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How to Make a Balloon Elephant

Learn how to make a balloon elephant 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 an elephant. To make an elephant, you'll blow up the balloon, leaving about a two and a half or two inch tail at the end. Now first we're going to make the nose or the trunk. To do that, you're going to make about twice the nose as the nose of the dog. So you measure here and here, pinch and lock twist here. Now you're going to make the ears. To do that we're going to do a loop twist. It's going to be about the size of the trunk, but instead of the ears like the dog, what you're going to do is twist it here so it looks like this. Now you're going to twist it together to give us the first ear, twist it enough so it doesn't come apart. Now you're going to do the same thing, twist like so. Again, twisting enough to make sure it doesn't come apart. This gives us the trunk and the ears of the elephant. Now we're going to make the neck. The neck we're going to make nice and small. You can use about two finger, pinch and twist a bubble like so. Now the legs are going to be smaller, maybe about a two inch bubble. One, hold it against your body to keep it in place. And two. Now we'll do the lock twist. Take these two bubbles, bring them together, and lock them together, twisting enough so they don't come apart. Now the body, about a three inch bubble. Now you're going to do two, two inch bubbles. One. Again, holding them in place. And two. Now you're going to take these two bubbles, bring them together, lock and twist. And that gives us the tail, the legs, the body, and the ears and the trunk of the elephant. Now to get a little more creative with this what you can do is just fold the trunk in half and just give it a little squeeze. But not too much, we don't want to break the balloon. That gives the trunk a little bit of a curve, to add a little more character to your elephant.

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