Introduction: Black Balloon Burst With a Twist

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This instructable and video combine the balloon in a balloon trick with the properties of a Phoenix green laser pointer from Wicked Lasers. Properties of the Phoenix and other lasers can be discussed at the laser forum.

"Posted by Laser Community member: tchplant"

Step 1: List of Materials.

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You will need a black balloon, crystal clear balloon and a laser such as a 75mW Phoenix green laser. Buy your balloons in bulk. With all of the variations on this theme, you will be going through a lot of them.

Step 2: Preparing the Clear Balloon.

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Using the Phoenix as a dowel, slip the clear balloon over the pointer and roll it up.

Step 3: Insert the Black Balloon.

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Fold the black balloon in a way that allows you to partially insert it into the clear balloon you've just removed from the pointer.

Step 4: Encapsulate the Black Balloon

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Unroll the clear balloon over the partially inserted black balloon, leaving the end of the black balloon exposed.

Step 5: Inflating the Balloons.

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Blowing only into the black balloon, inflate both balloons as large as you can without bursting. Then tie-off the black balloon.

Step 6: Tying Off the Clear Balloon

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Tuck the end of the black balloon into the clear balloon and tie-off the clear balloon. It is not necessary to further inflate the clear balloon.

Step 7: Bursting the Black Balloon.

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Holding steady, direct the beam from the Phoenix laser pointer at the side of the combined balloons.

Step 8: The Result

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The laser will pass through the clear balloon bursting the black balloon within, leaving you with the remnants of the black balloon within the inflated clear balloon.

"Posted by Laser Community member: tchplant"


Trinity (author)2007-12-26

this has nothing to do with the properties of the laser. it makes the black one bust because the clear one absorbs almost none of the energy form the laser but the black one absorbs almost all of it

chibiwind (author)Trinity2011-01-22

because of the colour of the balloon or am i missing something?
Kinda like polar bears?

tchplant (author)Trinity2007-12-27

Can you do this with a flashlight or a steak knife? No, neither have the properties of a laser. However, I agree this also deals with the properties of the balloons. A candle burns because of the properties of both the candle and the match that lit it.

berky93 (author)tchplant2008-04-24

but although this properties of lasers in general affect this trick, the fact that the laser he used is a phoenix has nothing to do with it. I can pop balloons with my phoenix, I can pop them with my core. the only difference is with a more powerful laser they burst faster or without aid.

Weissensteinburg (author)2007-12-25

Very cool =]

you might upload the video to youtube...38 mb is a lot to download just for a movie.

Derin (author)Weissensteinburg2008-09-28

696 mb is too much for an ubuntu live cd .iso

chibiwind (author)Derin2011-01-22

how is this relevant?

m85476585 (author)Derin2008-09-28

Then download a distro with an online install disk. It downloads only the packages you want. I don't know if Ubuntu has something like that, but I know there is one for Fedora. The ISO is something like 14mb.

zimmemic25 (author)m854765852008-10-26

but it hads to download all packages during install. so if u install 3 fedoras, it would be 1-2GB and if u install 1000 ubuntus its still 700 MB

I've taken your suggestion. Thanks!

I was hoping you would - now I get to see it =]

Noodle god (author)2009-02-21

I would not suggest buying lasers from wickedlasers and chating at lasercommunity. Lasercommunity mutes you for disagreeing with them. Wickedlasers have BAD quality overpriced underspec and bad customerservice.

Where would you recommend then, DragonLasers?

grue (author)davethescubarock2009-06-27

no, dealextreme :)

MadBricoleur (author)grue2009-07-08

they don't ship to the US anymore. Something about a problem in the circuit or quality or something...

grue (author)MadBricoleur2009-07-15

i thought it was a regulation enforced by paypal (their payment provider) and fda

grue (author)grue2009-07-15

the point is that you can't get any lasers over 5mw to us using paypal. so you will probably need a person to recive it for you (preferably in canada or mexico) and ship it to you.

chibiwind (author)grue2011-01-22

Don't fell too bad, in Aus we cant get over 1mW

MadBricoleur (author)grue2009-07-19

yeah. fda (food and drug administration, aka the LAW) prohibits lasers over 5mw without a key switch, time delay, and some other safety features. unfortunately, those features mean more expensive to get US legal lasers. so, yup. you could ship it to a friend in a different country and then ask them ship it to you in a box, which the shipping company probably wouldn't check to see what's inside. Of course, if they do, you're screwed XD

Pie Ninja (author)MadBricoleur2009-09-09

Just make your own with DVD burners.

berky93 (author)2009-10-19

darn I really want to try this but my phoenix just went to the great dragon case in the sky...

(if you dont understand that joke don't feel bad, I'm sure most people won't )

bwool1 (author)berky932010-11-23


noobie605 (author)2009-12-09

AWSOME!!! with this trick ill make baloons from bloons tower defence. illput a red in a blue then them in a green then a yellow and then a pink!!!

jakeonian (author)noobie6052010-08-26

that makes no sense

Gamer917 (author)2009-08-20


k_man93 (author)Gamer9172009-08-30

i think the term you are looking for is IMMA CHARGIN MAH LAZER... aww damm, i broke 1 and 2

Ganoderma (author)k_man932009-09-13

1&2 only count for raids... And you didn't talk about it ;)

BlueFusion (author)Ganoderma2009-09-17

Shh you guys... these people are not familiar with the rules.

estab (author)2009-09-11

what do you have against the black ballons

yummahcupekakez (author)2009-08-13


snowboardchamp (author)2009-07-02

Can you use any laser pointer? or do you have to use one of those high powered lasers?

grue (author)snowboardchamp2009-07-15

probably at least 50mw, 100+mw is recommended

snowboardchamp (author)grue2009-07-21

thanks, how much are they and where can I get them?

TH3 R4ND0M H3R0 (author)2009-07-13

Or you could start with the black balloon already popped and then stuff it in the clear and inflate it...

grue (author)TH3 R4ND0M H3R02009-07-15

lol, that's a really cheap way of doing it

GEEK1 (author)2009-05-06


robo_bob (author)2009-04-14

that was awesome

szechuan53 (author)2008-06-27

IN//gen//IOUS _end: ClrHome

Derin (author)szechuan532008-09-28


chaosrob (author)2008-09-15

Very kool.

gorto (author)2008-09-01

That's some fun for some people.

bowmaster (author)2008-06-12


carrothead23 (author)2008-05-10

sweet trick!!

berky93 (author)2008-04-24

I really need to try this now...although I don't have any balloons.

RichardBronosky (author)2008-03-02

Hmm. Totally different, but related. I recently tried to execute an idea and found that popping one o the balloons popped them but. I was popping with a knife and I was popping the outer while trying to preserve the inner. I had the inner balloon less inflated than the outer, by inserting, inflating, and tying it first. Then I gave the outer balloon some additional inflation to give me a buffer. I assumed the force of the pressure popped the inner. Maybe I slipped with the knife.

tchplant (author)RichardBronosky2008-03-02

I've been able to burst a black balloon encasing a clear balloon, no buffer. It would be interesting to see how much the inner balloon would grow in this case when the tension of the black balloon is removed. Concerning the original setup, I've placed baking soda in the inner black balloon and vinegar in the outer clear to kind of allow the clear balloon to blow itself up with CO2 after the black is popped. Pretty un-spectacular results.

gamer (author)2007-12-27

that is so cool, too bas i dont have either balloons or a laser, haha. favorited! -gamer

GorillazMiko (author)2007-12-25

ah, thats freaking awesome :-)

ac1D (author)2007-12-25

heheh, nice idea you got! Gotta try it!

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