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ImmortalAngel
SILVER Member since Jan 2004

Scientist!
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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EpsilonKias


EpsilonKias

Note to self... Fur + Fire = Hurt.
Location: Bloomfield Indiana. USA

Total posts: 107
Posted:I started glowstringing a year ago, A few months after that I learned some poi moves and tried fire the first time back in november.

As of right now im 15... My birthday is september 6th


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Fine_Rabid_Dog


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Posted:woooo, lots of 15-20s around here at the mo.... its picking up in the teen section by the sounda things...

The existance of flamethrowers says that someone, somewhere, at sometime said "I need to set that thing on fire, but it's too far away."

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Kodiac
BRONZE Member since Apr 2005

Kodiac

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Location: California

Total posts: 42
Posted:*slaps forehead* Oh yeah, and I'm 17. ubblol

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Amber
GOLD Member since Mar 2001

Amber

newbie
Location: Cairns, Australia

Total posts: 48
Posted:i was 19 when i first saw firepoi dancing at woodford folk festival. first time i saw it i was entranced. the next day i went in search of some firepoi. got talked into buying a staff but did not use it. made myself some practice poi for the next few months till i made some fire ones.
started using single staff and then double staff about 10 months after i first started with poi. got into fire fans about a year ago and am now practicing hula hooping so i can use a fire hoop.
i am 23 now and love anything fiery.


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Dixie
GOLD Member since Mar 2005

Dixie

old hand
Location: Darkest Bedford.

Total posts: 740
Posted:Fifteen weeks ago. Was 24 at the time, a bit of a late developer I guess.
Was an odd and unheard of present from my little sister.
Tails at first, fire after 2-3 weeks, never leave home without them now. Stitched a special loop inside my coat to hold my poi so I can play while waiting for the bus and stuff. Odd how it took over my life so quickly...


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Fine_Rabid_Dog


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Posted:24 aint late, some guys here started mid 30s... there is no late.. its all good biggrin

The existance of flamethrowers says that someone, somewhere, at sometime said "I need to set that thing on fire, but it's too far away."

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bing!
BRONZE Member since Jan 2005

bing!

i beat my inner child
Location: manchester UK

Total posts: 184
Posted:i started when i was 19, now im 20. a true veteran i think not but i also noticed how it seems to take up vast amounts of time when im bored, and even time when im supposed to be doing my coursework, or cooking, or eating, or sleeping, or going to uni.

--the spark what lit the flame which started the fire that burned forever--

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Fine_Rabid_Dog


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Posted:yay for spinning instead of doing coursework ubbrollsmile

The existance of flamethrowers says that someone, somewhere, at sometime said "I need to set that thing on fire, but it's too far away."

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Boo_Bunny
BRONZE Member since Mar 2005

Boo_Bunny

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Location: infront of you

Total posts: 933
Posted:I first saw poi spinning last St patricks day. i picked them up for the first time that very night. i got my own about a week later.Have spun almost constantly since then.
Broke my first light bulb last week. I'm not allowed to spin inside any more, but my poi are looking kinda lonely, so i think i might do some now....

p.s. don't tell my mum!

p.p.s. buy the way, I'm 17, 18 in 15 days! Woot!


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GOLD Member since May 2003

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Location: Romsey, Hampshire

Total posts: 161
Posted:Have been doing the poi thing for about 3 years now. So it just so happened I saw poi at festival 3 years ago in Johannesburg South Africa. After being mesmirised for the whole evening by the group hypnotising me with the rings of fire I though " I have to learn how to do it" Well the rest is history. The only thing I did not see , was the amount of pain and bruising during the learning problem. Nothing like being curled up in a ball on the floor with tears in your eyes with the dog looking at you like you are crazy. However every hit worth it, glad I waited until now to buy the beaming balls.

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GOLD Member since May 2003

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Location: Romsey, Hampshire

Total posts: 161
Posted:OK previous message did not state the obvious..to many hit to the head I was ubbloco 27 when I started poi

Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines

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Richee
BRONZE Member since Jan 2002

HOP librarian
Location: Prague

Total posts: 1841
Posted:
When I was 13 I play "Bolas" (south America) till 15, but I dont
remember exactly. I was hunting with em my brother smile

Poi start 18
now Im 23

love and light,

:R


POI THEO(R)IST

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devkev
SILVER Member since Mar 2002

devkev

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

Total posts: 292
Posted:your all amazing... i would love to have started at about 6.... imagine the posibilitys of 28 years of juggling... ubblol

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

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Shu
BRONZE Member since Apr 2005

Shu

Retro Fyre Wizzard
Location: Pietermaritzburg (KZN)

Total posts: 538
Posted:juggling=19

poi (& the likes)=23

devil sticks=24

staff=25


Regards hug

Shu
(Ice-E FyreStorm - Group Manager & Performer)

You know those people your parentals warned you about?... I'M ONE OF THEM! ubbloco
Yes, i do bite!!

