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T-S-A
SILVER Member since May 2009

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Magic Monkey Juice
Location: Saaf Ingerland Innet, England ...

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Posted: So I finally got round to buying some Fire Poi the other day, I have had a play around with them unlit and they feel very natrual, flow nicely and are comfortable to use. I have got the HoP fire saftey DVD which I have watched and taken all the info into account, and I feel confident enough in my skills to finally light up.

The plan is to spin them at my friends birthday party that is going to be out in a field (a small outdoor party/gathering), quite a few friends will be there (but not a massive crowded event), so am confident that if anything goes wrong there will be people around to assist me.

Does anyone have any last minute advice I should take into account before I jump into it? Anything you wish you had been told before you lit up?


Cheers =]

Sam


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Mother_Natures_Son
SILVER Member since Aug 2007

Mother_Natures_Son

Rampant whirler.
Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia!

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Posted:You might want to do a bit of a search, TSA, theres heaaaps of these kind of threads out there.

Think VERY carefully about where you put your fuel dump, though.

Think about where people are likely to be/be walking and put it nowhere near that, but you also don't want it where you are going to be performing either.

I usually only do one burn at that kind of thing, so I'll usually do all that by my car and pack up the dump up and leave it in the car. Spinning off(into a spin off bucket) essential.


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FireTom


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Posted:^ thorough spin off is essential
don't spin anywhere near the fuel or too close to the crowd, close the lid of the fuel supply and have a wet towel ready.

good luck smile


the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink

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Fire_Moose
SILVER Member since May 2007

Fire_Moose

Elusive and Bearded
Location: Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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Posted:maybe have one of yer friends watch the HoP video so at least one other person kinda knows whats going on with safety-ing

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Mynci
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Mynci

Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free..., United Kingd...

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Posted:wear a hat and where possible fire retardant clothing.

Remember stop, drop and roll wink

DO NOT GET DRUNK. this one is very important. I've seen too many drunk people hurt themselves hug


A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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Felex
SILVER Member since Jun 2009

Felex

Destroyer of worlds and ooo shiny.
Location: In my own head, United Kingdom

Total posts: 268
Posted:All of the above.
Dont drink.
Tell anyone with a camera what you will do to them if they use a rangefinder and flash.
No matter how much people might egg you on dont do anything that you dont feel happy doing.
Enjoy!
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bentforkx
GOLD Member since Oct 2007

bentforkx

Should I be spinning around my poi, or should my poi be spinning around me???
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada

Total posts: 42
Posted:Don't let the drunks light up and spin your gear either!! You don't know their skill level nor their sobriety....

Spinning makes the world go round

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T-S-A
SILVER Member since May 2009

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Magic Monkey Juice
Location: Saaf Ingerland Innet, England ...

Total posts: 252
Posted:Cheers guys smile

I will be taking my glo's and socks too, so anyone who does want to have a play around can have a bash on them, but essentially it's just me using the fire, unless someone there can show that they are skilled and responcible enough with the others to use my fire, it's just me.

I definitely will not be drinking before using them, and I certainly will not be letting anyone who is drunk near them. As bentforkx said, I don't know their skill or soberiety, and I would blame myself if anyone else were to get hurt through using my equipment with my permission as I know better, where as non spinners just see it as a bit of fun waving fire around (especially when drunk).

Wont be trying anything new or anything I don't feel confident with either. Cheers everyone smile I will look through the search for other advice given. Will let you know how it goes, hopefully someone will get some nice pics too smile

Thanks for all the advice, I can't wait :D:D:D

Am so tempted to go out on my own tomorrow night and light up... But I know better than that smile


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FireTom


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Posted:yay to no sex before marriage grin

the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink

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T-S-A
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Magic Monkey Juice
Location: Saaf Ingerland Innet, England ...

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Posted:Originally Posted By: FireTomyay to no sex before marriage grin

I wouldn't go that far shocked


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FireTom


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Posted:Originally Posted By: T-S-A
Am so tempted to go out on my own tomorrow night and light up... But I know better than that smile

you are wink


the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink

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Sir Nuggit II


Sir Nuggit II

The sequel
Location: South London

Total posts: 26
Posted:[remembers a time he spun in nothing but a pair of boxers and a beanie hat]

All of the advice is sound, and I'm by no means a pyropro but I have seen first-hand what happens when you do respect the fire! My mate was set on fire at Reading festival once because the stupid [insert generic insult here] didn't "spin off" first and we were unaware of his "performance"!!! Next thing we knew, my mate's back is all alight - luckily she was wearing a hat otherwise I would have had to have given him "the good news"!!

Another top tip about the booze too AND your point about taking "training" sets for people to try is great.

Have fun and love the noise the flames make when they're rushing passed your ears smile


Pull out my pin, throw me in to a room and see what happens!

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T-S-A
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T-S-A

Magic Monkey Juice
Location: Saaf Ingerland Innet, England ...

Total posts: 252
Posted:Well, I did it. I loved every second of it. I did a practice spin in the day light, which was very intimidating, especially the noise. I lit up again later on in the dark, totally sober and had a great time, but was still a little nevous about it. I hit myself once or twice, but was fully covered so wasn't an issue. There was also a fire breather around who understood fire saftey which was reassuring to know.

I lit up again on the beach a couple of days later and was a lot more confident, and realised that hitting myself wasn't going to instantly make me erupt into flames. Tried a lot more things than just weaves and flowers... Orbitals and buzzsaws are amazing with fire, they look great and felt like a massive achievement after getting past the first nerves.

I think I am now addicted to fire and will be playing with it more often smile

Thanks for all the advice guys... It really helpped a lot, and boosted my confidence knowing that I knew what I was doing (a little more than I would had I not asked) smile

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