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ImmortalAngel
Scientist!
Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: 19th Jan 2004
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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Mr Majestik
Mr Majestik

coming to a country near you
Location: home of the tiney toothy bear
Member Since: 9th Mar 2004
Total posts: 4693
Posted:i wish, its always been a 'practice everything in my bedroom with nobody watching' kind of thing, i would'nt call myself a pro, i really dont know how good i am. although i stated juggling early nobody ever taught me anything so i didnt pick up much new stuff, actually lots of good jugglers i've met recently tell me i like to go really fast, when i was young i guess i didn't know what else to do besides :P. friends tell me i'm really good they wouldn't really know. i just put along happily, dreaming of running away to join the circus.

"but have you considered there is more to life than your eyelids?"

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ilsanya
ilsanya

manic over a fence
Location: Tas, Aus
Member Since: 14th Oct 2004
Total posts: 798
Posted:i started acro when i was 12 (my sister and i got inspired by some buskers and decided to learn. started training ourselves properly whan i was 14)
started poi when i was 12 1/2
contortion at 13
started fire at 14
rola bola at 14 1/2 but didnt do much with that
staff trapeze and diablo at 15 and 2 1/2 months
tennis racket contortion 15 and 3 months
just about to start unicycle


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Mr Majestik
Mr Majestik

coming to a country near you
Location: home of the tiney toothy bear
Member Since: 9th Mar 2004
Total posts: 4693
Posted:yay for uni! mines coming in about a three weeks!

"but have you considered there is more to life than your eyelids?"

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funky_hats
funky_hats

eating apples with chopsticks can be rather difficult
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Member Since: 19th Jan 2005
Total posts: 167
Posted:umm i started when i was about 13 1/2 ... which was about a year ago..
i feel so young! eek oh well maybe i'll become a pro or something smile doubt it though!! ubblol


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house_of_mill
house_of_mill

old hand
Location: Manchester England
Member Since: 20th Jul 2004
Total posts: 896
Posted:I was nineteen then twenty and soon twentyone!

*Thats one of my favourite Nurseries over there,*

Roman, Trippie Hippie,On the way back from Play Festival

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FireByNite
FireByNite

Are you up for it??
Location: Auckland
Member Since: 8th Dec 2004
Total posts: 349
Posted:Been doing traditional Maori poi on & off since I was a kid (well, trying to never got that far), 26 for fire poi (am 26 now) but have only been doing it bout a month

Are you up for it?
wink;)

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Mr Majestik
Mr Majestik

coming to a country near you
Location: home of the tiney toothy bear
Member Since: 9th Mar 2004
Total posts: 4693
Posted:i think if you're older(like older than twenty) then you have more of a drive to learn tricks and further yourself whereas when you're young you just muck about and have fun

"but have you considered there is more to life than your eyelids?"

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Flame Swirl
Flame Swirl

Weilder of the P.E.T.S.O.C.K.
Location: Adelaide
Member Since: 17th Feb 2005
Total posts: 247
Posted:I started about 6 Months ago (20) when I met a couple of traverlers heading north. I went camping with them for a short while and they taught me the basics and I was hooked. I have just recently started double staff and Poi (about 2 week ago) and I LOVE it...... mmmmm Double staff.....

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.:* Moon Pixie *:.

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: .:*over the rainbow*:.
Member Since: 7th Apr 2002
Total posts: 3492
Posted:I started staff twirling when i was 15... nearly a decade ago eek where dose the time go

stilts about a year or so after that (I have piccies on my fridge when i first started.... with lill bubba dreadies... must have been a while ago ubblol )

had an acrylic ball before I had a fire staff i think ubblol but didn't *siriously* get into contact juggling 'till a few years ago smile

ummm not sure exactly when i started performing ....costume disigning... creating ... but do it full time now smile

grouphug


*:...one day all the fairy fridges will be aligned and my pixie world will be complete...:*

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Valura
Valura

Mumma Hen
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Member Since: 25th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6391
Posted:I was inspired at the age of 14 to learn devil stix casue this super hot guy was doing them at the gypsy fair.He had long brown blonde hair and was really deeply tanned and had a nipple ring and... oh... ahem... anyway..I bought devil stix plus juggle balls from him... and stared at him for the rest of the day,... funnily enough I never learnt how to do either very well...
Started fire at 20. Im now 24 almost 25, and my current man is WAAYYYYY hotter than that devil sticks guy.


TAJ "boat mummy." VALURA "yes sweetie you went on a boat, was daddy there with you?" TAJ "no, but monkey on boat" VALURA "well then sweetie, Daddy WAS there with you"

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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: .:*over the rainbow*:.
Member Since: 7th Apr 2002
Total posts: 3492
Posted:ubblol ubblol ubblol Hahahaha OMG! I think i bought devil sticks off him tooooooo!!!! eek ............ redface

so yeah did devil sticks for a little while... not very good at them now though.... rolleyes



*:...one day all the fairy fridges will be aligned and my pixie world will be complete...:*

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Pyrolific
Returning to a unique state of Equilibrium
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Member Since: 10th Jan 2001
Total posts: 3288
Posted:started in '99. now I'm 29, err... started just before I turned 24? I think?

Josh


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duballstar
duballstar

slack rating - 9.5
Location: Suburbiton, Yoo-Kay
Member Since: 3rd Sep 2003
Total posts: 2216
Posted:this is a cool thread for finding out how old evryone is!

i started poi and juggling at the same time when i was about 19 an a half (inspired by elasta who had been doing it about a year before), staff about a year later, contact juggling and doubles last year... and i'm gonna be 22 next week!! biggrin


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quiet
quiet

analytic
Location: bristol
Member Since: 15th Sep 2004
Total posts: 503
Posted:juggling at 19, staff at 19 and a half, contact juggling and poi at 20, contact staff at 20 and a half [roughly], and doubles about four weeks ago

i'll be 22 in june


ture na sig

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Nadishome
Nadishome

Living life to the full!
Location: Rural South
Member Since: 1st Apr 2005
Total posts: 177
Posted:I started Poi when was 15! aint realy improved that much due to time but have loads of free time adn events going to in summer to learn more!

