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Carl Skenes

Carl Skenes

31 reviews
Top Performer

About Carl Skenes

Carl Skenes is the Balloonimator.

Are you looking for special entertainment for your next event? Look no further.

The laughs are fast and furious in this hilarious show, combining deft skill, showmanship, and non-stop comedy. The fusion of hot air and a warm hunk of rubber brings crazy critters and exotic sculptures to life right before your eyes!

These are not standard weenie dogs and giraffes that you have seen before—these are works of art, crafted from the wild imagination and gifted hands of a true artisan and performer.

When it comes to balloons, you name it and Carl Skenes can make it... and if he can't make it, you don't need it.

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Reviews

Verified Review

Great experience, Thank you

By Amber B. on February 19, 2017

He did a great job

Hired as: Balloon Twister
Verified Review

Perfect!!

By Claudia M. on January 15, 2017

Amazing I really recommend

Hired as: Santa Claus
Verified Review

Santa visit

By Sarah B. on December 29, 2016

Santa Carl was amazing. He answered all of the kids' tough questions, arrived on time and the kids had so much fun with him.

Hired as: Santa Claus
Verified Review

Santa review

By Melissa R. on December 27, 2016

Carl was an excellent Santa, great with children and very believable the kids loved him and I highly recommend him as a Santa.

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thanks, Melissa! I had fun!

Verified Review

AWESOME

By Dawn L. K. on December 26, 2016

Carl got even the shiest child to love Santa. He made the children's holiday and the kids new he was "the real" Santa.

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thanks, Dawn! It was a great way to spend a little of my Christmas Day! I appreciate you having me.

Verified Review

Simply Getting Family Together For Christmas

By Steve G. on December 25, 2016

Santa Skenes was fantastic! If your looking for the perfect Santa, look no further, you've found him! Thank You Santa Skenes for making our daughters Christmas very special!
The Geltzer Family

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thank you for your kind words and for letting me be a part of your family's Christmas celebration!

Verified Review

Love

By Alessandra on December 25, 2016

My family loved

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thanks for having me, Alessandra!

Verified Review

Very AUTHENTIC.

By Denton S. on December 24, 2016

The kids loved him

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thanks, Denton! See you next year!

Verified Review

Santa Carl Skenes brings the Christmas Spirit

By Michael Z. on December 21, 2016

We had booked Santa Carl for our property in Celebration. Our residents, here at Sola loved Santa Carl! He rode in with the Celebration Fire Truck and circulated the property. This notified more residents and their children that Santa was here! He remained very in character and professional while with us. He took photos with our residents, staff and pets! He definitely brought the holiday cheer to all of us here. Thank you Santa Carl!

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

You are welcome, Michael! I had a great time at your event. Hope to see you next year!

Verified Review

Wonderful morning with Santa!

By Elizabeth S. on December 21, 2016

Carl was a pleasure to work with and a true Santa through and through! All of our guests were impressed with him and how well he interacted with our children. We are already planning to book him next year!

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thanks for your kind words! I'll see you next year!

Verified Review

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By William R. on December 16, 2016

Carl did a great job. His outfit was amazing and he was wonderful interacting with the clients

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thanks, William! It was a well-planned, well-run event!

Verified Review

Carl was great!

By Katrina F. on December 16, 2016

He took his time with each child and made our event magical!

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thanks, Katrina! Your management company really knows how to make its residents feel appreciated! It was a fun event. Merry Christmas!

Verified Review

Amazing!!!

By Jenny S. on December 13, 2016

There are not enough time or space here to Thank Santa for making so many little moments into beautiful memories for the children (big and small) who will remember for many years. Thank you so Much and we will calling again next year!! This is our second of hopefully many times using. THANK YOU AGAIN!

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Jenny, you have a lovely family (and friends!! Thanks for allowing me to spread some "Santa Magic". I'll see you next year!

Verified Review

Fantastic

By Ed M. on December 13, 2016

Very timely and well organized. Carl helped make this 1st annual event a success. We plan on having him back next year.

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thanks, Ed! You know hot to throw a great festival! See you next year!

Verified Review

Absolutely fabulous!!!!

By Ella H. on December 9, 2016

Santa arrived with the most delightful demeanor! My entire family was thrilled with his charm and jolliness. Even the adults were grinning with excitement. My little guy jumped up and down and was filled all the goodness from this magical experience. Thank you Santa for loving what you do!!!

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thanks for your compliments! I had a great time visiting with your family!

Verified Review

Christmas party for kids

By Birgit C. on December 5, 2016

Santa Carl was amazing!
He communicated with us before the event and performed exactly as promised.
The second he entered our home, he was the real Santa! The kids absolutely adored him. He took his time with each child and even suggested some photo ideas.
I highly recommend him for any event!

