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Mishel
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I just bought six packs of 100 Qualatex balloons!
One red, one white, one yellow, two traditionals and one entertainers!

That's probably nothing to most of you, but I feel like in the movies when the guy jumps on a bed full of money? only a bed full of balloons Smile


Anyway, they are having a protest here in a couple of days against the government's lack of enforcement the law against pulic smoking. You see, we passed the law, but no one is enforcing it so naturally no one gives a rat's ass and everyone still smokes wherever whenever.

They want everyone to come with white shirts to symbolize the fresh clean air we want. So I thought I'd go with a bunch of white balloons and give away white hats with "No Smoking" and "For clean air" written on them plus some white flowers to the ones with white shirts.

Can anyone suggest a anti smoking theme balloon that I can also make?

I have another question but it is of a totally different topic so I'll do it somewhere else (if I can't search for an answer).

Mishel.
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We have the same issue here in Nevada...no smoking but no one enforces it. Dang them.
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Check out the no smoking sign balloon I made!

That pinch twist there is just because the cigarrette tip curled up a bit and I needed to make it straight with the rest of the cigarrette.

I think it's kind of OK. People will recognize it in the context of the protest Smile

Mishel.

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Cool ...... I woiuld say smokin but that might offend and as it is an anti smokin campaign I thought best not.

Try a lassoon twist for going round the cigarette I t might look more like the red cross is going over the cig rather than through.

You could mount it on a hat so that bit was foward - or make a "bib" out of balloons for people to wear.
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Dave,
Can you describe a lassoon twist or do you have a picture?

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Actually the Lasso Twist he describes is on my DVD bad to the balloon. You have that don't you? It is part of the dragon balloon.

To other that don't own your personal copy yet....

Instead of a regular twisting two balloons together you soften one balloon so as to wrap 1.5 inches of the center of the balloon around the other leaving airspace on one balloon.

How did I do Dave?
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It wasn't that clear Smile
I can imagine several things out of that description and the name (Lasso).
I guess I'll have to get the DVD sometime soon.

A local girl who provides all kids of balloons and stuff just for twisting has sent me a catalog and pricelist. I hope she carries DVDs and Books as well, although I already ordered the single book on amazon that is also in TMeyrs site. I figured all the other books are for children.

Thanks for the suggestion Dave.
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Mark Not bad for an amateur! Actually I think it was perfectly clear BUT then I have watched the DVD.

May be a little more of an explanation (or clarification ….. for those who don’t have the DVD ………… …………………


……………………………….GET THE DVD (I think that clears it up? Is that better Mark?)

OK to try and be a bit more helpful:-

“Instead of a regular twisting two balloons together you soften one balloon so as to wrap 1.5 inches of the centre of the balloon around the other leaving airspace on one balloon.”

The balloon that goes around the main one (so in the case of the anti smoking slogan the red bar going over the cig) is softened and squeezed to get it thin (that’s what mark means when he says air space) this thin balloon is then wrapped round the other balloon so as not to form a twist not like in a regular twist. It does pull in to the inflated balloon a little but then I guess that is so that it grips on the other balloon and doesn’t slide all over the place.

I am not sure if that clears it up for you Mishel?

If not get the DVD it is SO clear on there!
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Whell, that is actually what I imagined, but do you twist the balloon on itself on the other side?

In other words, is it a squeezed out normal loop?
If not, then the balloon from the other side will seem to come down from one point and go out in a slightly shifted point so as to make a brokern straight line.
Plus, from the other side it won't look like a line at all.
With the regular twist it looks the same on both sides.

I guess if you inteden for it to be seen from only one side then it's OK.

Thanks Dave for the clarification, and Mark for the initial description.
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Hi Mishel:

Love your idea for the Anti-Smoking. Mind if I borrow it? One suggestion on making it a little more uniform, and the cigarette a little straighter, rather than just putting the one large pinch twist you have in the photo, put two smaller ones, on either side. They will act like little 'spacers'. I do this kind of thing all the time when I want something straight. If I can 'borrow' your idea, that is how I will make these.

One pinch twist is usually used to 'change the direction' (unless being used for an ear or something of course) of the balloon, as in making letters. Two smaller pinch twists, helps to keep things straight, in most cases. Mind you, I came up with a cool little machine gun many years ago, by transforming a Sabor Sword into a Machine Gun, and I am able to get away with ONE pinch twist for the 'sights' on the gun, and the barrel stays straight. Mind you, that's because opposite the pinch twist in a large fold over twist. The large pinch twist keeps the barrel nice and straight.

