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NickC
Monkey Wrangler
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Member Since: 28th Aug 2002
Total posts: 183
Posted:Relatively new to spinning poi, picked it up after watching one of Ash Circle's shows (Hey Rick, nice stuff you and Amber put on). Just wondering what a good way to start off a routine would be. Something basic that would ease myself and onlookers (I've actually had someone walking by my house stop and watch when I was swinging sparklers, it felt good) into the swing of things or wind down at the end.

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bender
still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: 14th Nov 2001
Total posts: 6979
Posted:depends on the crowd.
try to start with something you can't transition into yet, like a jump, then build up your nice trix up to a finale.
trust me when i say that it makes a huge difference to have fun, cus huvaing fun cannot be hidden, and adds a very nice dimension to your routine! talk, chastise the staff when you drop it! make whacky wriggling or low movements with the firetoy, and make your safety wear a Mr Bungle T-Shirt.
or something.


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Charles
Charles

Corporate Circus Arts Entertainer
Location: Auckland
Member Since: 27th Jun 2001
Total posts: 3989
Posted:As Bender says (although he may not have noticed that you mentioned poi), it all depends on the audience, what the show is for, if it is for money, fun or even a fee from an event organiser...

Paid shows are very different to busking, as busking requires the building of a crowd and paid shows are better off keeping expectations low and pulling off spectacular stuff whenthey least expect it.

A bit more info and we can provide some more specifics.


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NickC
Monkey Wrangler
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Member Since: 28th Aug 2002
Total posts: 183
Posted:My main goal is to get warmed up, easily flow into my initial moves and look semi cool doing so. Not into paid shows or busking, just for myself and a friend or two.

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Raymund Phule (Fireproof)
Raymund Phule (Fireproof)

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Location: San Diego California
Member Since: 31st Dec 2001
Total posts: 2905
Posted:Personally I like starting within my own fire trails. If your using poi, use some freshly dipped wicks and you can make some cool fire trails on the ground. Not exactly safe mind you but they look pretty darn cool.

To end a show, I normally end when my wicks go out, but then again everything depends on the aundience and what your hosts/sponcers want. If your just outside at a party just hanging out, nobody really cares so dont worry too much about it.


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Mark P
Mark P

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Location: Bath, England
Member Since: 26th Oct 2001
Total posts: 1031
Posted:For warming up and warming down, I tend to use exactly the same moves as I do during my full performance. Just take it slowly to begin with and then work up to your full speed.

There are 100's of stretches that you would have to do to warm every muscle that you use during a poi set and I think the easiest way is to just take it easy to begin with.

Find a song that has a nice slow intro and then builds up to full speed after a while

Mark P


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Lapaire
Lapaire

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Location: Hadley, MA, USA
Member Since: 8th Jan 2002
Total posts: 36
Posted:I'm curious about this too. I've put together a little staff routine that starts out with just walking around and making eye contact, drawing attention before I get into the bulk of the routine. I do a few throws to catch the attention of people far away if in a street setting. Then I do the fun stuff interspersed with breathers like poses and such. I end by pirouetting into a full split and putting the staff out with my hands; you could easily trade the split for a kneel and/or use cloths to put out the flames. Some people blow them out but this looks awkward in a split.

When there is no place that you have decided to call your own then no matter where you go you are always heading home -Soseki

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Lapaire
Lapaire

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Location: Hadley, MA, USA
Member Since: 8th Jan 2002
Total posts: 36
Posted:Forgot to mention; except for the throws, which don't look as cool with poi (IMHO), you can do all these things with poi instead of staff. I think a real good ender with poi would be wrapping the poi around your body and putting them out against yourself with your hands/arms -> does this make sense?

When there is no place that you have decided to call your own then no matter where you go you are always heading home -Soseki

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Diamond Poi
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Location: Timaru, New Zealand
Member Since: 10th Oct 2002
Total posts: 10
Posted:Teehee... Not much help, but I usually end it when I feel sore. Sometimes I go for ages, Sometimes its over very quickly.

Don't read this, I AM the gibberish.

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Meneeococoa
torn and bleeding warrior of love
Location: West Virginia
Member Since: 6th Sep 2002
Total posts: 133
Posted:When i'm ravin, i always use techno music.The way that techno grows with anticipation at the start, i do the same thing. First with a figure 8, right hand over, left hand over, switchin with the measures. Then, after about 4 measures or so, i switch to 3 beat weaves... Then 4 beat....then 5 beat...by that time, the techno is at the really good part, so i go all out with moves. At the end, i fisnish with really tight moves, mostly ones i made up, then a wrap, where i grab them instead of changing directions.

I need to find something witty for this so people like me...

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