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Perry D Winkle
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This is probably a silly question, but when I twist a lot of balloons over the course of two days, the fingers that I use to tie knots will blister. Is there a RIGHT way to tie balloons, because I want to make sure that I'm not doing something fundamentally dumb here.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Hmm.. I havent recieved any blister. I do lotion up my hand before I wist though.
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There is a better way to tie knots. Less stress on the fingers. It is on my DVD's if you have them. See the twist menu.

Baby powder will also save your hands too.
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On 2009-06-21 22:40, Bad to the Balloon wrote:
There is a better way to tie knots. Less stress on the fingers. It is on my DVD's if you have them. See the twist menu.

Baby powder will also save your hands too.


Mark you seem like a great guy.I hope one day to meet you.And one day to get a dvd or two from you.Hhehe all my money has been going to balloons,and the food at the local Fuddruckers on weekly jam nights.I will let you know as soon as I have some extra cash you and Don will have my first spare moneys.
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On 2009-06-22 01:47, FuDD wrote:


Mark you seem like a great guy.I hope one day to meet you.And one day to get a dvd or two from you.Hhehe all my money has been going to balloons,and the food at the local Fuddruckers on weekly jam nights.I will let you know as soon as I have some extra cash you and Don will have my first spare moneys.


I agree. Mark had me from the first time he flashed his kazoo.

uhm... wait a sec... that didn't come out right!!!
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What I got the least expensive DVDs on the Market, $24.99 each and each one will make you more than 10 times that amount of money.

What is up with my Kazoo???? doesn't everyone carry one?
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On 2009-06-22 14:09, Bad to the Balloon wrote:
What I got the least expensive DVDs on the Market, $24.99 each and each one will make you more than 10 times that amount of money.

What is up with my Kazoo???? doesn't everyone carry one?


I believe it but I am just starting out.Have enough regular work to make it full time currently, two kids, wife house etc.So there is no way I can afford everything all at once.I've bought one dvd (while kids and wife were away on vacation)and all my books are before really getting interested seriously in ballooning.Thanks to you I've joined balloon hq and am currently reading all the guides etc and am working through the free sculptures they have.

As soon as I can I will start working and re invest that money back into ballooning that will be when I am able to start buying things other than balloons which is all my wife is letting me get now.I am lucky shes letting me do that hahah.Of course when season picks back up I'll be carving ice agian and I can spend that money on whatever.Either way you must be patient.I am sure I want to buy your dvd's more than you want to sell them.


Edit: Sorry to derail your thread.I have no clue about better tying methods or anything that may help blisters.Maybe gloves?I just read about twisting with gloves on the balloonhq site.
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On 2009-06-22 14:09, Bad to the Balloon wrote:
What I got the least expensive DVDs on the Market, $24.99 each and each one will make you more than 10 times that amount of money.

What is up with my Kazoo???? doesn't everyone carry one?


Your dvd's rock! Truly!
Your Kazoo led me to this, so I deeply thank you!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC65ufGUvKM

I too apologize to the OP for the derailment Smile
I really just wanted to chime in and second Mark's DVD's Smile
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Perry D Winkle
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Mark,

Must have missed it in the DVD! I'll go back and take a look. Thanks.
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On 2009-06-22 15:19, Jay Buchanan wrote:
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On 2009-06-22 14:09, Bad to the Balloon wrote:
What I got the least expensive DVDs on the Market, $24.99 each and each one will make you more than 10 times that amount of money.

What is up with my Kazoo???? doesn't everyone carry one?


Your dvd's rock! Truly!
Your Kazoo led me to this, so I deeply thank you!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC65ufGUvKM

I too apologize to the OP for the derailment Smile
I really just wanted to chime in and second Mark's DVD's Smile


Is that you pm the Kazoo?? That guy is good.. Of course you need 3 people playing it seperate...

Mark Where on your video is your Kazoo?

I never saw you play that when you were in Denver... shucks!
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Okay I am a Closet Kazoo-ist!!!!!

Kevin I might have kazooed during the shark ... then again I must of used the music.

Tableside I'll use the Kazoo to embellish a hat. Jaws theme, Queen's entrance music for a Crown, Happy Birthday .....

