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LaLaLand
GOLD Member since Jan 2010

newbie
Location: Croatia

Total posts: 33
Posted:Need a little help.
I am "getting ready" to do my first fire spin (after a year and a half) but I had no experienced fire spinner to learn from. So it would be really great if I could get some extra tips/ advice. Did my reading on fuels, burns and safety... but you can never get enough. Add your first fire experience if you will.
Thnx


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Felex
SILVER Member since Jun 2009

Felex

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

Total posts: 268
Posted:Have a mate with you that you have told what to do if the worst should happen. ooooops
Play it cool dont try to do too much at once I find things behave differently when there on fire.
So you might be able to pull off the super moves with your fire poi, staff, squirrels whatever it is your using without a flame.
With one it might not work the same way.

Most importantly enjoy.


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aston
SILVER Member since Dec 2007

aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa

Total posts: 4061
Posted:Stick to safe moves, at least for the first few times.

Make sure that someone knows what to do with everything - if you mess up they will have to save your hide.

Make sure that the area you are spinning is safe (no leaves on the floor, grass is not too dry, etc). Especially important if you are playing with throws any....


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SpinnerofDetroit
GOLD Member since Oct 2009

SpinnerofDetroit

All High Dude, Ruler of What You Want
Location: Trenton, MI, USA

Total posts: 2280
Posted:I have an ABC dry chemical fire extinguisher. Never used it, mostly it's for if something else catches, like our tree. You'll probably just be thinking, "Oh censored! Fire!" Stick to safe moves. Have a safety with a wet towel on hand. Have something covering your hair. And be ready for that jet engine noise they make.

The only luck is bad luck.

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eca
BRONZE Member since Mar 2010

member
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Total posts: 197
Posted:That "jet engine noise" is the best part about spinning fire imo.

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SpinnerofDetroit
GOLD Member since Oct 2009

SpinnerofDetroit

All High Dude, Ruler of What You Want
Location: Trenton, MI, USA

Total posts: 2280
Posted:Yes it is. I love it! I would hate it if even the fire was enourmous, but it just crackled. But I could also be fine if the flame was smaller than the cathedrals but it roared like a firesnake.

The only luck is bad luck.

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LaLaLand
GOLD Member since Jan 2010

newbie
Location: Croatia

Total posts: 33
Posted:thnx for the advice.
Any interesting first fire spins?


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SpinnerofDetroit
GOLD Member since Oct 2009

SpinnerofDetroit

All High Dude, Ruler of What You Want
Location: Trenton, MI, USA

Total posts: 2280
Posted:Mine is on video, well 2 videos. One of them went out in the middle of the spin and my uncle thought it was done and stopped the camera. It is 2 separate videos because of that.

So here is me after a month of spinning trying fire. This may give you an idea of what you might expect.







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ElectricBlue
SILVER Member since Feb 2002

ElectricBlue

Now with extra strawberries
Location: Canberra

Total posts: 810
Posted:also check out the
http://www.homeofpoi.com/lessons_all/teach
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lessons in that section there is lots of safety and first spin info

This video is particularly useful

http://www.homeofpoi.com/lessons_all/teach/Fire-training-video-1_2_2


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Flint_413
GOLD Member since Jul 2009

Flint_413

Fire Artist and Hooper
Location: U.S.A

Total posts: 181
Posted:Beware the noise its LOUD!! Something good is first burn dont try to do a performance but go through an inventory of all your moves and see what your comfortable with. Do some swings, then some weaves, butterflys etc and just keep note of how it all feels.

If you can't stand the heat, get out of my way.

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SpinnerofDetroit
GOLD Member since Oct 2009

SpinnerofDetroit

All High Dude, Ruler of What You Want
Location: Trenton, MI, USA

Total posts: 2280
Posted:I tried to do a performance, but I kept chickening out of things.

The only luck is bad luck.

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G4dget
GOLD Member since Aug 2006

G4dget

Eternal Student of all things Skill
Location: Kansas City, KS

Total posts: 110
Posted:I agree with flint. I always say go with what your comfortable with, my first time was a lot of pendulums, some weave, some more pendulums a butterfly or two and i was done, lstm. When you add the roar of the flames and that feeling when they first ignite in your hand, especially on your first burn, it takes a second to think "ok, these are on fire...oh yeah i can spin them".

Warn whoever is your safety to get your attention if have a piece of clothing catch on fire, especially if you can't see it. You don't want them running in to try and put you out when you don't even know your on fire, this could cause further injuries or injure the safety. I usually stop and put my arms out from my body to take care of the problem. Which most of the time does not involve the safety putting me out but them making me aware that i am on fire and then taking care of it myself if i can.


Happiness runs in a circular motion!!

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LaLaLand
GOLD Member since Jan 2010

newbie
Location: Croatia

Total posts: 33
Posted:SoD, great first burn. Very good.
Saw that new fire poi design you made yourself. Like. How did you come up with that one?


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SpinnerofDetroit
GOLD Member since Oct 2009

SpinnerofDetroit

All High Dude, Ruler of What You Want
Location: Trenton, MI, USA

Total posts: 2280
Posted:Umm, how did I come up with it? I had Kevlar that I was going to send back because I didn't have enough and I started trying to find out how I could maximize surface are for the cost using 4 strands. And I decided to take the strand away from one side. It was kinda too small, then I took the strand and added it to the other side making it 3 strands wide and 1 long. Then I decided I was going to go off on a limb and try that out. Then I underestimated how long 7 inches was and it turned out being even longer, but it was awesome anyways.

The only luck is bad luck.

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