I took to balloons like a duck to water and became a leader
MATT Falloon, 32, has the perfect name to specialise in balloon twisting. But for years he worked an office, until he made the move to launch his business, Matt Falloon and his Trained Balloons. He says: “I’ve always done magic as a hobby and started dabbling in children’s shows booking one or two shows a month. My day job was first in sales and then managing the audio visual installs for smart classrooms. I was stuck in a box of an office working nine to five.
A fellow magician started referring jobs that he couldn’t do and put me in touch with a network of magicians. I started getting busier and busier on weekends and it put the spark back in my life. My interest was mostly in performing and I’d also do a bit of basic balloon twisting as part of the show. But there weren’t many magicians doing balloons so I started studying it. Before long I made balloons the centrepiece of my act. I spent Friday nights twisting balloons in the Opera Bar at Circular Quay.
I was commuting from Wiseman’s Ferry, still doing my weekday office job, booking kids parties on weekends and working at the Opera Bar on Friday nights. I was exhausted but before long I was earning the same on weekends as I was earning during the week. I buckled down and saved 12 months worth of mortgage repayments then I quit.
I took to balloons like a duck to water and soon became a leader in Australia for balloon twisting. I have toured Europe and been invited to Dallas to show what I can do.
There are things I miss about the corporate world, like socialising with colleagues. But nothing beats being your own boss and setting your own hours.
I was actually born Matt Fallon, but added the second o as a stage name. I now look back and realise I was nowhere near as happy being Matt Fallon and I am being Matt Falloon.”