About Balloons By Mike

Mike Becvar

Mike Becvar is a professional children's entertainer, balloon twister and face painter located in Northern Virginia. He enjoys entertaining kids of all ages and is available to come to your event. Mike Becvar is insured through the World Clown Association. He is also a member of Clowns of America, International, the Mid-Atlantic Clown Association, and Just Clowning Around of Northern Virginia.

Mike got his start making balloons after he decided to become a clown in 2008. His initial education came when he attended Mooseburger Clown Arts camp in 2008 to learn how to be a clown. He has continued his education by attending clown conventions including: Circus Magic, ClownFest, the Kapitol Klowns convention, and other regional/national conventions. When clowning around, he goes by his clown name, Sir Toony Van Dukes.

Mike is very active with other Washington DC Metro area clowns and children's entertainers. He is a member of Just Clowning Around of Northern Virginia (JCA), and Kapitol Klowns. He also participates in area face painting and balloon twisting jams. For many years, Mike hosted a monthly balloon and face painting jam at Cici's Pizza in Chantilly.

In 2011, Mike started a new blog for professional face painters and balloon twisters that he calls the Face Painting and Balloon Twisting Blog. He hopes to use the blog and website to promote the art behind face painting and balloon twisting.

Mike started doing balloons and face painting every other Tuesday night at Moe's Southwest Grill in South Riding, VA in June 2010. He was working there for four and a half years ending December 2014. He is now working at the Moe's Southwest Grill location in Leesburg, VA every other Tuesday from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Mike won awards for his balloon creations and face painting at several different clown conventions including the Circus Magic Convention in Williamsburg, VA, Clownfest in Seaside Heights, NJ, the Mid-Atlantic Clown Association convention in Harrisburg, PA, and the Clowns of America, International convention.

Mike Becvar

Mike Becvar is also a senior multimedia, website and eLearning applications developer. In his free time, he likes taking pictures, acting, and working on the computer.

Mike has been a background extra in a number of training videos, small films, TV shows, and movies. He is also taking acting classes. In August 2007, he attended the New York Film Academy (NYFA) One-Week Acting Workshop at their Universal Studio California location. In February 2008, he started taking acting classes at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. He has taken classes in Improv, Actors Process, and Voice.

Mike spent a few months learning how to ride the unicycle. He was taking lessons with the UniStars Unicycling Showtroupe in Fauquier County Virginia.

Mike also took classes on how to perform magic from Barry Taylor at Barry's Magic Shop.

Halloween is Mike's favorite holiday. He has been decorating his driveway and dressing up for the neighborhood children for many years. He has won the Best Costume award at the South Riding Halloween Parade. His interested in Halloween and entertaining eventually led him towards becoming a clown.