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Currently been learning how to do balloon animals given that a lot of leads I get is asking for balloon animals. Anybody know of any good resources to teach balloon animals? Just bought a book in a store that came with balloons and a pump for about $4.
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Ask Christopher Lyle.
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There are some You Tube instruction videos by some balloon artists. Mr. Fudge is a good one.

Christopher Lyle, is the best I have ever seen, he takes balloon art to a new level.
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I really enjoyed balloon school as a good resource on starting balloon animals. It also goes into some basic buisness tips on balloon models as well going through basic and advance balloons. It's not cheap, but it really is good. Smile http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/940
(I should point out that this was my starting point in balloon animals, so it should be good for you.)
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I learned most of mine from Youtube videos.

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I just crafted up my first balloon animal. A dog. I managed to do it!
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Save your money....just go to Youtube...You will find anything and everything you need.
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Just as there are magic forums, there are balloon forums. Some of them are excellent resources.
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I learned balloons from the Balloon Magic Made Easy video (by Joe Lefler/Tricky the Clown).
It was easy to learn from, has a large selection, snimsls, hats, flowers, even a ray gun (30 different sculptures).
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I feel very humbled to be mentioned in this thread...thanks for the kind words. I don't feel worthy of such praise, but I'll play along...

First, take the balloons that came with your book and THROW THEM OUT! The book is fine, but the balloons that came with it are garbage. They will likely pop just by looking at them wrong. The two major brand names here in the US are Qualatex and Betalatex. I prefer Qualatex, but both are great balloons.

Back when I began, like Tony, my very first learning came from the Joe Lefler (RIP) VHS series. Great videos to learn from.

Unlike magic, You Tube is a great resource for learning balloon art, and it's free. You do have to sift thru much of the garbage to find the gems, but there is really great instruction out there at your disposal. My friend Dylan Gelineas has a great You Tube channel and teaches good quality stuff.

I would also suggest Mark Byrne's Balloon DVDs. They are all EXCELLENT regardless of how long you've been doing stuff. They're all hats and can be created in 2 minutes or less...but are still awesome designs.

I would also reach out to the balloon community in your area to find out when the local jams are. The best learning you can do is by hooking up with like minded folks and sharing ideas. You can always learn something.

Best of luck as you add this new skill set to your act. You're in for a fun ride!
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On Jul 31, 2014, Christopher Lyle wrote:
I feel very humbled to be mentioned in this thread...thanks for the kind words. I don't feel worthy of such praise, but I'll play along...

First, take the balloons that came with your book and THROW THEM OUT! The book is fine, but the balloons that came with it are garbage. They will likely pop just by looking at them wrong. The two major brand names here in the US are Qualatex and Betalatex. I prefer Qualatex, but both are great balloons.

Back when I began, like Tony, my very first learning came from the Joe Lefler (RIP) VHS series. Great videos to learn from.

Unlike magic, You Tube is a great resource for learning balloon art, and it's free. You do have to sift thru much of the garbage to find the gems, but there is really great instruction out there at your disposal. My friend Dylan Gelineas has a great You Tube channel and teaches good quality stuff.

I would also suggest Mark Byrne's Balloon DVDs. They are all EXCELLENT regardless of how long you've been doing stuff. They're all hats and can be created in 2 minutes or less...but are still awesome designs.

I would also reach out to the balloon community in your area to find out when the local jams are. The best learning you can do is by hooking up with like minded folks and sharing ideas. You can always learn something.

Best of luck as you add this new skill set to your act. You're in for a fun ride!


Thanks for your response Chris. I am actually enjoying doing balloon animals. Kinda surprised myself. I have been learning a few balloon animals on YouTube. You are correct, the balloons that came with my book did pop a few times, though I was able to make a few balloon animals with them as well. I am going to get the balloons you recommended, that way I don't have to worry about them popping as much. Many thanks for your input Chris! I appreciate it!
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On Jul 31, 2014, Christopher Lyle wrote:
I feel very humbled to be mentioned in this thread...thanks for the kind words. I don't feel worthy of such praise, but I'll play along...

First, take the balloons that came with your book and THROW THEM OUT! The book is fine, but the balloons that came with it are garbage. They will likely pop just by looking at them wrong. The two major brand names here in the US are Qualatex and Betalatex. I prefer Qualatex, but both are great balloons.

Back when I began, like Tony, my very first learning came from the Joe Lefler (RIP) VHS series. Great videos to learn from.

Unlike magic, You Tube is a great resource for learning balloon art, and it's free. You do have to sift thru much of the garbage to find the gems, but there is really great instruction out there at your disposal. My friend Dylan Gelineas has a great You Tube channel and teaches good quality stuff.

I would also suggest Mark Byrne's Balloon DVDs. They are all EXCELLENT regardless of how long you've been doing stuff. They're all hats and can be created in 2 minutes or less...but are still awesome designs.

I would also reach out to the balloon community in your area to find out when the local jams are. The best learning you can do is by hooking up with like minded folks and sharing ideas. You can always learn something.

Best of luck as you add this new skill set to your act. You're in for a fun ride!


Chris, I just checked out the link to Qualatex balloons: http://www.qualatex.com/

I see where they have a catalog, but I am looking specifically for the balloons they sell for balloon animals. Could you please send me a link where I could order qualatex balloons good for animal balloons? Thank you!
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You can order them from pretty much anywhere. I normally by them here: www.continentalsales.net
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You can order them from pretty much anywhere. I normally by them here: www.continentalsales.net


Thank you Chris, much appreciated!
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You can order them from pretty much anywhere. I normally by them here: www.continentalsales.net



Quick question Chris. On the website you referred me to, I assume that Qualetex 646Q would be good for balloon animals? Here is the link: http://www.continentalsales.net/item.php?it=599 Please let me know and thanks!
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Chris, no doubt, has much more experience than me.
In my experience, for basic balloon animals, 260s are standard.

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I was going to say something like that Tony but then it has been a long time since I bought them my info may be out of date. 2 inches around 60 inches long. 260q from Qualatex. What it is now I have no clue. But if you were wrong you have me for company!
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260q's are standard I believe, but sculptures often use a lot of different sizes for different things, as well as different shapes.
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YouTube has about all you need to learn..
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