The Magic Café
Username:
Password:
[ Lost Password ]
  [ Forgot Username ]
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Ballooning 101 » » Magician doing balloons (starting out) (0 Likes) Printer Friendly Version

 Go to page 1~2 [Next]
swingjunkie
View Profile
New user
83 Posts

Profile of swingjunkie
Hi, my name is Randall. I am a magician a heart, but can use some extra money doing balloons at restaurants that might not be down for magic. I'd also like to be able to make some balloons after my shows for kids.

I have Balloon School, but would like to know how to get the most, quality sculptures for my money starting out. I'll probably never make a huge sculpture, and don't need to know how to make a 14 balloon portable jungle gym.

Could someone please tell me, if I were to drop about $200 or so on balloon DVDs, what would you recommend?
coma185
View Profile
Regular user
128 Posts

Profile of coma185
I would recommend Bad to the Balloon 1 & 2, Patricia Burnell's Twisted Critters, Mad Hatz and Wild Wearables Vol 1 & 2 to start with. Don's stuff is amazing but can be time consuming, I do some of his stuff for line work and others I do for special occasions and to help me book my next gig.

Good luck, I started the same way and now I enjoy the balloons more than the magic
Graham Lee
View Profile
Regular user
109 Posts

Profile of Graham Lee
There are some basic instructions on the balloon forum http://www.balloonchat.co.uk and some more advanced models with all the instructions on how to make them on the model of the month section.
jimhlou
View Profile
Inner circle
3619 Posts

Profile of jimhlou
Go to youtube.com, type in "balloon twisting", and there are dozens of very good videos showing how to make various balloon animals.

Jim
alee7371
View Profile
New user
52 Posts

Profile of alee7371
Check out "Buster Balloon" or Jonathon Fudge in you-tube. Both have excellent balloon animals.
Rob the Balloon Guy
View Profile
New user
West Hartford, CT
96 Posts

Profile of Rob the Balloon Guy
I will second the Buster Balloon recommendation. I will go so far as to say that he's got the best beginning video instructions out there, and they're totally free!

http://www.busterballoon.com/BusterBallo......ist.html
Bad to the Balloon
View Profile
Inner circle
Clearwater Florida
2116 Posts

Profile of Bad to the Balloon
Het I got a family to feed!!! quit pumping out the free videos.....

I kid of course.....

but when your ready to learn the fastest restaurant work that impresses people I do recommend Bad to the Balloon #1 & #2 . Not only do I endorse them I own the company!!
Mark Byrne
AKA Mark the Balloon Guy
As seen on the TODAY SHOW
www.balloonguy.net
Creator of Bad to the Balloon DVD series
Go to my store: http://tinyurl.com/Bad2theBalloon
seanmcd51
View Profile
New user
7 Posts

Profile of seanmcd51
I can say that I self taught by doing the you-tube thing and going through portfolios of balloon artists.

I still bought Bad to the Balloon 1 AND 2 - both are great and EXACTLY what you're looking for. I'm not kissing Mark's a** here. They're quick, 2 - 3 balloons. Mostly 260's. Not only recognizable but downright impressive.

Because I'm more balloon artist than magician I also have Caldwell's videos. I love them and they are some of my favorites. But it doesn't sound like you want to spend ~7 minutes on a balloon sculpture.

Do yourself a favor and get B2tB 1&2.

Hi Mark. Hi Rob. Funny meeting you guys here.
Bad to the Balloon
View Profile
Inner circle
Clearwater Florida
2116 Posts

Profile of Bad to the Balloon
Quote:
On 2010-06-07 16:49, seanmcd51 wrote:
I can say that I self taught by doing the you-tube thing and going through portfolios of balloon artists.

I still bought Bad to the Balloon 1 AND 2 - both are great and EXACTLY what you're looking for. I'm not kissing Mark's a** here. They're quick, 2 - 3 balloons. Mostly 260's. Not only recognizable but downright impressive.

Because I'm more balloon artist than magician I also have Caldwell's videos. I love them and they are some of my favorites. But it doesn't sound like you want to spend ~7 minutes on a balloon sculpture.

Do yourself a favor and get B2tB 1&2.

Hi Mark. Hi Rob. Funny meeting you guys here.


You may kiss away Smile
Thanks Sean
Mark Byrne
AKA Mark the Balloon Guy
As seen on the TODAY SHOW
www.balloonguy.net
Creator of Bad to the Balloon DVD series
Go to my store: http://tinyurl.com/Bad2theBalloon
FuDD
View Profile
Regular user
Tucson, Az.
150 Posts

Profile of FuDD
Its been said. BTTB 2 is all I own currently.(was the only one in stock at the local magic shop)Williams Magic, love it...Dons stuff is great from what Ive seen and read,though I have yet to purchase any of his dvds.

Ive also Enjoyed Ed Chee Hat Attack and Hat Attack the sequel.

http://www.MBD2.com
http://www.Balloon-animals.com
and like Graham Lee said
http://www.balloonchat.co.uk
may you be filled with loving kindness
http://www.williamsmagic.com
http://www.celebratemagic.com
Bad to the Balloon
View Profile
Inner circle
Clearwater Florida
2116 Posts

Profile of Bad to the Balloon
Alright to Fudd and anyone else reading this thread. Free shipping for one month on Bad to the Balloon #1 or #2 or both.

