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Oh, I failed to mention that the remainder of the balloons in the bag are stored behind the bar. If I start to run low, I simply go get more out of the bag.
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If you can do that then You really, really need to get bad to the balloon 1 and 2. I am telling those two video's made a huge difference for me. Most balloons will be withing you ability range.

Posted: Sep 4, 2009 5:30pm
I do a mix of magic and balloons in my restaurant and I wear a messenger type bag that my magic balloons and my pump all fit it. It has become a game when I walk in. I will pick the bag up but then set it down again, act like I am going to put it on the remember something. When I do put the bag on the kids start clapping and I start working the tables. I love my regulars!
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This post ALMOST makes me want to break out the balloons again! Smile
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All this talk of balloons is nothing but hot air.....Sorry I couldn't resist, Hmmm, maybe I should have.....

Anyway, I do 3 balloons, a snake, a worm, and a lion (line)
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On 2009-09-04 10:26, slyhand wrote:
More great advise. Thanks to everyone.

More specific questions.

Mark, Are your hats done with one or multiple balloons? I like the idea of hats because they will be out of the way when I do the magic part.

As a person who is going to focus on magic, where is the best place to keep the balloons and pump while strolling?

As far as the stand-up portion goes I think I may do one bit on the platform then go into the audience and do my close-up for everybody at one time instead of just for the table.
I am thinking the silk to egg trick. I think I do that well. Hopefully it will go over well.


Sorry missed this one....

Multiple balloons usually no more than 3 per. All hats that is what I do.

I can roll with either ..... but balloons win out hands down. For demand and tip ability.
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A half hour on stage in a bar setting is an eternity. Besides the clientle will shift and change all night, and people will want to talk and not have anyone fighting for their attention on a microphone for an hour and more.

I would suggest that you get up on stage at different times during the evening--every thirty minutes or so, to do one or two routines--maybe ten or fifteen minutes.

If you do longer you will be drowned under the weight of indifference.

A magician knowing how to do balloon animals or fortune-telling is like a woman in the nineteen-fifties learning how to type. It is all they will ever let you do.

I don't have anything against balloon animals or fortune-telling, but they do not always go well with walk-around magic--people don't know whether they want to see magic (they have probably never seen real close-up magic) but they KNOW they want a balloon for the kids or their fortune told.
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Listen to Whit. He knows what he's talking about.
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Look here
http://www.balloonhq.com/faq/twists_101.html

Check out Dewey's series of balloon books, George Sands Balloon Modeling books, and Jim Sherman's "Bar Room Balloons" for a more "adult" crowd.
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On 2009-09-13 21:45, Whit Haydn wrote:
A half hour on stage in a bar setting is an eternity. Besides the clientle will shift and change all night, and people will want to talk and not have anyone fighting for their attention on a microphone for an hour and more.

I would suggest that you get up on stage at different times during the evening--every thirty minutes or so, to do one or two routines--maybe ten or fifteen minutes.

If you do longer you will be drowned under the weight of indifference.

A magician knowing how to do balloon animals or fortune-telling is like a woman in the nineteen-fifties learning how to type. It is all they will ever let you do.

I don't have anything against balloon animals or fortune-telling, but they do not always go well with walk-around magic--people don't know whether they want to see magic (they have probably never seen real close-up magic) but they KNOW they want a balloon for the kids or their fortune told.


That is what I was thinking. I know I would never hold their attention for that amount of time.

As far as the balloons go, I don't want to be a typist. But until I can be picky about which gigs to take it looks like I will have to do some balloons for this one anyway.
I am getting so tired of slitting the throats of people who say that I am a violent psychopath.

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I don't do balloons any more and hate to admit knowing anything about them

However you only have one week so -

You can already make a standard dog - good!

That means that you can also make a Sausage dog (long body, short legs)

Now make the ears bigger and the front legs shorter than the back ones - when you're done stick the front legs into the back legs (so the model is sitting up) - you've made a very popular Rabbit

Buy some balloon hearts - rabbits can hold these (attach to front legs) and they look cute - write the girl/women's name on it for further cuteness and even add a kiss

Buy flower head balloons, which just need to be inflated and attached to a straight and you have a flower

A dog or rabbit can be made to climb a flower by sticking the stem though its legs

It can climb and hold a heart - a four balloon sculpture!

Learn a sword and that's all the boys done!

Have fun!

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I don't mind being well rounded. I just don't want to be known as a "balloonist", not that there's anything wrong that. Smile

I also do some face painting with an air brush but don't want to be known as a "face painter".

Maybe if I could have a selected signed card end up inside a balloon animal. I would do animals all freakin day.
I am getting so tired of slitting the throats of people who say that I am a violent psychopath.

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I have a routine where a balloon dog finds a chosen card (not inside it unfortunately) can send it to you, if of interest - PM me your email
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On 2009-09-16 10:10, james prince wrote:
I have a routine where a balloon dog finds a chosen card (not inside it unfortunately) can send it to you, if of interest - PM me your email
I would be interested in learning this routine James, if you don't mind. PM'd you. Thanks in advance! Smile
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