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Superman
Superman

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Location: Houston, Texas
Member Since: 13th Mar 2001
Total posts: 829
Posted:As the majority of you know i am still a fire spinning virgin. I have been spinning a smidgen over a year and nver attempted to light something on fire. Ive thought about it, ive dreamed about it <<wink wink cassandra>> but ive never sacked up and did it.Well im tired of waiting and i have decided to order my wicks and purchase me some chains. I will pratice with the chains and unlit wicks to get use to the weight difference.Now on to my question. I did a search on it, but i didnt get the exact answer that i was looking for. Most likely i will spin with a spotter present. But i think that is one of the problems holding me back. I figure if just get up and go somewhere alone, i will do it with no excuses.i think i have all the basic safeties down:100% wool towel (damp)no loose clothesbucket of waterspin off the extra fueldont do it next to a gas stationI printed out about three pages of precautions.BUT one question was never asked.What is the safest way to light the wicks by yourself. I figured id ask. i assumed id light one them bump them together. wish me luck...Super'------------------"When a Man Lies He Murders Some Part of the World These Are the PaleDeaths Which Men Miscall Their Lives All this I Cannot Bear to Witness Any Longer Cannot the Kingdom of Salvation Take Me Home"

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear.


- Mark Twain

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Auger282
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Member Since: 25th Sep 2001
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Superman
Superman

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Location: Houston, Texas
Member Since: 13th Mar 2001
Total posts: 829
Posted:cool beans.....thats what i thoughtthanks dude.."S"------------------"When a Man Lies He Murders Some Part of the World These Are the PaleDeaths Which Men Miscall Their Lives All this I Cannot Bear to Witness Any Longer Cannot the Kingdom of Salvation Take Me Home"

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear.


- Mark Twain

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Girl From Mars
Girl From Mars

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Location: Liverpool, NY, USA
Member Since: 17th Apr 2001
Total posts: 168
Posted:sup super? i found a good way to light them is to light one first the pick up the other(after both have been soaked and swung off) and hold it next to the one already lit. then your good to go. do forget not to do it on a really windy day. and practicing unlit for a little bit to get use to the weight is a good idea, they are very much different when they are heavier till you get use to them. other than that i think you are ready to go. i wish n8 and i were there to see your first burn. tell us how it went when you finally do it. ------------------the music feeds my soul that glows and grows with every spin i take.

the music feeds my soul that glows and grows with every spin i take.

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spritie
spritie

Pooh-Bah
Location: Galveston, TX
Member Since: 9th Sep 2001
Total posts: 2014
Posted:Well, Super, seeing as how you are in Houston and all, you could get together will the rest of us next Friday night (Oct. 12) at the Mausoleum and spin with us. It is a club in Montrose where the owner allows us to do as we please in the backyard (very laid back, but we definitely have all the safeties in place). In fact, that was where I had my first burn with poi less than 2 months ago. If you'd like more info, let me know. -spritie

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Superman
Superman

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Location: Houston, Texas
Member Since: 13th Mar 2001
Total posts: 829
Posted:thanks Martian....i wish i could have a bunch'o hommies there with me too. "If" i can get someone to come with me ill get pictures.
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im getting gitty------------------"When a Man Lies He Murders Some Part of the World These Are the PaleDeaths Which Men Miscall Their Lives All this I Cannot Bear to Witness Any Longer Cannot the Kingdom of Salvation Take Me Home"


Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear.


- Mark Twain

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DJ Dantana
veteran
Location: Stillwater, Ok. USA
Member Since: 15th Aug 2001
Total posts: 1495
Posted:I don't want to sound like a wet blanket, but I recomend wearing safety glasses or wrap around sunglasses till you feel "comfortable" with fire...I did. But no big deal as long as you have practiced right?

we eat and we drink and we smoke and we try!

