TV show “The Doctors” in a segment discussing the art of pregnant belly painting, aired December ’08.

Amy found other artistic outlets to quench her thirst for her artistic expressionism by exploring mural design & creation and decorative painting.

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