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Mound magic at UMass

Updated: May 5, 2012, 3:57 PM ET
By Marty Dobrow | Special to ESPNBoston.com

Last Sunday afternoon, the Balloon Man was working his magic. At a birthday party in West Springfield, Mass., Ed Popielarczyk was making a bunch of 6-year-olds absolutely howl as he twisted balloons into horses, into dolphins, into Mickey Mouse.

A 50-year-old man-boy and sole proprietor of Magical Moments, Popielarczyk made silk scarves appear and disappear. He caused a flower to droop every time he turned his back. He brought the house down when he started pulling cookies out of ...

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