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Vixen
SILVER Member since Jan 2004

Vixen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Oxfordshire/Wiltshire

Total posts: 3276
Posted:I think the topic name pretty much says it all..... my experience was last year at reading festival.... i saw 2 girls spinning poi randomly and asked them about it... they wrote the HOP website address on my arm..... and then i was hooked! (if your out there let me know who you are, id love to thank you!!!)

tHeReS gOoD aNd EvIl iN EaCh InDiViDuAl fIrE, iDeNtIfIeS nEeDs AnD fEeDs OuR dEsIrEs.

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Hanz


Hanz

veteran
Location: Bendigo, Vic, Australia

Total posts: 1328
Posted:Well I went to a Venturer activity last year (VG) and saw all these twirlers... staff and poi.
One of the girls in my unit were already twirling and had a staff and then bought some Poi at Easter this year. At one of our camps she brought the poi along, and I had a go and was hooked. I found it so much easier to handle then staff (which I had tried at VG and couldnt get the hang of properly).
So yeah, it was a friend from Venturers and a few Venturer camps which made me start trying to spin poi


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Durbs
BRONZE Member since Sep 2001

Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

Total posts: 5688
Posted:I saw Keith and Steve, plus some other old-skool Guildfordians spinning in a car-park, went on the ol' interweb - looked up "fire spinning", found HoP, bought a pair of poi, "The Art of Poi" and practiced in my garden. Then found out about Thursdays in G'ford and have been going for about 3.5 years biggrin

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_Clare_
BRONZE Member since Oct 2002

_Clare_

Still wiggling
Location: Belfast

Total posts: 5967
Posted:Like loads of other backpackers, the first time I saw anyone dance with fire was at the Arts Factory in Byron Bay, Australia. peace
Two guys and a girl put on a fantastic show... I've never been so totally speechless!!!wow
I sat there for the whole performance with my jaw on the floor - I couldn't work out how these people were able to do this without burning themselves.
A few months later I tried out a friend's practice poi in Brisbane (on the roof of the Palace backpackers), and picked up a few moves. The next day I bought myself some firepoi and that was it (didn't light them til 6 weeks later, tho!)
Now, two years and lots of practice later, I still remember that night, but at least I know how it's done!!! weavesmiley
Take care
xoxo


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GottaLoveIt


GottaLoveIt

Sponge
Location: Stevenage

Total posts: 883
Posted:I saw it at a free party, I snapped out of my daze at about 10 in the morning and saw all these wierd things spinning around in between cars and next to me and over there on the hill and on top of that rusty tractor and over there by the rig and it looked really pretty and everyone doing it looked like they were having fun plus I thought maybe I could look as graceful as they did for once, because I usually just look like a clumsy stork (which I still am).
But now I am one of those people at free parties getting their poi out for a morning spin (yes, it really is that wide spread here)


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Vixen
SILVER Member since Jan 2004

Vixen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Oxfordshire/Wiltshire

Total posts: 3276
Posted:hey gottaloveit.... do you ever go on squat juice? U been to any good freepartys recently?

tHeReS gOoD aNd EvIl iN EaCh InDiViDuAl fIrE, iDeNtIfIeS nEeDs AnD fEeDs OuR dEsIrEs.

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GottaLoveIt


GottaLoveIt

Sponge
Location: Stevenage

Total posts: 883
Posted:unfortunately I do go on it lol... pile of w___ website though!
Last one I went to was STS in the woods near Great Chiswell
Are you called vixen on SJ?


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Vixen
SILVER Member since Jan 2004

Vixen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Oxfordshire/Wiltshire

Total posts: 3276
Posted:haha yeah i am Vixen on there, one of my mates is from Masika (have you seen them?) is your name GottaLoveIt on there?

tHeReS gOoD aNd EvIl iN EaCh InDiViDuAl fIrE, iDeNtIfIeS nEeDs AnD fEeDs OuR dEsIrEs.

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GottaLoveIt


GottaLoveIt

Sponge
Location: Stevenage

Total posts: 883
Posted:I was about to say I posted a pm to stop the thread hijacking but it's your thread anyhoo. There's a flashing mail thing on your screen... click it!!

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MrConfused
BRONZE Member since Jan 2002

MrConfused

addict
Location: I wish I knew

Total posts: 529
Posted:3 years back, I hitched my way out to Morocco and met up with a few others who had done the same, travelled with them for a little while. Along the way, we took a trip out to the Sahara and camped out over night. Beautifully clear, starry night, middle of the desert totally surrounded by massive dunes, a little bit to beerchug, and one guy who had been instrumental in aiding my escape from Tangiers brings out these chains, proceeds to set fire to them and spin them around. Might just have been the situation, but I was mesmerised. Too nervous to actually give them a try then and there, but ordered myself a set of poi as soon as i got home, and haven't looked back since!
Haven't seen the guy since, but he deserves a hug for introducing me to such an amazing obsession. Thanks Jim!!

J


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menominai


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Location: Aberystwyth 'student' Oxford g...

