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Needle Thru Balloon

Pass a long, sharp needle through a clear balloon- without popping the balloon!
Ages 13 and up Level 2
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Needle Thru Balloon

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Blow up an ordinary round balloon. Tie the balloon to keep the air inside, and let an audience member handle the balloon to show that it is, indeed, an ordinary balloon. Take the long metal needle, and pierce one end of the balloon. It doesn't pop! Instead, you pass the needle right through to the other side of the balloon, and remove the needle. The balloon is STILL filled with air! Now hold the balloon in one hand, and POP it with the needle!

You can use an ordinary party balloon. A pack of 10 clear balloons are supplied with the trick, so your audience can more easily see the needle as it passes through the inside of the balloon. You can purchase extra balloons from

Because the needle needs to be SHARP, it is recommended that you handle it and store it with extreme care. The best way to store and transport your needle is in the Wand for the Needle Thru Balloon, sold below. This special wand is specifically designed to safeguard the needle tip, plus it delivers a coating of lubricant to the needle each time you remove it from the wand. The lubricant makes the needle slide easier into the balloon.

BONUS! Free video gives you valuable handling tips! See the free video we've made below, sharing some really helpful information that will make you successful with this trick. If you don't know these insider tips, the trick may not work properly. We're the only shop that gives you this information, and it's FREE!

Performance Ideas   Performance Ideas:

If you are performing at a party, you can use one of their ordinary round party balloons.

String a ribbon through the eye end of the needle. When you pass the needle all the way through the balloon, the ribbon will follow, making it easier for your spectators to see the trick. Also, you can pause the trick with the ribbon still inside the balloon, which makes it very dramatic.

To make sure that the needle works properly, it is recommended that you coat the point of it with a very thin coat of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) before each use. You can coat the needle tip when you are packing your show, and store the coated needle in the tube, so the petroleum jelly won't get all over everything. The Needle Wand, available from, is a handy and safe way to store the needle AND will help you coat it properly.

Also, after every few uses, file the point sharp again with a metal file. You want it to be very sharp and very smooth. If it gets dull, or gets a burr on the end, it will pop the balloon instead of passing through it. If you are having trouble with this trick, your needle probably needs sharpening and smoothing!


What you'll get when you buy this trick   Here's what you'll get:

  • metal needle (18" long)
  • supply of 10 clear balloons
  • printed instructions
  • BONUS: video lesson on How To Care for your Needle Thru Balloon (on this page)
CAUTION: Needle is sharp!
You can purchase replacement clear balloons from You can also use any ordinary round party balloon.


FREE VIDEO: Care Tips for Your Needle Thru Balloon

Here is a FREE video lesson to teach you how to handle and store your Needle Thru Balloon. If you don't handle it properly, it won't work!

Nobody else bothers to give you this information- but we do!
History of this magic effect   History and Trivia:

The first balloon was invented by Bartolomeu de Gusmao, a priest who was demonstrating his idea for an airship by launching a miniature model that used a dried animal bladder to hold the air. The rubber balloon was invented by the famous scientist Michael Faraday as a vessel to hold hydrogen. Latex balloons as we know them today were first manufactured in 1847 in London.

Interested in magic history? Visit our free online Magic Library, full of biographies of famous magicians plus lots of magic history and trivia!

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