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Colorado Springs Balloon Artist Continues ‘Magic’ Tricks | Arts and Entertainment

In their simplest form, balloons are a bonus.

In fact, they are never needed, like a birthday requires a cake, or Christmas requires a Christmas tree, or many other occasions can be covered with a postcard.

When you think of celebrating someone, balloons may not be your first thought. Maybe this is their feature, as the balloons say: “Here’s something extra.”

To multiply this feeling, people can call Mark Feikert.

Miraculous Mark is not known to show up with balloons in their simplest form.

For birthdays or corporate picnics, he creates balloons that look like princesses, bouquets of flowers, picture frames and animated characters.

On a recent morning at a cafe in Colorado Springs, he brought one of his signature creations: an octopus with lush orange arms and cartoonish eyes. It looked like blowing bubbles. Each piece was formed from balloons of different sizes and colors. Feikert turned the product into a headband.

“Here,” he said, smiling as he handed over the gift. “Put it on and embarrass yourself.”

Feikert was met with punches and high fives, all from wide-eyed strangers who didn’t expect to see balloon art while waiting for breakfast.

“As soon as I show up with one of them, I instantly become a celebrity,” he said.

This has happened frequently since 2012, when Feikert became fascinated with balloon art.

If you ask him how long he has been doing this, he will look at his watch. This is one of his features, learned by him over the years of work as an artist.

Another? When you ask what inspired Feikert to do this, he will joke: “My wife has a big tongue!”

It was at the birthday party of one of their child’s friends. A balloon station was set up, but no one knew how to work with it.

His wife intervened: “My husband can!”

Feikert seemed to know how to do it. He has already made one or two balloon dogs. This time it just clicked.

After the party, Feikert left with a gift. He found something new to explore and enjoy. And, unlike his other interests, he was creative.

The self-proclaimed smartass has always favored math and science and studied theoretical linguistics in college. He now works in the “specialized field of information architecture,” which he says is a brief description of his core job.

His “balloon artist” side may seem random.

“You could say it’s not in my element,” he said.

However, you will find that this is not the case, as Feikert finds the joke in most topics of conversation. His carefree personality has found a home as Marvelous Marc (marvelousmarcballoons.com), the name of his balloon business.

“It doesn’t surprise me that I figured it out,” Feikert said. “I was surprised that it took so long.”

He still enjoys surprising people with his skills.

When asked to create a sword, which is one of the most common requests, he makes a giant sword. When asked for something less common, like a sneeze or a robotic chicken, he thinks as he goes.

“Do you wonder why people think it’s so magical?” he said. Because they’ve never seen anything like it.

That’s why, Feikert says, balloon art has been a favorite party trick for decades. And more than that. This is an industry with agreements and competitions. When people throw parties, they still hire balloon artists. There are several numbers you can call in Colorado Springs.

“Why hasn’t this gone into fashion?” he said. “Balloons are magic. There is something amazing and magical around him. All I do is add to it.”

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