In my DVDs I use a kazoo while in the Duck scene.....
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Oh yeah I recall the kazoo on the duck.. You did also act like shooting a gun while making that duck in the boat... Not sure that's leaving a good image for the balloon Obam supporters.. Smile

Never quite grasped why you make the eyes so complicated on the duck either...
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That's not me, but I agree he is good! Smile

When I first fired up mark's DvD(s), I was paying close attention to the details like the baloon holding pouches and stuff, since I am new to this all the little details are interesting to me. I spotted the kazoo in the pouch immediately and thought he was going to use it for some kind of audible inflate or something... lol

Good stuff! Smile

I love the duck eyes Smile
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Look at my portfolio on BalloonHQ (click portfolio on my website to get there the quickest)

There you can see how I load my pouch and separate my balloons.

The duck eyes were meant for advanced users, still can make the whole thing start to finish within 2 min.

You can always just draw eyes on it too.
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On 2009-06-26 19:14, Kevinr wrote:

Never quite grasped why you make the eyes so complicated on the duck either...



You don't get this?
You don't see the worth in making a simple balloon sculpture 1000 times more more valuable by adding animation and fun?

I would say, without any reservations, that mark's "duck eyes" are one of the best balloon features I have ever seen.

You really confuse me.
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On 2009-06-21 09:14, Perry D Winkle wrote:
Is there a RIGHT way to tie balloons, because I want to make sure that I'm not doing something fundamentally dumb here.


T. Myers posted an excellent video on tying the knot while putting minimum stress on the fingers or thumb. Until I found that video, I spent many a night soaking my hand in ice water to reduce the pain from tying knots. It would make my thumb stiff from the tension..

http://www.tmyers.com/movie/260Knot300.swf
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On 2009-06-28 00:38, MiketheMagicDude wrote:
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On 2009-06-26 19:14, Kevinr wrote:

Never quite grasped why you make the eyes so complicated on the duck either...



You don't get this?
You don't see the worth in making a simple balloon sculpture 1000 times more more valuable by adding animation and fun?

I would say, without any reservations, that mark's "duck eyes" are one of the best balloon features I have ever seen.

You really confuse me.


Sorry I confuse you.. I guess I didn't clarify myself. I thought the moving eyes were cute. I have seen it done before... Not on ducks.. But moving eyes in balloon for eyes.. Well.. Yes I have.. With balls, balloons as well... (are you on balloon hq??? You should really look into this.. buy some other videos as well)I just didn't see the point in wrapping the eyes in the black balloon so many times.

I am not ripping on Mark I like his stuff a lot and have met Mark. He is a good guy and a REAL working full time performer. To be frank with you I think Mark is one of the fastest balloon twisters out there! He is also a pretty dang good magician and artist!

I still watch Marks DVD's I reccomend them to anyone in the business!
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Mark,

I tied the balloons the way you instruct on your video all weekend. You were right. This is Much better. Way less fatigue.

A note on the duck hat. I do like the googly eyes. Another thing that I tried today is making the duck with a black body and twisting a white heart down the middle of the bumps and pushing it through (bumps upward) for the eyes. The eyes stand up in a sort of surprised expression. Draw on some pupils and it looks like Daffy. Kids love it.

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On 2009-06-21 22:40, Bad to the Balloon wrote:
There is a better way to tie knots. Less stress on the fingers. It is on my DVD's if you have them. See the twist menu.

Baby powder will also save your hands too.
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On 2009-07-05 21:12, Perry D Winkle wrote:
Mark,

I tied the balloons the way you instruct on your video all weekend. You were right. This is Much better. Way less fatigue.

A note on the duck hat. I do like the googly eyes. Another thing that I tried today is making the duck with a black body and twisting a white heart down the middle of the bumps and pushing it through (bumps upward) for the eyes. The eyes stand up in a sort of surprised expression. Draw on some pupils and it looks like Daffy. Kids love it.

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On 2009-06-21 22:40, Bad to the Balloon wrote:
There is a better way to tie knots. Less stress on the fingers. It is on my DVD's if you have them. See the twist menu.

Baby powder will also save your hands too.



Thanks.... My DVDs are about ideas. What you do with them is up to you.
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