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The Diabolo Bag is a great way to carry a lot of small gear. The Diabolo Bag fits two large diabolos (e.g., finesse, jumbo harlequin, or circus) with outside pockets for 2 sets of handsticks, several poi sets, or myriad juggling balls.

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Classic Poweriser Jumping Stilts

Powerisers are a quality brand of jumping stilts responsible for the new (extreme) sport and form of exercise called "powerising" or "bocking." Many also decorate their Powerisers to enhance their costumes and become a walking art project. Powerisers have snowboard-like bindings, strapping over shoes and behind the knee. With Powerisers, it is possible to run up to twenty miles per hour with ten foot strides, and jump up to 7 feet directly into the air with practice.

Fire Photography
by Michelle Calpe

Whether you are looking to take better promotional photos or just want some fun brag shots here are a few suggestions to get the most of each photo.

We all love those exciting pictures of the fire swirling around our bodies, but often the most important part of the photo gets lost, you! Fire is dazzling on it’s own but what makes fire performance beautiful and impressive is the skill of the performer.

The following are 4 simple steps to get great photos highlighting the performer without expensive equipment or fancy photography tricks.

  1. Pick a place with a nice background that will enhance the photo and not detract. For example, a well done photo with your garage doors in the background may not enhance the image, look for somewhere that will allow for nice shadows and a professional image.
  2. Not all fancy tricks translate well into a still photo, if your goal is a clear photo, keep it simple. Stick with tricks that allow you to create an organized trail with the flames that again highlight you. Many fire photos taken of awesome tricks look confusing as printed images.
  3. Lighting is key! The fire doesn’t provide enough light to allow you to stand out and in many cases makes you appear hazy. A direct light pointed at you will allow the background to stay dark while you and the fire shine clearly. To achieve appropriate lighting without purchasing a special flash you can use a simple shop light, or car headlight. You will need to adjust the distance of the light but these should provide enough light without being too much. In addition if you add an orange gel you will get an orange light that will look firey.
  4. The photo will be taken with a slow shutter speed and the aperture open as wide as possible. If you have an automatic camera setting it on the night or lowlight setting will slow your shutter speed and open the aperture for you. When photos are taken this way the camera takes in information for a much longer period of time before it saves the photo, this means that everything moving in the photo is will come out blurred. Hold as still as you can while the photo is being taken. Standing still and letting the equipment move will give you an organized and clear photo.

Here is an example of a well done photo suitable for marketing purposes. The performer is clear and the fire looks awesome!

Photo of Michelle "Firegrace" Baas courtesy of Fred Fraser, Vancouver BC

Featured Performer
by Michelle Calpe

Adam Kolker is an inpiring performer! Not because he uses the fanciest equipment or does the trickiest tricks, but because he dances from the heart.

In 2007 Adam was struck by a Cadillac and spent 6 months hospitalized in rehabilitation. Shortly thereafter he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and underwent a long and grueling treatment process. He was told by doctors that he would never walk again and was to be wheelchair bound for the rest of his life, he would be fully crippled for life.

Through steady practice of Qigong and Tai Chi Adam found his way out of the wheelchair and into a love affair with fire dance. During the Ram Festival at the Tucson Krishna Temple he saw Elemental Artistry Fire Performance Troupe and was immediate hooked by the beauty and mystery of fire dance.

From that day forward he joined classes and free spins to learn as much as possible. Starting first with hula hoop, then moving into fire fans. There may always be tricks that Adam can’t do based on his physical restrictions but everyday he works on improving his skill and doing his best. “It’s the most creative way I’ve found to stay out of a wheelchair,” Adam says as we’re walking away from his first fire performance. “This is the most fun I’ve ever had! I can’t believe I’m dancing with fire!”

**Would you or your performance troupe like to be featured in the next newsletter? We’d love to hear your story! We’re looking for funny, inspirational, motivational, or just plain impressive stories about your experience in Fire Arts. Please go to to submit your story. Once you’ve joined the group use the discussion entitled “Performer Spotlight Stories.” You can then submit your story and photo, just remember, if you submit your story it may be published at our discretion and will made public in the discussion at our discretion. Please keep stories appropriate for public viewing.**

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