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I had such a fine time.  A few things went a little goofy but overall the events were something I enjoy immensely.  I believe everyone should see Art on the Green in Coeur d’Alene.  An absolute blast.  We arrived on Friday evening and I walked through the fair and came upon the director of the children’s event area, Isis Siegler.  She graciously invited me to perform and distribute balloons for the little ones all day Saturday and Sunday.  It was on Sunday I had a little trouble with which event I should have been attending, but that got straightened out quickly.  All I can say is shame on Coeur d’Alene.  You’d have to have been there to know why.  Again, I had my trusty side-kick Russ with me on Saturday.

This was a strange one.  It is always one of the better festivals I attend each year, and it proved to be no exception this year.  The strange part was getting in to the event.  Again, I didn’t have an invitation to attend, so I had to pay my own way.  I had arrived early and there was a lot of security.  I took all of my cunning to get past the front gate guard, but I was successful.  Again I performed alone which works out well at this particular event.  The children wanted balloons, but a lot of them want magic too, so I gratified them with both.

What a great festival.  It went well both days.  I had Russ with me on Saturday to inflate the balloons, so I was free to do a lot more magic but on Sunday I was alone again.  Doing magic while the children want balloons is impossible, so I kept to my trusty pump and filled those children’s hearts with joy.

The Saturday performance went well even though I did it alone.  Nancy was there with more on her plate than anyone would want.  She is a trooper plus.  I gave away over 200 balloons, but I was so busy running the pump I didn’t do much magic.  I hope my fans didn’t mind.  It rained at my house on Sunday, and because I don’t have a canopy for cover, I didn’t attend.

The OCF just happened to fall on my birthday this year.  As always I had a blast.  I had Nichole running the balloon pump, and she worked harder than anyone at the fair.  I think I gave away a record number of balloons that day, 300 plus.  And to be sure, I did more magic than I’ve done at any event before or since.  The crowd loved us.

This event was one I was invited to join.  Nancy White of the famous Canterbury Renaissance Fair needed a magic act to help with the performance she had scheduled for the Portland Saturday Market.  I’m not much of a stage magician, but I think I held my own.  Actually, I got off the stage to perform for the children at ground level in front of the stage.  It went as well as planned.  Again we all got wet, but not from Mother Nature, but from the lawn sprinklers.  I had my son Matt and my trusty companion Russ with me.  Two better helpers are not easily found these days.

I did get a little wet at the World Beat Festival, in fact quite soaked with the rest of my troupe.  I had with me a student I had met in magic class, Becky Ekland, and the instructor of the magic class John Edsall.  These two are true helpers.  I had invited Becky to join me and help inflate balloons.  She proved more than helpful.  John just happened by.  He wasn’t doing anything so he thought he’d see how we were doing.  If it hadn’t been for the rain, I’m sure we would have stayed longer.

Several sponsors are presenting the National Night Out this coming august 7.  It is being held in the rear parking lot of the Red Lion Hotel located at 3301 Market Street NE, Salem.  The event starts at 6:00 PM and will close at 9:00 PM.

The list of sponsors is extensive, but I will attempt to list them here:

The City of Salem Police Department

Red Lion Hotel

Ray & Joan Kroc

Might Mo, Inc.

Pixie’s Photography

Don Pancho, Authentic Mexican Foods

Hands and Words are Not For Hurting

and of course, Professor Laffmoore

Please forgive me if I have inadvertently missed anyone.

Don’t forget to look for me at Faerieworlds Summer Festival in Eugene, Oregon on July 27, 28 and 29th..

I’ve added it to my performance schedule for the 2012 season.  This is one of my favorite festivals and I recommend it to anyone who has never been before.

I may be filming some parts of my perfomance at this festival, so if you get a chance to see me, please remember you may be photographed.

See what I found at on the internet.

The first rubber balloons were made by Professor Michael Faraday in 1824 for use in his experiments with hydrogen at the Royal Institution in London.

I find this fact interesting because first of all the balloon was invented by a Professor.  And second of all I know this professor from my studies in electricity.  You see, I know quite a bit about electricity, and its effect on balloons.

Did you know that if you rub a balloon over the skin of your forearm several times, that it will pick up a static electric charge.  You can use this static electric charge to do some interesting things.

You can make the hair on your head stand up simply by passing the balloon over your head, but not to close, just above your hair.  You will find “the hair standing up trick” is a lot of fun to show other people.

Another trick you can perform with a balloon is to stick it up on the ceiling using the same technique of rubbing it on your arm to “charge” it with electricity.  You may need the help of an adult to get the balloon to the ceiling, but after you rub it on your arm you can easily stick it to the ceiling. It won’t keep the charge very long, but it should stick on the ceiling for several seconds.