Since I am a bit lazy... I will slip a $5 bill in with your orders. Because otherwise I have to change my paypal parameters. It will bill you $30 but you will pay $25.

Use a the code : FFM (Free for ME) in the note section on your order no code no discount!!!

http://tinyurl.com/Bad2theBalloon

This expires midnight on July 8th!!!
Mark Byrne
AKA Mark the Balloon Guy
As seen on the TODAY SHOW
www.balloonguy.net
Creator of Bad to the Balloon DVD series
Go to my store: http://tinyurl.com/Bad2theBalloon
montymagi
View Profile
Special user
Slidell La
752 Posts

Profile of montymagi
I have to second that. I would say that Marks videos are perfect for restaurant. Quick and cute and that is where the money is in restaurants. I have three or four big things I do for birthdays or special occasions and some stuff I picked up along the way, but if you make even half of what you will find on bad to the balloon 1 & 2 you will be doing great.
BIGmagiclV
View Profile
Veteran user
374 Posts

Profile of BIGmagiclV
I'm in the same boat as the original poster. Magician who does a little balloon twisting at the end of the show. I do very basic stuff. Dog, sword, giraffe.
Now, my question is...how the hell do you remember more than that? how do you memorize anything more sophisticated? Is it all about muscle memory? Do I have to fill my apartment with mutant failed balloon twistings? Help!
coma185
View Profile
Regular user
128 Posts

Profile of coma185
Bigmagic, for me it's about knowing what I am making and not so much memorization. For example, if I'm making a bear, I will say nose, 2 connectors, chin, ear forehead, ear chin, twist instead of 1" bubble, .5" bubble, .5" bubble ect. Also this works when you are doing new designs for a client and you don't have the muscle memory yet, just stop and think what you are making and the twists will come.

Hope that helps

Coma
BIGmagiclV
View Profile
Veteran user
374 Posts

Profile of BIGmagiclV
For me, I have to do 1 balloon items fairly fast as I only have a limited time. Do you recommend any others I can do easily and fast?
coma185
View Profile
Regular user
128 Posts

Profile of coma185
Sword, dog, ladybug/turtle, monkey, tiger, bear
Bad to the Balloon
View Profile
Inner circle
Clearwater Florida
2116 Posts

Profile of Bad to the Balloon
Quote:
On 2010-06-24 23:33, BIGmagiclV wrote:
Now, my question is...how the hell do you remember more than that? how do you memorize anything more sophisticated? Is it all about muscle memory? Do I have to fill my apartment with mutant failed balloon twistings? Help!


I am missing the Gene to do my own taxes.....
Mark Byrne
AKA Mark the Balloon Guy
As seen on the TODAY SHOW
www.balloonguy.net
Creator of Bad to the Balloon DVD series
Go to my store: http://tinyurl.com/Bad2theBalloon
Kevinr
View Profile
Inner circle
1853 Posts

Profile of Kevinr
Quote:
On 2010-06-24 23:33, BIGmagiclV wrote:
How the hell do you remember more than that? how do you memorize anything more sophisticated?


Just like learning a new magic trick doing it over and over makes flow better..

Don Caldwell Mad Hats and Wild Wearables cant be beat!
Scott O.
View Profile
Inner circle
Midwest
1141 Posts

Profile of Scott O.
I received Bad to the Balloon Vol 1 the other day. I now have added a shark, a dolphin and a (Modified) duck to my repertoire. There are others on the DVD, but these were easy to do and remember.

BIGmagiclV, I do balloons as an add-on for B-days. So I do quick, one or two balloon creations. If you do the same ones over and over and then add a new one every once in a while, the list starts to get fairly long.
Mine includes, lion, cat, wiener dog, tiger, teddy bear, giraffe, airplane, sword, flower, bunny, flying mouse, guitar, ray gun, monkey in a tree, elephant, humming bird, butterfly, heart, alien hat, Dinosaur, pig, poodle, and now the dolphin, shark, duck and a fun frog. That's 26. Not an exhaustive list, but enough to satisfy the desires or most kids. Just make it your business to add a new model this week.
Do not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time you will reap a harvest, if you do not give up. Galatians 6:9
twistedace
View Profile
Inner circle
philadelphia
3772 Posts

Profile of twistedace
Learn how to make a few basic balloons and balloon hats. I like being able to make balloons that kids can wear. The sword and poodle are a must as well.
The Magic Cafe Forum Index » » Ballooning 101 » » Magician doing balloons (starting out) (0 Likes)
 Go to page 1~2 [Next]
[ Top of Page ]
All content & postings Copyright © 2001-2020 Steve Brooks. All Rights Reserved.
This page was created in 0.23 seconds requiring 5 database queries.
The views and comments expressed on The Magic Café
are not necessarily those of The Magic Café, Steve Brooks, or Steve Brooks Magic.
> Privacy Statement <

ROTFL Billions and billions served! ROTFL