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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

UCOF

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Posted:The idea for this thread hit me a few days ago when i gave someone my first ever set of poi so they could learn and practice.

I dont know why i dont mind giving away my toys, to date i have given away one set of tails, one set of socks and lent someone another set of tails.

Glass gave me a fire staff once.

I know quite a few people that have given away toys to new people.

What im asking is why do we not mind giving up these toys.
Do you ever give toys away?


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DeepSoulSheep
GOLD Member since Sep 2002

DeepSoulSheep

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Posted:I've given away 3 pairs of sock poi and a pair of beamers (this one should be obvious wink )

I don't mind mainly cause I have so many poi that I'm not going to miss 'em....many I don't even use enough to justify owning.

I've lost 3 pairs of poi too and it doesn't bother me for the same reason as giving them away....I know they're still intact they're likely to be used so cool ....unless someone runs out of socks, like my girlfriend.... rolleyes


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simian


simian

110% MONKEY EVERY TIME ALL THE TIME JUST CANT STOP THE MONKEY
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Posted:i've given a fair few sets of sock poi away, and a few broomsticks, and my first firestaff

and i left my electroglo poi on a bus, does that count? umm

Have also been given loads of lovely stuff by other people.

i won my massive double head fire poi at the first clapham spin, nearly two years ago now.

Haven't used them for about 6months though.

i lent the handles to Weasel for his fire ropes, then they got all melted by a spinner who shall remain namelessflid tongue

Special mention to Bovrilmonkey who gave me two 5ft shiny aluminium poles that are all sparkly in summer sun smile

and the lovely mr fairie ben, who has not only recently made me

The NEWmonkeyDOOMstick

but also gave me a set of his really nice sock poi
(currently the best poi available in Oddballs, even though the staff tend to push their nasty tail poi on newbies instead mad )

Which i then promptly lost frown

i should really stop losing stuff so much


"Switching between different kinds of chuu chuu sometimes gives this "urgh wtf?" effect because it's giving people the phi phenomenon."

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Dunc
GOLD Member since Aug 2003

Dunc

playing the days away
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Posted:Quote:
....also gave me a set of his really nice sock poi
(currently the best poi available in Oddballs, even though the staff tend to push their nasty tail poi on newbies instead mad )

Hand on....sock poi are something proper you can buy? Everytime I've read about them I thought they were peoples sock!! What do they look like? (one person says 'socks' and I'll burst through your computer screen and shout obsenities at you!)

I gave my first poi to a friend so he could learn, I made another set for another friend too. I taught them both the basics but now neither of them bother so stuff em I say!!

I haven't been given anything tho as I only know one other guy who spins and we usually make our own stuff together, including my new broom handle and innertube....*ahem* I mean staff.

Which i then promptly lost frown

i should really stop losing stuff so much



Let's relight this forum ubblove

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simian


simian

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Posted:Sock poi = ball in a cone or tube of fabric

The fabric can originally have been a sock, but doesn't have to have been.

Glass and Fairie Ben (amongst many others) make funky poi that are totally unrelated to socks. But they're called sock poi anyway, because they're enclosed in fabric, to distinguish them from firechains or comet poi or whateeever.


"Switching between different kinds of chuu chuu sometimes gives this "urgh wtf?" effect because it's giving people the phi phenomenon."

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Dunc
GOLD Member since Aug 2003

Dunc

playing the days away
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Posted:Is that like what PoiPoiPoi uses in his demo vids on Spherculism?

Let's relight this forum ubblove

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coleman
SILVER Member since Aug 2002

coleman

big and good and broken
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Posted:a pair of sock poi, two sets of 3 juggling balls and one juggling club.

i think we do it cos giving away gifts that hold sentimental value feels really good if they are appreciated.
which they generally are... smile

i tend to buy new toys for xmas and birthday presents nowdays.
if that counts too then i've given away *loads* of toys...


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i come to 'dis cafe quite a lot myself.
they do porridge."
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coleman
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coleman

big and good and broken
Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay, United Kin...

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Posted:Quote:
Is that like what PoiPoiPoi uses in his demo vids on Spherculism?



hmmm. matt usually uses those little dog toy thingys.
with bells in the ends ubblove

haven't seen all the sperculism vids yet though so i might be wrong ubbangel

glass uses non-sock sock poi in 'drew and stick' and 'spinning in paris'.

nx? makes lovely red sock poi.
but to differentiate between sock poi made from socks (which are normally stretchy, at least to begin with) and sock poi made from non-stretchy cotton (or similar material), he calls them cone poi.

which makes sense smile


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i come to 'dis cafe quite a lot myself.
they do porridge."
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Pink...?
BRONZE Member since Apr 2002

Pink...?

