Kids love balloons! Mary makes balloons for children of at least 3 years of age and older. Balloons and babies don't mix. Safety is of utmost importance while Mary is making balloon figures. If a parent insist that the toddler have a balloon figure, Mary will hand off the balloon to the parent. It is then their responsibility. Simple to intermediate balloons are made. Mary Canary likes to call herself a "balloon twisting entertainer", more so than a "balloon artist" if you will. You have to entertain the kids first and then make a fairly decent balloon figure. It's not all about making fancy, smancy balloons, but more about creating a fun and positive memory for the child standing in front of you by chit chatting w/them, askin' their name, their fav color, etc. Fancy, smancy balloons have their place. However, balloons don't last but memories do!
Here is a sample list of balloon figures: swan, flowers, ladybug, giraffe, elephant, parrot, parrot in a swing, penguin, monkey, sitting rabbit, lion, hummingbird, love birds, bumble bee, teddy bear, tiger, dragonfly, frog, T-Rex, brontosaurus, sword, dog, poodle, cat, snail, fish and round face balloon on a stick.
Other figures time permitting:
Round face on a body
Blissful Balloons for the King
45-50 mins (5 yrs of age on up)
Latex balloon figures are made in the show to teach or illustrate a Bible story or message. Kids love pretty balloons. Even adults find balloons entertaining. They are unique and fun tools to teach and inspire. And esp "wander-ful" for special times of the yr such as Valentine's Day, Easter, VBS or Christ-mas. Children will become familiar with a couple of bible verses or stories. How about a sword to teach Hebrews 4:12, "The word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It judges the thoughts and actions of the heart." Or how about a fish to tell the story of Jonah? For Christ-mas, a red and white candy cane represents the purity of Jesus and the blood he shed on the cross. Thus the reason for the season. These are only a few examples of many. Music, faith-based routines, props, music and interaction with kids round out the show.
Please Note: For the show above, Mary can bring 50 pre-made one-balloon figures (poodles, dogs) to give to the children after the show. Balloons are not given to children under three yrs of age due to safety reasons. The cost of the balloons would be added to the regular rate for each show.
Includes walking around with props, comedy magic or a puppet. This is ideal for a large gathering of adults and kids. Mary Canary gets to entertains not only the kids, but the adults as well. Costumed characters include clown, hobo, bag lady, Easter Bunny or Easter Gal, scarecrow and elf. The hobo and bag lady characters are new. The bag lady is not the traditional bag lady most people think of. She's a bag lady with a twist! The bag lady came about as an idea for a single skit at the Texas Clown Association. Mary won 2nd place in the competition. See photos and reviews below.
Mary Scary Crow w/single parade prop at the TCA convention, Aug, 2018. The side w/all the chips, etc were shown first. Then Mary Scary Crow says, "I love to munch on all my favorite snacks so munch you would think I live in Munchkin Land!" Then the Munchkin Land side is shown! This was a fun prop to work on.
Mary performed a single skit titled "Cents." It was a play on word involving scents and things that don't make sense. The blow off: showing a poster board that had various coins on it. The chicken puppet above was "laying" in a baking dish. It had a wonderful "scent". Mary won 2nd place in the competition at the TCA convention, Aug, 2018.
"We had a great turnout and you were part of our success. We always look forward to having you and the other ladies join us each yr. The patients and families enjoy seeing you. You are part of the show. It's hard to cram so many activities into a 2.5 hour time frame, but you all do so good. Patients and families always look forward to the clowns. Thanks again Mary."
Business Operations Assistant
Baylor Health Services Transplant Reunion
Strolling Entertainment & Balloon Twisting
"I would highly recommend Mary Canary. She arrived early to set up, which is important to a Marketing Director who needs everything to fall into place. She wore such a fun and creative costume that fit perfectly with our theme. She engaged with the guests, both young and old, which is truly a talent. You could tell she was enjoying herself and having fun with the guests, which made it even more fun for them. Love her sense of humor! We plan to contact you as soon as another opportunity arises."
Strolling Entertainment & Balloon Twisting
"Thank you for such great service. The kids loved the balloons. I hope to work with you again in the future. You were awesome. God bless you and your husband."
Sweet Lady J Entertainment
"Mary, thank you so much for coming to our Pumpkin Fest event. You did a wonderful job talking with the children and making them feel special and loved. I will certainly keep you in mind for future events."
Children's Ministry Director
St John Lutheran Church
"Dear Mary Canary, I want to thank you for participating in this year's Arbor Daze Kidz Zone event! The community was very pleased and apparently it's the best one yet! I hope to work with you again in the future! Thank you."
Recreation Program Coodinator
Euless Parks and Rec
"Thank you again for being part of our Back to School Event. You were a hit!"
MLK Dallas Dream Forward
"They loved us and want us back. You out shined the other magician. Thank you so much."
Balloon Artist and Booking Agent
Alcuin School event
"Mary is a well know clown and entertainer here at Bethesda Gardens. She makes balloons, "clowns" around with the little kids and big kids (residents) and gets everyone involved in her antics. Everyone has fun and enjoys it. Thank you."
Bethesda Gardens Assisted Living
Strolling Ent & Balloon Twisting
Puppet & Music Show