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thanks, Birgit! I had a great time visiting with your family and guests!

Verified Review

Wonderful Santa

By Jayde G. on November 28, 2016

Carl was a wonderful Santa! He was so kind and welcoming. The kids loved him!

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thank you for your kind words, Jayde! I had a great time. Hope to see you next year!

Santa visit

By Denton S. on December 26, 2016

Authentic and engaging

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thanks, Denton! It was a fun family celebration!

Amazing

By Melanie L. on December 20, 2016

Carl Santa is a excellent peformer, his costume is perfect, and the real beard is definitely a must. Kids were delighted and in awe to see Santa. Even the grow ups were amazed. He brought happiness to all of our guests and helped make this event one to remember. Thank you so much.

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thanks, Melanie! I had a great time visiting with your family and friends!

Verified Review

A fantastic time !

By Lisa M. on May 9, 2016

We booked Carl for my daughter's Birthday! We were very impressed with his work! He arrived a few minutes early and stayed until all the kids and adults had their balloons and were very happy! His balloon art is detailed and innovative! We will definitely use him again !

Hired as: Balloon Twister

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thanks for your compliments, Lisa! It was a fun party!

Verified Review

Brailyns 1st Birthday

By Shan S. on February 28, 2016

Carl was onTime. And Professional ..Great Balloon creativity...thanks Again

Hired as: Balloon Twister

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thanks, Shan! It was a fun event!

Verified Review

Truly magical

By Natalie R. on December 26, 2015

By far the best Santa Claus I have ever experienced. Santa Carl arrived in character and left in character. He gave each and every child a truly personal experience and spent a great amount of time with them, telling stories, making jokes sharing Christmas magic with them. He made our Christmas Eve party wonderful and magical and I will definitely be inviting him back :)

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thank you so much!

It was a pleasure visiting with your family and friends on Christmas Eve!

Santa Carl

Verified Review

Santa

By Jenny S. on December 21, 2015

Great Job, thank you for all you did to make the kids feel special
Jenny

Hired as: Santa Claus
Verified Review

Best Santa - Hands Down!

By Ashley W. on December 20, 2015

I had an event for my photography clients using Carl as Santa, he was AMAZING! He was wonderful with all the children (30), even the ones who weren't sure eventually sat on his knee creating some sweet memories for the children and parents. Even my 3 year old who is normally terrified of Santa or any other characters loved Carl and jumped right on his lap for a photo and a hug! He payed close attention to every child making each one feel special. Extremely kind and professional. I would love to have him back year after year!!

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thanks, Ashley! I had a wonderful time at your party.

Verified Review

Awesome

By Kim E. on December 14, 2015

He was wonderful. We had over 30 children all excited and on sugar overload. Santa handled them all perfectly and personally.

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thanks, Kim!

I had a great time.

Santa Carl

Verified Review

A great Santa!

By Karen L. on December 13, 2015

Carl Skenes was great with the children and the adults. He was willing to read to the children after he had listened to their Christmas wishes. He was personable with parents. he was flexible with our "on the fly" photo requests and changing the order of our event agenda. He Joked and made our event very special. The parents were impressed with the time and effort he gave every child that came to see him. We will definitely book earlier next year to assure we can get Carl.

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thank you, Karen, for your kind words. I had a great time visiting with your guests. I will definitely see you next year!

Verified Review

Bridgewater Homeowners Association Holiday Party

By Jeff C. on December 6, 2015

Carl was utterly incredible as Santa Clause. He know how to work with all ages as part of the experience. He is amazing looking as Santa and plays the part professional. We will be hiring him again for our next's year celebration. Plus we hired Mrs. Clause who added a new dimension to the party.

Hired as: Santa Claus

Response from Carl Skenes:

Thanks, Jeff, for having us at your party! It was a fun event, and we'll see you next year!

Verified Review

Carl Skenes is Fantastic!!!

By Anna S. on April 19, 2015

Carl arrived early and stayed late. His balloon creations and fun interaction with the kids made my daughter's 4th birthday a HUGE hit. Thanks a million Carl!!! :)

Hired as: Balloon Twister

More than just Balloons!

By Chris M. on August 13, 2014

I have seen balloon “twisters” before, but honestly nothing like this. This man is NOT a balloon twister, more like a balloon sculptor!! I never imagined that a balloon could be made into such creations as Mr. Skeens created. His skill is amazing as is his personality. He entertained children as well as the adults at our gathering. His humor was age appropriate and he really got us to laugh. I hope we can get him again for future events!!!!

