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NYC


NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA

Total posts: 9232
Posted:I love that question. We got it again last night. It's one of those things where SO many sarcastic responses pop into my head at the same time that I don't know which one to pick..."Are you real stupid?" seems to be the meanest of the voices in my head.I really just DON'T understand the question. I think today I'm going to just walk around and ask people if stuff is real. Just to see how they respond. Is there ANY other time in life where you've ever gone up to someone and asked if something that they are holding is real?Amused and confused.

Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]

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Drakien


member
Location: Coventry / High Wycombe, Engla...

Total posts: 49
Posted:Heh.I tend to say "no, actually it's special display fire that doesn't burn specially trained fools like myself, so I can do *this*" ::spin like crazy:: "without fear of pain."Say it in the most matter-of-fact way possible and 50% of people will believe you. For at least a minute.Or maybe I'm just too good at bullsh!tt!ng.J------------------"If you love someone, set them free.If you love something, fill it with cream.Then set it on fire."

Posh ravers wear ties.

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Itsgottab


member
Location: NZ

Total posts: 244
Posted:i would have thought you'd be used to stupid questions from your students nyc, but i do understand having fun with the seemingly stupid questions that people ask. really it a form of flatery though, as you've put them in the mental space like that of a child, so you should cheerish those moments even if you get them fifty times a day.

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Cassandra


Cassandra

Froggie ... Ribbit !!!
Location: Back in Paris... for now !

Total posts: 4224
Posted:Itsgotab has got a very beautiful point there
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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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Mark P
BRONZE Member since Oct 2001

Mark P

old hand
Location: Bath, England

Total posts: 1031
Posted:he he he, I have a good response to that!Ask them to stand still and then set fire to their Shell Suits with it
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You could also pick up a few tips for full body burns at the same time
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. o O (OK this may get you a prison sentence so I have to add this as a disclaimer :P )


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Diablostik


member
Location: Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.A.

Total posts: 34
Posted:"Real fire? That would be stupid for anyone to try... ...It's all done with invisible string......don't tell anyone."

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Kinudin (Soul Fyre)


veteran
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Total posts: 1325
Posted:"No, it's really one of those plastic toys that you get for fifty cents at burger-king... wanna try it?"
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hehe that'd be mean and I'm to... well I can't hold a straight face for that long lol so I'd just say "Yeah, it is real fire" with a hugeee smile on my face.


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tallicaburton


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Location: Troy, NY for school (Austin, T...

Total posts: 51
Posted:They probably are just surprised, cause it is awfuly dangerous to spin FIRE around your BODY!! sounds scary to me
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! They are reaching out to you, and interested in what you do, and then you greet them back with a slap in the face?:'( Well, that's the way I see it, but I guess I can't understand the situation quite right (since I haven't been asked that ever
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I haven't spun with fire yet), just keep on spinning and love those neighbors
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peace-john
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Pele
BRONZE Member since Dec 2000

Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA

Total posts: 6193
Posted:I actually bring someone (adult) to the stage to prove it, either by torch or by spinning around them.My favorite questions are:Is that real fire?Is that cold fire?
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What did you do to yourself to make it so you don't burn?And a few people have asked me if I am one of those freaks of nature who simply doesn't get hurt? (Never heard of that condition, but sign me up! Then again, after childbirth, singes are nothing!
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)Offer to "blow" them a kiss though and see how fast they believe the fire is real!------------------Pele Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir...http://www.pyromorph.com


Pele
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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SickpuPpy


SickpuPpy

Ninja Rockstar!
Location: Denver, Co. U.S.A.

Total posts: 1100
Posted:I've never been asked that.But as I have a pretty short fuse when it comes to stupid questions I would probobly be inclined to (while saying absoluty nothing, adopting the attitude of Mr. Blonde in Resavour Dogs) hit them in head with my wicks (thereby setting fire to their hair) or to just out and out set them on fire, as mark P suggested. OOh! I know!Say nothing. Douse them in kero or white gas. Then ask them casually to repeat themselves while sparking your cigarette lighter in an off hand but threatening manner
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------------------If you love something, set it on fire.


Jesus helps me trick people.

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Marlboro


member
Location: St.Annes, Lancashire, England

Total posts: 180
Posted:God damn!! you guys use real fire!!
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M:-)~


We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.

