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Kevlar(R) Cap

Don't have something to cover your head? Singed hair is not uncommon when playing with fire poi, so protect it in style. Our KEVLAR(R) knit cap is the perfect way to protect your head and hair. It's double-layered for comfort and warmth.


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Our Clear Acrylic Contact Juggling Balls are very durable and much clearer than polycarbonate Contact Juggling Balls and many other acrylics. 76 mm (3 inch) Contact Juggling Balls are great for the majority of applications and beginners, with larger balls being good for stalls and beginners, and small better for multi-ball contact juggling. All sizes are on sale now!


Ask Matthew
by Matthew Johnson

Q: I would like to do the trick where you don't spin off before lighting and instead light the poi and spin leaving flame tracks on the ground. What fuel should I use?

A: The typical answer to this question is “white gas”. White gas is a volatile fuel with a low flash point, commonly used by professionals due to the following properties:

  1. Lights “instantaneously” (easy queues, can do Back-to-the-Future trails on ground)
  2. Evaporates quickly (stage remains clean)

If you are not familiar with the use of this fuel, I suggest slowly mixing it in with your other primary fuel, perhaps starting with as much as 50/50, and noting how much quicker it lights, and how it might transfer to clothing on hits. As the fuel is volatile, it is much more likely to start when it is on your clothing. Be very careful when trying new fuels and new fire transfer tricks, always start small and work your way into more complex moves.

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Marketing Yourself as a Performer
by Michelle Calpe

Now that you have perfected your tricks and are ready to get out there and perform, how do you find the right gig? This can be a challenge for well established performers. In this article I will outline a few simple resources which have shown to be effective places to market yourself as a performer or to market fire spinning classes.

  1. One of the first and most important things to remember is to think like a client, not like a fire dancer. If you make fliers and put them up in the coffee shop where all the fire dancer's go you're preaching to the choir. Take your marketing outside your normal community and look for ways to reach people looking for entertainment. Keep in mind, they may not be looking for fire dancing, but with the right promotional materials and personal marketing skill you may show them how fire dance is the perfect entertainment for any event. Be sure to have professional looking business cards, well done photos and a good marketing letter or other promotional materials that explain the what, why and how of hiring you as a uniquely skilled performer. These items must be designed and written for the non-fire dancer.
  2. The best marketing is word of mouth, treat each performance as a marketing opportunity. Always look the part and act like a professional. Wear a costume, use proper safety and dance to your heart's content. Having performed professionally for over 10 years, my experience has shown that 50% of a performance is your first impression, including the way you look (costume, presentation and the way you arrive at the gig) and the other 50% is your dance skill. A good first impression will guarantee you positive referrals.
  3. Have business cards and class fliers with you every time you spin, even if it is a casual performance. When people come up and talk to you after the show give them a card or a flier leaving them with something will encourage referrals.
  4. Meetup.com is a social networking site which is location and interest specific. You can start a “Meetup Group” in your area specifically for fire performers, then create events for your group. These events could be classes or performances, or simply get-togethers to meet other spinners. The popularity of this site is growing rapidly, although there are still very few fire performance groups making this a relatively un-tapped resource.You will find that you meet other experienced fire performers but also meet many people who are simply enthusiasts or new to fire dance looking for classes and workshops.
  5. We’ve all heard about Craigslist for sale items, but this can be a good resource for performers as well. Search the "gigs" section in your area and nearby cities. You may be surprised to find a few postings specifically for events looking for fire performers. Don't get hung up on looking for fire gigs, expand your search, there are often posts looking for entertainment for corporate events, parties or festivals. Many of these events are looking for unique, stunning entertainment, what could be more exciting than a fire show?! That's your chance to sell them on you and fire performance.
  6. Post information about yourself or your performance group in the Fire Mecca performer spotlight section of http://flammaaeterna.ning.com, you may be the next performer featured in this newsletter which reaches an international audience of fire performers.
  7. Your city's parks and recreation department can be a great place to network as a teacher and performer. Most cities or counties offering activity classes will have open applications for new classes a couple times a year. Applications will be posted for potential instructors to submit with ideas for new, fresh classes. Check with your local city and county to find out when the applications are posted. Offering a beginning poi class can be a good way to make money as a teacher and will help open up performance opportunities.
  8. Most cities have entertainment directors who are responsible for organizing city festivals and events. Find this person for your city, dress professionally and bring your business card and/or other marketing materials. Ask about upcoming events and festival, many may have applications for performers. Once this person is familiar with you as a performer he/she may call you directly when events are coming up.
  9. Team up with a local band to work together. Find groups in your area you enjoy and approach them about performing together. You as a fire dancer will add a unique dimension to their show that will open doors for them. If you don't know how to find bands in your area, let them find you, post an add on Craigslist or in a local newspaper saying you are a fire dancer looking to perform with a local band. You may be surprised as the response you receive! As you market yourself with live music will allow you to open yourself to a broader scope of venues and begin building a name for yourself as a performer. In addition you will avoid any potential for record label issues which may arise when performing to recorded music.


Featured Performer: Erin "Moonflash"
by Michelle Calpe

I first heard of fire spinning when someone recognized me at a party as a fire spinner and asked me why I got rid of my dreads. I had never heard of fire spinning and I have never had dreads. I was immediately interested in what he was talking about. Fire spinning?! What is that? He explained that there is a group of people in San Antonio that spin fire for shows.

I told my friend this crazy story and her response was, “Oh yeah, the Brothers of the Flame. They practice every Monday. I am friends with those guys.”

That next Monday she brought me to their practice. I was armed with glow sticks on rope that she helped me put together. I was in love instantly with the art and made friends with a few spinners right away. I went to their practices every week and was at their parties and shows.

A few months later, I moved to NJ and was the only person around with my glow sticks then glow poi. It was so lonely learning from home of poi videos instead of spinning with other people. I finally found some “poi spinners” at a club off of South Street in Philly.

Finally, I found a website for a guy named Mike Icon and it had his phone number on it for booking and lessons. He was super cool and invited me to a spin jam in Philly. My fiancé was in Iraq and I barely knew anyone after moving, so I showed up to a new place with all new people and was in love again. This time I was even more excited because there were more people and a better mix of men and women. The Brothers of the Flame were all guys, but they let women practice with them. This was also my first introduction to the burner community. They were all so cool and there I was in my khakis from work because I didn’t have time to go home and change. Right before I went home, one of the women, Hunnybear invited me to a party called Heartburn 08.

After the party, I knew I had found the community I belonged in. I have learned so much from the community and have taught so much as well. Everywhere I go, I bring my poi. I have spun fire in NYC, Connecticut, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Delaware, Baltimore, Washington DC, Richmond, North Carolina, Atlanta, and San Antonio. I spun glow poi in Cozumel, Mexico. I have been to two Wildfires where I learned from some of the best performers. I have spun in the conclave shows at three Playa del Fuego festivals and a festival called Transformus. I have learned and taught every place I have spun. It is so hard to believe that two years ago I almost quit because I couldn’t find anyone that shared my passion within 1700 miles of me. I am so grateful that I found one of the best fire performers I have ever seen and he invited me into the community and even took me around to introduce me to the other fire spinners.

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