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Library summer reading program hosts Mr. Jazzz
James Anderson, better known to the children of Ennis as Mister Jazzz, was a blowout hit Thursday at the Ennis Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, Texas Reading Club Jubilee.
Mister Jazzz is a balloon artist based out of Tyler, who entertains at birthday parties, grand openings, corporate events and any special event where smiles and laughter are needed. His business philosophy guarantees nothing less than the highest level of professionalism, expertise and clean humor, which companies and families have come to expect and deserve.
Thursday’s program was his Amazing Balloon Show, an entertaining, humorous show that combines amazing balloon twisting with comedy, magic, storytelling and general mayhem. The show spotlighted volunteers to help Mister Jazz with tricks and balloon artistry that included making a Curious George balloon blindfolded and having his pet balloon dog Spot pick out the card a child selected from a deck. As a souvenir the volunteers got to keep their balloon sculpture.
Although balloon artistry started as making dogs, swords and flowers, today balloons are considered an art form and can be made into anything the imagination can think of. According to Anderson, the performer is constantly striving to create newer and better balloons. Most of his balloon sculptures consist of two or more balloons.
Because of his desire to be on the cutting edge of balloon sculptures, Anderson has traveled far and wide to attend balloon jams to share ideas and sculptures with other artists from around the Texas, the nation and the world. He is also the Secretary/Vice President of Tyler’s Balloon Jam. His balloon creation repertoire consists of more than 200 balloon creations with sizes ranging from the one-inch poodle to the 6 1/2-foot tall Spider-man.
“As a boy I loved to read,” Mister Jazzz told the Ennis children. “In one summer I read 75 books. That’s what I enjoyed doing and I loved learning how magicians learned to do their tricks.”
Prior to Mister Jazzz’s program, the children listened to a telling of “Wolf’s Coming” by Joe Kulka.
At Thursday’s first program there were 157 children, 52 adults and six siblings.
Tuesday’s program will feature music and games. The programs will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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