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s-p-l-a-t
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Location: Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Member Since: 8th Mar 2001
Total posts: 383
Posted:it seems that they're unavoidable! the space left when I stopped a drug addiction has been filled by an addiction to fire twirling. its all i can see when i close my eyelids at night, the yellow/white patterns moving around. when i stare at an ant's nest and see the masses of eccentrically moving ants, the pattern reminds me of some huge complex 128-flamed poi move or something.are there support groups for this? =)

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.- B.B.King

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Posted:Home of Poi is the fire twirlers anonymous support group (in case you haddnt noticed - most of us think about twirling a lot).At least its healthy!!Josh

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Finn
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Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Member Since: 23rd Dec 2000
Total posts: 341
Posted:I so understand what you mean. I see poi in everything.
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adamrice
adamrice

poo-bah
Location: Austin TX USA
Member Since: 19th Dec 2000
Total posts: 1015
Posted:Me, when I'm lying in bed trying to go to sleep, I see my body doing moves I'm not sure how to make it do--some of them probably violate 3-dimensional reality...

Laugh while you can, monkey-boy

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adrian
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Location: sydney
Member Since: 12th Feb 2001
Total posts: 58
Posted:i think that just about all of us here are addicted to the flame in one way or another...myself, im adicted to all aspects of fire twirling and manipulation, after a verry good set of poi perhaps i feel rather hollow sometimes, then i start spinning and i feel tops, its a way to escape your owne mind for a lil wile and on the plus side, it is a healthy passtime, makes you fitter and coordenates you better....unfortunatly, once addicted to fire i dont know of any way to escape it
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------------------ladies and gentelmen take my advice, pull down your pants and slide on the ice...


ladies and gentelmen take my advice, pull down your pants and slide on the ice...

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gάrbǿ
gάrbǿ

addict
Location: Bristol / London / Norwich / C...
Member Since: 9th Jan 2001
Total posts: 521
Posted:I know its weird isn't it. The moment you pick them up for the first time. You can't put them down and then when you do you just keep on going back. its the same with juggling. Its a great way to procrastinate whilst studying for exams. he hepeace outgarbo
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be excellent to each other: safe:

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CAINED-AND-UNABLE
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Location: Manchester
Member Since: 19th Feb 2001
Total posts: 214
Posted:i know exactly what you mean garbo. its become my best way to procrastinate.
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and adamrice, i've had dreams about fire that have deffinately violated the laws of time and space.


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gάrbǿ
gάrbǿ

addict
Location: Bristol / London / Norwich / C...
Member Since: 9th Jan 2001
Total posts: 521
Posted:Piece of advise. NEVER start poi near to exams cause you will procrastinate and never get anywork done.peace outgarbo
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be excellent to each other: safe:

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Thistle
Thistle

old hand
Location: Nottingham UK
Member Since: 27th Jan 2001
Total posts: 950
Posted:I live for fire it has taken over my life. I gave up smoking and needed something to occupy my mind and hands and poi fitted the bill perfectly. Addicted? YES. Sorry bout it? ABBSOLUTELY NOT! Although the down side is I never have a working light bulb in my lounge cos i'm always poi-ing it to death.There is something mesmerising about spinning fire that tunes into my subconcious that i cannot explain. I have dreams of spinning fire and flowing with it as though me and the poi are one and the fire communicates with me. (do I need therapy? he-he).

Are we nearly there yet?

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Claire
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Location: Jersey, Channel Islands
Member Since: 20th Jan 2001
Total posts: 6
Posted:do we need therapy for this addiction? I think not. Better this than many other addictions, and really isn't it therapy in itself. Possibly the best kind! (well ok there are some better
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Jeff Duncan
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Location: sidney, bc, canada
Member Since: 3rd Jan 2001
Total posts: 140
Posted:hay splat...do more drugs then you get to be addicted to 2 things!!and it makes poi way more fun.

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onewheeledweirdo
member
Location: Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Member Since: 23rd Mar 2001
Total posts: 35
Posted:it is plain to see that you all are not addicted by only deseased you have all caught a horrible bug.... the fire bug!!! really its not a bad bug to catch.

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Superman
Superman

member
Location: Houston, Texas
Member Since: 13th Mar 2001
Total posts: 829
Posted:<meekly raises hand and stands up>>hello my name is andrew, andiam a addict..
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Prime example, i am in the mall on one of those free internet stations, hile my fiance is in a store spending all our money.Super'


Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear.


