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How to Blow up a Balloon for a Balloon Animal

Learn how to blow up balloons for balloon animals from magician Jonas Cain 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.

A lot of people stress that blowing up the balloons by mouth is best because it provides enough warmth in the balloons to twist the balloons so they don't break as often. However, nowadays, people are very health-conscious. And putting something in your mouth that you're going to hand away to someone - not a lot of people are keen to that, so a great way to do it is simply getting a hand pump. You can get a hand pump at any store that sells balloons. A nice hand pump is really all you need. They make electrical pumps as well. They make these big pumps you put on the floor. You press down and the balloon pumps up with air. What's really nice, though, is if you don't blow it up by mouth, by the end of making a hundred balloons, you're going to be a lot less tired if you're using the hand pump. So that's a great way to blow up balloons for balloon animals.
A nice simple hand pump you can find at a store, this is a Quall latex hand pump and it's perfectly suited to the balloons' sculpture, the 2 to 60 balloons, and what's also nice is that at the end here it has a little cap and you could actually store your balloons inside here. So if you're just doing a small party you could just throw your balloons in here. The balloons in there is not going to affect the pump at all.

This is a nice simple hand pump. It makes you a lot less tired at the end of the night.

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