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ImmortalAngel
SILVER Member since Jan 2004

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Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Total posts: 578
Posted:We have a how old are you now thread.
We have a what type of education do you have thread.
We have a what level of education do you have poll.
But no one has really looked into the How old were you when you first started juggling/spinning/staff/unicycling/balloon sculpting thread.

So here it is.
I have noticed alot of people have started when they were reaching their late teens or early 20s...Possibly something to do with the level of maturity at that age? Or just the fact that you can drive, drink (hopefully not both at once), and have nothing else to do? Or that maybe it's more popular with that age group more than any other?
I started getting into it when I was about 15, but it wasn't 16 that I really started learning or practicing anything.


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ben-ja-men
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Posted:i have always loved fire, we used to have candles at dinner which i would sit and play with after the meal had finished, i didnt first see fire staff until i was 22 at which point i became instantly addicted .... hehe still cant drive redface

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flash fire
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flash fire

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Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Posted:Written by: ben-ja-men


i have always loved fire, we used to have candles at dinner which i would sit and play with after the meal had finished, i didnt first see fire staff until i was 22 at which point i became instantly addicted .... hehe still cant drive redface





Similar situation for me, although I think I was 19 or 20 when I saw my first fire staff. The rest, as they say, is history. smile I hadn't even seen poi when I made and started teaching myself poi. I called them "chains" and read about them on the first incarnation of HOP whilst internetting fire stuff. ahhh. ubblove


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KaelGotRice
GOLD Member since Jul 2003

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Posted:glowsticking at 15- poi/glowstringing at 16

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Wildfire/US East coast fire footage
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Fresno fire

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TheBovrilMonkey
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Posted:Hmm, I joined hop the same weekend that I first saw anyone firespinning, that was in august 2001, which would make me 22 at that time.
Old enough to be able to drive around wherever I felt like and have enough disposable income to just go on holiday for a weekend - I first saw someone spinning at a campsite where I was spending the weekend with some friends.


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PyroMonkey
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Posted:always loved a bit of fire, either nice safe candle or a lighter and deoderant can. went to byron bay last easter for the blues fest and i saw some one spinning, and though ooooo peeerrrddy, so the next day i found my self in a store buying a staff. i was 16 then and i have loved spinning ever since.

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Klowny
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Klowny

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Posted:i wander does the age you start have any affect at the skills you reach when you are older. i started last year when i was 14 and been training religously since,its just too much fun!

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Hanz


Hanz

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Location: Bendigo, Vic, Australia

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Posted:unlike others, I never really liked fire... problem from when I was younger... but anyway.

lol... just wrote out this huge speal about me... then went... no they only want my age...

15 when i first saw it live and fell in love with it...
15 when I picked up my first poi
15 when I first spun with fire
16 when I got my first poi or my own.
still trying to actually do stuff....


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Faberg
GOLD Member since Aug 2003

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Posted:yeah, i've always been nuts about fire. Halloween - bonfire season - has always been my fav time of year



late starter though. 33 when i first saw poi at a free party out in the middle of an old disused quarry. was immediately blown away. met DeepSoulSheep and his girlfriend a couple of weeks later and was directed towards HoP. lurked for a couple of weeks and signed up in August '03



still love poi but my passion now lies with my twin staffs "Castor & Pollux" biggrin



Written by: FireBug24


i wander does the age you start have any affect at the skills you reach when you are older. i started last year when i was 14 and been training religously since,its just too much fun!





i'm inclined to say yes. it's not that you "can't teach an old dog new tricks", you definately can, it's just that it takes a little longer wink



i've seen some of you kids nail new tricks in 10 minutes... moves that it takes me daaaaaayyyyss to get ubblol



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_Aime_
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Posted:Started spinning when i was 15, 16 now
Just over a year ubblove


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Yex
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Yex

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Posted:started when i was 23(now 24), i've been spinning for around 6 months. started just before winter which turned out to be very frustrating. me and some friends went to the string cheese incident near portland, saw the spinners, then i picked up some poi a couple months later and haven't looked back since.

