About Jay
Jay Ward, a native Georgian, began his love of magic at the age of 5. His first performance was in 1st grade for show and tell.  For the remainder of his childhood, he constantly annoyed anyone he could, asking them to "pick a card, any card." He began performing publicly at the age of 9 for kids programs at the local library. At the age of 12, Jay performed at his first birthday party for one of his teacher's children. He grew up, graduated college, and decided he still just wanted to perform magic. But his mom warned him that magic was not a reasonable career choice, and he needed something to "fall back on." So, after much thought about a fallback career, Jay figured it out. Balloon animals! Jay went to work becoming a super balloon twister. Now, he's one of the best balloon twisters and kids show magicians around!

Here's a picture of Jay's old alter-ego, Magic Max the Clown.
Jay no longer performs as Magic Max.


Jay graduated from Brenau University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. While a part of GTA (Gainesville Theatre Alliance), he had the pleasure of working with some of the best and busiest professional actors, directors, lighting designers, and set designers in Atlanta and beyond. Jay played such characters as Nicely Nicely in Guys & Dolls, Prince Carpenter in Foxfire, Bill Sykes in Oliver!, and Tim in Noises Off!  Though focused on performance, Jay learned every aspect of theatrical production. After creating a super illusion show for his senior thesis, Jay realized where his talents belonged. After graduating college, Jay picked up the video Balloon Sculpture Made Easy. He then took his limited balloon knowledge along with a clown outfit to Pendergrass Flea Market in an attempt to make an income. He immediately became the most popular vendor at the Market, twisting balloons like a madman. As a result, Jay became a master balloon artist. Though he doesn't make it back to Pendergrass very often, he treasures his time there.