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PK_
BRONZE Member since Dec 2001

PK_

Lambretta Fanatic


Total posts: 4991
Posted:lol @ marlboro. sarcasm is good at this hour.

PK.

"To be an angel, one need not have wings.
In giving love there is an equal grace.
Nor need one seek the aura in the face,
As love unveils the beauty of all things."

*Francois Couperin.

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Charles
BRONZE Member since Jun 2001

Charles

Corporate Circus Arts Entertainer
Location: Auckland

Total posts: 3989
Posted:"Well, I used to use fake fire, but no-one else could see it...""That's right, it's all done wiht mirrors""Don't worry folks, he's try anything to stop people looking at his toupe...""As long as your throw real MONEY, it doesn't really matter""Let me prove it to you, pass me your cellphone sir..."But normally I just say "yes, actually it is real fire!"------------------Charles (INFERNO)newdolbel@hotmail.comhttp://juggling.co.nz------------------Charles (INFERNO)newdolbel@hotmail.comhttp://juggling.co.nz

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cutie poi girlie


member
Location: porthtowan, truro, cornwall

Total posts: 237
Posted:"no. it's 2 small children with looonnng blonde hair on the end of two shoelaces."

Luv peace 'n' chicken grease Al X x

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Dru Lee Parsec


member
Location: Santee California, USA

Total posts: 78
Posted:quote:Is That Real Fire?As opposed to . . . ?
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People use to ask me that when I was a juggler and we were passing torches. I found it to be amazing. And what is this "Cold Fire" stuff that people seem to think exists?It all reminds me of a Frank Zappa tune (Was it on Joe's Garage?)[woman] Bob, the actors are pissing on us![man] Don't worry Margaret, it's probably some special "stage piss". You know, comes right out with woolite.


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SorchaTheFlaming


member
Location: Calgary alberta Canada

Total posts: 235
Posted:*lmao*stage piss.. excellent.what? you take your pants down for food?well ill have you know i have an orange in my bag... AND ITS REAL!!!ive never had peopl ask me if the fire was real.. theve asked me if ive hurt myself with it.. i havent really.. sometime si like to make up injuries just cuase its funny to see the looks on there faces

Teach tolerance, not competition.
Send food, not bombs.

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Kinudin (Soul Fyre)


veteran
Location: San Diego, California, USA

Total posts: 1325
Posted:Ya know Scortcha, that's a good idea:"...make up injuries..."I have a road burn on my left arm hehe i'll just say it's a wrap gone bad heheKinudin
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Off to do evil planning!
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FirePoi-boy


member
Location: Bantry, Ireland

Total posts: 71
Posted:A while back somebody asked me:"Whats the point?"I don't like it when people question the simplest things in life. And somehow:"Its pretty to look at"doesn't seem like a good enough answer.

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xtremravr...was here..


member
Location: amsterdam..i wish

Total posts: 337
Posted:just reading this thread and cant help it but i am just about to fall out of my chair...what moron would ask such a stupid question?...just tell them that it is a hologram and so are you and ask them to touch the fire for proof!!! still cant help but laugh....p.l.u.r.r.xtremravrare those really glowsticks?...
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Peace Luv Uni-t Respect Responsa-what?!?! Xtrem

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TEK829


member
Location: Latham, NY, USA

Total posts: 29
Posted:*sigh* I was spinning Zunis in the local college union (dark outside, lots of windows, good reflections...) and a couple guys walked past. One said, "Well, there's a useless talent." :/I was so stunned, he was out the door before I could respond.
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I just don't understand the POINT of the insults. Nobody asks jugglers why. :/


Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Cry, and the world laughs at you. It's your choi

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SickpuPpy


SickpuPpy

Ninja Rockstar!
Location: Denver, Co. U.S.A.

Total posts: 1100
Posted:Can you purchase the fuel for artificial fire in the same place that they sell shadow poi?

Jesus helps me trick people.

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Bendy


member
Location: Adelaide, SA, Australia

Total posts: 750
Posted:Tek - there really is no valid point to any insult
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Fpb - The time I was stopped by a couple police when twirling fire on my driveway, they asked me what I was doing. I thought it was obvious, I said "I'm spinning these things around" (well duh?!) Then they asked "Why?", I was stumped and said "Entertainment!"