- Mark Twain

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s-p-l-a-t
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Location: Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Member Since: 8th Mar 2001
Total posts: 383
Posted:actually, Jeff, that isn't really an option anymore really. I guess I over did it for about 3 years in total and now I have irritable bowel syndrome. Which basically means no white drugs for me. Ingestion of such leaves me in super-painful waves of cramps that renders me helpless and curled up in bed, sweating and shaking(with pain). I haven't touched what I was so fond of for about 8 months now. Even panadol mostly disagrees with me. And that doesn't include a huge long list of other foods (mainly dairy.)Of course a little greenery before a twirl can be lots of fun though =)But there's a lesson boys and girls - drugs aren't as 'harmless' as they seem eh?

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.- B.B.King

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Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:Splat, that's aweful and I am sorry for you but how strong you must be to overcome it!!! *round of applause for splat*As for addictions...what about when you walk through your day going.."damn I could set that on fire and swing it!"Or "With a few bolts and some wicking..maybe a chain here or there I bet that would make a heluva toy." My issue is I see fire toys possibilities in so much I get overwhlemed wanting to do it all.Bowls...they are fun to dance with fire in them. My umbrella is useless in the rain but getting to the impressive state with fire.....Or, when I go to the store and walk through the pet aisle going.."Oh that chain would *never* do...the links aren't sturdy enough to spin around see?" And I spin the stupid thing in the store aisle with some poor old woman nearing heartattack as she surely envisions a dog on the other end!!!!It's late and I need help!*g*------------------Pele Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir...

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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audax
audax

freelance bum
Location: Upstairs
Member Since: 3rd Sep 2001
Total posts: 286
Posted:Ever since I made my poi 2 weeks ago, I haven't been away from them for more than 10 minutes. I don't even consider leaving them at home in case someone has flamable liquid. When I first started poi, I would roll out of bed in the morning and start spinning. I would make my breakfast thinking of how to make the btb bf work. Dreams of poi...

UYI wink OLDSKOOL

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catboy
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Location: leicester, england
Member Since: 24th Sep 2001
Total posts: 167
Posted:i have some practice poi in my desk drawer at work, and go outside for a bit after lunch everyday... its about the only thing that keeps me going past 1pm. my boss is into juggling in a bigway, so he comes along too... not tried using fire at work yet though... maybe next week
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you can take the cat out of the jungle, but you cant take the jungle out of the cat

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NYC
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NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA
Member Since: 26th Aug 2001
Total posts: 9232
Posted:True story:I hang around in school yards and let kids try my glowsticks for free. Then when they want their own I charge em' grossly inflated prices (to raise money for the school, of course.)What does that make me?
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Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]

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Posted:it can go to far,the other night I was having a really intence emotional conversation with someone and all I could think about was 'hummmmm double staffs, simultainios throws, hummmmmm....' I kept pulling my self outof it and berating myself for being so shallow but thoes flickering steel circles kept pulling me back...Im really not happy if I dont learn a new thing every few days.XXX

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Hitokage
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Location: New York, NY, USA
Member Since: 20th Oct 2001
Total posts: 70
Posted:Yes, I am addicted to staff, poi, and everything else that's fire. But I've been surprised how much of a release they all have been for me. Yesterday, I was stressed out. Really stressed out. I had a major test the next day, had to start preparing for another test on tuesday, had to write a research paper, had to do research for another research paper, AND had to talk someone out of commiting suicide (as well as keep in the back of my mind that a different person who I'd talked out of it before, was acting up also with the whole suicidal thing). I was just about as stressed as I could be. And what was the first thing that came to mind on what I could do?~I wanted to light up. I wanted nothing more than to go out with my staff or poi, light up, and twirl. I never got to, but just thinking about it, remembering the feeling I get every time I light up, made me fine. I think I did ok on the test, and I'm no longer stressed about the rest of the weekend. All thanks the flame. ------------------"Burning--the process of breaking things down into a simpler form." -Hitokage---FireStorm---(jimidawg@snet.net)[This message has been edited by Hitokage (edited 21 October 2001).]

Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever -Mahatma Ghandi

Burning--the process of breaking things down into a simpler form. -Hitokage-

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chuff
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Location: victoria
Member Since: 21st Oct 2001
Total posts: 1
Posted:uh huh...i feel it...been stuck in the middle of nowhere in south west wales and i left all my fire toys at home in victoria canada...but i got one built here and another on the way and it definitely helps to sooth the lonesome atmosphere of nowhereland.

