Ralph Dewey

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Ralph Dewey
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Ralph Dewey
Born (1944-08-08) August 8, 1944 (age 75)
Known forSculpture, Performance, Balloon modelling
AwardsFellowship of Christian Magicians: 5 "Best Balloon Lecturer"

2004 Millennium Jam he was awarded the "Life Time of Sharing the Magic of Balloons Award"

2005 DiamonJam received a plaque celebrating "30 Years of Service to the Balloon Twisting industry"

2005 The David Grist Memorial World

Ralph Dewey (born August 8, 1944), also known as Dewdrop the Clown, is one of the pioneers in not only gospel balloon twisting, but balloon twisting in general, and is known as the "grandfather of all twisters".[1][2] He started twisting balloons in 1975, and in 1976 published his first book, Dewey's New Balloon Animals. Since then he has published 30 books (16 on the subject of balloon twisting), numerous videos and DVDs, and dozens of magazine articles.[3]

Early life[edit]

Dewey served in the US Air Force before joining Shell Chemicals as a non-degreed engineer. He taught instrumentation at San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas, where he wrote several reference and training handbooks on instrumentation.[4]

Balloon and clowning[edit]

As a leader in balloon twisting and gospel entertainment, Dewey helped found several organizations: Joey to the World, a gospel clown convention; DewJam Balloon Convention; and Kingdom Twisters. Joey to the World is one of the largest and oldest Gospel Clowning Conventions in the world,[5] first staged in 1994 and held in Houston, Texas. In 2003, he started presenting the Ralph Dewey Balloon Excellence Award, which has now become one of the highest honors in balloon-twisting.[3][6] Dewey is a staff writer for The Cross and the Clown magazine.[7] He has also written for Christian Conjurer, Balloon HQ, Clowning Around, and other similar publications. Dewey is currently researching and writing a more comprehensive book on the history of balloon twisting.[4]

David Grist was another pioneer in the balloon-twisting industry. Shortly before the annual Twist & Shout Convention in 2005, he died after suffering a heart attack. In honor of Grist's contributions to the field, the organizers of Twist & Shout, the biggest balloon twisting convention, instituted the "David Grist Memorial Award", now considered to be the lifetime achievement award for balloon twisters. Due to his contributions to the field of balloon twisting, Ralph Dewey received the first award in 2005.[4]


  • Fellowship of Christian Magicians: 5 time recipient of the "Best Balloon Lecture"[4]
  • 2004 Millennium Jam he was awarded the "Lifetime of Caring" award"[4]
  • 2005 DiamonJam received a plaque celebrating "30 Years of Service to the Balloon Twisting industry"[4]
  • 2005 The David Grist Memorial World[4]


  1. ^ "Learning to Twist". Cedar's Face Art and Balloons. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  2. ^ "Who you will meet". Tjam 2010. T. Myers Magic. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "whoswho:Ralph Dewey". Balloon HQ. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Meeks, Flori (March 22, 2011). "Deer Park artist, author puts unique twist on his popular balloon creations". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
  5. ^ "Joey To The World Gospel Clown Convention" JTTW Convention website
  6. ^ Magahern, Jimmy (January 12, 2006). "Super-talented "twisters" are blowing up all over the Valley". Phoenix News Times. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  7. ^ "Staff writers". Clowning 4 Christ. Retrieved February 2, 2011.

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