Magician John Cassidy in Balloon at White House

balloon man with Michelle Obama

Magician John Cassidy, engulfed in a big red balloon, and First Lady Michelle Obama.

John Cassidy, who performs a “balloon freak show” and subtitles his website “comedy, magic and really weird things with balloons,” performed for Michelle Obama at the White House on Oct. 11. Photographer Chuck Kennedy captured the moment.

Some cards are haphazardly on the floor. The First Lady is resting her arm on a magic case. And Mr. Cassidy’s head is popping out of a red balloon. It’s like some fantastic scene from Wonderland.

In a caption contest, Gawker readers suggested she is interviewing court jesters or examining a new device to protect people from radioactive attacks, among other possibilities.

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