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Topic: The Swifty Bag - THE BEST Balloon Bag on the planet!
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Oct 6, 2011 02:23PM)
I just got my new Swifty Bag from Allen Stay (AKA as Swifty the Clown) and since there is not an online demo of this bag, I thought I'd stick on up real quick. If you were ever on the fence about buying this bag, BUY IT! Trust me...you won't be disappointed. I have just over 10,000 balloons loaded up and everything fits nicely and doesn't feel to tightly packed in. The best $300 that I have ever spent.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCxv7Q9mjd4

To buy one of these, go to http://www.swiftybags.com

Christopher
Message: Posted by: Leland (Oct 7, 2011 06:28AM)
Very nice!

How heavy is that thing? I can see where you save a lot of time by not needing to resest you bag as often between events.
Message: Posted by: Bad to the Balloon (Oct 7, 2011 11:26AM)
Hey thought you didn't want to nozzle to end????
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Oct 7, 2011 01:25PM)
I didn't...I took your advice and I paid my neighbor's kid $20 and had it done for me. Best $20 I ever spent! :)
Message: Posted by: pslaughter (Oct 7, 2011 06:50PM)
Ok,I've got a question-maybe a silly question,but a question none the less...

So how are the balloons standing end to end-as in upright? I'm so use to the twist em up strips, how are the center sections loaded?

You've really got me interested in one of these bags! Just need to understand how it works.

Thanks :0)
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Oct 8, 2011 12:11AM)
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On 2011-10-07 19:50, pslaughter wrote:
Ok,I've got a question-maybe a silly question,but a question none the less...

So how are the balloons standing end to end-as in upright? I'm so use to the twist em up strips, how are the center sections loaded?

You've really got me interested in one of these bags! Just need to understand how it works.

Thanks :0)
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I owe both Mark Byrne and Stretch a LOAD of thanks for their ideas. I had the pleasure of playing a 5 day festival with Stretch about 3 weeks ago. Stretch had a cool idea of wrapping the straps in "fun foam" which is available from Hobby Lobby or Michaels.

Mark gave me the idea of having a neighbor's kid do all the dirty work that I hate doing. So gave 10,000 balloons (260s mostly) to my neighbor's kid along with $20 (which is a TON OF MONEY in his mind) and after a week he delivered this to my front door:

[img]http://i345.photobucket.com/albums/p377/lylemagic/DSCN3510.jpg[/img]


I took them out of the box and laid them all out to take a quick inventory check to make sure that all balloons I gave him were accounted for and banded correctly. This is what it looks like out of the box:

[img]http://i345.photobucket.com/albums/p377/lylemagic/DSCN3509.jpg[/img]

Each strap is 100 balloons and then rolled up in a "fun foam" sheet. There are 100 straps of balloons here x 100 balloons per strap = 10,000 balloons.

This is the inside of the swifty bag when it's empty:

[img]http://swiftybags.com/red-bag-inside.jpg[/img]

The black dividers are held in place with the strongest velcro that I've ever seen. You can take them out if you desire, but I have all of the dividers in as it helps sturdy the balloons. So when the balloons are wrapped up in the fun foam, they will stand sturdy inside of the bag.

So find a kid who you can trust and pay him to do the crap work that we all hate and you'll be left with a great set up. I owe Mark a beer at some point!

Used the bag for the first time tonight! Man it was nice!

Christopher
Message: Posted by: pslaughter (Oct 8, 2011 08:25AM)
Thanks Christopher! I'm thinking I just may have to get me one of these!

Your description really helped. The thing I think I like most is not having to deal with those little velcro strips!

Thanks again!
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Oct 8, 2011 08:51AM)
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On 2011-10-07 07:28, Leland wrote:
Very nice!

How heavy is that thing? I can see where you save a lot of time by not needing to resest you bag as often between events.
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QUITE Heavy! I haven't put it on a scale, but it makes me groan when I lift it up. Stretch also had an idea for a rig up with it where I could use this for strolling. Office Depot sells folding file cards that have a retractable handle and is on casters. It would take up a very small footprint and then I could use this while strolling...

I may check that out..
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Oct 8, 2011 08:52AM)
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On 2011-10-08 09:25, pslaughter wrote:
The thing I think I like most is not having to deal with those little velcro strips!

