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Blu'Fire


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Location: Country NSW

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Posted:A few weeks ago I was trying to tell a girl that I fire twirl and she took awhile trying to understand what I meant. So I broke it down, and explained to her what I do and then she said "oh so you fire twirl" and I thought 'what??? isn't that what I said' and well, it was, but she mis-heard.she then told me what she thought I said. Afterwards I thought about it some more, and realised that it did sound very much like what she thought I said.I began to see that because twirl is said with a hard 't' it can change what you mean to say. For, when you say that you fire twirl it can sound very much like your are saying that you fart well. fire t = fartwirl = welland I guess you see my point.in my case it is true, I do fart well, but it isn't what I mean. It does explains many of the strange looks I've received and the many people asking me "you do what?"

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Mushinkato


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Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK

Total posts: 164
Posted:I can relate to that; as Im sure most of us can. The easiest way out when you get the predictable "You're doing what..??" is just to say look it up on the internet.. and then have them come back to you saying all they could find was sites on people of importance or some wierd Hawaiian fruit..!!Hmmm.. easier just to say something like.. "Siddown,shuddup and watch this" if you're describing it without them having seen it first.ps: nothing quite like a good 'PAAARP'.. or if your polite its more of a 'phhutt'.
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Location: Brum / Dorset / Fairy Land

Total posts: 3638
Posted:I once told a friend that I'd just managed to get some paraffin so I could get round to some decent spinning. He then proceeded to lecture me on the dangers of solvent abuse. Took me a while to work out he thought I'd said 'sniffing'...........

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Pele
BRONZE Member since Dec 2000

Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA

Total posts: 6193
Posted:Let's us not even get into the connotations of when I off handedly tell people I eat, blow and swing. There are times when I am just ditsy enough and I think the world knows what I am talking about! Lies I tell you...all lies!
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"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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Pele'sWhippingBoy


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Location: Rochester, NY, USA

Total posts: 442
Posted:Wait a minute, you mean this ISN'T a BDSM site?Geese, and all this time with talks of fire and swinging... [image]http://www.homeofpoi.com/ubb/images/icons/wink.gif">------------------[/image]Pyromorph - Let the fire change you

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Charles
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Charles

Corporate Circus Arts Entertainer
Location: Auckland

Total posts: 3989
Posted:I prefer the term, Fire-Dancing, to fire twirling, just coz I think sounds less feminine and more nuetral.But i must admit, some people think it mean si walk on hot coals or something similar, and they actually think I'm crazier than I am (that doesn't happent oo often!!!!!!!!).
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Pele'sWhippingBoy


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Location: Rochester, NY, USA

Total posts: 442
Posted:I get a lot of "Your girlfriend does what?"I try to say fire dancing (wow, I'm just like Charles
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), fire eating, fire breathing. Most people understand the eating and breathing one. Dancing is a new one and they ask about that one. Chains ending in fire is where I start, but I try not to explain more if they're too confused. I go back to breathing. I stick "It's really cool" in there as well.------------------"Those who can, do. Those who can't, critique"Pyromorph - Let the fire change you


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Neeko


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Location: Seattle, WA, USA

Total posts: 68
Posted:One time a girl selling me glowsticks wanted to know if I went to raves. I said no, and that I just swing poi. She laughed and said that sounded kinky.

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SorchaTheFlaming


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Location: Calgary alberta Canada

Total posts: 235
Posted:i ususally have to explain yeah is wing fire on chains..either that or i make up some eleborate i like to set things on fire thing blah blah...

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audax
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

audax

freelance bum
Location: Upstairs

Total posts: 286
Posted:I get a lot of people ask me what fire breathing is like after I've been twirling. I don't get how someone can confuse twirling for breathing. Frustration makes me subtly humiliate these people. "What does it taste like?" asked after a series of butterflies, weaves and fountains. Never tried eating them dork, I think to myself as I say "Actually, what I was doing is called "Fire Twirling"!" They seem to assume the two are invisibly connected. Does anyone else attract these people?

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Charles
BRONZE Member since Jun 2001

Charles

Corporate Circus Arts Entertainer
Location: Auckland

Total posts: 3989
Posted:Audax, I think you'll find that Fire-Eating is the most commonly known fire art in mainstream western countries.People will always be more likely assume you "EAT FIRE" when they see you fire-dancing.And they don't even mean "EAT FIRE" usually, they mean "FIRE-BREATHING" which is totally different.I just expect people to get the two mixed up and explain about the dangers of eating and breathing, after which they tend to know the difference.I've been called a fire-eater by friends who know I don't eat fire...but the term to them simply means anything to do with fire performing, they aren't conscious of the actual words they are using.Personally, i think it's kinda cute...
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Auspoiboy


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Location: Melbourne Australia

Total posts: 219
Posted:The oly trouble i ever had was when i said "i do fire poi""You fired who's boy""No Fire poi""Who's Poi""No, no i swing balls of fire on the ends of chains""Yeah i know but who's Poi"Actually after the second line, that never happened to me.I just got carried away.CheersAPB

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