How to Make a Balloon Swan

Learn how to make a balloon swan by following magician Jonas Cain's step-by-step instructions in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Jonas Cain, and I'm here at the Veritas Theater at the beautiful Elms College in Chickapea, Massachusetts. I am a magician and a balloon sculptor, having performed and provided entertainment solutions for many, many years. Visit my website at And today, I'm going to be talking about making balloon animals. I'm going to show you how to make a swan. To make the swan you blow up the balloon leaving about a four inch tail at the end. At the end with the nozzle you'll make a three inch bubble, pinch and twist. Hold that in place. Now I'm going to make a bubble about double that size. So you can hold it against your body, measure a three inch bubble and a six inch, pinch and twist. Now you're going to make a bubble the exact same size, and a quick way to do that is to bring them together like this, pinch and twist where it meets. So now you've made the same size bubble and locked it in place. Now I'm going to make another bubble about that same size, pinch and twist. Now you're going to bring this bubble inside the space in between. To do that, very carefully bring it up and insert it here, and push it through very carefully. And that gives us the tail and the body of the swan. Now to make the head, this is kind of fun. You're going to take this tail part of the balloon and bring it down here. You're going to hold it in place with your thumb right here. Now you're going to squeeze gently. And when you do that, watch what happens. Re-position the head. That gives us the neck and the head of the balloon swan. ...And do the ear twist... Sometimes they pop! Let's try that again.

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