Hired as: Balloon Twister

You will be stunned at his creations and humour.

By Carolyn U. on August 13, 2014

My family and I were lucky enough to watch several of Carl's amazing performances at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and he was amazing. There is no creation large or small that Carl cannot do. From huge balloon sculptures standing as large if not larger than humans to hand held balloons on a stick Carl can do them all, and he does all this while talking non stop entertaining his audience. In fact this guy is no nice that when my son wanted to learn how to make a balloon character, Carl gave up his break time and stood in the August Floridian humidity and patiently talked my son through the process. That was not done for tips because you don't tip Disney performers. That was just an act of kindness. Carl has a huge repertoire of characters and their stories, or he can just twist balloons to provide the simpler models of things that give children endless pleasure. I watched him do this last year at Myrtle Beach. He is the best!

Hired as: Balloon Twister

Best balloon dude ever!

By Jo K. on August 12, 2014

We were having dinner at the ale house and saw mr. Carl making balloon animals for the kids in the restaurant. We didn't have any kids with us, but he noticed us watching him and came over to us anyway. He made us each a balloon while maturely entertaining us the whole time. It was nice to feel like a kid but be treated like an adult! Another thing we loved about him was that he didn't make us feel obligated to tip him which made us want to tip him more. Great guy, fun guy, best balloon guy!

Hired as: Balloon Twister

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 60 - 360 minutes
  • Fee: $150 and up
  • Insurance: $1,000,000 - Carl carries liability insurance through K & K Insurance.
  • Languages: English

Overview

WHAT WE OFFER
Private Party
Family Gathering
Corporate Event
Mall
Retail Promotion
Restaurant
School or Church Event
Day Care Center
Nursing Home
Photo Opportunity

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO PAY
Prices begin at $150.00

Discount for events lasting 2 hours or more. Please email for details.

Additional Booking Notes

This can be a stage or roving performance.

No special technical requirements.

Bio

Carl Skenes has been in the business for forty years, sharing his talent with appreciative audiences at festivals, theme parks and corporate events around the world. He'll do a great job at your child's birthday party, bar or bat mitzvah, or your daughter's Quinceanera.

If you wish to have balloon creations delivered to your friends or loved ones, he can do that, too!

He doesn't face paint, he doesn't walk on stilts, he doesn't juggle- he's just a darned good balloon twister. His creations LOOK like the characters they represent.

The laughs are fast and furious in Carl's show, combining deft skill, showmanship, and non-stop comedy. The fusion of hot air and a warm hunk of rubber brings crazy critters and exotic sculptures to life right before your eyes!

This includes everything from angels to teddy bears, from hats that can dwarf the wearer to your favorite cartoon characters (including a 3-foot tall Mickey or Minnie or anything else your heart desires)-- all of which are given to spectators.

These are not the standard weenie dogs and giraffes that you may have seen before—these are works of art, interactively crafted from the wild imagination and gifted hands of a true artisan and performer.

Many of his sculptures saw their genesis back in the 1980's, during street performances in Charleston, SC. Since that time, they have taken him across the United States and around the world.

Theme Park Performances Include:
Ghost Town in the Sky - Maggie Valley, NC
Magic Harbor - Myrtle Beach, SC
Kings Dominion - Doswell, VA
Busch Gardens - Tampa, FL
Hard Rock Park - Myrtle Beach, SC
Floraland - Chengdu, China
Walt Disney World - Lake Buena Vista, FL (8 year contract)

Festival Performances Include:
Arts Festival of Atlanta - Atlanta, GA
Belle Chere - Asheville, NC
Norfolk Harborfest - Norfolk, VA
Loris Bog-Off - Loris, SC
Piccolo Spoleto - Charleston, SC
Freedom Weekend Aloft - Greenville, SC
Beach Ball Classic - Myrtle Beach, SC
SC Peach Festival - Gaffney, SC
SC Tobacco Festival - Lake City, SC
Spartanburg Spring Fling - Spartanburg, SC
NC Azalea Festival - Wilmington, NC
WuQiao International Circus Festival, Beijing, China
KimTom International Clown Festival, Shanghai, China

Corporate Clients (partial listing)
Mohawk
SCE & G
Coburg Dairy - Charleston, SC
Barefoot Landing - N. Myrtle Beach, SC
Brookgreen Gardens - Murrells Inlet, SC
Dick's Last Resort - Myrtle Beach, SC
Georgetown Steel - Georgetown, SC

Remember, when it comes to balloons, you name it and Carl Skenes can make it... and if he can't make it, you don't need it.

For further information about the services Carl offers, read on...

