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 Post subject: How I got into twisting
PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 1:33 pm 
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It all began at a summer fair. My wife had a small stall there and I took along the children.
Magic Mike was there performing tricks for the children and giving away balloons to his volunteers (twirly hats, swords, flowers)
My girls both got a four petal flower and it got me thinking - 'how hard could that be?'
When we got home I logged on to Amazon, found a bag of 260's that looked like the bag the magician had used and bought a cheap pump.
The next couple of weeks went by so quickly, making swords, dogs and flowers. I even bought a bag for school as a challenge activity for a group of children. It went down a storm.
I began to search the net for ideas and stumbled across a whole host of you tube videos. Holly, Mr Fudge, Chi Twist, etc. and before long, I was making penguins and dinosaurs.
My friends and family thought they were amazing and many had never seen balloons that were not dogs or swords.
I had a promise of a Christmas Fair at my wife's school and so with, much enthusiasm, I ordered over £100 worth of 260 balloons in a variety of colours plus a qualatex pump and a pack of white rounds.
By now I was taking models into school on a regular basis and kids were wanting to learn how to make things. So I put on a club as part of our enrichment programme and have had about 100 children through, making swords, dogs, flowers, hats and even getting onto penguins, dinosaurs and woven hats.
It has become so popular, that I even put on a beginners class for parents, providing decent hand pumps, bag of balloons and a lot of fun.
I joined this forum about Christmas time and it is always a great stress release to take my mind of normal day to day stuff and immerse myself in the world of balloons, even for just five minutes
I do experiment a lot at home and as a hobby, it is fairly cheap, though my wife is not keen on the noise and this can restrict how much I do play with them.
I have tried to develop some of my own designs but still rely on pictures and tutorials from others.
I would love to do more and take things further (even the odd party) but for now it remains a glorified hobby and that is fine with me. The variety of balloons is staggering and the potential unlimited. I look forward to many more years of fun and entertainment. :D :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: How I got into twisting
PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:02 pm 
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Sounds like you are totally hooked! Funny how it sometimes starts out as "that looks easy" and becomes the addiction that it is. Great story.

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