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Location: Over There, United Kingdom

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Posted:I have given away a couple of pairs of sockies (sock poi). And a stage ball, and some juggling balls. And a pair of flags.

I suppose i dont mind because i know that they would get a lot more use then with me, and probably make someone very happy (i know i was happy when Polythene gave me my mini poi, Flid gave me my mini flags and Mech gave me some glow thinggy poi biggrin )

ubblove


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Dunc
GOLD Member since Aug 2003

Dunc

playing the days away
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Posted:I think I may have used sock poi in Bristol last year when someone came over as I was spinning, but they were full of sand and INCREDIBLY heavy and not really much good. With balls inside sounds much better...my house mate can make things like that and I think I've just found a new job for her to do!!

Let's relight this forum ubblove

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Dom
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Dom

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Posted:Yep, I gave a pair of flags away last week smile I left a trail of equipment behind me when I travelled - and more balloons than I'd ever want to count. Flags are my main give away. Because I design and make them myself they're something special to hand over.

I know quite a few people who were given toys and they're treasured dearly. So I like to think you're really giving a gift when you give somebody your much loved toys.

Ever since I persuaded him to, all my sock poi have been made by Glass and I promptly retired from making sock poi. But now we've made Orange Poi biggrin


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simian

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Posted:Orange Poi ?

i'd be rather excited and interested...

...if i didn't already own the best sock poi in the world ubbangel


"Switching between different kinds of chuu chuu sometimes gives this "urgh wtf?" effect because it's giving people the phi phenomenon."

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Dom
BRONZE Member since Dec 2001

Dom

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Location: Bristol, UK

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Posted:Quote:
...if i didn't already own the best sock poi in the world



We'll compare at synergy wink

*Moderator's Top Hat back on* And I'd like to remind the last couple of posters that you're going off topic. Please stop!


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Kinudin (Soul Fyre)


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Location: San Diego, California, USA

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Posted:Kyrian gave me the worlds best firestaff! She saw how much I liked using it when she was in San Diego.
hug !Kyri! hug

Pozee gave me a set of glowstrings when I was just starting out and Fiesta Island gatherings were still a semi-popular thing to do. They're so smooth to spin... *sigh* then they got lost somewhere.

I've given away sock poi, and tons of practice staves. Etched stuff into a friends firestaff, but that turned out to be a dud idea. Its fun to see the look on their faces when they get all excited:D

Kinudin


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NYC

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Posted:The first time I spun my bubble poi I knew that Dom needed them.

It just made the world more right.

biggrin


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

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Gnor
BRONZE Member since Mar 2003

Gnor

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Location: Perth, Australia

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Posted:We work on the "pass it on theory", that if we pass along items/ideas to ppl then the world is somehow a better place for me. We enjoy giving gifts.
I hope that the goodness I pass on will be forwarded by those ppl to someone else.

hug hug


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Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

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Dom
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Dom

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Location: Bristol, UK

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Posted:S**T! How did I forget the bubble poi! Can't wait for summer to get them out again. I'm going to have to take a couple of sets to the EJC smile

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polythene


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Posted:I tend not to give away my own personal toys, but I do like to make toys for my friends smile (personal and thoughtful gifts I hope!)

It's fun trying to visualize what they'd really want/ appreciate in a toy ubbidea

I was given my very first poi set as a Christmas gift, and my first fire set as a Christmas gift a year later smile


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The pessimist fears this is true.

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FireSpirit
SILVER Member since Mar 2001

FireSpirit

Classic 90's Fire Dancer... Poi, Staff, Doubles, and Breathing
Location: South Lake Tahoe, USA

Total posts: 743
Posted:I make all of my own Fire toys. I once thought about buying a fire staff, but found I could make one for 1/3 the price, and I think mine is better.

I like giving away my toys, SPREAD THE LOVE! ubblove Especilly if its to a fire friend who will use it! I have given away so many fire tools, I can't even think about tring to list them off ubblol

Happy Spinning ubbrollsmile weavesmiley

~Fire Spirit


FIRE IS ALIVE!
IT LIVES AND BREATHS!
IT CONSUMES, AND DISTROYS!
BUT WE CONTROL IT,
AND DANCE WITH FIRE!!

