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Fortune Kookie

I met this lady balloon clown (Stranger #2) at the corner of Laguna and Post, right in the thick of things at the 2008 Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade in San Francisco's Japantown. She had the corner on the market, as this is where everyone was walking up to the parade route from the main bus route to the parade, the MUNI 38 line that goes all the way up Geary from the BART line down on Market Street. Anyway, she captured the heart of many a child, no matter the size, including my son Patrick, for whom she made a really cool panda on a tree branch twisted balloon.


I got to talking to her and told her about my 100 Strangers Project and asked if I could take her picture and include her in the project. She said she didn't mind at all. So I clicked off a few shots and gathered a bit more info. She goes by her stage name, Fortune Kookie, while working, so that's the only name I got. She has been doing this business for about 7 years to beat the blues of her regular 9 to 5 Admin. job. She is a very pleasant lady and is capable of pulling together all kinds of entertainment, from clowns to psychics, to Chinese calligraphers, to palm readers and party casinos, whatever your party needs are, she is a one-stop-shop.


She also does face painting, glitter tattoos, large scale balloon decorations, storytelling, party magic and crafts and games along with her balloon making and twisting skills. She works street fairs, birthday parties, large scale corporate events, and anything in between. My last law firm had a clown similar to her at one of our family day parties.


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This picture is #2 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at

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Taken on April 20, 2008