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Heph
GOLD Member since Dec 2000

Heph

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Location: Chicago, IL

Total posts: 79
Posted:what do most people do at the end of their performance? i've built up quite a repertoir of fun/dramatic poi moves and tricks, but i feel i never know how to stop. Is there a good way to take a bow, a good finale move so people know that you've stopped, and its clapping time? i guess my other problem is that most of the music i spin to is trancey stuff, and the tracks often last 6 or 8 minutes, while the fire only lasts 3 or 4, ya know? so when/if i stop in the middle of a song, it seems abrupt. and i'd rather not just spin until the fire goes out, i heard thats bad for wick endurance. so, any ideas?-heph

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Tsumi


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Location: SF CA USA

Total posts: 32
Posted:These awesome fire dancers I saw about a month ago were spinning together, and at the end they abruptly knelt wth their heads down and touched their wicks to the ground for a pause..it worked really well

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Jesse


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Location: Pittsburgh, PA/ USA

Total posts: 118
Posted:<laughing> please see my post under "Hoi Poi Polloi, first gig story" I'll see if I can come up with something for later that doesn't involve quite so much Sheer Dumb Luck, and a DJ/Live Band...Jesse-the-spoiled

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dangerboy


dangerboy

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Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Total posts: 205
Posted:mebbe wrapping them around your wrist, stopping when they're 10 inches below your hands, bring them up to your face, and blow them out. Warning: do not attempt when flames are two feet high. Also, i usually just to a really fast foreward to reverse circular weave until they put themselves out.------------------Earth my body, water my blood, air my breath, fire my spirit

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Posted:Hey Tsumi, who did you see?

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gάrbǿ


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Location: Bristol / London / Norwich / C...

Total posts: 521
Posted:I swing them normally (forward) than bring them up inside my arms to my chest and then when they reach my face I blow parrafin on them. Looks really cool.peace outgarbo
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bobrob


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Location: currently in..... Perth WA

Total posts: 61
Posted:that sounds great, garbo! i've been meaning to try that (although i'll practice without poi to start with !) can i ask you, do you keep the paraffin in your mouth the whole performance??? or is there some way of getting it halfway. hang on, wicked idea....what if you had one of those camelbacks, you know, the cycling backpack with water resevoir and put paraffin in instead, you could take as many mouthfuls as you liked and have several 'fire-breaths' during your performance. am i mad or would that work???
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adamrice


adamrice

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Location: Austin TX USA

Total posts: 1015
Posted:One move I've seen a few times, and tried last night for the first time is this: when the wicks are close to going out, speed up in a forward spin at your sides and whack them vigorously into the ground. That'll usually put them out, I think, and it puts a nice exclamation point at the end of your show.------------------Adam Rice :: www.fire-gear.com

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Tsumi


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Location: SF CA USA

Total posts: 32
Posted:Diana: unfortunately I don't know who they were. ^^;; But they were at a cloud factory new'year's party in san mateo (bay area). There were like 5 or 6 of them doing solo and duo acts.

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gάrbǿ

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Location: Bristol / London / Norwich / C...

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Posted:I usually have the parrafin in my mouth the whole time. If you have a big enough mouthfull then you can probably manage about three blows in each run. The parrafin does tend to make you feel dizzy after a while but it looks great esp if you can do it smoth and fast peace out garbo
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smitty


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Location: Brisbane QLD Australia

Total posts: 104
Posted:bobrob, many peole have had the idea of using the packs for various things, like grog, walken round with 2L of grog on ur back rules, but a word of warning, grog stains the bag, u'll be driniking water that has a taste of grog in it, so if u used some flamable liquid in there, would u want to be drinken out of it after and still tasten that?its a good idea n all, mabey get a realy cheap one or something, u can buy just the bladders and a tube cheap, it has no insulation of anything, but ur not after that, so that might work out for the best.