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Posted:I guess like many other, first saw poi at a festival, and what with me being in sunny england it didnt leave me much choice but glastonbury or reading tongue we were just wondering around at some point in the night and saw flying fire..... lets just say i wasnt in the most sober state in the world and we sat there hypnotised by the flames cheering them on. wow however, i didnt pick up my first poi for about 6months after that, and only practiced a little as i was v v bad and no-one around could teach me frown then i went to uni and there was a whole club set up for pl like me!! now i can fire poi along with the best of them devil..... well, maybe not, but i'm gettin there smile but i still remeber the first time i saw it ubblove

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Fine_Rabid_Dog


Internet Hate Machine
Location: They seek him here, they seek ...

Total posts: 10530
Posted:my mums boyfriend did it. He is really good, and I thought wow I wanna learn! So he taught me! Big thankx to him!

Been doing it ever since....


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ber seal


The Official London juggling ber spy. shh! dont tell any one
Location: the world (London)

Total posts: 419
Posted:I started working in a juggle shop in london and they asked me what I could do.
I showed them my Ball juggle skills my diadolo skills and what I could do with some contact balls.

then I was asked what I could do with POI. confused

I picked up a pair and got all tied up in a right mess. redface

told me I would have to to get better at that.

ubbidea So I went to brixton juggle club that night and asked a girl called Rakiya to show me how to do poi.

it took me 20 mins but in the end I had forwards and backwards weave sorted.

ubbloco


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MiG
GOLD Member since Apr 2004

MiG

Self-Flagellation Expert
Location: Bogged at CG

Total posts: 3415
Posted:saw a guy doing it at a 21st, thought 'hey, that looks pretty damn awesome', talked a bit, he invited me to another party, he spun there, me and a friend of mine said 'hey, could you tach us that?', we spent about 4 hours that night taking it in turns with only one set of poi b/w 3 ppl, something like this:

H:'ok, you go over, under, then across'
M:'like this?' tangle/thwack/mess
H:'no, kinda like this'
M:'ohh, i think i got it now'
H:'no, thats 2 beat, not three beat. you wanna go like this'
M:'ooooohhhh, that feels tooo much more awesome. now how do you do that other one?'

I've been hooked ever since biggrin


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_Aime_
SILVER Member since Jan 2004

_Aime_

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hastings

Total posts: 4172
Posted:I got it all through corky
Long story short hannah found out about it from circus, then she was telling me about it, then there was a show on at a local park with fire poi. I was hooked ever since smile


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fNi
GOLD Member since Mar 2004

fNi

master of disaster
Location: New York

Total posts: 3354
Posted:I got it by being dragged to my uni's juggling society's fire night. saw people spinning different stuff, poi, staff, devilsticks, swords, and breathing....I was blown away, and when one of the guys asked who wanted to learn, guess who got pushed forwards. Been doin it since

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pounce
SILVER Member since Jan 2003

pounce

All the neurotic makings of America's lesser known sweetheart
Location: body in Las Vegas, heart all a...

Total posts: 9831
Posted:my best friend spun glow and i just found it so beautiful to watch. he started teaching me the basics and it just went from there.

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.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.

**giggles**

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ShyFysh
BRONZE Member since Apr 2003

ShyFysh

member
Location: Normal, Illinois, USA

Total posts: 19
Posted:I was searching for a fan website for Gigi Edgley because she is on my favorite show Farscape. In her bio she listed fire spinning as one of her skills. I did a search and ended up here. I have practice poi, fire poi, fire staff and glow poi all because I am such a scifi geek. redface

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I honor the Divine within ~Rev Bem

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Mele
SILVER Member since Oct 2003

Mele

A perth girl gone walkabout...
Location: Back home in Perth WA

Total posts: 396
Posted:I amazingly wasn't entirely fussed about fire the first time i saw it, which was in Fremantle where some people were busking doing fire twirling. My housemate was tho, and when they invited us down to the beach to practice, he went, and i never did. 6 months later, i went down every couple of weeks to watch and mostly talk to people, 6 months later i picked up some poi..... eventually after randomly playing with other people gear i learnt some things - And it wasn't until i learnt some moves, picked up some fire poi, lit them and had my first burn that i was hooked ubblove

I smile because i have no idea whats going on!! biggrin

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WryTerra


WryTerra

The reason we say "European"
Location: Cheltenham

Total posts: 912
Posted:Someone showed me a video of themselves spinning. This person is quite the performer and when I saw it the grace and elegance of it made me say 'I have to do that'. I still consider that person the most watchable performer I know. Natural stage presence is what it is I think.

"We have done the impossible and that makes us mighty" - Mal Reynolds

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Gidg
BRONZE Member since Apr 2003

Gidg

Super Gidg!!!!
Location: Portland Oregon USA

Total posts: 8506
Posted:Very very first? No fire? Three words.



Polynesian Dance class, 7 years ago.



hug hug wave wave


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I'm normal ... it's everyone else that's crazy.

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Medusa
BRONZE Member since Nov 2003

Medusa

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Location: 8 days at Cloudbreak, 6 in Per...

