Complete Course in Balloon Animals for Beginners

Here's a complete course in how to make balloon animals for beginners. From why you should learn to make balloon animals, to the types of balloons to use, to the pumps, various techniques to make balloon animals, and finally, step by step instructions for the balloon animals themselves.

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    Why Should You Learn to Make Balloon Animals?

    Why Should You Learn to Make Balloon Animals?
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Almost everyone who performs magic professionally learns how to make balloon animals. Why is this the case and why are balloon animals considered an art that complements magic? Some of the reasons are due to market forces while others can help you to become a better performer. I'll explain.

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    The Best Balloons for Animal Balloons
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Here's what you need to know about the best balloons to use when making balloon animals.

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    Pumps for Making Balloon Animals
    Wayne Kawamoto

    To make balloon animals, you'll want to invest in a good pump. Here’s what to look for.

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    How to Inflate a Balloon to Make Balloon Animals
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Inflating a balloon to make balloon animals is far more than simply blowing them up. Here’s what you need to know about inflating a balloon before you make balloon animals.

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    Burping Balloon Animals

    Burping Balloon Animals
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Balloon artists often release a bit of air from an inflated balloon by releasing the nozzle that’s held in their fingers before tying it off. This process is known as “burping” a balloon. It’s a valuable technique that you’ll learn about here.

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    Basic Balloon Twist for Balloon Animals
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Here's the basic balloon twist that is the foundation for everything that you make through the art of balloon animals.

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    Balloon Lock Twist for Balloon Animals
    Wayne Kawamoto

    After the basic twist, the second fundamental skill in balloon twisting is the lock twist, which you'll learn here.

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    The Balloon Fold Twist for Balloon Animals
    Wayne Kawamoto

    The fold twist is a fundamental twist in making balloon animals. It is often used to make "ears" on animals and is the foundational twist in basic sword balloon animals.

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    How to Make Dog Balloon Animals
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Dog balloon animals are the fundamental sculpture in the art of balloon animals. Many balloon animals such as the deer and giraffe are variations on the dog balloon animals. And you’ll find that the basics that you master when twisting dog balloon animals, will apply to more difficult balloon animals.

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    Tips for Making Balloon Animals

    Tips for Making Balloon Animals
    Wayne Kawamoto

    If you're learning how to make balloon animals, here are tips and solutions to some common problems.

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    Instructions for Balloon Animals
    Wayne Kawamoto

    Once you've mastered the basic techniques of making balloon animals and can easily make dog balloon animals, here you'll find detailed instructions on how to make a variety of balloon animals.