Thanks again!
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Indeed!
Message: Posted by: CarlEJones (Oct 9, 2011 11:48AM)
I have to say, it looks nice!
Message: Posted by: DATMagic (Oct 9, 2011 08:51PM)
Hey Mark,

On your dvd, Bad to the Ballon I, you wear dark glasses throughout, and if I remember right, even though the directions are exquisitely transferred to the watcher, you don't talk at all or very little.
In your avatar pic, you seem to have some gray in you beard, and it looks like, as my wife would say, you're built more for cuddling than for speed. But after visiting your web site I see a new version of you or your younger brother. I'm just saying, if that IZzzzz a new version of you, what kind of meds are you taking and can you get them from a Dr., or do you you pick them up after midnight from an cuban owned cigarette boat?
Message: Posted by: Bad to the Balloon (Oct 10, 2011 08:02AM)
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On 2011-10-09 21:51, DATMagic wrote:
Hey Mark,

On your dvd, Bad to the Ballon I, you wear dark glasses throughout, and if I remember right, even though the directions are exquisitely transferred to the watcher, you don't talk at all or very little.
In your avatar pic, you seem to have some gray in you beard, and it looks like, as my wife would say, you're built more for cuddling than for speed. But after visiting your web site I see a new version of you or your younger brother. I'm just saying, if that IZzzzz a new version of you, what kind of meds are you taking and can you get them from a Dr., or do you you pick them up after midnight from an cuban owned cigarette boat?
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Haaaa thanks David for noticing.

2007 when BTTB was filmed I weighed in at 240 lbs.

My wife and I went on a doctors weight loss program my lowest weight was 180 lbs. Since then I have tried to maintain my weight best I can. I currently bounce between 190 - 210 lbs.

Vitamins, high protein diet, lots of water ( I drink at least a gallon per day) sugar substitutes and I try to do some sort of physical activity other than balloon twisting.

The diet plan is administered by Dr Lara here in Florida...you want to find a doctor that follows Dr. Barry Sears plan.
http://www.zonediet.com

As far as looking younger a little dye goes a long way.....

My original intent wasn't for vanity but for stage presence. A fellow performer told me that my face washed out on stage with gray hair.
Message: Posted by: DATMagic (Oct 10, 2011 09:14AM)
Wow, great job! I guess I better get off my hind end and see what I can do for myself. I don't want to be the balloon guy that has to go get a balloon job at the emergency room.
Message: Posted by: Bad to the Balloon (Oct 11, 2011 08:57PM)
Having a heart attack at 40 helped me to lose too
Message: Posted by: DATMagic (Oct 11, 2011 10:09PM)
WOW, scary. I'm 49 and my doctor just told me I was in great shape for a 60 year old. Bas*rd put me on a diet, and told me I needed to do the "E" word. Your an inspiration.

David
Message: Posted by: Leland (Oct 13, 2011 07:53AM)
I do a lot of fair work and my bag always runs out, it’s a pain to reload, so much so that I just take the plastic bags of balloons to avoid having to reload my balloon bag. Not very professional!

Thanks for the info you've improved my life!
Message: Posted by: CarlEJones (Oct 13, 2011 07:08PM)
I still think that lining up nozzles is not a good use of my life or my money to pay someone to do it for me. To each his own but I don't think not having them lined up is a problem. Just my thoughts on what has worked for me.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Oct 13, 2011 07:44PM)
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On 2011-10-13 20:08, CarlEJones wrote:
I still think that lining up nozzles is not a good use of my life or my money to pay someone to do it for me. To each his own but I don't think not having them lined up is a problem. Just my thoughts on what has worked for me.
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Carl...

To each their own I guess...