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Posted:Mine was through Uni.

The uni that I studied at organise some little courses for students to get to know one another and since I was still reasonably new to the city I thought that getting involved would be a great way to get to know some people.

One of the classes that was organised was Fire Twirling...and though I knew nothing about it I thought it sounded kinda cool (better than learning how to make you own make up) so I signed up.

When I got there and realised what it was we were actually doing I was hooked.


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martha


Member
Location: near Great yarmouth Norfolk

Total posts: 37
Posted:i was watching my cousin do poi 2 years ago, and she gave me and my brother a try. i was not very good and got them in to a tangle, however my bro was able to spin better.
At christmas i opened my present from my gran, and guess what she had bought me some poi.
1 and a 1/2 years on and look whos the better one.
i've been spinning at school festivals where i have alot of people ask me what i was doing, and alot of friends have wonder what poi is.
And the person to thank is my cousin(thank you cousin)

martha


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Rouge Dragon
BRONZE Member since Jul 2003

Rouge Dragon

Insert Champagne Here
Location: without class distinction

Total posts: 13215
Posted:the first i did it was when i was in NZ with school. however it wasnt until a few years later (2 years ago!) that my ex bought a staff, and the stall also sold poi, but i didnt have the money...then a year after that i bought my own poi at a market (thought it might be fun, as i had enjoyed it when i was in NZ)

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Katch
GOLD Member since Jun 2004

Katch

Beach bum


Total posts: 162
Posted:Two years ago, I volunteered for a few months at the Joburg Zoo. About a week into my trip, one of my housemates called me out to the lawn to watch the zoo vet practice his fire poi spinning. Told myself, if there's a new skill I'm bringing home from South Africa... it's got to be that (if only to shock my beloved parents). Four months later, I bought myself a set, asked Steve to teach me, whacked myself black and blue, came home and did a short show. I must say learning how to spin poi has really paid off. Thanks steve!

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
-Franklin P. Jones

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Pink...?
BRONZE Member since Apr 2002

Pink...?

Mistress of Pink...Multicoloured
Location: Over There

Total posts: 6140
Posted:Um well a while back.. Dec 01 i met UCOF (Chris and Jon) in a club. They kept on ranting on about poi. And then they taught us some basic moves (me and Justine). Been hooked eversince. ubbangel

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Lyra
SILVER Member since Feb 2004

spiny norman
Location: Cincinnati,damn it

Total posts: 314
Posted:two girls with fire and drums at a great party, one of the girls Aly does some work with my dad and she lent me art of poi and i made my own practice poi and taught myelf the basics, im so excited because im going to get to spin fire with Aly in a few months.......peace

if you think that our kiss was all in the lips, come on you got it all wrong man, and if you think that our dance was all in the hips then, oh well, do the twist -The White Stripes

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andythepoi


andythepoi

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Location: manchester, uk

Total posts: 508
Posted:Glasto 03, there was a chap poiing fire by the workers beer tent on Butts Green in front of the big dance stage in the corner that apparently made far too much noise and was banned from going this year. He was SPECTACULAR. Had been fire juggling, eating and breathing for a few years but thought the poi was amazing. Made some when i got home n never looked back. Oh, apart from when two weeks later i set my back on fire on the banks of the Firth in Scotland just before T in the park!

It's smashing to be back x

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MEERCAT
BRONZE Member since May 2002

MEERCAT

A Meerkat that eats chicken
Location: Cambridge UK

Total posts: 194
Posted:I went to a place near where i live called ARKSDEN one of my boyfriend Carls mates ...i had seen fire spinning before but this bloke DAVE was doing it i had a go and was hooked he gave me this practice metal pole staff that he practices with i still have it to this day.....i have never seen hm since.

If anyone knows him or if hes a membe of this site PM me just to say wavehello
Cause i wanted to say thanks


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duballstar
SILVER Member since Sep 2003

duballstar

slack rating - 9.5
Location: Suburbiton, Yoo-Kay

Total posts: 2216
Posted:my mate laura (elasta) started spinning about a year before me but i didn't pay it much attention although i'd always been impressed by fire performers. then i spent a summer working on a campsite in france and another friend bought some poi with her so i learnt some to pass the time, got hooked and started learning off of laura when she came out to join us. i'd alway wanted to be able to juggle whch i learnt at the same time and have kept playing since. that was 2 years ago... biggrin

It is our fantasies that make us real. Without our fantasies we're just a blank monkey' - Terry Pratchett

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Stormy, Queen of Vodka

The HoP Industrial Rainbow Fairy
Location: Near Portsmouth, UK

Total posts: 385
Posted:I was in Brighton with my boyfriend, who at that time I'd only been going out with for a week. He had some fire chains and fabric poi, and I remember just picking up the fabrics and spinning them slowly round. Within weeks I was spinning weaves, halos, butterflies and reverse synchronised low waves etc etc and I'm here now hehe. That was about 3 months ago biggrin

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Your erotic cabaret is non stop
You're wearing too many belts
And I bet they leave welts
Shut up and dance cause I wanna pop.

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