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Posted:tonight was a pretty crazy night...

My name's Ken, I live in Dublin (Ireland) and I had a firespinning gig set up with my mates at a club called Pravda. smile

We were spinning for an hour, one friend playing a djembe while my friend and I took turns spinning with poi and staff. Everything was sweet, everyone was impressed, the club was packed as we had attracted so many people on the street. Great night...

Until, I go inside. I had purchased a set of the jailhouse foxy sock poi (an absolute pleasure to spin with biggrin, takes a while to get used to the way they stretch though, but sexy all the same) and a set of beamers ( eek).

I love Home of Poi, I placed an order on Thursday and received my poi the following Tuesday, from around the world, The tutorials rock, the forum, the whole ethos of the site(/community). It all rocks, so don't take me up the wrong way. I personaly think Beamers were spawned by Satan.

One of them cracked during an airwrap, I thought, hey, okay I was a bit rough with them, who cares, it still works although the light was really dim, no biggie.

So after the fireshow, I agreed to spin with the beamers inside on stage for a while.

I'm on a stage and everything was going great, I was pulling off every trick I was trying, I was 'in the flow'. All until this jackass that was blind drunk is falling towards the stage as I'm doing a corkscrew. I pull back so as to avoid smacking him in the head with the beamer...

And break by two front teeth. eek

Now it was very painful for about ten minutes but it was mainly the embarressment that got to me redface. I have the parts of my teeth and will pray to God that my medical card will cover getting them fixed. confused

I laughed it off after I had calmed down and still managed to have a great night, but seriously guys, watch out with the beamers. I had given myself a few little bruises with them, no real hassle, there is a big red warning on the product page, and it was an exception circumstance. But just for God's sake be careful :P

*I'll post a picture of the teeth for the craic when my mate takes it from his camera... I've got pirate chic {^_^} !*

This has nothing to do with HoP really, it's not that their product is bad, they do point out they're for experienced spinners, I just thought I'd share my experience.


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Doc Lightning
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Posted:Gotta watch out for those beamers. That's why they got that name...

Hope you have a good dentist.


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FireTom


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Posted:ditto

This could happen to experienced spinners just alike...

Hope you (get) re/cover(ed)


the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink

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Posted:as i can't sleep I was just messing around running my tounge along them, so I think "why not make sure the pieces all fit"

So i put the two large pieces back onto the teeth and they fit perfectly, and also my saliva is holding them in place. So it shouldn't be too big a deal for the dentist to just like... glue 'em on or something.

This is actualy quite funny {^_^}


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Doc Lightning
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Posted:Well, I'm no dentist, but I'm a doctor. I would say you should put them in cold milk and go to an emergency room...

-Mike )'(
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Pele
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Posted:Well...let's see...I've seen black eyes, a cracked shin, three broken noses, one nut shot that rendered the poor dude unable to walk for, well, a looooooooooooooong while.
Then there was the 7 stitches to the head, the chipped kneecap....

Yeah, this is another to add to the beamer list!

Thanks! wink


Pele
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"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
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PK_
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Posted: Written by: Pele


three broken noses



Is one of those mine babe?...


I rocked my nose once in Gatecrasher... back in must have been 2002 now. I would never have performed with them! no way!!!, i wouldn't use them in a club either!.


One question!.

How did you manage to crack one doing an airwrap? or attempted airwrap wink..?

Erm as for your front teeth, i hope that you got full pieces!, its really simple to get them rebuilt, i got half a front tooth... i used to have 2 half front teeth that i broke when i was a child... i eventually broke them again this time taking one of them out from the root and just took the cap off the other... Thats just a gap these days... i couldnt afford to replace my plate when it snapped. frown maybe i'd have ungapless teeth these days.


PK.

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In giving love there is an equal grace.
Nor need one seek the aura in the face,
As love unveils the beauty of all things."

*Francois Couperin.

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The Tea Fairy
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Posted:I've chipped both my front teeth before, yeah they just stick 'em back on... one of mine I didn't have the bit that chipped but they still rebuilt the tooth using enamel. They do tend to chip again though (the enamel one anyway) if I bite anything hard in a certain way. Popcorn seeds are best avoided. You'll be fine though!

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PK_
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Posted:in 12 years... i have never chipped the enamel cap on mine.. i think that they are quite strong... only thing, they discolour differently to natural teeth.

PK.

"To be an angel, one need not have wings.
In giving love there is an equal grace.
Nor need one seek the aura in the face,
As love unveils the beauty of all things."

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The Tea Fairy
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Posted:Really? Mine came off twice... but thinking about it they haven't come off again for a few years and last time I got them re-done by a different dentist, so maybe it was a case of substandard dentistry!

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PK_
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Posted:maybe so... damn dentists! some are only interested in ching ching!.

PK.

"To be an angel, one need not have wings.
In giving love there is an equal grace.
Nor need one seek the aura in the face,
As love unveils the beauty of all things."

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Pele
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Posted:Nope, PK, yours wasn't the noses I was thinking of.

Oi!

4.


Pele
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PK_
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Posted:Tennis balls hurt just as bad as beamers.

Remember the Kato getting hit in the knackers video?.

So yay for 4!!! broken noses.


PK.

"To be an angel, one need not have wings.
In giving love there is an equal grace.
Nor need one seek the aura in the face,
As love unveils the beauty of all things."

*Francois Couperin.

