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Glen
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Okay...now I feel like super wimp. I want to do a routine involving balloons, not a bunch, just one. So...I bought some balloons and tried to blow one up.
HOLY COW!!! What's the trick to this????? I've never smoked...work out regulalry and run and all that, but I can't get the darn thing even started. Any help here???? thanks, Glen
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Will folks want a balloon blown up by mouth with all this flu stuff happening?
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On 2009-05-01 14:24, Christopher Kavanagh wrote:
Will folks want a balloon blown up by mouth with all this flu stuff happening?


The flu happens every year.. This swine flu is a VERY WEAK flu.. In fact, THOUSANDS die from the flu each year.. You are more likely to get the regular flu and die then the swine flu.

Of course the public has been tricked and marketed by the media that its serious... What is serious is more people are reading the paper and watching TV because of it..


Crazy..

To blow them up by mouth start blowing up 350's and you will get strong enough to blow 260's maybe even 160 some day..
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Pardon me for popping an older thread back to the top. Maybe there's a more relevant thread, but I didn't find it with a quick search.

I do balloon twisting as a part of my magic shows, and as an added service.

I've been doing balloons for years, inflating by mouth.

Someone recently told me that the new bags of Qualitex balloons (260Q) say on the bag not to inflate balloons by mouth for health and safety reasons. Always use a pump. It does say that on the bag. (It also said that on some of the older bags, too).

However, he also told me that the new powder used on them is toxic, and that's why you shouldn't inflate by mouth. Is that true? Or is it urban legend?

It was implied that breathing in the powder could be unhealthy, because of it being toxic. As opposed to the other arguement about latex allergies (which a few people have), which is related to touching them.

Not that I breathe in the powder as a rule. Smile

I'm used to doing them by mouth, and I'm wondering if I "have to" change to use a pump.

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Qualatex have had that warning since I've been using them (12 years). I can't imagine the powder is toxic, that would be crazy if a balloon had a poisonous nozzle. I'm pretty sure it's just talcum powder. You can hurt yourself mouth-inflating. I messed up a salivary gland from inflating 160s. I highly recommend the Filbert Pump. It is the best pump on the market.
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I asked for clarification. My friend was saying that the talc powder on the balloons is not good for you.

- Donald
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These are some real alarming problems mouth inflating.

However, I mouth inflate 90 percent of the time... I guess I am not that smart.
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The powder inside the balloon is not talc, I believe it's a corn starch
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Depends on the manufacturer.

I say this because I was told by a Rabi that Qualatex is Kosher because they don't use Cornstarch.
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I can, but don't, mouth inflate. Filbert is faster and in my experience, more entertaining. I know many will disagree with that statement. That's okay. It's a personal choice and personal experience. However, I've had a ton of people react favorably when I tell them I use a pump so that my germs don't go home with their kids. People are concerned about that topic these days and it addresses a concern which I know many people have.

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I am glad the "germ" issue is front and center- now I don't have to admit I just can't blow the dang things up!
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On 2010-07-06 19:15, CarlEJones wrote:
However, I've had a ton of people react favorably when I tell them I use a pump so that my germs don't go home with their kids. People are concerned about that topic these days and it addresses a concern which I know many people have.

Carl


Do you touch the balloons with your hands? Do you wash your hands after accepting a tip? Are you wearing a surgical mask or are you filling the general air space around you with millions of germs? etc, etc. Guess what? Your germs are going home with the children. SO STOP USING UNFAVORABLE COMPARISONS TO MOUTH BLOWING WHEN TALKING TO PARENTS/POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS!!

Sheesh! When parents comment to me on how so&so uses a pump instead of blowing, I have always refused the easy target of putting them down and instead reply with,"well, they're smarter than me" or, "yeah, well I'm too cheap to pay $5 for a pump" or "I could never figure out how to use one." etc etc etc. In other words, I DON'T STAB YOU IN THE BACK, STOP STABBING ME!!!



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Gee Wes---

You might be a tad over the top there buddy.

