THINGS have really taken off for an innovative balloon act who appeared on a TV talent show.
Since Keith Stirman and Dominic Cassidy, who perform as The Balloon Brothers, appeared on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent last year, they have enjoyed a jet-set lifestyle travelling all over the world teaching their skills.
After famously trying to avoid Simon Cowell’s buzzer by getting fellow judge Amanda Holden up on stage, they have toured a number of locations spreading the word about their impressive balloon-modelling tricks at conventions and workshops.
Now they are looking forward to showing off their skills at the World Balloon Convention, in Dallas, Texas, next March, as well as an event in Jerusalem in January.
Keith, 36, who also performs as magician Magic Jack, said: “It’s been mental.
“This last year we have been to Lithuania, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Glasgow and on a UK tour and it’s all stemmed from Britain’s Got Talent. Everyone seems to want us.
“The America thing will probably lead to work in Japan, and hopefully that will open even more doors.”
The pair, who have made a variety of eye-catching life-size creations including a palm tree scene, a full-size car and even a wedding dress entirely out of balloons, were also invited on to BBC 1’s One Show last September.
Keith, from Horden, and Dominic, 35, who is originally from Sedgefield, will also appear at a balloon convention in Oxford in November, which will feature balloon instructors from around the world.
To add to their success, on Saturday the pair are looking forward to moving from their shop, called It’s Time To Party, in Fifth Street, Horden, to a new shop, called All Things Fun, in the village’s Cotsford Lane.
Keith, who is dad to two-year-old Katie and whose wife Rachel, 33, manages the shop, added: “I think we will always have a business in Horden.
“This would have been our sixth Halloween in the premises.
“If you could have moved the shop into a busier area it would have been perfect.
“The new site gets more passing trade in an hour than we did in a week at Fifth Street.”
As well as balloons, the business, which has three full-time, one part-time and various casual staff members, also sells fancy dress and other party products and accessories.
The new shop is hosting an open day on Saturday which will feature entertainers and mascots.