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Topic: Balloons for Needle Through Balloon
Message: Posted by: MikeDes (Apr 16, 2013 05:38PM)
Hi all,

I know this was discussed a few years ago but they are making balloons better and better now so I thought I would ask and see what type of balloons people are using now. I have tried the qualatex clear 11 inch and 16 inch balloons. The 11 inch have gotten so good that there is no "spot" on the end that is a little thicker so I get a lot of pops. The 16 inch ones still have that spot sometimes but a lot of balloons in the bag don't.

So what is everyone using?

Thanks
Message: Posted by: MichaelCGM (Apr 16, 2013 07:14PM)
I use this effect in all of my kid's shows (with my personal scripting, it becomes a five-minute comedy routine). I quit using clear balloons a long time ago. Way too many giggles from kids and adults - I believe because of the similarity to condoms. I now use really cheap, colored balloons from either Walmart, or a local chain called Party Galaxy. I use red, blue and yellow balloons (using the yellow for the actual penetration, since one can see the needle better for making the exit). One can see the needle through the red and blue, also. But the yellow is the easiest. Also, I only buy balloons by the dozen. I used to by them in packages of 100 of each color, but old balloons pop much easier, so I'm always using fresh balloons by getting them in smaller quantities. I learned a long time ago that the cheaper balloons have just the right amount of extra latex. Hope this helps.
Message: Posted by: bowers (Apr 16, 2013 09:19PM)
Most importantly whatever balloon you use.
make sure your needle is very sharp and greased good.
And also keep your balloons in the refrigerator till
you need them.
Todd
Message: Posted by: MikeDes (Apr 17, 2013 08:15PM)
Thanks guys. I went to a party supply store and they had some 12 inch clear balloons that work well and have the right "spot". The brand name is Unique. Seems to be a medium quality balloon.
Message: Posted by: Julie Carpenter (Apr 19, 2013 11:19AM)
Over in the UK I get mine from Playtime Balloons. I very rarely get a 'pop'
I also restore the balloon, buy simply palming a new one and picking up the bits. I put the new balloons in the child's hand and they do the magic
Message: Posted by: Eldon (Apr 19, 2013 09:26PM)
In one of my old lectures I showed how to blow up the balloon by pinching the end as you blow it up and then letting go making a nice "spot". Pinching it stops that part of the balloon from stretching. This works on any balloon I've ever used.
Message: Posted by: charliecheckers (Apr 19, 2013 09:32PM)
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On 2013-04-19 22:26, Eldon wrote:
In one of my old lectures I showed how to blow up the balloon by pinching the end as you blow it up and then letting go making a nice "spot". Pinching it stops that part of the balloon from stretching. This works on any balloon I've ever used.
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Great tip! Thanks for sharing.
Message: Posted by: Matthew W (Apr 20, 2013 09:31AM)
Walmart has neon balloons, 97 cents for a bag of 10. They are like clear balloons, but with a hint of color. They work perfect.