The needle used for the Needle Thru Balloon trick must remain sharp and free of "burrs" (nicks or tip bends). It is important that you protect the needle during transportation to your shows, and when you are storing it. Of course, it is also important to protect yourself from accidentally sticking yourself on the needle tip.
The Needle Thru Balloon Wand is your perfect solution. Not only does it give you a safe place to store your wand when carrying it to a show, or packing it away with your props, but it also lets you lubricate the needle with a thin coat of lubricating material, such as Vaseline. The lubrication greatly helps in letting the needle slide smoothly into the surface of the balloon without causing unnecessary friction. Friction may cause the balloon to pop before you want it to.
Of course, the wand can do triple duty for you- use the wand as a regular magicians wand during your show!
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You can replace the lubricating material that comes preloaded in the wand. Simply apply a layer of gel lubricant (like Vaseline petroleum jelly) to the needle, then slide the needle into the wand, and the lubricant will now be coating the inside of the wand. When you next use the needle in your trick, any lubricant that is on the needle will rub off onto the balloon, drying the needle. When you put the dry needle back in the wand, some of the lubricant from inside the wand will get on the needle, coating it properly again.