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Glue dots would be great if preparing in advance, but being able to perform this impromptu without any prep is what's appealing to me.
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Simply love Rep Air!! Thx for sharing it with the community.
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On 2011-09-21 10:39, nonvpro wrote:
Bought this and simly love it. However, I'm having an issue with the balloons I've purchased. Can't seem to find non-transparent baloons. I purchase the balloons Sammy J recommended from Wal-Mart and for my liking, they are to transparent. Actually, I've purchase 8 differend manufactures of balloons and have had the same issue with all of them. Anyone recommend a non-transparent balloon?


I hear what you're saying. After working with them for a while, a lot of the balloons in the bag I recommended seem too transparent. With proper handling, the darker ones still work, but it would be nice to not worry at all about it. I used to do Mark Jenest's Billoon trick, and used black balloons that I bought at a Party store. I think I'll go see if they are available in the right size.

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Sammy, I was about to recommend black ballons. you beat me to the punch. Smile
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Sammy, I was about to recommend black ballons. you beat me to the punch. Smile


Me too! but it's OK to be beaten to the punch. Black Balloons, I've purchased them from Party City, they have a whole wall of balloon selections.
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Sammy, I was about to recommend black ballons. you beat me to the punch. Smile


Me too! but it's OK to be beaten to the punch. Black Balloons, I've purchased them from Party City, they have a whole wall of balloon selections.


Party City is where I bought my black balloons in the past. Thanks for the reminder!

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Black balloons will work. However, I like the idea of asking a spectator what their favorite color is, then handing them the same colored balloon. I know there are non-transparent colored balloons out there somewhere, just have to find them. Love to hear anyone's suggestions as to where.
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Black balloons will work. However, I like the idea of asking a spectator what their favorite color is, then handing them the same colored balloon. I know there are non-transparent colored balloons out there somewhere, just have to find them. Love to hear anyone's suggestions as to where.


I agree. Let's find the perfect balloon. I will check out my local "Party City" and see what I come up with. I hope everyone else goes on the same venture!

This is a really great effect!

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Black balloons will work. However, I like the idea of asking a spectator what their favorite color is, then handing them the same colored balloon. I know there are non-transparent colored balloons out there somewhere, just have to find them. Love to hear anyone's suggestions as to where.

I told you above, Qualatex. Just find your local supplier. But there are zillions of other balloon manufacturers too, Qualatex are probably the most expensive.
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I've gone through two bags of balloons practicing this. I just love watching the effect in the mirror! This is something I will do.

I really like the ice pick idea and the bottle idea. Things to think about.

Sammy


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You've got to demo this when you come back to the blowtorch...
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Thanks again for all the positive feedback. Let me know if you find a particular online supplier for good balloons. I'm looking into it as well. With the balloons I use, the color of the balloon doesn't matter all that much. I've been doing this with all colors - even yellow.
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I understand the color doesn't matter. Being able to offer the spectator a free choice of color is a very nice touch. What does matter is the transparency of the balloon. As I explained to Michael in a PM, I have gone to every source local to me searching for the balloons. Everything I have come across and purchased are to transparent.
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Just got contacted by a supplier of balloons - hope to have details soon. Stay tuned!
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Michael,

Thanks for going the extra mile for us. Really appreciate it.
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Potty the Pirate is correct, you should take his advice. Qualatex balloons have been the premier high quality balloon on the market for over 50 years. It is thick walled, and if you can't do the trick with this brand, no other will work. As stated the are more expensive, remember higher cost higher quality, lower cost lower quality.

All good balloon modelers use Qualatex brand balloons.
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On 2011-09-23 10:53, wmhegbli wrote:
Potty the Pirate is correct, you should take his advice. Qualatex balloons have been the premier high quality balloon on the market for over 50 years. It is thick walled, and if you can't do the trick with this brand, no other will work. As stated the are more expensive, remember higher cost higher quality, lower cost lower quality.

All good balloon modelers use Qualatex brand balloons.

Why not buy some Qualatex balloons, and learn a few basic twists, while you're at it? As a balloonologist, I can assure you that making fab balloon models is truly a wonderful thing to do. This effect is brilliant for those of us who use balloons regularly in our presentations. Join the club...it ain't difficult!
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Michael, thank you for releasing this. I work restaurants and this is gonna be immediately going into my set. I have been looking for something clean and visual like this. Your instructional download was clear and very funny. Thank you!!
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Wow. Just got done at the restaurant... Prepped a bag of these and had so much fun. Worked great with families and people in the bar. The general manager was blown away. Thank you again Michael!
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So Brian, I have shaky hands and don't do well with sleights. Will I be able to do this easily, or will I need to practice so much that I'll just give up and move on? Sounds like you did it all night with much success!
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The effect is so straight forward and clean. You will have no issue doing this. It's in no way knuckle-busting. I got it down in about 20 minutes. Did it nearly surrounded. Will need to watch angles. I'm using this at a wedding reception tomorrow night. Should be a blast!
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Thanks for your honest opinion and advice, Brian! I guess I'll be downloading this one tomorrow! Good luck at the wedding reception and let us know how it goes!
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I stumbled on this thread a few days ago. I downloaded this today. Brilliant!! I have know Michael for a few years and I have always liked his thinking on routines. This was an unsolicited comment but I have to say this is really great.

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Thank you for the kind comment, Ron. I'm glad you like it!

Here's a stage presentation idea for you:

Blow up the balloon - explain the "science trick" of putting a piece of scotch tape on the balloon in order to push a needle into it without popping it. Then show how pushing the needle through anywhere else on the balloon pops the balloon. "That's science. But - (while performing repAIR) if I could make the balloon go back together.... that's magic."

Just an idea.
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Here is where I go, and they pretty much have what your looking for:

http://www.balloonsetcaz.com/latex.html
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It appears they only have 5" round. This effect requires 9" round unless I am reading wrong.

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I purchased and watched Repair today. Great effect!!! Simple yet very magical. Hihgly recommended.

I shared an idea I had with Mr Michael Kent and he thought it was very good and asked me to share it with everyone here. Using a sharpie you can openly draw a picture such as a smiley face on the front of the blown up balloon. YOu then pop the balloon and when it is restored you can have the same smiley face appear on the restored balloon thereby enhancing the visual retention of the effect.

You can also find Qualatex 9 inch balloons of various colors and a variety pack of a 100 at balloonsfast.com

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Had the pleasure of performing repAIR last night at a wedding reception. It is my new opener. It just set the tone for the evening when the people at the tables just forgot their environment and would drop F-bombs at the sight of the restoration.
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Not sure if it helps, bought my balloons the day before the wedding gig at walmart. Got about 8 bags of 25 assorted 9 inch balloons for .97 cents each. I was able to prep about 20 of them for the evening.
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I will say I got a bag of Qualatex and they might be "too good" for the handling. Not trying to give anything away, but I seem to have an easier time with the restore with the cheap balloons.
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On 2011-09-27 00:35, jearnshaw wrote:
I will say I got a bag of Qualatex and they might be "too good" for the handling. Not trying to give anything away, but I seem to have an easier time with the restore with the cheap balloons.

Interesting...I hadn't considered that. I get what you're saying.....so the search is still on for the "perfect" balloon for this effect?
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