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Tao Star

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Posted:i started making poi 4 years ago - every time i update the pattern or make an improvement i give a pair to my mate in Bristol who i started spinning with to test them out and i keep one pair for myself.

we've both got about 10 different designs now, and they're still commin!


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FireSpirit
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FireSpirit

Classic 90's Fire Dancer... Poi, Staff, Doubles, and Breathing
Location: South Lake Tahoe, USA

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Posted:Quote:

we've both got about 10 different designs now, and they're still commin!



I was wonderin' are you talkin about the Poi itsself or the chain/cord?

I have a few Cages I have been using for towle Poi. One is very Ornate with cool little swerly swerls to tighten up the wire/poi. Others are just to keep the stuffing in while spinning. I love finding new cages!~ and or designs biggrin

~Fire Spirit


FIRE IS ALIVE!
IT LIVES AND BREATHS!
IT CONSUMES, AND DISTROYS!
BUT WE CONTROL IT,
AND DANCE WITH FIRE!!

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Tao Star

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Location: Bristol

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Posted:all sorts of changes really. I played around with different ways of weighting them, different types of chrd and light up or luminous stuff as well as lfags etc.

just whenever someone said 'i'd buy these if...' then i change them.


I had a dream that my friend had a
strong-bad pop up book,
it was the book of my dreams.

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Charles
BRONZE Member since Jun 2001

Charles

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Posted:Eeek! Thius post reminds me, I lent an innercore staff to a friend of mine and haven't seen him for a year...

HoP Posting Guidelines
* Is it the Truth?
* Is it Fair to all concerned?
* Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
* Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

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flid
BRONZE Member since Aug 2002

flid

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Location: Warwickshire, United Kingdom

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Posted:give away toys? ubbcrying

I'm fairly liberal with lending people stuff, but i prefer to do extended loan rather than give away. I've given away stuff in the past to people who haven't used them, then other people who would have nothing. ubbidea


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MikeIcon
GOLD Member since Mar 2003

MikeIcon

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Location: Philadelphia, PA - USA

Total posts: 2109
Posted:Free stuff? Ill take it! Just send any spare/unwanted toys to me, Ill gladly accept. Im broke as hell and got the only toys I own as birthday/christmas presents. Youll never get my beamers or cathedrals!

PS - My birthday is coming up in April ubbidea
(21st too beerchug )


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We'll blaze a new trail,
and torch the rough patches.

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Ade
SILVER Member since Mar 2001

Are we there yet?
Location: australia

Total posts: 1897
Posted:I've given plenty away over the years, too many tennis ball and string poi to count! I've given away handmade ribbon poi and wooden staffs, towel wicks, leftover wicking, chains, handles that I've made, glowstick poi...

it's what makes it more fun ubbrollsmile


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Kit


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Posted:i make fire poi for people cos i cant afford to spen 30 quids on them min cos bout 12 ish

thinkin bout making a set for pauline actually...


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pounce
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pounce

All the neurotic makings of America's lesser known sweetheart
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Posted:i just gave away a pair of sock poi yesterday. tho i'm not sure it was very much appreciated. makes me rethink the whole giving away toys thing frown

I was always scared with my mother's obsession with the good scissors. It made me wonder if there were evil scissors lurking in the house somewhere.

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Tao Star

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Location: Bristol

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Posted:not exactly giving away - but i left my fire poi and a brand new thing of parrafin at the bus stop once. I went back the next day and they'd gone so i just hope that whoever found them

a) knows what they're for, and
b) get much joy out of using them and gets a load more people in to spinning!

i would absolutely love it if i'd been the one to find them, so i hope whoever did appreciates it as much as i would and that they weren't just thrown out by some street cleaner or destroyed as a weapon of mass distruction!


I had a dream that my friend had a
strong-bad pop up book,
it was the book of my dreams.

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Posted:I've given a practice staff to Odin, and another practice staff to Y.T.. I've given poi to The Seal (burnt-one). And each time I know it's appreciated... even if you never see that person again... you've made a difference. tongue

I can't hear you... I have a banana in my ear.

"You mean I'll have to use my brain?... but I use staff!!!" ~ ben-ja-men

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MikeIcon
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MikeIcon

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Location: Philadelphia, PA - USA

Total posts: 2109
Posted:Was too busy being a smart alleck in my last post and didnt actually think about it. But I gave 2 sets of poi away. They were both crap sets that I made myself but they were toys none the less. I gave one set to my cousin when I went to visit him in Kentucky and one set to a friend.

Let's turn those old bridges we crossed into ashes.
We'll blaze a new trail,
and torch the rough patches.

-Me

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