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Balloon School with Joe Montella (DVD) OVER FOUR HOURS of instruction!
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How to construct GIANT SCULPTURES
Joe regularly gets hired to create life-size promotional sculptures. Where do you start when you want to make a life-size 57 Chevy out of balloons? How about a LARGER-THAN-LIFE Penguin? Joe breaks it down step-by-step and helps you get started creating these unique and EXTREMELY MARKETABLE works of art.
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Customer Reviews (showing 1 - 10 of 69)7 of 8 magicians found the following review helpful:
Not a bad intro, but also missing some key fundamentals Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 30th, 2013
I recently picked balloon twisting back up after a 15-year hiatus, and got this video as part of the 'Choose 5 for $99' deal as a means to re-introduce myself to some fundamentals and re-learn some of the more complex designs. While it was pretty good for that, I didn't really love Joe's presentation style (he seems constipated through the whole thing, and every smile he shows looks forced and awkward), and he glossed over (or completely skipped) some key concepts that I know to be fundamental to the practice, and there were a few 'standard' sculpture designs that he never teaches or mentions. So, although I appreciate the overall contents of the video, I spent about 2/3rds of the time thinking that I could have made a much better video. I certainly wouldn't recommend paying full price for this video, but if you need a basic all-in-one intro to twisting, it's worthwhile as part of the 'Choose 5' deal.
Some good info for sure... Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 26th, 2011
When I received the Order 5 for 99 bucks recently, I decided to check out Joe's Balloon School. I have considered it in the past, but wasn't sure what I thought. I've been doing Balloon Twisting for 25 years, so do already have a pretty decent repertoire.
But, my attitude & opinion is, if you find ONE item on a DVD worth value to you, then it was worth the purchase, plus I love supporting other Artists.
I read through the reviews, and they were all pretty good, so I decided to 'go for it'. I have mixed feelings about this DVD offer. My fiance watched it with me, and about halfway through, she said, 'This guy is very boring to listen to'. We still watched the whole DVD, and there IS definitely some great info here, for beginners for sure.
If you are already a Pro Twister, I don't honestly think you will get a lot out of this, but for sure a beginner or maybe an amateur will gleam some great advice.
On the more advanced stuff, I did LOVE Joe's Mermaid (very simple but very cute), and his Rose, and Diamond Ring. Everything else I already make, a little differently of course.
I do a LOT of line work, so there were a few 'tips' that Joe didn't show, that I use all the time, to prevent kids from taking apart their creation. I was surprised Joe didn't show this simple technique.
Another tip I'm surprised Joe didn't share was 'mouth inflating vs. pump inflating'. In all my workshops I always explain that with 'mouth inflating', which I do a lot myself, but you are blowing 'hot' air into the balloon, and this 'does' make your balloons more brittle, whereas with a pump, you are inflating with cooler air. From my experience, I have much less popping when I pump inflate, especially in a warmer environment.
Joe's Steps to Success & Business Advice was very good, but of course already known to other Pro's.
My fiance and I agreed Joe is NOT a teacher, but is very good on the street and entertaining.
Joe's DVD would definitely be very good for a person just starting out, no question. So I can recommend it to a Beginner, but don't really think an Amateur or Pro would get a lot out of it. Is it worth the price; well in my opinion, maybe just a lil overpriced. 29.95 would have been much more reasonable. I believe a Beginner would really enjoy it. Joe's DVD has certainly inspired me to begin working on my 'first' DVD.
Very basic Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 19th, 2015
The DVD is good in that it teaches the basic twists, and some very basic balloon animals. There are some suggestions on how to find work, as well.
But even the most cursory search on the internet will give you equally good instruction on the basics, and significantly better animals to do. I was seriously hoping that Balloon School would have more than just the basics.
I'd skip this. If you're anything but a beginner, you'll be disappointed. If you are a beginner, find the basics for free on you tube.
EXCELLENT WORK JOE! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 17th, 2011
Ok, FIVE WHOPPING STARS!
Joe Montella took the time and patience making a tutorial should have. His explanations for everything were incredibly accurate and he took exactly the right steps for teaching.
I've been working with Balloons since the early 90's as an "EXTRA" in my Magic Performances. I started with (and still use) Captain Visuals Balloon Book. When I saw Joe's Preview Video I thought I'd be wasting money buying this DVD, but as soon as I started watching my Download Version I was completely satisfied.
Looking at Balloons from his mind's eye (sculpting) has shown me a different light and will make balloonary something more in my performances.
GET THIS DVD! You will not be disappointed (oh yeah, buy a bunch of balloons too, sold here, 260Q's and 160Q's, LOTS) and you will learn a LOT from this guy.
Hats off to you Joe and all the best wishes for you out there!
Balloon School Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 12th, 2011
The DVD is a relief. I am more visually inclined when it comes to learning certain things. I do love books, but the DVD sped me through the basics right up to the more advanced balloon twisting.
Hats off to Joe Montella! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 24th, 2010
I got this DVD a loong time ago, maybe like, a year and a half, I watched it sometimes and I didn't own any balloons, but since there was this 5 for 99-deal I added this, because you never know when you need this.
A couple of weeks ago I finally decided to start off with balloon sculpturing, so I bought myself some 260's and the balloon-pump Joe recommended in the DVD, and yesterday I recieved the balloons in the mail from Penguin, and I thought at first it was going to be very difficult, but no, it wasn't all that difficult.
Maybe you have a little bit of trouble in the beginning, but once you learn all the basics, you can do almost anything.
Joe is a great teacher and he doesn't leave anything out! He's maybe a little too quick on how to do all the sculptures, but he said that before he started, so it's OK. great thing DVD players have a pause-button. ;)
Thank you Joe for this absolutely outstanding DVD!
oh, and one last thing for everyone else: ADD TO CART!
The perfect start for ballooning. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 1st, 2013
Bought this without ever having made balloon animals before (apart from making a dog once when I was a kid), and really never even putting much thought into doing so. Now a few weeks after getting this, I've already done a birthday party with plenty more on the way, and have been asked to make them at a big fund raiser in a couple weeks. The skills you learn on this dvd will so quickly have you making way more impressive balloon animals than you probably knew existed.
By the time you go through the techniques section, it is fairly limitless what you can make with some imagination. There are plenty of designs taught here (and are taught very well), but even if what you want to make isn't detailed here, it isn't hard to figure out how to make what you want using the loops and twists that you learn.
If balloon twisting sounds at all like something you'd be interested in doing, pick this dvd up.
It changed my life! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 18th, 2012
Ok I watched this DVD and it helped me so much! I was so afraid of the balloons and got so much useful information! I was doing some face painting on the side and this DVD has helped me morph entertainment into my full time job! People are so impressed with the things I learned from this and I get repeat business. Thank you Joe! You changed my life!!
It's Great! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 15th, 2012
It is a great investment and you learn quickly!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 4th, 2016
s was the best teaching dvd ive ever bought id give this 10 stars if they let me I hope he Joe makes more of theses dvds on other balloon tieing ideas ill be the first one to buy it I just wish he told us where to buy are balloons aprine and his pump
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