How Do I Make a Balloon Pop by Itself?

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Hi,

I'm trying to find a way to make a balloon pop by itself in somebody's hands without them seeing how it happened. What's the best way to do this?

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-Cory
 

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Danger
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Welcome to PF, Cory.
There are a few ways, but they're all kind of elaborate. The easiest way would be to heat it somehow. If it isn't totally transparent, a medium power laser could do that.
Otherwise, you could combine a couple of slow-acting chemicals that will react and produce an overpressure.
Personally, I'd just take a spit-ball to the thing.
 
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Dry ice might work ?
 
Danger
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Dry ice might work ?
Possibly. It might be hard to seruptitiously introduce in sufficient quantity, though.
 
glue small pointy objects to his/her palms lol.
 
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fire
 
Danger
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Those are both decent ideas, but I can't see how they can be implemented without the 'victim' noticing.
 
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Put a hole in it before you blow it up.
 
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So then, how do you blow it up?
 
dst
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A tiny electric match + RF reciever inside, let it trigger as necessary.
 
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Yeah, I'd forgotten how small radio receivers can be these days. That's a good option.
 
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Positively charge the balloon 'excessively', and make sure the "victim" is standing barefoot on a surface thats 'excessively' negatively charged. When the balloon and victim make contact...ZAP!!!
You may need to know CPR...
 
blow the balloon up, stick a small piece of tape to the balloon about 5-10mm, deflate the balloon then turn it inside out and make a small cut in the balloon behind the tape without cutting the tape, blow the balloon up again slightly larger than before and after a few seconds the extra tension in the balloon will overcome the tape and the balloon will burst. A small amount of solvent may speed things up if it takes to long.
 
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dst
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The easiest way of course, is just a mixture of chemicals as already suggested.
 
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Hmmmm good question you could use a sling shot I guess :uhh:
 
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Welcome to PF, Cory.
There are a few ways, but they're all kind of elaborate. The easiest way would be to heat it somehow. If it isn't totally transparent, a medium power laser could do that.
Otherwise, you could combine a couple of slow-acting chemicals that will react and produce an overpressure.
Personally, I'd just take a spit-ball to the thing.
BAD BAD BAD!!!! Never point a laser in the direction of anybody!!!!

I would just use some kind of solvent on the inside of the balloon that will weaken the latex and cause it to break after a while.
 
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Be sneaky like Houdini.

Develop a thick callus on your palm in one spot, rough up the surface a little, take a very small pinch of ground glass and mix with Elmer's glue. Apply to callus, in an amount equal ~ 1/3 of a grain of rice ( Tres Fino Arborio, preferably ).

I usually tend to go for the simple method.
 
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Fill it up in a very cold environment with very cold cold gas, bring it into hot room and if you've weakened the latex it'll pop
 
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Welcome to PF, Cory.
There are a few ways, but they're all kind of elaborate. The easiest way would be to heat it somehow. If it isn't totally transparent, a medium power laser could do that.
Otherwise, you could combine a couple of slow-acting chemicals that will react and produce an overpressure.
Personally, I'd just take a spit-ball to the thing.
Yeah, if money is no object, an infrared laser pulse. Get a special balloon that really absorbs the particular frequency of the laser. That way, if you miss, you don't drill a hole in somebody's hand or something.
 
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What about a very strong magnet and some iron filings
 

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