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Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:I just left them in one hand and hold a flame under them with my other. Once it catches in a little flicker I take away the flame and behold I say let there be flame!Good luck brother...may you burn brightly and safely!------------------Pele Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir...http://www.pyromorph.com

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Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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NYC
NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA
Member Since: 26th Aug 2001
Total posts: 9232
Posted:Yeah BABY! You go boy! You can light one wick with a lighter, then pick the other one up and light wick two off wick one. A surprisingly few people think of this.My advise to you:*All are IMHO*Don't spin alone. Isn't that what significant others are for?
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Lamp oil is the safest fuelPractice with the wicks for a while so you get the weight downDon't try any new tricks with fireDon't try wraps until you're comfy with fireFigure out EXACTLY what you're going to do if you tangle/wrap/etc.If you mess up, DROP THE POI! (Again, surprisingly few people think of this!)Don't be disappointed. No really, you've heard quite a bit of talking and have been waiting for such a long time. It's going to be just like regular poi, except louder, brigher and hotter. You won't see God.I wish I could be there to spot you dude, but I don't think my car would make the trip.You'll be fine, trust me. And then you'll be hitting yourself for not lighting up sooner.


Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
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adamrice
adamrice

poo-bah
Location: Austin TX USA
Member Since: 19th Dec 2000
Total posts: 1015
Posted:The safest way to spin fire by youurself is to have a friend present as a safety. I'm a hardass about this. Don't compromise your safety, *especially* for your first light-up. You don't know yet whether you will freak out or react calmly if you tangle. You don't know whether you'll set your clothes or hair on fire (I've done both).I will put in a mention for a nifty little product I found at Walmart--it's like a tiki torch, but it's a steel sphere the size of a bowling ball. It is perfect for a big firenight when lots of people need to light up--takes little fuel to burn for hours.

Laugh while you can, monkey-boy

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emthren
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Location: Sydney
Member Since: 31st May 2001
Total posts: 57
Posted:A candle.

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pozee
old hand
Location: san diego
Member Since: 27th Jul 2001
Total posts: 886
Posted:YEAH! he is finally going to do it. the first time i did it was by myself in the middle of an apartment complex. not too safe at all. definately go with torch fuel, i think citronella oil is the best stuff because it is hard to catch stuff on fir with that. personally i hold them both with one hand, whip out a lighter light it up, put the lighter back in the pocket(or else i would lose it in the sand) and then just go at it. have a blast man, and dont worry, it is just fire not kryptonite right.
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anyone got a light?

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Posted:yeah sups...good luck and best wishes for your first burn
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and hey man? when are you gonna return my email?Josh


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Neurotic
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Location: Caulfield, Melbourne, Australi...
Member Since: 1st Oct 2001
Total posts: 12
Posted:My favourite way to light up is using matches. I find if you get some kero, or any sort of flammable fluid in the lighter, it simply refuses to work until the stuff dries off.Matches mean you have a singular point of flame that you can just drop if you need to, and not search for later.For me - I just wrap the two poi up in one hand, till they're is about to of a foot of chain and light the things, but I have no major fear of fire, so this might freak you out a little if you're not used to it.The major thing I can think of is if you have long hair. I used to have long hair, and very quickly learnt the lesson of having it tied up. If you're chains have anything in the way of a non-closing link, or even anything that is likely to catch, leave your hair out. The last think you want is a flaming poi caught in your long hair as you struggle to rip it out of you head.But above all - no matter what happens, stay calm. If you freak out you are more likely to get hurt. Generally speaking the flame isn't really that hot, and you would have to leave a part of your body in there for serious pain to set in. (That being said, the metal is darn hot, and watch out for it). Hmnn.. i think I just covered everything I can think of
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Have fun twirling
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nothing quite like having the balls o' fire whooshing around your head.Neurotic


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Cassandra
Cassandra

Froggie ... Ribbit !!!
Location: Back in Paris... for now !
Member Since: 8th Jun 2001
Total posts: 4224
Posted:So your dreams will finally come true then ...Youpiiiiiiiiiiiiii as we say in french !wish i could see that!!You should bring your lady with you cause she'll be impressed and as a superman/macho you can only be pleased to impress your woman, uh
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Shine onCassandra


"I want brown bread... no, that is diesel oil..."
"So I was raised in Europe, where History comes from ..."
"NON !!! La Plume de mon oncle n est pas Bingibangibungi !!!"