(a) I'm not stabbing you or anyone else in the back.
(b) Per my doctor, there is a difference between the germ issue related to mouth inflating and germs on the outside of the balloon. If you are a MD then I'm all ears. If you are not an MD, sorry, I have to go with his position.

Parents DO see it differently. They don't want mouth inflated balloons when given a choice.

And I use a ton of alcohol based hand sanitizer all during each gig.

To each his own.
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On 2010-07-29 15:14, CarlEJones wrote:
Gee Wes---

You might be a tad over the top there buddy.

(a) I'm not stabbing you or anyone else in the back.
(b) Per my doctor, there is a difference between the germ issue related to mouth inflating and germs on the outside of the balloon. If you are a MD then I'm all ears. If you are not an MD, sorry, I have to go with his position.

Parents DO see it differently. They don't want mouth inflated balloons when given a choice.

And I use a ton of alcohol based hand sanitizer all during each gig.

To each his own.


Never ever had someone complain in a manager or me about mouth unflating.. I have have never even had someone say anything about it.
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Good for you. I've had different experiences.

Not trying to stir the pot on this. Just reporting what I've seen. That's all.

To each his own. Mouth inflate or pump - your balloons, your call.

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I've only been at this for just about exactly a year now, and I use a mini-mac pump covered in stickers. I have yet to encounter a layperson, adult or child, who has asked "why don't you blow them up with your mouth?" If anything, the pump itself ADDS to the entertainment value, as most have never seen a balloon pump that big before.

I no longer worry that I am somehow less an entertainer because I don't mouth inflate. I put my energy into learning more sculptures, and gaining speed. If I ever get to where I can mouth inflate, I may do it regularly, I may not.

So my point is, it's likely not much more than an internal debate for twisters. Pump vs lungs matters most to people reading this board, not the recipients.

but like I said, this is one year of experience, so I could be completely off.
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On 2010-07-29 15:14, CarlEJones wrote:
Gee Wes---

You might be a tad over the top there buddy.

(a) I'm not stabbing you or anyone else in the back.
(b) Per my doctor, there is a difference between the germ issue related to mouth inflating and germs on the outside of the balloon. If you are a MD then I'm all ears. If you are not an MD, sorry, I have to go with his position.

Parents DO see it differently. They don't want mouth inflated balloons when given a choice.

And I use a ton of alcohol based hand sanitizer all during each gig.

To each his own.


Never ever had someone complain in a manager or me about mouth unflating.. I have have never even had someone say anything about it.


Me too!!
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Sing it, Rev! Smile

I'm one of those who simply never learned to mouth inflate. I've always used a Myers Pump One or electric pump; nearly 30 years now. For me, it's simply a matter of personal choice and the fact that I work almost exclusively with 160s. I applaud my peers who have the ability to inflate a balloon, especially a 160, anywhere at anytime. I just never felt the need.

Most guests are intrigued by the quiet electric pump. A few here and there laughingly call it cheating. To them I respond that I have little choice as I've never held a public office. For adults I refer to the pump as my patented "Senator in a can." I recharge it by plugging into CSPAN each night. I had to install an Emergency Pressure Release Valve after the last election.

Kids are amazed at the number of balloons I can inflate from such a "small air tank." I have a complete "Leprechaun with a teeny bicycle pump" story for the wee ones. I installed a little doll's arm that pops up and waves through a small hole and a voice chip from a cheap novelty toy that shouts "Hello? Can someone let me out of here!" at the push of a button. His name is O'Shaunessy and my regulars always ask to "see" him.

I've made my pump as much a part of the show as my humor, magic and twists. I've not found a thing that I can't do with my pump that my mouth-inflating buddies can. (Um...Maybe I should rephrase that...)

So, why does there have to be a right and wrong here? Do what works best for you, be the best you can be and make it entertaining.
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On 2010-07-29 15:14, CarlEJones wrote:

(b) Per my doctor, there is a difference between the germ issue related to mouth inflating and germs on the outside of the balloon. If you are a MD then I'm all ears. If you are not an MD, sorry, I have to go with his position.


Wes lives in MD, does that count?
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Yes, that counts. Smile
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