Skip to content
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute  

Balloon Sculpting and Basic Magic

warning: mysqli_query() [function.mysqli-query]: (HY000/6): Error on delete of 'C:\Windows\TEMP\#sql740_1ed5e_1.MYI' (Errcode: 13) in E:\inetpub\wwwroot\drupal\includes\ on line 114.
Instructor Photos

CRN: 20039
Course Dates: Mar. 26, Apr. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 2013
Course Times: 9-11 a.m.
Instructor: Ira Sloan (Instructor history)

 This course will be five to six classes on balloon twisting, with the goal that the participants will be able to create at least twenty different balloon figures as well as read and follow standard written balloon instructions.  The goal of the two to three magic classes will focus on four to six basic magic illusions using household or self-made props or a deck of cards.  In the process, improved hand-eye coordination, small muscle control, story-telling, understanding of the Zen of impermanence, and fun will result.  Required text: Captain Visual’s Big Book of Balloons.  Cost: $25.   Materials fee: $15, for balloons, balloon pump, and optional magic deck of cards to be paid to the instructor at the first class.  The instructor will order the supplies for the group to gain discounts for everyone.

Examples of Balloon Sculpting

Ira Sloan ( has taught balloon sculpting and magic at the College for Seniors in the past.  He has also performed both at the College for Seniors as well as publicly at parties and events.  Carolyn Shorkey (, a graduate of a previous course that Ira taught, will assist him as he demonstrates various techniques of balloon sculpting.

View our current courses and workshops.

Contact Information

Reuter Center CPO #5000
One University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804-8511
Office: 828.251.6140