I have been doing this for years, and I’m always surprised when I meet a balloon entertainer who’s not familiar with this technique.
I learned this technique first hand from Roger Segal. Segal, the master balloon twistier, developed this technique to make the trunk of an elephant-back in the early ’50s.
Since then, I’ve really had no need for 160 balloons because I can use a 260 instead.
Make sure you stretch the balloon when inflating, and if the balloon doesn’t inflate, relax the stretch and watch the balloon inflate from the back end to the front.
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Keep twisting, my friends. Dale.