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Christopher Lyle
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What do y'all think? Do you wear them or do you not? If you do, I'm curious if it makes a difference. Do you get less breakage? What are the advantages/disadvantages of wearing gloves when you twist?
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Bad to the Balloon
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No Gloves .... I have very dry hands. You might not get any answers here for about a week everyones going to Twist & Shout in Boston.

I leave tomorrow!!!
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Rob the Balloon Guy
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Here are my thoughts on the subject:

I plan to elaborate on this a little bit more in a column on BalloonHQ after Twist & Shout.
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My thumbs started to crack. It was either wear gloves or get blood on the balloons. I bought some red "Louisville Slugger batting gloves. They have a big L on them, so I borrowed the L to say they were Lefty's gloves. When my thumbs cleared up, off came the gloves. If I have to do long gigs, I wear them. They are a bit bulky, but I've adapated.
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Dave Lewis
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I used to twist with gloves, both with the fingertips cut off and with them intact. The reason I wore gloves without fingertips was due to my trying to cover any exposed skin as a clown. At the time, I was being mentored by a very insistent clown who wanted me to be the purest form of clown possible. He had been taught by other clowns with inflexible beliefs about the clown biz and was passing down those learnings to me. I have since stopped wearing gloves since I perform for people, not other clowns, and don't intend to enter clown competitions. Everything said by Rob is what I experienced. I used blue gloves at the time, so the darkening didn't show as quickly as it did when I used white. One other time I did balloons with full gloves in an Easter Bunny costume, including the giant head with limited visibility. Haven't done that since!
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Never considered wearing gloves. Sometimes I wrap a little tape around my tying fingers to keep from chaffing.
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