Balloon boys are taking off

Dominic Cassidy (left) and Keith Stirman (right) of the Balloon Brothers with One Show presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones.

Dominic Cassidy (left) and Keith Stirman (right) of the Balloon Brothers with One Show presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones.

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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 having travelled all over the world teaching their skills.

Since 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.

And 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 One’s One Show last September, as reported by the Mail.

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, the pair are now looking forward to moving from their current shop, called It’s Time To Party, in Fifth Street, Horden, to a larger, more prominent location.

This Saturday, they will open their new shop, called All Things Fun, in the village’s Cotsford Lane.

Keith and Dominic are sure they will see increased passing trade at the new site, which was formerly the Rock’a’Bye Baby baby goods shop.

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 this Saturday which will feature entertainers and mascots.