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How to Pick the Right Balloon for a Balloon Animal

Learn how to pick the right balloon for a balloon animal 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.

The balloons we use are called 260s because when they're inflated they're about 60 inches long and about two inches wide. Now you want to make sure you get a good quality balloon. Uh, you don't want to get a balloon that's made poorly that's going to pop easily, especially if you're hired to do this at a party or a public event because you don't want to be there all day blowing up balloons, having them pop, having to remake them.

So I had an incident where I was down in Florida on vacation and a restaurant randomly wanted to hire me to make balloon animals. So I, I didn't have my props with me so I went to the local party store and they didn't have my brand so I bought this other brand. I could tell it was a little iffy but I, I was desperate so I bought it anyway. Well while I was at the gig I was blowing up balloons. Balloons were popping left and right. I kept having to remake balloons because they just weren't, weren't the right kind. So definitely, uh, if you're going to do it, do it right. Uh, invest in a good quality balloon and you'll be happy you did.

Now when you go to a party store typically you'll find the balloons that you're looking for. Um, now when you go to a party store, uh, typically it's 100 balloons in a bag and it's all different colors mixed up. Um, but if you're going to be doing lots of these, uh, performances where you're going to be making lots of balloons, a good thing to do is you can go online and find a company that you can buy direct and they'll send you, uh, you can get entire bags of one color balloons. You'll get 100 red balloons or a bag of 100 brown balloons or 100 purple balloons so you don't have to pick through the bags and find them. And order them direct you'll be able to save money a lot of times as well. A lot of times the party stores jack up the prices a lot so a great trick is to, uh, buy them direct in bulk direct from the source.|It would be nice if you could download the audio to transcribe it.

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