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Socks
BRONZE Member since Nov 2004

Socks

Arf! Can I have a biscut?
Location: North America, Mid West

Total posts: 288
Posted:I get a feeling I could learn a lot more moves a LOT faster if I actually had somoene to bounce ideas off of. Or at least somoene who can say "tuck your shoulder in more." But it seems to me that the staff folks are in the UK.

Kinda a long road trip, but what the hey? ubbangel


I'm weird. Just work through that and we'll all be fine.

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coleman
SILVER Member since Aug 2002

coleman

big and good and broken
Location: lunn dunn, yoo kay

Total posts: 7330
Posted:there's a big bunch of supremely good staff twirlers in oz too ya know.

its on the same bus route so stopping there after the uk shouldn't be too much of a hassle for ya... wink

or you could just stay at home look up a guy called robert heart :eek ubblol


cole. x


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Socks
BRONZE Member since Nov 2004

Socks

Arf! Can I have a biscut?
Location: North America, Mid West

Total posts: 288
Posted:Well, lemme check my route schedule... Ahh! Chicago to OZ or UK by bus... Bleah... Too far. smile

I'm weird. Just work through that and we'll all be fine.

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[Nx?]
BRONZE Member since Mar 2017

[Nx?]

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Europe,Scotland,Both

Total posts: 3749
Posted:I hear you can get ther for a pound on the megabus.....

T wave


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native
SILVER Member since Jun 2004

native

sleeping with angels
Location: anaheim CA usa

Total posts: 508
Posted:or you could just ask me ubblol i am a staff spinner in c.a

SLEEP WITH ANGELS muckieha

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Socks
BRONZE Member since Nov 2004

Socks

Arf! Can I have a biscut?
Location: North America, Mid West

Total posts: 288
Posted:Well, that's not TOO bad, I'm about, umm, 2000 miles to the right, and more than a few paralells north too. smile I need to find a Chicago club or something...

juggle weavesmiley juggle


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musashii


musashii

starring Skippy the green llama
Location: Seattle, WA

Total posts: 1148
Posted:there's a fire troupe called WildFire entertainment in Chicago, you might try looking them up?

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Pyrolific
BRONZE Member since Jan 2001

Returning to a unique state of Equilibrium
Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Total posts: 3289
Posted:this certainly doesnt belong here.

moving to social...hmm...discussion.

Josh


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Izte
SILVER Member since Sep 2004

Izte

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Location: Russia, France, Dauville

Total posts: 28
Posted:relax, guys. All cool spinners are in Russia wink

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NYC


NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA

Total posts: 9232
Posted:I think it's more city dependant than country dependant.

Also, it's because it's looked at very differently there... more as juggling, where as here in the US it's more linked to just lighting stuff on fire and burning it about.

I've written posts on it... one titled "The London Factor"...


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devkev
SILVER Member since Mar 2002

devkev

discoverer of phat and poigling
Location: North London.. England

Total posts: 292
Posted:yeah that and the fact that we are sooo very coool.. ubblol lolsign hehe

i love you really grouphug


its all about the fun fun fun fun and more fun...

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simian


simian

110% MONKEY EVERY TIME ALL THE TIME JUST CANT STOP THE MONKEY
Location: London

Total posts: 3149
Posted:The London Factor (or What Makes A Successful Technical Poi Community) is a pretty phat thread...

yeah, the UK poi communities are ace smile

Written by: NYC
I think it's more city dependant than country dependant.


yeah, kinda. But UK spinning is cool all over, not just in London. Witness the various scarily good people in Sheffield, Bristol, Edinborough and Guildford, just for a start.


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Catalyst
SILVER Member since Nov 2003

Catalyst

member
Location: Virginia

Total posts: 103
Posted:why are all the cool spinners in the UK? ? ? ? Your mama!!!! There are some fatty spinners over here as well....maybe you just don't know where to look, silly. Hey socks.......tuck your soulder in more....looks kinda sloppy
bounce2 bounce bounce2 bounce


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Socks
BRONZE Member since Nov 2004

Socks

Arf! Can I have a biscut?
Location: North America, Mid West

Total posts: 288
Posted:Arf?

Hey, I haven't found anyone in the US yet to learn from, I'm literally watching vids, and thinking "Ok, if I do THIS, I can do THAT." But it's a LOT easier when there's someone else there to bounce off of.

And if you were spinning your walking cane you'd look sloppy too. Balance? What's balance?

Socks


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Phellan


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Location: Kamloops, BC

Total posts: 74
Posted:I'm with Socks on this one. . . even up where I am where we have a good solid. . . 20 spinners in my town alone, and probably double that number in Vancouver. . .

No one even touches on the skills and abilities of the UK/Oz crowds wink

Seems there's a lot more skill and teachers where you guys are wink

Something I'll be checking out when I next head back to Scotland to visit family (only gonna be an hour outta Edinborough!)


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MillenniuM
GOLD Member since Jul 2003

MillenniuM

Hyperloops suck


Total posts: 595
Posted:If you can't find anyone really good in your town, why not just *BE* that really good person? I've been spinning mostly solo for a year and a half now, I'm highly tech oriented and plan to stay that way. Sure, there's people a lot better than me that spin (not in my area, but in other places), but what's the need? You know that more can be done with poi than you yourself can do, so why not experiment and find stuff out, teach others and start your own community?

I understand the desire to be around other spinners, have a sense of community and inspiration... but the London spinners didn't pop out of the ground. It is a more well developed community, why not work on developing your own? Throw weekly spin jams. Make bonfires and provide fuel for others. Teach beginners for FREE, and instill a sense of urgency in getting better to the people around you.


