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How to Make a Balloon Giraffe or Dachshund

Learn how to make a balloon giraffe or dachshund 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 Theatre at the beautiful Elms College in Chicopee, 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 giraffe. To do that, you blow up a balloon, leaving about a three inch tail at the end. Now the tail with the nozzle, you're going to make a three inch bubble. Wrap your hand around, pinch, and twist. Hold it in place, and you're going to pinch and twist two smaller bubbles, just a little smaller, maybe about two and a half inches. And pinch and twist, like so. Now you're going to pinch and twist another bubble about the size, so it looks like this. Now we'll do the lock twist. You take these two bubbles here, bring them together, and lock them together and twist enough so they don't come apart. This is the head of the giraffe. Now the giraffe has a long neck, so you come about maybe in the middle, and you're going to twist the bubbles about the same size as the ears. And you pinch and twist. Now we're going to make the legs. Pinch and twist about the same size as the ears. We're going to pinch and twist another one. Now we're going to do the lock twist. Take these two bubbles here, bring them together, lock them together, like so. That gives us the legs of the giraffe. To do the body you make a bubble about the same size as the nose, pinch and twist. Now you're going to make two more bubbles about the same size as the front legs, pinch and twist. And one more, pinch and twist. Again, holding against your body so the balloons don't come apart, the bubbles don't come apart. Now I want to take these two bubbles and do the lock twist, bring them together, pinch and lock. And that's how you get the giraffe. What's nice about the giraffe is that by just changing the position of some of the bubbles, you get another balloon. You take the tail and the back legs, turn them upside down. And if you take the head and the ears, you turn them the other way, and you bring the whole balloon down here--and you get, a wiener dog!

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