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Ustaad
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Hi All,

I was interested to know how a balloon could be made self inflatable.

Thank You.
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Comedy Magic "The greater Magic Library"..
there you get a possibility of doing that!

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Thank you Phanthomas.
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Ustaad, I believe there is a gimmick that attaches to your wrist and has a small line coming up your fingers that can be inserted into a ballon for self inflating. I believe I saw it at Hank Lee's website.

http://www.magicfact.com/


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Hi SloMo150,

Thank you for the info. But I have a routine in mind and looking for a different method of inflating the balloon.

The routine
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The magician is holding a small wooden box (say 6" X 6" and 4" high). The box is not gimmicked. He opens the box, pulls out a small (4 inch) balloon (inflated) and throws it on the floor. Again he pulls out another inflated ballon and so on till about 25 to 30 balloons are lying on the floor.

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Sounds like a nice running gag, all coming out of a box capable of holding one 4" Balloon.

Take a look in a party store, they have aerosol canisters for balloon blowing. The logistics of such a trick will require an attachment for quick tie and a nozzle to fill it. It is possible but it will require some thought and ingenuity.

From a computer store, I got a cheap small hand held keyboard spray gaget that takes co2 cartriges. It has a long 6-inch straw nozzle and looks like a small gun. I use it to make my rubber pig or rubber chicken blow up two pencil balloons (max).

I got it at CompUSA for about $15


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It used to be suggested in older magic books that you could have a small plastic bag of
"Bromo-seltzer" inside a balloon and also put a small amount of water into the balloon, then tie the balloon shut. Upon squeezing the balloon until the baggie burst, the seltzer would react with the water and the resulting C02 would inflate the balloon.

Well I'm here to tell you that it doesn't quite work that way.
After much experimenting, the best we could achieve was to use crushed Alka-seltzer tablets and white vinegar (acetic acid). Even though we pre-stretched the balloons, it required a fairly LARGE amount of ingedients to get adequate inflation. After inflation, the balloon still has a soggy baggie and a good amount of liquid rolling around inside, so you're not going to be tossing these out to the kiddies...

Nevertheless, the result CAN be achieved by mixing chemicals inside the balloon after it is sealed. What the best chemicals are will have to be determined by your own experiments, since we abandoned the idea due to time constraints and the fact that the resulting effect (and it's expected impact) did not justify the effort involved.
Good luck.

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Thomas Wayne

Even as I finished writing the above, it occured to me that if you use MYLAR balloons - which do not involve stretching any latex (indeed, you CAN'T stretch the Mylar) - you would require much less gas pressure to inflate them. The detriment of having a less balloon-like look might be effectively offset by the bright silver appearance of the Mylar.

Perhaps we overlooked some workable ideas! Perhaps with a little more effort the ultimate balloon inflation effect CAN be achieved! Perhaps, just perhaps, I'll revisit this experiment after all...

Naaaaaaaaaaaa!

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This process is described in "The Great Illusions of Magic" by Byrom Wels. This is a great 2-volume set for anyone interested in constructing your own illusions. I have tried this effect using Alka Seltzer, but found that an over the counter material called Citro-Carbonate works better.
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Thanks Dennis, Thomas and Closeupmaster for all the information. I will also try out the Citro-Carbonate.

Thanks once again.

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USTAAD.
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Check out a book entitled:

More magic tricks and science facts by Bob Friedhoffer, he offers two different methods.

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Hi Sir T,

I have read this book earlier. The methods do not work satisfactorily.

Thanks for the suggestion.

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Thomas's comment about Alka Seltzer reminded me of my first ever "public" performance. It was 45 years ago at my school's Talent Day. I had an Alka Seltzer crumbled up inside a balloon. I then stretched the mouth of the balloon over the top of a water-filled salt cellar, and it slowly and magically inflated.

The audience absolutely loved it, much more than I'd expected. That was when I first discovered that there isn't necessarily a correlation between the effort that you put into an effect and the reaction that it elicits.

But when a few years ago I wanted to perform that effect again for a kids' show, I discovered that balloons had got a lot tougher since my childhood. I searched numerous specialist suppliers, but none had anything suitable.

Thanks for the idea of using a Mylar balloon, I'll check it out.

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Magic Max http://magicmax.com
has a self-inflating (partial inflation, anyway) balloon routined in with two other effects in "The Best of Ballooning" package.
http://magicmax.com/item.html?id=1669

This is useful as it provides a motive for the self-inflated balloon. The volunteer is given a knotted uninflated balloon to blow up. She/he can't. So she/he holds it at arms length while blowing up a second balloon - that has it's end cut off. While fruitlessly trying to inflate the cut balloon, the knotted balloon at arm's length begins to inflate.

The effect is weird, at a distance from the magician, and creates an illusion of causal relation between one action and another. Lastly, the Mage takes all the balloons, lets the volunteer cut a whole balloon in half, then inflates it.

The methods are nothing new to readers of the Magic Cafe. The routine does provide some thoughtful performance strategies.

Jon
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HI,
Wild Idea here, but how about using something that looks like a balloon but is actually not at all airtight. this way you could put sponge inside which would flatten and expand inside to give the impression of being inflated?

Just a thought
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Try this ... put some cig lighter gas (butane) into a balloon.
When you hold onto the end, your hands warm the liquid inside turning it to gas and inflating the balloon.

Never tried it myself but may be worth experimenting with?

Kind regards

Steven King
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