Balloon "Twisting" or "Modelling", a little bit of history and my "Top Tips" on twisting.

The earliest 'balloon animals' were actually made using animal intestines, and then later, home made balloons. Performers in the early 1900's would, to the wonderment of the audience, produce their very simple creations.

With the improvement of manufacturing techniques of the balloons, and a growing interest in 'balloon twisting', performers around the world started sharing their ideas, first by books and later via the Internet

It is no longer a matter a 'magician' or 'clown' doing a few balloons to fill in some time, or a 'decorator' making a display.

There is now a growing world wide community of dedicated balloon entertainers, with many different styles. From "buskers" who travel the world, to the "roving entertainer" at the local shopping centre, to the "family restaurant" entertainers making your night more fun, to the 'teams of people' required to make massive world record "sculptures" like this one.

Visit the web site.

You will now find balloon twisters 'popping' up everywhere, with older hands like myself encouraging everyone to have a go, it's fun !!!

Now we can make "Balloon Twisting" a little easier, with
Mister Balloons',
"Top Tips"

Balloon "twisting" is fun and easy, but please check out my twisting tips first.

  1. You should always use a pump to inflate the balloons.
    In Australia you can purchase an inexpensive pump at Coles and sometimes K-Mart for around $5.00 ... if you require a better quality pump see my shop.

  2. You should, for best results, use professional quality modelling balloons. I personally only use "Qualatex" or "Sempertex".
    You can check with your local party shop or even some florists, just make sure they are professional quality modelling balloons.
    Professional quality modelling balloons are available in my shop.

  3. You should always have clean, dry hands ... on a hot sweaty day you can even dust them down with talcum powder.

  4. Don't let the kids play with your uninflated balloons (any stickyness on their hands transfers to the balloons).

  5. Under inflate your balloons when you are learning a new creation, it is easier to practice on a softer balloon.

  6. Tie the balloon by wrapping it around two fingers, not one, don't worry if the knot seems too far from the end of the balloon, practice will fix this.

  7. Choose one hand as the 'holding' hand and the other as the 'twisting' hand.

  8. Always 'hold' the knot end of the balloon, or the already twisted section, and twist the unworked length of the balloon.


Here's a clue !

If you can see that the "puppy dog" balloon and the "rabbit balloon" designs, shown here are actually very similar, just different size bubles?

You are on your way to being a "Balloon Twister".


There are two easy ways you can start balloon twisting.
Check out the

Balloon Twisting Instructions.

and some of my favourite "Balloon Twisting" web sites.


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'Starter Kit'
Modelling Balloons, Instructional Books, Pumps, and more.