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How to Get Started as a Balloon Animal Artist

Learn how to get started as a balloon animal artist 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. Like any learned skill, there's really only two things you really need: practice and patience. Practice, you'll make the same balloon over and over again, a hundred times. And patience, especially with balloons, because balloons pop. That's balloons being the balloons, it will happen. I can remember the first time I made my first balloon, it was a balloon dog. And just to make that first twist, it must have taken me five minutes, because I was definitely afraid of balloons. I was actually using making balloons as a way to get over that fear. So that first twist, whew! Finally, I did it, and I was able to finish making the head of the dog. And I was so proud of myself. So, I finished the dog. By the time I was done with the bag, I had made 100 balloon dogs scattered all over my room. I just practiced, practiced, practiced, until I could do it in my sleep. A good balloon sculpture to start with is the basic dog. The dog is a very easy balloon to make. It's all the same twists, all the same bubbles are the same size, so it's very easy to gain confidence making that balloon. And once you make the balloon dog, a lot of the other balloons look the same. So just doing little different twists here and there, different size of bubble here, different size there. Then it becomes a totally different balloon. So that's why starting with a basic dog is a great way to really get started making balloon sculptures.

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