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Myst
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Location: Oceanside, California, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 439
Posted:HELL YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!That's all I got to sayEric------------------_ _WILDFIRE_ _ P.B.K.___ "RePreZenTin'"

Its about talent, not make up or costumes.

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jedimastah
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Location: Round Rock TX , US
Member Since: 18th Aug 2001
Total posts: 97
Posted:Good luck!!!!You will love it!!!!

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Fire Princess
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Location: London/Brighton, UK
Member Since: 18th Jan 2001
Total posts: 130
Posted:The first time with fire will be pretty damned good. Hear the roar of those flames whizzing past your ears!Oh yeah, remember to keep your hands in the right position even if you get scared... I bet you've seen beginners who are scared doing the weave etc. so they stick their arms out to take the poi further away from them and hit themselves/get tied up etc. The closer your hands are to your body, the further the fire is from you (with centripetal force and all that).Not to worry anyway, Superman can stick his hand in a fire and not get even a small burn!Good luck, man.This will be a memorable experience. You have the blessing of the Princess
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Mmmmm, the smell of paraffin...the heat of the fire...the warm glow from the flames... :-)~ *drools*


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Superman
Superman

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Location: Houston, Texas
Member Since: 13th Mar 2001
Total posts: 829
Posted:Hey thanks guys...My significant other??? No offense to her but she's the last pewrson i want spotting me. Hee hee. If i did have an accident, shed freak and wouldnt know what to do.. She is mildly impressed with my spinning skills. Im not as lucky as N8 in that respect.My only concern is the weight difference. Ok .. i talked to my good friend and he said he would come a be my spotter. I should be ready in a week or so.i have no fear, im goo to go

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear.


- Mark Twain

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NYC
NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA
Member Since: 26th Aug 2001
Total posts: 9232
Posted:Well, if you're goo to go, then goo luck, Go Bless, and most of all have a goo time, goo buddy.
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Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
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Posted:Good luck on your burn! I remember my first time...hey Adam, where at walmart did you find that steel tiki torch ball? what is it called? I've been trying to find some sort of cauldron for live shows. --Thanks!

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Katinca
Katinca

See my vest.... see my vest...
Location: Adelaide - South Australia
Member Since: 9th May 2001
Total posts: 693
Posted:Hey Sups,Good luck and you will LOVE it.And I think you should get your other half into it too. It's always fun to spin together.I know I get a kick out of it when I get to do it with Josh.
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Love and Light------------------ ~*~ Katinca ~*~[This message has been edited by Katinca (edited 05 October 2001).]


Love and Light

~*~ Katinca ~*~

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spritie
spritie

Pooh-Bah
Location: Galveston, TX
Member Since: 9th Sep 2001
Total posts: 2014
Posted:perla,we call the steel tiki torch ball adamrice was referring to a "smudge pot". I will agree that they are absolutely fantastic to light poi or a staff off of.

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Available
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Location: ringwood,nj usa
Member Since: 18th Aug 2001
Total posts: 93
Posted:you only thaught you were addicted before
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enjoy


Better to Burn out than Fade out, Baby!

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audax
audax

freelance bum
Location: Upstairs
Member Since: 3rd Sep 2001
Total posts: 286
Posted:I first spun fire after 20 mins practise. I hit myself straight away and it was no problem. Have confidence my friend. It's all good. I've always used kero or citro lit with a match or lighter. If someone else is there twirling, light from their toy.Bring it on.
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UYI wink OLDSKOOL

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