Balloon twisters come in all shapes (ha!), from the teenager with a portable hand-pump who makes swords, flowers, and crowns for kiddie birthday parties, to the high-tech pro headlining corporate events. For those searching for a latex entertainer somewhere in between, here are our 8 favorite balloon twisters suitable for an intimate gathering in the living room, a grade-wide blowout in the park, fund-raising school carnivals and block parties, or even black-tie events.

Katie Balloons

Your kids (heck, your parents) might not be ready for Katie. Not only has she appeared on the reality show, The Unpoppables on TLC, but her clients include Amazon, Google, and Comedy Central. She does table top sculptures, balloon costumes and full-length dresses, and custom installations for entire rooms. But, if you want some on the spot fancy twisting, she can do that, too.

Online: http://www.katieballoons.com/

photo: via Katie Ballons Facebook page

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— Alina Adams