For me...$20 is a small drop in the bucket. For a young teenager...it's date money, or a night out with his friends, and like I said, it's not "ME" having to do it. lol!
Message: Posted by: CarlEJones (Oct 13, 2011 11:49PM)
I hear you my friend! It's all good!
Message: Posted by: Joey Evans (Oct 14, 2011 09:34AM)
Interesting using craft foam. I have been using laminate or clear shelf liner so it slides very easy against the slick surface. I like the colors of the foam though. Let me know how you like it after a bit.
Message: Posted by: preston eakins (Oct 14, 2011 11:07AM)
I use the bag it came in. that way if I have a bad batch I still have the numbers that qualatex will ask for when I make a complaint.
Message: Posted by: Jestnjoker (Oct 14, 2011 03:22PM)
I too use the Q bags they come in. Whatever you use, you want it to tighten as you use the balloons. If it is too rigid the balloons will just fall to the bottom of whatever you are carrying them in. I like the bag with one or two balloons wrapped tightly around it.
Message: Posted by: Joey Evans (Oct 14, 2011 06:36PM)
Never thought of using the bag... Not a bad idea!
Message: Posted by: Stevethomas (Oct 14, 2011 09:02PM)
NICE bag! I have one from Flower Clown that's about that size, but no flaps or exterior pockets on the large sides. It was only $50 or less if I remember correctly.

Steve
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Oct 14, 2011 09:58PM)
On the advice of a few on here, I contacted Flower Clown about buying one of his bags. He told me that it would likely be close to a year before he could produce them as they were done across the pond. Then Jestnjoker turned me on to The Swifty Bag. It was far more expensive, but I think the bag will hold up a lot longer than Flower's will..and Allen offers a lifetime guarantee on the bag. Odd as both are from Cleveland, Oh. I think. :)

Not to change gears on my own thread but let me ask a question...

Preston Eakins said:

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I use the bag it came in. that way if I have a bad batch I still have the numbers that qualatex will ask for when I make a complaint
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What do you consider a bad batch? I have heard over the years of people getting a "bad batch" of balloons and I must say that I've never had it happen to me. Once in a blue moon, there might be a couple of balloons fused together, or one may have a hole in it. I think once I had a bag that was off by about 15 balloons but that was years ago. Just wondering...?

Christopher
Message: Posted by: preston eakins (Oct 14, 2011 11:26PM)
Andy macdonald was the one that gave me the suggestion on using the bags it came with and the reason being that way you always have the bag in case of a bad batch.
he also said if you think you have a bad batch call. if you do have one by the time you got that bag that batch will most likly have been turned in by one of the sponsored balloon artist as they get the freshest of fresh balloons

but to answer your question my opinion of a bad batch is when you start having breakage more then normal ie they break while inflating or just break over and over and you just know deep in your heart your better then to break that many.
Message: Posted by: Kevinr (Oct 24, 2011 02:29PM)
I too own the very same "Swifty Bag" (Mine is all black) I keep coloring pages on the top zip pocket this bag is huge and peopel love to see it.

I had a triple busking twist em up bag and this swifty bag is 10 times better!

I just wrap my balloons inside the bag they come with. I have no problem this bag will last a lifetime!
Message: Posted by: Ben Field (Oct 25, 2011 03:25AM)
I'm getting my mum to make me a similar bag for all my balloons, with pockets on top as well as the sides, and straps to hold my macpump as well, the thought had crossed my mind about putting small wheels on one end because of the weight of it when full. The inside of the bag is going to be lined with heavy duty velcro so that the dividers can be adjusted.

I currently have a tool bag for all my non 260's and a cool box bag for my 260's, and my rounds and hearts and others in a cardboard box, so it will be nice to have all my balloons in one bag!!
Message: Posted by: Amazing Magic Co (Mar 29, 2012 03:43PM)
Christopher,

Thanks for sharing your experience as this bag looked very interesting... but I never could get any replies from Swifty despite multiple emails over some time. One of my selection concerns is, if I ran into any problems or had questions, were they be accessbile? After recruiting some personal testimonials from fellow twisters, I finally ordered a new bag from TristinShout that appears to be similar in size with 20 pockets: http://www.tristnshout.com/bags/ They returned my emails immedaitely and were very accessible via phone. I'll gladly post my comments when the new bag arrives.

Dan.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Mar 29, 2012 05:10PM)
Yeah...truth be told Alan's customer service is pretty much non existent. When you do get him on the phone, he's a great guy and apologizes for not getting back to you sooner. He's says he's really busy running his balloon/clowning business, etc. Well...I'm also very busy with my Magic/Balloon biz but I always return phone calls...whatever, anyway...

The quality of the bag is top notch and was well worth the hub bub of trying to get him on the phone or respond to emails...