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melissa
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Location: madagascar
Member Since: 1st Jun 2001
Total posts: 156
Posted:i am going through fire withdrawls at the momment.
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i just moved to hawaii but i was silly and forgot all of my fire toys and fans. i have no idea what i was thinking before i left, i guess i was in a fire detox fasting mood right before departure and figured i'll just make some here. i kind of forgot to bring the random tools neccary to build them though. argh! i miss dancing with my fans so much , i have my radioactive jellyfish poi but it just doesn't do it for me quite the same as my fans. its funny to dance without them now, i guess that you don't notice how much fire is a life style habit until you don't have access to your toys. painful withdrawls is the best way to describe it.


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Maelstrom
Maelstrom

member
Location: Akron, Ohio
Member Since: 12th Sep 2001
Total posts: 135
Posted:Love it, love it, LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEE, IIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!------------------Nothing good ever comes from hanging out with "normal" people.

Nothing good ever comes from hanging out with normal people.

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Insatiable fire-faerie (Angie)
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Location: Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland,U.K
Member Since: 30th Sep 2001
Total posts: 150
Posted:I think there is a certain amount of people with addictive 'personalities' (me for one)...if you stop doing one thing you move onto another ...and take it to extremes. Being addicted to anything isnt good though, even if it is fire poi. Some things can take over and it interfere with your life.I just want to say Good on u for kicking the drug thing and thank god for poi for keeping you away from it...if it makes you feel good and it aint harming your everday life then go for it!!!

"You've got red on you!" Shaun of the Dead

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Burnt
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Location: Sydney
Member Since: 12th Oct 2001
Total posts: 13
Posted:I dont have an addictive personality but Im addicted to fire poi and Im always telling people they should try it... does that make me a poi pusher? :P------------------Play with fire and you might get Burnt.

Play with fire and you might get Burnt.

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vanize
vanize

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Austin, Texas
Member Since: 21st Aug 2001
Total posts: 3899
Posted:When I walk around in stores, other peoples houses, or where ever, I keep thinking to myself, "I could spin that. I bet I could spin that too. Oooo! how could I attach THAT to some chains?"

-v-

Wiederstand ist Zwecklos!

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krystie
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Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th Aug 2001
Total posts: 22
Posted:When I'd only been twriling for a couple months (still a beginner, but definitely hooked) I flew to a family reunion and *gasp* forgot my practice poi. So there I was in semi-rural Missouri looking for anything to twirl..There were these trees (I don't know what kind) with long bean-like things. So I snapped a couple of those in half and tied them to some strings. They actually worked for awhile until I hit myself and they fell out. Man they hurt, too! -I hadn't twirled glowsticks much at this point. Fortunatly there was a Wal-Mart near by so I got a real set soon after
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purplegirl
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Location: New Zealand
Member Since: 24th Jul 2001
Total posts: 16
Posted:I dunno why i'm here. I don't have a problem. I can stop anytime i want to... I just don't want to right now... and i'm not in denial...that's just some bull that shrinks make up so they sound like they know everything.. they try and make u think your mad. I don't have a damn problem ok!?!

I'm not mad, I just have my own specialised version of sanity

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nexus_sun
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Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Member Since: 20th Oct 2001
Total posts: 47
Posted:Have you taken the The Twirling Addiction Test (TAT)?At the moment it's the first post on www.fireartfanatics.comI was doing ok until last weekend when the cops directed us to stop twirling in a quiet street behind the party house. Now I need professional help (re twirling, not the legal type).
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Jaeden
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Location: Edmonton
Member Since: 2nd Sep 2001
Total posts: 220
Posted:lol Nexus. Now where would I go for help with this?------------------'There is a fist pressing against anyone who thinks something compelling'

The world is not out to get you but if you fight it you will be eaten alive

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nexus_sun
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Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Member Since: 20th Oct 2001
Total posts: 47
Posted:I've heard that the Betty Ford Center -- founded in 1982 by former First Lady Betty Ford and Ambassador Leonard Firestone -- is a not-for-profit, licensed treatment center that helps women, men and families begin the process of recovery from addiction.You could also meet and marry some famous movie star whilst you're there ... but it'd be tough to find a drink.
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