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I don't mind at all, smitty.
And thanks for the suggestion, I'll try it tommorow at the protest and maybe post back here some photos.

Actually I am looking for a cute instantly recognizable machine gun since I found out I have lot's of stuff for girls and not that many for boys...
I haven't tried putting one together yet though as I am still practicing about 30 basic figures.
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Lasso twist close up

Mark Byrne

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I have a fun, simple machine gun and a neat little lazer gun. If you PM me your email address Mishel, I will do a quick video for ya and send it.

I don't know how to post pics on here yet.

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Machine guns in Israel go over well .... who would have thunk?

Minor political observation, I'll shut up now!







Okay its a joke!!
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I've been there, it likely wouldn't be real popular.
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Okay I am a strange Balloon Guy ... I refuse to make weapons. Period•

Little background I was security specialist in the Air Force, I have fired everything the Air Force has short of cruise missile. I would own a gun (and I might have one and I might not have one) My children (girls) both practice Tai Kwon do. My point I am not a touchy feel-ly guy, I believe weapons and protection have a place, just not a family function.
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You are not a touchy feely guy?

The beard does not give that image through ... you look like a big fluffy Teddy bear! A secure one but cuddly ....... oh well I guess it’s true you can not judge a book by its cover!
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Mark,
You don't even do the pirate sword?

I am also more inclined to making "cute things" and weapons don't usually fall under that categoty. But as I was twisting for free and a bunch of children flanked me all they wanted is the sword for boys and hearts and flowers for girls.
Oh, the occasional dog also was there, surprisingly for both genders.

So I suddenly realized almost all the figures I chose to practice and have that "cute" quality that is usually more attracting to girls.
From your experience, what do boys generally like?


And on a different matter, I understood that "line work" is when you stand/sit and there is a long line infront of you and you serve to the first in line and so on.
If that's line work, how do you call it when you are standing and 60 children flank you from all sides and don't give you even the slightest breathing, not to mention twitsting, space? Crappy work? Smile lol

People go crazy when they hear something is free...
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Mishel,

You are correct I won't even make a sword. Why would I make a sword when in 30 seconds I can make a Shark?

Boy items I make in 2 minutes or less:
Shark, Dolphin, Surfer Dude, Tiki, Gator,One Eyed Monster, Pirate, Tower, Dragon, dinosaur, Monkey in tree, Fishing pole, Roller coaster, Lightening McQueen, Spiderman, Venom, Incredible Hulk, Thomas the tank engine, Tiger, lion, giraffe, Elephant, Pikacu, Lighten-bolt, Dog, crab, scorpion, bug, Praying mantis, Sponge bob, rattlesnake .... BTW first 9 are on my DVD.

Audience management is what is needed.

First make a line. I have several techniques. One I stick my arm out and they fall in. Another is to move next to a wall or fence. Another is to put down foam mats for people to stand on.

Designate your area. My arms are every where when I work. I don't want to hit someone when I stretch a balloon (I've got a mean left hook) If kids are encroaching on my space I hit them with a balloon as I twist!! If they say something, hey I'm working here!! I have had ADULTS walk right in front of me as I work because they thought it was a break in the line, WHACK Sorry Dude.

Decide how long you want to work. Make a sign that says when your finished. Make an announcement that you only have 30 minutes, 20, 15,10,5,2. Uncle Curt over on BalloonHQ.com has a end of line vest. Works great if you keep an eye on the line.

People get angry when you have been working 2-4 hours straight and want to take a break. My standard line about waiting is "No matter how long you have waited I have been here longer..." It really take the venom out of people. Many time people will hyperbolize their situation. I have people seriously tell me they have been waiting longer than time I have been at an event. (are you some time traveller??)

There is a guy in NYC that uses chairs like playing Musical chairs I think that is an awesome idea. He has half a dozen chairs in a circle and if you want a balloon you need to find a chair.

I have talked to Asi Cohen at Twist & Shout ... he says Israelis don't tip. Why not have a bucket that says donations at your feet?

Mark Byrne
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Good tips. Another good thing is to give the last kids in line a balloon, that is their ticket in a sense to get a sculpture.

Mark, if you don't mind what is on your next DVD?

About Israel, I don't know about tipping but hitting on a lovely young woman in uniform holding an Uzi while on a tram in Haifa is not real effective. She was beautiful.
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