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_So_
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Posted:Was a rhythmic gymnast, so was spinning (gymnastic clubs) when i was 6 - it was a discipline. 3-beat weave is an element from rhythmic gymnastics.
Firs saw poi about 5 years ago.
And more then a year ago took them in my own hands - these were fire poi, which Same as Dostoevskiy was spinning at our friends' wedding party =)
Never stopped since then...
So i guess... i dont know... 21 when poi, 6 when clubs?


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polythene


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Posted:21 When I got my first poi... like Ben, I still can't drive ubblol

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Gayle......!
SILVER Member since Jul 2004

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Posted:22 and i can drive!

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gita
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Posted:oohh nice idea angel! biggrin

well i first saw firetwirling at national youth week in 2001...then i bought my first set of poi and started twirling mid 2003! oh yeah and when i was like 10 or 11 i did calesthenics (i'm sure that's not how it's spelt...) and we did 'clubs' then...pretty much a lot of the same movements (but nowhere near as kewl!) as poi! biggrin


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gita
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Posted:pfft! ubblol just realised i didn't actually say how old i was!! ubblol

*slaps forehead*

i was 20 when i first saw firetwirling and 22 when i first started twirling!! ubblol


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Posted:I was around 22 when I first saw poi I think, and started spinning myself when I was 23. But I didn't really get into it then and gave up for quite a while so I only really started to do it properly when I was 24 - I'm 27 now smile

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Parafinfairy
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Parafinfairy

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Posted:I can't remember how old I was when I started spinning. I think I was 20! biggrin

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newgabe
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Posted:OK I started with staff when I was about 44. Now I am 52 and mostly do poi cos I just love it. I am usually 30 years older than everyone around me when I go out and that's fine by me. I love the pixies in my life and I'm just glad that there's such a friendly open scene where I live in Brisbane. I hope I'm still spinning when I'm 90!!!
One thing I want to do this year is to use my connections at Woodford to have a juggle jam space with good facilities ( undercover, in the programme) cos i reckon that the juggle/spinning scene is just great.


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vanize
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Posted:started about 5 years ago when I was 30 - end of may 2000.

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Posted:Started at 14, almost 18 now.

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Amber Flames


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Posted:Started spinning poi 6 months ago in Barcelona and was instantly hooked on it. Started staff, double staff and juggling three weeks ago and also instantly fell in love with it smile
(I'm 21) I love the sound of fire and its so pretty!

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Fine_Rabid_Dog


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Posted:since i was nine... so 6 years. But ya wouldnt know. Have of that was me getting well annoyed with myself and the staff. But i eventuatley got it. biggrin

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Stay Beautiful
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Posted:I was 17...Im 20 now

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spritie
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spritie

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Posted:I started in late 2000 which would mean I was 25-26 (my b-days around then as well).

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Lavatwilight
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Lavatwilight

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Posted:i started on my 17th birthday, and im not quite 18 yet, but ive grown up with it going on around me all my life, friends in the circus n all, staff is my love however many i can hold at a time :P oh and i cant drive

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likwid
SILVER Member since Feb 2002

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Posted:saw glowstick spinnin at my first party when i was 14..

started doin poi when i was 16, been spinnin for 3 years [to the month..haha. its my poi anniversary weavesmiley ubblol ]



...and i can drive... wink


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Gnor
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Gnor

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Posted:36 when I first seen firepoi and loved it....trying other toys in the last few years but poi is first love ubblove

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Posted:I was 16 i think, i'm 21 now, so about 4 years...

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Orbit
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Posted:Saw fire poi when I was 28/29... didn't start spinning poi until I was 31, and I'm 33 now. Unicycled at 13(?), driving since 15 1/2 (so longer than many of you have been alive... sorry Ben!), did flower sticks in my late 20's as well but got bored. Still can't juggle.

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Posted:first time I saw fire poi I was 17, started when I was 19. I am still 19, but not for long tongue

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