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Heph
GOLD Member since Dec 2000

Heph

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Location: Chicago, IL

Total posts: 79
Posted:methinks storing flammable liquids in a reservoir attached to your back while spinning with fire probably isn't such a great idea. i guess you'd have to *seriously* mess up for things to go wrong, but if they did, you'd be screwed. any other ideas, for the non-firebreathers out there?

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Pele
BRONZE Member since Dec 2000

Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA

Total posts: 6193
Posted:Depends on how accustomed to heat your hands are. You could let your poi go down to a *small* flick of a flame, do a fast wrist wrap with arms out to the side and head bowed, catching the now extinguished wick in your palms. You have this pose like from the crow movie posters working (I am a *big* fan so it's where I got the idea). Take your bow, unwrap and dunk asap. If you don't want them to go out, one hand it, take a drink, make a toast and take your bow...all while doing one hand.Or, tangle them intentionally in front of you. Jump them as you would a jump rope only leaving your arms extended behind you and walk forward. Have a safety take them, extinguish them and dunk them while you take your bows, say your thanks.I am only familiar with stage type shows so these might not be appropriate for podium freestyle type things but I thought I might add a little here, I hope.Bright swinging.------------------Pele Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir...

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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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melissa
BRONZE Member since Mar 2017

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Location: madagascar

Total posts: 156
Posted:i've been thinking more about finishing moves and wick preservation recently and i would like to compare moves a bit more. are there some more suggestions for finallies? i was thinking it might be a good habit to always extinguish the torches prematurely with a wet towel when doing practice runs but then have a different ending with a little more of an oomph to it when doing a live performance. the sensation that i get when ending a purformance by running off stage to extinguish my torches real fast is pretty anticlimactic. best metaphor would be when you're interupted while having sex just before orgasm, almost but not quite enough to satisfy. anyhow i have been picking my brain trying to come up with a cool fire finaly. for a performance ending i was kind of thinking about doing an interpritive dance peice with two non-fire/safety/crowd control costumed dancers. at the begining of the performance they have direct roles/interaction then during the bulk of the dance they are more to the side stage subtle background and then reemerge for the end extinguishing dance with the performer. the feel of the dance would kind of be like a beast (fire perfomer) that escapes its chains and celebrates, warms up to open space with moves that evolve from slow small and refined. then the dance progresses to wild large fast complex expansive movements. finally for it is toned down to more subdued, exasted, dying moves (like the kind that are done when doing spinning on your knees) that opens stage for the non fire dancers to enter with more emphasis to "recapture" and extinguish the fire dancer. anyhow, this is the idea that i have been playing with for how to end my pieces. critique away, exchange ideas, tell me what ya think.

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preambled


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Location: auckland

Total posts: 53
Posted:the only decent 'finishing' move i've seen is a lot like the one adamrice talked about - except one is spinning forward, one backward, you kneel and slam both poi into the ground - and hope they both go out
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Pele'sWhippingBoy


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Location: Rochester, NY, USA

Total posts: 442
Posted:In regards to the music thing:You could resample your music to the length you want. - orStart it in the middle. - orHave the sound person fade it out when you're done.------------------"Except for that Mrs. Lincoln, How did you like the play?"Pyromorph - Let the fire change you

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Superman
BRONZE Member since Mar 2017

Superman

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Location: Houston, Texas

Total posts: 829
Posted:Pratice letting them go straight up in the air and landing them into their own bucket of water. Or catch them in your pockets.
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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

Total posts: 5688
Posted:Here's one that has a kind of "Wow" factor, but more a sort of "Wow - that was stupid" thing I discovered whilst pissed and spinning (Yes, I know it's not big or clever - but it's sure as hell fun)Basically, switch to a one hand butterfly and slip one Poi of so it goes up, then slip off the other one so it follows. As they come back down, clap them with both hands and they go out (Presuming they're burnt down enough) Make sure the claps quick but completely engulfs the Poi (needs small wicks) and it works....Most of the time.Another one, more for show, is letting a one handed butterfly slow down to a stop and using the remaining flame to light a cigarette (or other smoking thing).

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