Needle thru Balloon Question

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Postby Damian Odess-Gillett » 05/24/09 09:32 AM

Hi,

Can anyone tell me if the clear balloons one finds in a well-stocked party shop work for this effect, or must they be ordered from a magic dealer?

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Postby DrDanny » 05/24/09 11:23 AM

almost any balloon will work.
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Postby Damian Odess-Gillett » 05/25/09 12:37 AM

Great, thanks for that.
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Postby Spellbinder » 05/25/09 06:16 AM

DrDanny wrote: almost any balloon will work...

Not quite true: some balloons are just too thin for the effect; like water balloons, some animal twisting balloons, mylar balloons and cheap Dollar Store balloons. Good quality latex balloons are best, but buy a small quantity to test just to make sure. Sometimes underinflating a balloon helps make an unworkable balloon into a "maybe" workable balloon.
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Postby Damian Odess-Gillett » 05/25/09 08:38 AM

Excellent, thanks, Spellbinder.
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Postby Tom Dobrowolski » 05/25/09 12:16 PM

Also if it's not transparent you lose the audience seeing the needle penetrate through the balloon.
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Postby Damian Odess-Gillett » 05/26/09 10:04 AM

Right. I noticed that on the clip of Earl Presto Johnson on youtube. But then he rotates the balloon on the spindle, and it's pretty neat looking...
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 05/26/09 08:49 PM

Do any of you know who invented Needle Through Balloon?
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Postby Joe Pecore » 05/26/09 09:21 PM

Bart Whaley says Canadian magician T.S. Ransom in 1954 was the first to stick a balloon with a needle without popping it. Passing a needle completely through the balloon was first marketed as The Pincushion Balloons in 1956."

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Ransom in New Phoenix (1954), 51;
Crimmins in Hugards Magic Monthly (Jun 1956), 440.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 05/27/09 09:13 PM

Correct! Tom Ransom of Toronto.
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Postby Kent Wong » 05/28/09 12:36 AM

If you have to use a thin balloon, sneak a little scotch tape on the sections where you will be penetrating. It will give the latex a little extra strength and keep it from popping.
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