The history of balloon animals


Balloons always light up the mood in parties with their warm colors. They have been useful for a long time and become part of the partying culture especially in birthdays and other childish events. The art of transforming balloons into exciting models has also been long embraced across cultures.

Most people who love balloon art are ignorant about the origin of the art. Many people do not have an idea of how it originated but still keep using the tricks. Clowns and children entertainers are some of the frequent users and masters in the manipulation of balloons into animals.

The most popular legend is that Herman Bonnert pioneered balloon modeling at a magician’s convention in 1939. During the same time, other tricksters like Henry J. Maar made the art popular and earned the name the Sultan of Balloons. One among the two should be the real originator, but it still remains debatable depending on the side of support you choose. 

Sultan of Balloons

Henry J. Maar was one of the earliest renowned entertainers. As a vaudeville magician, he held huge shows and attracted many fans. During one of his shows, he lost his props but still needed to proceed with the show, as it was too late to find a solution. He chose to use balloons to entertain his crowd and did a great job, which earned him the title the Sultan of balloons. Although he did not perform his act, he ended up inventing balloon modeling on the spot and formed a basis for later versions. Outside of the amazed audience, was his agents and managers. Everyone found it fascinating and longed for more or it. This innovation serving as an alternative to save his face became the beginning of future balloon modeling. Since then, Maar made a living from entertaining his audience by incorporating balloon animals in his clown acts. The balloon animals became an essential part of all his acts. The popularity grew immensely and attracted TV shows by the 1960s. 

The first known TV appearance was the Bozo’s Circus and was largely popular among enthusiasts. Although he lived off a ridiculous career and funny character to the children, he made a success in popularizing balloon modeling. To date, his inventions retain great relevance not only to children but also to crowds of all ages.

What is Balloon Twisting?

The art of twisting special balloons into different shapes is a popular party activity especially when children are involved. To do this, you will need to learn the art and become a balloon artist before you can make desirable models. Bending and twisting the balloons requires perfecting the skill. Balloon artists have proven to have a special talent in the phenomenon as no ordinary person can do it. Twisting balloons in almost any shape are not as easy as it looks simply because they are popular. Experts can form a wide range of models from hats to buildings. This means they can build functional items as well as funny designs. 

The Evolution of Balloon Animals

Initially, balloon animals were common in circuses, and magic shows apart from T.V shows. They, however, began to be common in children restaurants, parks, and fairs. Today, balloon animals are common in birthday parties in homes. The best part is that watching them form is just as much fun as having the finished model. The artists can attract the attention of both the children and adults alike. It is an irresistible activity, which can be exciting to all people across the age board. 

Types of balloon modeling

While the complexity of the balloon animal drives our enthusiasm, different types of modeling play a huge part in this phenomenon. Most balloon artists in their amateur moments, use single balloon modeling, which means form the crafts out of one modeling balloon. The result is basic sculptures, which are easy to identify by the common people. Others are competent enough to use multiple balloons in a multi-model technique. This means they can build elaborate balloon sculptures. The multi-models can achieve different colors, features, sizes, and impressively detailed designs. Over time, advanced balloon artists have developed significant types of special techniques as they build more detailed formations. Just like all art, the final model is limited only by the imagination of the artist. 

Blowing up balloons remains one of the best parts of a party. They make the person lighthearted especially after a few moments of blowing. Imagine blowing up balloon animals with detail and huge sizes. The feeling generated from the action is phenomenal and will light up the mood in any party. This is a task everyone should try at home to make their party worthwhile.


Conclusively, twisting balloons is an exciting task lovable by most people regardless of their age and culture. You will have the opportunity to learn the skill to make a party more lively using balloons. With more balloons and ideas, you can make more animal sculptures with details.

Balloon modeling will remain a significant part of the entertainment to children. If you want to make your child’s birthday worthwhile, consider hiring a clown who is competent in balloon modeling or learning the skill.

They never disappoint when children are involved. Balloons are cheap and a convenient method to light up parties. They will always be relevant in partying cultures around the world; everyone should learn the skill and make the most of their kid’s birthdays.

Mike Trakalo