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AgentChesterDesmond
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Location: Allentown, PA
Member Since: 27th Sep 2006
Total posts: 19
Posted:Please forgive me, I know there are numerous threads about this but I can't seem to find a specific answer for me.
I am interested in purchasing a fire staff. The new one's on HOP look very nice but the longest you can get is 4.5 feet. I am 5' 11''...is that entirely too small for me? if so, can someone recommend a good site to get a longer one from? Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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Location: Bristol
Member Since: 12th Jul 2004
Total posts: 716
Posted:4.5 foot will be ok for you but its more about preference than anything else. If you really want a bigger one try www.firetoys.co.uk.

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Fire_Moose
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Posted:Or make yer own...it's easy and way cheap

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Posted:Absolutley, Meg's done an article on making your own staff on her site www.firestaff-tutorials.co.uk should answer any questions you have there.

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Charlie Fox
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Location: West Auck, NZ
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Posted:I'm 6' tall and i prefer a staff that is 4' long.

Shorter staves allow more speed, bigger throws, and are less prone to bending when dropped.

For contact i use 4.5'

I do make my own though.

Depending on if your just starting, or have been doing this for a while, you may not want your staff to be much taller than your armpit, or twice the length of one of your arms.


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FireTom
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Posted:can't find Megs staff-making tut... frown

long staff usually limits your range of moves...

best to take a broomstick and cut your way down to the perfect length for whilst practicing... ideally you take a diameter you can then insert into a 1 - 2mm aluminum tube...


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JayKitty
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Mission: Ignition
Location: Central New Jersey
Member Since: 7th Nov 2004
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Posted:If you want to make your own staff, I know that Home Depot or Lowes sells aluminum tubing in something like 10 foot lengths. I know they say the average is shoulder height, but personally I like a shorter staff so I can spin a bit faster with more control. Anyway, a 10ft pole should be long enough ^_^

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aston
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Location: South Africa
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Posted:So what could I not touch with a ten foot pole?

And Tom's suggestion of cutting down until you find a comfortable length is a good one. smile


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JayKitty
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Mission: Ignition
Location: Central New Jersey
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Total posts: 534
Posted:lol, I was planning on doing some ridiculous act on stilts and a 10 ft staff with something like 2 ft of fire on either end. I spent a lot of time on these forums looking up what was the best thing to use to spin. After a long time I realized the best thing to spin with is what you like best. Experiment a lot, try every toy you see. Most people don't mind letting you take a quick spin with their gear.

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Mynci
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Posted:I've seen stilt giant staff. it's nice but soooo slow. matrix is impressive but with the speed the staff actually moves you could start it then make a cup of tea and he tea would be ready before the staff had got round. the turning moments for such a long stick reduce the effectiveness of actually spinning it as the middle has to move extremely quickly to get any kind of speed at the ends.

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JayKitty
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Location: Central New Jersey
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Total posts: 534
Posted:I'm sure it would be crazy heavy too. Having that much material on something. It was a passing thought I had once after seeing a guy on stilts use a crazy big fire hoop. Like... comically big... fire hoop. Didn't do much with it, but just seeing him come out on it was a pretty sick thing to see.

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