John the balloon man worked with Goldsboro Parks and Rec and Wayne County Arts Council to entertain and amuse during the September ‘Art in the Park’ event at Herman Park.
We noticed a number of people in costume; they staged a sword fight.
John quickly twisted himself a sword, belt, and Magic Helmet and challenged the winner to a duel.
His first challenger, having remarked that John was a better swordsman than he would have imagined, was undone after the discovery that John is NOT right handed. The unorthodox style of sword work employed by those of the “sinister hand” soon undid the plucky young man, and he was bested by the balloon swordsman. Immediately following the first vanquished foe, another musketeer leaped into the fray.
His sword was longer and sharper, his footwork was dazzling and his blade fairly sang as it cut through the humid, warm air of that sultry day. Alas, though, he too was quickly dispatched by the brilliant work of our Brillat-Savarin of Balloon Sword fighting.
Thirdly, and clearly, the musketeers had saved their best for last, yet another sword master lifted steel against balloon. After a brief flurry of dizzying flashing blades, the musketeer’s blade popped the balloon sword, rendering it into the shape of, what’s this?!?!, a balloon gun! John the Balloon man exclaimed “Isn’t that just like a silly Musketeer to bring a sword to a gun fight”! He then dispatched the hapless man with a single shot.
Hilarity ensued, the three Musketeers and the balloon wielding entertainer all shook hands and congratulated each other on their respective brilliance.
Center Stage Theater was advertising their production of Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers, to be presented at the Paramount Theater September 28-30, at 139 S. Center Street, Goldsboro. For more information about that show, see www.goldsboroparmount.com.