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Posted:I started poi last halloween when i was 15 and im still 15 now. The little photo thing under my name was taken the day i started poi so its kinda significant.

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DenGad
GOLD Member since Jun 2005

member
Location: Copenhagen, DK

Total posts: 45
Posted:Staff - 28
with fire - 32
Poi - 34 (2 weeks ago) smile
with fire - not yet

/Dennis


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ma'tina
BRONZE Member since Mar 2005

ma'tina

multiplex
Location: somewhere...

Total posts: 611
Posted:Ola everyone!

my little self started about two years ago:

Staff - 24
with fire - 24
Poi - 25
with fire - 25

and now Im hunting for new moves!!!

tina


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kisses & peace & love to beautiful madges
*rever le temps le prendre*

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blink182_girl


newbie
Location: swindon

Total posts: 2
Posted:i started juggling at 14, and now im 15 im really geting into staff and poi. i always wanted to do majorets wich is kinda the same basic thing, but i knew i had to do staff wen i say a guy at my juggleing club with one since then ive been hooked. biggrin

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Chev


newbie
Location: England, UK

Total posts: 6
Posted:I started at 13......i saw 2 boys at my school camp doing poi, and fire poi......they really inspired me biggrin

Chev

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yoni
GOLD Member since Jun 2005

yoni

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Bideford and Bath

Total posts: 3099
Posted:i started doing staff when i was about 7 but didn't do it seriously. i span fire first when i was about 12 but i only recently learnt more than 3 tricks cos of not checkin the net

UCOF "evolution: Poi -> stick -> hoops -> devil stick -> juggling club -> juggling ball -> crayons."

Supergroovalsticprosifunkstication
In other words, it's the thumps bump

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Xopher (aka Mr. Clean)


enthusiast
Location: Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

Total posts: 456
Posted:I was 44.

"If you didn't like something the first time, the cud won't be any good either." --Elsie the Cow, Ruminations

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EpsilonKias


EpsilonKias

Note to self... Fur + Fire = Hurt.
Location: Bloomfield Indiana. USA

Total posts: 107
Posted:poi-13
fire poi-15
staff-14
fire staff-not yet

Yes... ima young! yay for young people!


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Fine_Rabid_Dog


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Posted:Christ... so many young uns smile

yay for us biggrin


The existance of flamethrowers says that someone, somewhere, at sometime said "I need to set that thing on fire, but it's too far away."

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yoni
GOLD Member since Jun 2005

yoni

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Bideford and Bath

Total posts: 3099
Posted:go you people (not the non spinny ones though they're all twats)

UCOF "evolution: Poi -> stick -> hoops -> devil stick -> juggling club -> juggling ball -> crayons."

Supergroovalsticprosifunkstication
In other words, it's the thumps bump

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SNOOPoi


SNOOPoi

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Posted:i was 11 when i started staff and 12 when i started poi.

THWACK!!!!
Liz_Ard: Ouch!
SNOOPoi: Thats just not the sound of someone doing it right!

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fire fly


fire fly

member
Location: middle earth: New Zealand

Total posts: 56
Posted:i was 8 when i first saw it (at a gyspy fair)
9 when i first tryed it and first started to practice (at the gyspy fairs)
15 when i got my first set of poi (didnt want to try fire till i knew i was ready)
and im 18 now still not to great at it but i dont hit myself all to often (only after a couple of drinks)
and i still cant drive but have learners licence so can start to learn when i feel ready to


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fire fly


fire fly

member
Location: middle earth: New Zealand

Total posts: 56
Posted:frown i miss and gyspy fairs they were fun

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prosparityfire
SILVER Member since Apr 2004

member
Location: Adelaide, SA

Total posts: 13
Posted:Well I started doing it occasionally on the weekends. Then a weekend couldnt go by that I was doing burn offs in the backyard. After that I had to do it everyday.. The next thing you know Im calling in work, cant afford to hang out with friends, I just skrip some change to get some juice.. I was a wreck, I would only go out if I knew there would be some kero, I lost all my hair, and I smelled like charred putuli oil.

Ive been sober now for a few months just until my hair starts to come back, Ive got a girlfriend and shes got me stictly on an LED diet. The last time I smelled kero they found me two weeks later at a rainbow festival and I didnt have any clothes. Youve gotta be carefull when you start, cause you can never stop....


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Jil
SILVER Member since Jun 2005

Jil

member
Location: Melbourne

Total posts: 32
Posted:I started it this year (24).

I did play with a mates fire staff a few years back, but not seriously, because it was on fire and I was gutless. Understandably so I reckon.


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Jhinge
BRONZE Member since Apr 2005

member
Location: my own little planet of ginger...

Total posts: 110
Posted:was never really intersted to begin with a couple of friend s started spining and kept trying to get me to have a go but i did'nt think it was for me ne way they maged to convince me 4yrs later im still spining and ive never looked back since

i dont get paid to belive i get paid to destroy things

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