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Re: Who has been asked to blow up balloons?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:55 am
by Charlie C Chowder
As a Clown who ties animal balloons by the hundreds, I do not blow up balloons with my mouth. For one, it is illegal to give out balloons in some cities if you do it orally, you may be passing unwanted bugs in the air that you blow out. Second the back pressure of all of those balloons can cause you problems. There are a lot of manual mechanical pumps out there and several powered ones as well. If you want to learn how to tie, check out "Balloons HQ". And they do not float if you use helium.

Charlie C. Chowder

Re: Who has been asked to blow up balloons?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:15 am
by KingConnTuba
Howdy Mr. Chowder,

The question was about how to blow up these balloons by mouth. No one said anything about distributing them or venturing into the business of clowning or related vocations. Some folks can blow them up, others can't. I was amused that I could.

Regards

Re: Who has been asked to blow up balloons?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:31 am
by hup_d_dup
Charlie C Chowder wrote:For one, it is illegal to give out balloons in some cities if you do it orally, you may be passing unwanted bugs in the air that you blow out.


Can you give the name of any of these cities? I searched and couldn't find any mention of this. The closest thing I could find was that the EU bans children from under eight from blowing up balloons (so they don't swallow them). https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldn ... rules.html

Hup

Re: Who has been asked to blow up balloons?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:58 am
by hup_d_dup
KingConnTuba wrote:No one said anything about distributing them or venturing into the business of clowning or related vocations.


That's not true. Mr. Chowder did.

Any why not? It's interesting.

I come here to learn weird things.

Hup

Re: Who has been asked to blow up balloons?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:22 am
by KingConnTuba
hup_d_dup wrote:
KingConnTuba wrote:No one said anything about distributing them or venturing into the business of clowning or related vocations.


That's not true. Mr. Chowder did.

Any why not? It's interesting.

I come here to learn weird things.

Hup


I was responding to Mr. Chowder but was regrettably unclear. My apologies, Hup.

Re: Who has been asked to blow up balloons?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:47 pm
by Charlie C Chowder
Seattle for one had the rule for balloons.

As to being able to blow up the balloons by mouth, I was taught to stretch the first two inches of the balloon as you start to blow and letting that stretch collapse as you start blowing. If you pre stretch the whole balloon, you will not get a good firm balloon. It will not be as ridged.
I have seen all manner of people who could and could not blow up a balloon with their lungs. Being big and able to play an instrument like the tuba does not really help. But do not know any oboe playing clowns. Our smallest clown, a lady at maybe 90 lbs., had no problem. I just do not even try any more at my old age. But I play saxes from soprano to baritone, flute and my 6/4 York tuba all the time. No immense back pressure to deal with.

I did not want to cause a ruckus, just added my two cents in.
Charlie C. Chowder

Re: Who has been asked to blow up balloons?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:42 pm
by KingConnTuba
It sounds like you're thoroughly enjoying retirement, Charlie. Thanks for the extra balloon blowing tips, they'll come in handy if I'm ever confronted with the situation again. This was initially just about us getting asked put our lungs to work in extracurricular ways. It sounds like a scenario that happens on occasion. It's fantastic that you're a multi-instrumentalist, I can just about play the tuba.

Best wishes

Re: Who has been asked to blow up balloons?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:10 pm
by nworbekim
i used to have my beginning band players blow balloons up for a while...

Re: Who has been asked to blow up balloons?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:21 am
by KingConnTuba
Awegner2 wrote:The one I tend to get is the request to inflate air mattresses any time the college gang gets back together.


I recall reading about a similar situation in an old TUBA Journal. A tuba player went to ROTC camp or something and some of his fellow campers paid him to blow up their air mattresses. You should at least set out a tip jar.