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Fire Bug 18 | Building a Great Act with Zan Moore

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment


Host Carisa Hendrix & Special Guest Zan Moore | Building a Great Act

Show Notes:

Zan Moore is an amazing entertainer who has booking tours down to an art. Over the summer he performed 60 show and traveled 1500 miles over 4 months and has achieved that insane feat two years in a row. Zan is also half of the world’s best partner poi pair (and that’s not just my opinion).

On this week’s show we talk about getting into entertainment, how Zan and Aurora developed their partner poi skills and his new endeavors helping organize Fire Drums, Pacific Fire Gathering and Kinetic Fire. Zan’s advice about starting to work on your skills as an entertainer using street and festival shows as well as how we can experiment with style and character while developing an act, is invaluable for anyone seriously considering an career as an entertainer.

Links:

Zan and Aurora’s site Instruments of the Now –InstrumentsoftheNow.com
Fire Bug Episode 14 – How to Apply for Street Performing Festivals
This week’s biggest time waster – The Hype Machine keeps track of what music bloggers write about and let’s you stream the top picks.
Fire Drums – FireDrums.org
Pacific Fire Gathering – PacificFireGathering.com
Kinetic Fire – Facebook Event
Download the theme song- Fire Bug by Ryan Pilling
Poi Spinning: Focus on Transitions DVD – Click Here to buy on Shireen’s Store
Get The Fire Bug Ringtone!! -Click to start the automatic download –Version 1, Version 2

Related Articles:

Fire Bug Podcast 17 | Tedward January 18th, 2011
“We review the resources available to fire eaters, and talk about the discrepancy […]”

World Class Partner Poi – Zan & Aurora January 20th, 2011
“Nothing like watching the best in the world to inspire you to take out your practice poi and get spinning again […]“

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Always innovating, Buugeng goes Acrylic

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment

While doing research for the buugeng article on the Firepedia site, I came across this video in the Buugeng.org forums. In the video what you are seeing are little with S sticks that BouncingBoy81 calls “moogeng”.

It just amazes me that this style of prop is so young and still we are constantly coming u with new takes on it. I am so grateful to be a manipulator in the age of youtube.

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Fire Bug 17 | The Science or Fire with Tedward

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment


Host Carisa Hendrix & Special Guest Tedward | The Science or Fire

Show Notes:

We talk about and review the resources available to fire eaters, and talk about the discrepancy between fuel names in different countries. Ted settles the debate with Isopropyl alcohol and white gas. What kind and size of fire eating torches should you be using and the inside scoop on what’s happening with North American Fire Arts Association.

Links:

Tedward’s Main Site –www.Tedward.org
North American Fire Arts Association (NAFAA) –www.Nafaa.org
NAFAA’s Fire Wiki – nafaa.pbworks.com
NAFFA TV – Subscribe on Youtube
Red Swan Entertainment – www.RedSwanFire.com
This week’s time waster: Angry Birds – On iTunes
Entertainer tip or the week: GV Mobile + – SeanKovacs.com
Download the theme song- Fire Bug by Ryan Pilling
Get The Fire Bug Ringtone!! -Click to start the automatic download –Version 1, Version 2

Related Articles:

Fire Bug Podcast 16 | Shireen Press
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Fire Bug 16 | Community and the Future of Prop Manipulation with Shireen Press

January 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Sponsor


This week’s episode kindly sponsored by Bearclaw Fire Tool Manufacturing, innovating high-performance fire equipment for over a decade. Check them out at BearClawFire.Com.

Show Notes:

An organizer of Pacific Fire Gathering, producer of “Poi Spinning Basics with Pele’s Element DVD” instructional DVD and world class performer Shireen Press joins us to discuss a range of topics to our growing community of prop manipulators to the very future of our industry. Shireen has performed at a Private Party with the Beastie Boys, instructed at the Portland Juggling Festival for years and now teaches at her Circus School full time when not organizing festivals.

Links
Shireen’s Website – flame-buoyant.com/
Pacific Fire Gathering – PacificFireGathering.com
EJC – Fire performance on the rise – www.ejc2010.org
Poi Spinning Basics with Pele’s Element DVD – Click Here to buy on Shireen’s Store
Free Mind – Get it for your PC or Mac
Download the theme song- Fire Bug by Ryan Pilling
Poi Spinning: Focus on Transitions DVD – Click Here to buy on Shireen’s Store

Get The Fire Bug Ringtone!!

Click to start the automatic download.
Version 1
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Fire Eating Book Review

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment

FIRE EATING BOOK REVIEWS

 

The Professional’s Guide to Fire Eating

by Brian Brushwood
ISBN”# 0971364605

As far as fire eating books go, this is the best of the bunch. Brian’s book is comprehensive and extensive, going into detail about every conceivable aspect to the art.

I give it a perfect score

BEST PART
The illustrations and the touch flourishes are a big pat of what set this book apart. The illustrations are clear and straightforward, perfect for beginners. The torch flourishes add polish to an already great show, making the book also useful to professionals.

Click here to read the Amazon
Reviews

Fire Eating – A Manual of Instruction

by Ben Mack
ISBN”# 0917643127

This book is clear but a little incomplete. Great illustrations and point form instructions make it feel a bit like one of Ikea’s assembly manuals.

I give it 3.5 out of 5

BEST PART
The author spends the entire first section of the book telling you all the reasons not to eat fire, it’s the topic on which he is the most extensive. The writing is also very good, it was a fun read.

Click here to read the Amazon
Reviews

Fire Magic – Fire Eating Plus Many Fire Tricks

by Clettis V. Musson

You will likely find it difficult to learn fire eating from this book and I don’t recommend it. However if you are already a seasoned fire bug and are looking for a few new stills to put under your belt this Fire Magic is an interesting read.

I give it 3.5 out of 5

BEST PART
The range of tricks covered and the writing style made this a fun and easy read.

Click here to read the Amazon
Reviews

 

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First Post of 2011: Hello from the Caribbean

As some of you may know, I’ve taken some time off over Christmas and New Years to re-evaluate and re-locate. We return to our regular podcasting schedule next Wednesday with an interview from Shireen Press from Flameboyant and a whole new set of new years resolutions for Prop Manipulators.

Right now I wanted to take the time to catch all you wonderful people up on what to expect from the new year.

Near the end of 2010 I accepted a council position with the North American Fire Arts Association, this got me thinking a lot about what I had to offer them and what our community of fire bugs and prop junkies really needed.

Relocating to a beach house in the Caribbean for 3 months was exiting, but I became consumed with figuring out how to make the Fire Bug Blog more targeted to what we need as a community. Here’s what I discovered. I wasn’t gonna happen, the blog and podcasts are a great start but we need so much more. We need reliable and accurate information from experts we can trust, we need a place to explore and share information and inspiration in order to challenge each other to push our art form to the next level and then beyond that.

I have taken much of my savings and invested in this project, I am working tirelessly to give this new resource the functionality that we are missing elsewhere, with out stepping on anyone’s toes. This new resource will be reliable and non-bias. I don’t plan to use it to sell anything as I do not want to take away from anyone’s business. All are welcome to be involved.

If you have a few moments please fill out this short survey that will help me build a better resource.

If you are interested in being more involved please email me at info@carisahendrix.com

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