Exploding Balloon Without Touching It




Introduction: Exploding Balloon Without Touching It

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In this Instructable, we'll have a look at a great party trick.

You can impress people at the party or yourself :)

How to explode a balloon without touching it?

Magnifying glass? Yes, but not this time.

Trick is very simple.

Step 1: Distraction

Distract the audience by hovering your hand over the balloon.

If you are lucky enough, balloon should explode.

Step 2: The Secret

Secret of the trick is juice from orange skin or any other citrus fruit skin.

Tiny drop of juice will make the balloon pop.

There are a few way to perform the trick.

You can wet the finger with the juice and touch the balloon.

By doing that, balloon will explode.

Another way to do it is by squeezing the skin in direction of the balloon.

You can try to do it discreetly with another hand.

The amount of juice needed is very little.

3rd way to do it is by wetting your hand with the juice.

Move your hand on top of the balloon and try to shake off a drop of juice.

Unfortunately, it's not that easy to do it. It will require a lot of oranges to get enough juice to make your hands wet enough.



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53 Discussions

Here is a video comparing items that could pop a balloon.
Has anyone tried a d-limonene softgel or a way to use that instead of an orange?

Cool tricks

has citrus fruit juice on his fingers so when he touches the balloon the citrus acid disolves it and it pops

YouTube search King of Random (not me). keywords=

king of random liquid nitrogen balloon

Blow up your balloons and tie them off. Freeze with liquid nitrogen...they will deflate. Keep them cold in a cooler filled with dry ice or LN. When you pull them out, they will magically inflate. Then go for the orange oil trick.

With distraction and orange skin juice.

Try it out. It does not take a lot of juice.

Just make sure balloon is not too soft. When I first tried it out, I was surprised how little juice was needed. I could not even see it.

I can't argue with that sound logic.

Try squeezing the rind into the open flame of a candle. The mini blowtorch is from some type of oil in the rind. Great Instructable! Thanks.

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The oils will produce a blue sputtering flame. I believe these oils may be what pops the balloons.

Really cool,have you tried other juices to see if one works better than another,I would think lemon,lime or grape fruit would be higher in citric acid,and only assuming that citric acid is whats popping the balloon.Great able,looks like a lot of fun.

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I only tried oranges.

I also tried citric acid granules (one you can buy for cooking) mixed with water. It did not work.

OK,maybe I will give a couple others a try,thanks for getting back to me,and again,a really cool and fun post.

I just tried it with a drop of bottled lemon oil (you can buy it at a grocery store in the spices and flavors section). Exploded like a firecracker! Wow!

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Nice application of the limonene contained in orange peel. It is capable to solve plastics such as rubber in balloons or styrofoam in balls. In this case, the pressure inside the ballon does the rest