Good luck with your TristnShout bag...

Christopher
Message: Posted by: Powermagic (Sep 2, 2013 09:41AM)
That swifty site is lacking a bit. Can someone tell me the size of the bag shown here?
Message: Posted by: MrG (Sep 2, 2013 06:14PM)
Last Saturday night with a cigar and an ale I sat on the back porch to watch Christopher Lyle's videos on his bag and rig set-up. Possibly I'm late to the game on this, but if you have not watched these videos - do yourself a favor. Especially if you are new to line work or restaurant work. My set-up and rig is nothing like Christopher's, but there are so many tips and tricks in those videos that I immediately started incorporating them into my set-up.

Thanks for those videos Mr. Lyle. Great stuff.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Sep 2, 2013 11:46PM)
I am in the process of building a NEW RIG! It will allow for a much faster set up time (no zip ties), is sturdier and allows me to carry twice as many balloons as my old rig did! The final coat of paint is curing as I write this and I'll be ready to put on the Clear Coat Poly by Wednesday/Thursday.

I'll make an "updated video" once it's all done! ;)
Message: Posted by: Sick & Twisted (Sep 3, 2013 11:29PM)
I heard nothing but good things about the Swifty, but after unreturned emails from that site I simply broke down and got a triple busking bag. I wish David Brenion's buddy would make those Bagchunas available for order: They look absolutely awesome. @Christopher- Is your new rig similar to that design or did you try something different? Also, x2 as many balloons? So is that ~20,000? If that's the case, let me just say dear lord that's a lot of latex.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Sep 3, 2013 11:54PM)
Yeah, I also try contacting Rob about the possibility of baking one for me. I took his unresponsiveness to be a no. Guess you got to be part of the in crowd to get one of those… LOL! That's when I decided to go ahead and build my own rig. It's very similar to what I was using but it's a lot easier to transport to and from and set up once I'm there.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Sep 4, 2013 06:57PM)
Update! I did hear back from Rob… He's in the process of creating a website to advertise and sell his balloon rig. It's extremely expensive for him to make because obviously it's a custom job, however if it works for you and if it works for your needs then it's priceless! I think it's a great set up and will be interested to see the website upon its completion.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Sep 4, 2013 06:58PM)
I am putting the finishing touches on my new Bloomridge as we speak. Hope to have pics and/or video or both posted in the next day or two. Stay tuned…
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Sep 4, 2013 06:58PM)
I hate auto correct!
Message: Posted by: curtgunz (Sep 4, 2013 09:17PM)
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On 2013-09-04 19:58, Christopher Lyle wrote:
....my new Bloomridge...
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Can you post a picture of your old Bloomridge just for comparison. :)
Message: Posted by: Sick & Twisted (Sep 5, 2013 06:03PM)
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On 2013-09-04 19:57, Christopher Lyle wrote:
Update! I did hear back from Rob… He's in the process of creating a website to advertise and sell his balloon rig. It's extremely expensive for him to make because obviously it's a custom job, however if it works for you and if it works for your needs then it's priceless! I think it's a great set up and will be interested to see the website upon its completion.
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Awesome! Can you post the link on these forums when it finally gets up and going? I'm definitely interested as well.

...And to stay on topic, are your finishing touches complete??
Message: Posted by: Robynhood (Sep 5, 2013 09:22PM)
Christopher, ever since I saw your video over a year ago on how you wrap balloons I've been using that technique. I love it! It takes some time, but I don't mind. I'm OCD and if they didn't line up end to end I would go crazy. I get complements on how organized and clean my apron looks all the time.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Sep 6, 2013 10:59AM)
I just made a video demo for my new rig set up. It's rendering now. Ill post it later today... Stay tuned!
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Sep 6, 2013 05:10PM)
My new balloon management system is done! "The Gig Rig" was envisioned by Stretch Clendennen. To all my balloon friends out there, if you're considering updating your rig, this may be the answer for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6viUYS57BA
Message: Posted by: NYCTwister (Sep 9, 2013 05:36PM)
Yellow Dude?
Message: Posted by: Christopher Lyle (Sep 9, 2013 09:54PM)
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On 2013-09-09 18:36, NYCTwister wrote:
Yellow Dude?

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Always!!!!!