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Pele
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Posted:You forgot the ah..ah...ah.. to sound like count on Sesame Street when he announces a #

I don't remember that. But I do remember LN bashing xestrel in the face with her tennis ball poi. She was on his shoulders at the time so if she was on the ground, it would have been a crotch shot. That was hysterical. Someone, somewhere caught it on video too! lol

No breaks there. I've *never* had a break from tennie poi, just bruises. Which still leaves beamers, in my eyes, as the kings of destruction.

Hell, after I borrowed Christians beamers I gave 'em back and never touched them again. I don't think it should say for experienced spinners, I think it should say for masochists.


Pele
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"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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Posted:my parents are talking about springing for a trip to somewhere in Eastern Europe, maybe Poland or Hungary to get my teeth fixed.

It'll cost 2,000 euro to get them crowned here, or 500 euro or less in Eastern Europe, then 150 for flights, it'll still cost less than a grand. biggrin

Broken teeth + considerate parents = Free holiday and face fixing!! yay wink biggrin biggrin biggrin


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NYC


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Posted: Written by: PK_



Tennis balls hurt just as bad as beamers.







That's a lie.



I would use stronger words but I'd get banned. wink



Lies.



If you want, I'd challenge you to a "thwap me in the head with a tennis ball, thwap you in the head with a beamer" competition but I'm so sure I'd win that I wouldn't be able to actually do it. ubbangel


Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]

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PK_
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Posted:depends what your hitting NYC wink

PK.

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In giving love there is an equal grace.
Nor need one seek the aura in the face,
As love unveils the beauty of all things."

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decemberscalm
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Posted:I've had my beamers for a week or so. So far no injury while spinning at really high speed because I'm very good at softening the blow. Keep beamers out of clubs O.O use em when you've got a bunch of people chilling out and watching and no fellow spinners to bump into.

On a side note, every notice how if people have a choice of walking past either a raver or a stringer, it'll always be the stringer. I think people are subonciously masochist.


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pricklyleaf
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Posted: Written by: decemberscalm


I've had my beamers for a week or so. So far no injury while spinning at really high speed because I'm very good at softening the blow.



Ahh, just give it time, the arrogance of the as-of-yet uninjured wink


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decemberscalm
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Posted:Oh you know I'm so waiting for it to ^,^;.

Every time someone borrows mine I feel like I should be making them sign a waiver or libaility agreement.

On a side note, does bubble wrap actually help?


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Posted:Putting them in milk is a GOOD idea! I would have done that right away.

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decemberscalm
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Posted:Milk?? What for O.O?

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GeoffonTour04
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Posted:I used mine for a couple of months but they were my only set of poi so during practice I took some bad knocks - Shins, the occasional elbow during a wrap and once my temple (somehow).

Biggest problem I have is they break quite easily if they hit each other, I do a lot of butterfly moves so it does happen sometimes, and now only 1 LED works sporadically on each ball.

I've tried to take them apart to fix em but the screws in them have square heads (?) so I'll have to find a suitable screwdriver somewhere. In the meantime I made some practice poi & ordered some rainbow glow poi for spinning near people.

I did like the weight & the look of them though, when they worked, if only they weren't quite so rigid.


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Fire_Moose
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Posted: Written by: NYC


 Written by: PK_


Tennis balls hurt just as bad as beamers.




If you want, I'd challenge you to a "thwap me in the head with a tennis ball, thwap you in the head with a beamer" competition but I'm so sure I'd win that I wouldn't be able to actually do it. ubbangel




I'll take you up on that challenge, but i get to use the tennis balls that my meteors have.....50 pennies in each biggrin


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ferrous
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Posted:i have a silly question. what's a beamer? i looked at a couple of other threads that mentioned them, but there were links to various types of glowy/shiny things, so i'm still not sure.

when i grow up, i want to be a circus freak.

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Sambo_Flux
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Posted:THESE are beamer poi. They're scary, and they hurt.

But not as much as THESE I suspect... eek


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ferrous
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Posted: Written by: Sambo_Flux


THESE are beamer poi. They're scary, and they hurt.



ahh, i see. i did a search on hop for 'beamer'. should have looked for 'beaming'. heh. thanks for the link.

 Written by: Sambo_Flux

But not as much as THESE I suspect... eek



omg! those things are *huge!!* i guess they show the pic of a person holding them for good reason, so people know how incredibly large they are. wow!


when i grow up, i want to be a circus freak.

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Mr Majestik
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Posted:as far as i know a beamer is a nickname for a BMW, so according to PK they must throw tennis balls pretty damn hard around where he lives ubblol

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georgemc
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Posted: Written by: Sambo_Flux


THESE are beamer poi. They're scary, and they hurt.

But not as much as THESE I suspect... eek



Hmmm, I think I'd prefer to be hit with the Gorilla fist than the Beaming Ball actually - unless of course the gorilla fist was lit ubblol (hmmm, but even then....)

The Beaming ball is responsible for at least one week long stuck-in-a-hospital-in-a-coma that we know of...
eek


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I have several large jars of the stuff. I actually like it... a little. And don't tell anyone I admitted to it.
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ferrous
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Posted: Written by: georgemc

The Beaming ball is responsible for at least one week long stuck-in-a-hospital-in-a-coma that we know of...
eek



you are kidding, right? eek


when i grow up, i want to be a circus freak.

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Posted:Holy [censored] those things are [censored] lethal.... yeah ill stick with the poi I have now and pass on those!

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