Courage is the man who can stop after only one peanut

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Pele
BRONZE Member since Dec 2000

Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA

Total posts: 6193
Posted:LOLIsn't it funny? We can ask each other why and spew off a million reasons but when a passerby says why, we go all "Uhhhhhhh..." on them. I had an interview this past week with a reporter (one of those let's sit down so I can ask you 50 questions type things) and he asked me that. My answer, why not? It is something I enjoy doing. It gives me a great workout, it is a very artful representation of my emotion, I make pretty good money at it and it breaks social norm, which is usually enough to get people to react somehow, which means they have emotion about what I am doing. I am getting to the point where people who ask me that get the full out answer I give you, only in hyper speak with alot of passion and conviction. Then when you have them really confused, ask them "Why'd you wear that shirt?" or some other nonsensical question and usually they will not have a response. It is really funny.I just thought of a simply answer to all of those stupid cold fire/real fire questions.(I do ask this question) "Have you ever heard or seen fake fire or cold fire?" the answer will always be No, obviously. "Well, you just answered your own question didn't you?" Should make them feel sheepish. Or you can always just very defiantly answer a strong the opposite of what they expect and know to be true. "No, it's not real fire. It is a really incredible replica though, isn't it?" or "Yes, it is cold."
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------------------Pele Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir...http://www.pyromorph.com


Pele
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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halfabike


member
Location: canastota, ny usa

Total posts: 55
Posted:yes its actually so cold it can burn you
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by the way the reporters interviewing all the superbowl coaches, athletes, et al never once said "by the way whats the point of throwing that ball around?"shit whats the point of anything when it all comes down to it...?------------------excuse me, santa, have you seen half a bike?


excuse me, santa, have you seen half a bike?

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fluffy napalm fairy


fluffy napalm fairy

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Brum / Dorset / Fairy Land

Total posts: 3638
Posted:I got the whole "what's the point?" thing loads when I started and I would always turn it round to what halfabike said with the 'what's the point in anything' comment, except I'd sort of personalize it:If asked by a skater I'd reply...., "well, what's the point in skating? Our hobbies are something we enjoy and that interest us. That's the point." It makes people think, and usually smile too, if said in a genuine and non-arrogant way.

Geologists do it in the dirt................ spank

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Paddy


back from the dead...sort of
Location: 4341'N 7938'W

Total posts: 884
Posted:waaaait a minute. i'm reading through this thread here...you mean you guys actually DO use real fire? Those pictures aren't made with photoshop? That's it, forget this poi thing...you people are crazy.
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M@TT


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Location: Pensacola, FL, USA

Total posts: 34
Posted:I always seem to get the one drunk guy who steps up in front of the crowd after me and tries to twirl a cigarette. I can't help but feel sorry for the fool.------------------ -M@TTKeep the fire burning.

-M@TTKeep the fire burning.

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Glåss
BRONZE Member since Mar 2017

Glåss

The Ministry of Manipulation
Location: Bristol

Total posts: 2523
Posted:Fire-poi boyI posted an answer about your "what is the point of that then?" question in my thread about Daves Party and lovely peopletoday. Hope it helps Drew

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Cantus
SILVER Member since Jul 2001

Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road

Total posts: 15965
Posted:It's like asking mountain climbers why they climb a mountain. To which the only reasonable answer is "Because it's there.""Why do you spin poi?" Because I can.------------------C@ntusI'm on to your game evil alien overlords.....

"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
"...like a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean

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Pheelgood


member
Location: London

Total posts: 30
Posted:i read somewhere that poi is short for pointless, but that dosen't stop me...

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Whiffle Squeek


Whiffle Squeek

addict
Location: Hartford, CT USA

Total posts: 416
Posted:*I always seem to get the one drunk guy who steps up in front of the crowd after me and tries to twirl a cigarette. I can't help but feel sorry for the fool*heh, in cirque de soleil, (cant remember which one) after a twirlere left the stage, a clown came out with a candle and started waving it in very slow circles, hehe, it amused me...but anyways, i spin because its so incredibly fun, and thats what i tell anyone when they ask me, and then try to coerce them into learning to twirl...

Educate your self in the Hazards of Fire Breathing STAY SAFE!

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