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*robyn*
BRONZE Member since Oct 2004

*robyn*

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Location: canadian in canada

Total posts: 111
Posted:i most definitely agree with millennium. the words were taken out of my mouth. i bet there are other people like you in your area just gagging for a commumity to spin with. get out there and find them.

the uk may have the cooler spinners but i dare you to find me a bloody footbagger. it's all about what community develops where. and if you see a gap and a need then fill it.


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bluecat


bluecat

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Location: everywhere

Total posts: 5300
Posted:yep.

have to agree with millenium. well mostly anyway.

but espescially about the 'start your own community' bit.

in edinburgh seven years ago there was basically three poi spinners, a heap of club swingers, and a few staff spinners. we admittedly have beltane to provide a constant stream of spinners comng in and out of the city, but in that short time we have gone i would say fom ten spinners, none of them technically good by todays standards, to 100-150 resident spinners with a further 50-100 passing through at any one time.......

work on it. have faith. build a community. make people want to visit you.

R


Holistic Spinner (I hope)

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ado-p
GOLD Member since May 2004

ado-p

Pirate Ninja
Location: Galway/Ireland

Total posts: 3882
Posted:if you book them

they will come


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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel


Total posts: 15414
Posted:[irrelevantpostindiscussion]

if you cook them



they will not come back.



smile

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stickman


World Champ Procrastinator
Location: ||...lost...||

Total posts: 580
Posted:ditto bluecat (sorry UCoF tongue)

if you go out and look for some and actively start a community, it will flourish in no time..
i thought i was alone in holland when it comes to spinning, i never saw any posts from ppl in the NL, but then i posted the (meantime famous) thread under cross country bla two or threee months ago, and weve got 19 pages already.. all ppl in holland! well mostly biggrin we had a meeting in amsterdam last week and (compared to you bluecat its nothing) about 25 ppl showed up, including firepoise from ireland and vanize from berlin..

jsut take initiative man, and youll see itll work.. or do some shows and get others into it

good luck mate! biggrin


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towery
GOLD Member since Nov 2004

towery

Member
Location: Wakayama-ken

Total posts: 32
Posted:I know that it's a long way from Chicago, but according to my pal Todd, there's a rather large spin-crowd in the greater Seattle area. Book a Thursday afternoon flight during the summer, call in sick from your cell phone on Friday morning, and spend three days drinking coffee in the morning and spinning with really experienced guys and gals on the beaches all night. You can even camp on the beach. Just a suggestion.

"To my delight, I discovered that poi are amazing movement exploration tools. They are guides. They are teachers. They are like Yoda, only smaller and on strings." --Nick Woolsey, also known as Meenik

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ben-ja-men
GOLD Member since Jun 2003

ben-ja-men

just lost .... evil init
Location: Adelaide

Total posts: 2474
Posted:socks i learnt the same way you are and i think that now when someone shows me a new trick im able to pick it up much faster as i can analyse what they are doing better as ive had loads of practise with short video snippets. if youve not already seen them check out teh knox videos on www.soton-firespinning.co.uk as they are well light and u can actually see what hes doing plus they have great sound tracks biggrin

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vanize
SILVER Member since Aug 2001

vanize

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Austin, Texas

Total posts: 3899
Posted:hey socks, I have to say that the basis of your thread title is more than a little incorrect.

really what it comes down to is a much higher percentange of good UK spinners are on HoP. There are loads and loads of good spinners in the US too, they just are not as likely to participate in this particular web commmunity at those in the UK.


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mico
BRONZE Member since Jul 2004

mico

freedom in chains
Location: San Francisco & Oxford

Total posts: 176
Posted:
And in the UK it's pretty easy for us all to meet. It's
not a big island. And it seems that a lot of people do a
stint in London at some point.

There probably isn't a comparable place in the US.


~peace is a fire~

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mico
BRONZE Member since Jul 2004

mico

freedom in chains
Location: San Francisco & Oxford

Total posts: 176
Posted:Also, I've never visited a 'spin-jam' where most of the
people haven't been brilliantly sharing and selflessly
enthusiastic about what they do.
It one of the things I love about the whole scene. ubblove

I don't know how the US scene compares??


~peace is a fire~

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*robyn*
BRONZE Member since Oct 2004

*robyn*

member
Location: canadian in canada

Total posts: 111
Posted:that's very true. london is a nomadic stop over

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vanize
SILVER Member since Aug 2001

vanize

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Austin, Texas

Total posts: 3899
Posted:spin jams everywhere are about the same really - I've been to them all over (except australia and new zealand... frown but at least I've several spinners from those places at spin jams and they were the same too!)

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Yex
BRONZE Member since Aug 2004

Yex

Member
Location: Kamloops BC

Total posts: 97
Posted:Written by: Phellan


I'm with Socks on this one. . . even up where I am where we have a good solid. . . 20 spinners in my town alone, and probably double that number in Vancouver. . .







Phellan you guys still going hard at riverside these days or is it getting too cold?

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NYC


NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA

Total posts: 9232
Posted:Written by: simian

The London Factor (or What Makes A Successful Technical Poi Community) is a pretty phat thread...




Wow. Must have written that back when I was smart. All spelled right and grammarly and stuff. ubbloco


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Dio


Dio

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Location: OK, USA

Total posts: 729
Posted:I know of several good spinners in the Chicago area, in fact I used to live there and was fortunate enough to train with several of them. PM me if you'd like some contact information, because I know of at least two that would love to find some more people to spin with.

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