COMEDY MAGIC
He'll probably fool you.*
He'll definitely make you laugh.
Carl is an experienced professional--skillful, versatile and entertaining.
If you hire him for your next party or special event, your guests will thank you for it.
*Okay, we're kidding. He will fool you.

SANTA CLAUS
Santa Carl has over thirty years of experience as the Jolly Old Elf, appearing across the Southeast at schools, corporate events, nightclubs, festivals and theme parks.

In Central Florida, he has portrayed Saint Nick at:
Numerous Walt Disney World resorts
Busch Gardens
Light Up UCF
Ritz-Carlton
Eola Wonderland
City of Cocoa Beach Winter Festival
Bluegreen Vacation Resorts
(partial listing)

Santa has also enjoyed hundreds of appearances at private homes, company parties and picnics, block parties and day care centers.

He is good with babies and animals. He is authentic, professional, dependable and fun! He gives 100% to bring the spirit and excitement of the holiday to your home visit or event.
Also, be sure to ask about the possibility of booking Mrs. Claus. Everyone loves Mrs. Claus!

Availability is limited, and it's never too early to book Santa!

(When Carl is not "driving the sleigh", you may find him presenting his signature comedy magic shows, twisting his wildly popular balloon creations or serving as a stunt consultant to an internationally-known magician and endurance artist. He is a man of many talents, indeed!)

Upcoming Booked Events

Feb 25, 2017 Birthday (Child)
1:00pm–2:30pm

Past Booked Events

Feb 19, 2017 Birthday (Child)
2:00pm–4:00pm
Feb 19, 2017 Birthday (Child)
2:00pm–3:00pm
Feb 18, 2017 Birthday (Child)
2:00pm–3:30pm
Dec 25, 2016 Holiday Party (Christmas)
4:00pm–5:00pm
Dec 25, 2016 Dinner Party
2:00pm–2:30pm
Dec 25, 2016 Holiday Party (Christmas)
9:00am–10:00am
Dec 25, 2016 Personal Occasion
1:00am–1:30am
Dec 24, 2016–Dec 25, 2016 Holiday Party (Christmas)
11:30pm–12:00am
Dec 24, 2016 Holiday Party (Other)
8:00pm–9:00pm
Dec 24, 2016 Holiday Party (Christmas)
8:00pm–8:30pm
Dec 24, 2016 Holiday Party (Christmas)
6:30pm–7:00pm
Dec 24, 2016 Holiday Party (Christmas)
6:00pm–6:30pm
Dec 24, 2016 Holiday Party (Christmas)
5:00pm–5:15pm
Dec 22, 2016 Holiday Party (Christmas)
8:00pm–9:00pm
Dec 20, 2016 Holiday Party (Christmas)
7:00pm–8:00pm
Dec 15, 2016 Corporate Event
6:00pm–8:00pm
Dec 14, 2016–Dec 15, 2016 Holiday Party (Christmas)
10:30pm–1:30am
Dec 14, 2016 Holiday Party (Christmas)
6:30pm–8:00pm
Dec 11, 2016 Holiday Party (Christmas)
11:00am–12:00pm
Dec 10, 2016 Holiday Party (Christmas)
7:30pm–8:30pm
Dec 08, 2016 Personal Occasion
7:30pm–7:45pm
Dec 04, 2016 Holiday Party (Christmas)
5:30pm–6:30pm
Dec 03, 2016 Holiday Party (Christmas)
6:00pm–9:00pm
Dec 03, 2016 Product Promotion
10:00am–12:00pm
Nov 26, 2016 Festival
10:00am–2:00pm
May 07, 2016 Birthday (Child)
11:00am–1:30pm
May 01, 2016 Nonprofit Event
1:00pm–3:00pm
Mar 13, 2016 Birthday (Child)
Mar 04, 2016 Birthday (Child)
Feb 27, 2016 Birthday (Child)
Dec 25, 2015 Holiday Party (Christmas)
Dec 25, 2015 House Party
Dec 24, 2015 Holiday Party (Other)
Dec 24, 2015 Holiday Party (Christmas)
Dec 19, 2015 Holiday Party (Christmas)
Dec 19, 2015 Holiday Party (Christmas)
Dec 19, 2015 Nonprofit Event
Dec 13, 2015 Holiday Party (Christmas)
Dec 12, 2015 Holiday Party (Christmas)
Dec 12, 2015 Holiday Party (Christmas)
Dec 12, 2015 Holiday Party (Christmas)
Dec 05, 2015 Holiday Party (Christmas)
May 19, 2015 Corporate Event
Apr 17, 2015 Birthday (Child)

Setup Requirements

No equipment. Artist is self-contained.

Services

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