Life is short!
So lets leave a mark,
for people to remember!

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Dunc
Dunc

playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted:I got into poi not long after I turned 26 at Glastonbury, I turn 28 in a month or so.
I've dabbled with staff but not much cuz I can't spin it indoors! Same for meteor.....


Let's relight this forum ubblove

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sweetybabes
newbie
Location: swansea and Oxford
Member Since: 10th Apr 2005
Total posts: 9
Posted:i started new years eve 2004/5 when a friend showed me her poi, i was hooked and brought my first poi a few days later and have been practicing ever since. i was 20, i'm now 21 (only just)

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Dink
Dink

member
Location: in a bubble :)
Member Since: 7th Apr 2005
Total posts: 70
Posted:i was 30ish smile now im 30ish and a week lol.... only been spinning a week *aww*

im a gemini..go figure

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pineapple pete
pineapple pete

water based
Location: melbourne
Member Since: 20th Sep 2004
Total posts: 5125
Posted:started stilting at age 16.. .. .. yesterday. it hurts, but i can walk well now. bounce

cheers, pete biggrin


"you know there are no trophys for doing silly things in real life yeah pete?" said ant "you wont get a 'listened to ride of the valkyries all the way to vietnam' trophy"

*proud owner of the very cute fire_spinning_angel, birgit and neon shaolin*

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~Leah~
~Leah~

addict
Location: Sunshine Coast
Member Since: 26th Sep 2004
Total posts: 584
Posted:First saw fire poi at 2004 Nimbin Mardi Grass. Finally bought some glopoi a couple of months ago, I'm 27. weavesmiley

Never hold your farts in! They travel up your spine, go into your brain and that's where shitty idea's come from.

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jeff(fake)
jeff(fake)

Scientist of Fortune
Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 15th Apr 2005
Total posts: 1189
Posted:Started poi at 19 late last year when I went to a poi workshop. Picked up staff early this year for Beltane. Havn't looked back since. biggrin

According to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle of Quantum Dynamics, we may already be making love right now...

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Pooh-Bah
Location: Bristol
Member Since: 6th Jan 2005
Total posts: 1785
Posted:got my first poi when i was 19 but they hid in box until about a year ago when i unearthed them in a quest to find something else so only really properly started at 22

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Burning_Bengal
Burning_Bengal

newbie
Location: California
Member Since: 15th Apr 2005
Total posts: 24
Posted:I started doing poi 4 days ago, friday april 15, im 16 almost 17, I have been a raver since I was 11 so I have some experience in spinning colord things

burning thingys is fun, and exciting

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pricklyleaf
pricklyleaf

with added berries
Location: Manchester
Member Since: 7th Mar 2005
Total posts: 1365
Posted:I started a year ago, aged 20. Wow, raving since 11! I don't even do that now!

Live like there is no tomorrow,
dance like nobody is watching
and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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eSC.dA3m0n
newbie
Location: Uk, England, Devon, Plymouth
Member Since: 21st Apr 2005
Total posts: 13
Posted:I love fire, it makes me sleepy at night and relaxes me any other time, Im 16 and just started poi, tailed poi is also relaxing to watch and just makes you feel chilled and harmonious... (if thats the right spelling)

~^^Everyone has the right to be stupid, but your abusing the privaledge^^~

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tadpole
enthusiast
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
Member Since: 19th Nov 2002
Total posts: 200
Posted:Started at 23, I'm 26 now, but did very little for the first six months. On an annoying side note, I used to live in Bristol and do poi on College Green, and it seemed nobody else there had ever heard of poi. The Bristol scene now seems to be amazing, maybe I should move back...

Don't worry, be happy...

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roarfire
roarfire

comfortably numb
Location: The countryside
Member Since: 8th Jul 2004
Total posts: 2676
Posted:I started when I was 16.

.All things are beautiful if we take the time to look.

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LazyAngel
LazyAngel

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Cambridge UK
Member Since: 29th Jul 2004
Total posts: 2895
Posted:did a little bit of devilsticking at 15. saw fire poi at a party last year when i was 23. 24 now and have my own fire poi, but it has also got me into nunchuks, staff, flag onna pole and contact juggling. Still like poi the best so far tho. All in erm... (counts on fingers) almost a year!

Because ActiveAngel sounds like a feminine deodorant

Like sex, I'm much more interesting in real life than online.

'Be the change you want to see in the world around you' - Ghandi

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PsychoTronic
stranger
Location: Greece-Samos-Athens
Member Since: 1st Jun 2004
Total posts: 80
Posted:20 years old

"For once there was an unknown land, full of strange flowers and subtle perfumes,
a land of which it is joy of all joys to dream, a land where all things are perfect and poisonous."
"Put out the torches! Hide the moon! Hide the stars!"



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Kodiac
Kodiac

member
Location: California
Member Since: 15th Apr 2005
Total posts: 42
Posted:Well...I started around 8 days ago or so with poi, and about 5 days for fire poi. Although, I do plan on getting into fire swords because I've practiced with them ever since I could hold one. Also, I want to add fire hammer to my act.

If you strap a piece of buttered toast, butter side up, to a cats back, would the cat get stuck in mid air if thrown due to quantum indecision?

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