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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.


Zan and Aurora’s site Instruments of the Now –
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 –
Pacific Fire Gathering –
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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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.


Tedward’s Main Site –
North American Fire Arts Association (NAFAA) –
NAFAA’s Fire Wiki –
NAFFA TV – Subscribe on Youtube
Red Swan Entertainment –
This week’s time waster: Angry Birds – On iTunes
Entertainer tip or the week: GV Mobile + –
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 15 | Getting into Show Biz and Fire Arts Innovations with Gora

December 1, 2010 1 comment

Happy Canadian National Podcasting Day!!

A programer turned fire performer, Gora went from performing at festivals to doing National television spots and performing at the European Juggling Convention.
He tells us to believe in what you do and you’ll succeed, it’s an inspiring story.
In his 10 years of entertaining hungary went from one troop, his, to more than 30
amateurs are watering down the industry, but providing cheap low quality entertainment.

Our Sponsor –
Gora’s Website –
Ballycast Podcast –
EJC – Fire performance on the rise –
Kiev Fire Festival – eastern bloc –
Maverick Awards –
Gora’s last show, called Swing Begins –

Check out the friends Gora works with :

Solstix, Josh and Valerie

Linda Farkas

Antti Suniala

Interview with CJSW | Calgary podcast live event

November 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Did an interview with CJSW that aired this morning, to promote the Calgary Podcast Live event.

Interested in more info check out the facebook page.

Click here to listen.

See you Wednesday, December 1 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm
at the Auburn Saloon
115 9th Ave SE
Calgary, AB

Fire Bug 14 | How To Apply for Festivals with James Jordan

November 14, 2010 Leave a comment


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:

James Jordan is back on the show in time for festival application season. He’s a veteran street performer and festival organizer so he knows a lot about what it takes to get your self booked.

Terminology: Press kit, press release, flash drive

Creating a promotional video:
Keep it short 2-4 minutes, lots of shots of your audience enjoying your show. Prove you can hold a crowd and that your show is unique. Don’t include your hat line.

Ideally use testimonials from other festivals that loved you, include the full letters.

Bio & Description of the show:

Your history, how long you’ve been performing and what makes you unique. Describe your full show including finally.

What to send:

There are a lot of ways to get your information out. What to use? DVD mail outs, digital downloads, a page on your website or flash drives.

Make sure to call rather than just email the festivals you are interested in.


James Jordan – email
Words free – scrabble with strangers (play james fuzzyhairnet)
Marketing over coffee podcast
InterPlay Festival (Fort Mcmurry, Alberta, Canada)
Edmonton Street Performer Festival (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Winnipeg Fringe Festival (Winnipeg, Canada)
Saskatoon Fringe Festival (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)

Fire Bug 13 | Listener Questions

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

In this episode I take some time to answer listener questions. I discuss the entertainer look, character and weight issues. We talk about getting around difficult fire marshals and lightening up all the fire safety gear you’re carrying.

Bearclaw Manufacturing

The following is the 10 minute Youtube teaser, please subscribe to the podcast to see the full video.

Fire Bug 12 | Fire Hoop & Travel Tips with SaFire Sommerville

November 2, 2010 1 comment

SaFire of tells the story of how her and I first meet, talks shop and reveal her best traveling secrets. We discuss the peace and meditation you can find while playing with skill toys, everything you need to know about getting a fire hoop, and how you from a fire arts and prop manipulation community where eve you are or when on the road.

Special Thanks to our Sponsor The Vanishing Rabbit

Magic Shop and Halloween Supplies

This episode is FULL of great travel tips, get a pen and paper, you’ll want to write this stuff down.


I do say $h*t in this podcast


Patter, southern lights festival

Show Notes

Comment Line – 1.269.350.4718
Tim Ferris’ The 4-Hour Workweek

How to make a fire hoop tutorial
Fire Hoop Makers: Cosmic Fire Dance, Hoopdrum
Alberta Prop Manipulation Festival – Light and Motion
Alberta Prop Manipulation Retreat – Spin Off
Nimble Twins Vlogs
Marketing Over Coffee Podcast
How to make a hoop bag
Joey Vedres –Lethbridge Fire Crew
Couch Surfing
Who to buy Fire Hoops From – Cosmic Fire Dance, Hoop Drums or Synergy
Pop Up Beach Tent
Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash, pH Balanced
Continental Airlines

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