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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

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PICK – An Experimental Short

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Click on the image below to watch the film online.

PICK – An Experimental Short

Director Benjamin Ross Hayden

If you are channel surfing this week in Alberta, click over to Channel 10 Broadcast, Nov 6 – 1am, Nov 7 – 9PM and Nov 8 – 10pm. You’ll see a really cool experimental film that I helped with a few months back. The music and the visuals come together to creep you out and suck you in.

The film is about the re-appropriation of history, a boudoir in Calgary on February 15th & 16th, 1916 provides the inspiration and it was shot in the creepy basement where a massive riot began.

This film was shot entirely on film. The scratches are real. The stunts are real. The credits are also hand-scratched.

Benjamin Ross Hayden, up and coming director, first approached me to do the film while I have having breakfast at a trendy dinner in February of this year, it was a little out of the blue but insanely awesome. After that day it wasn’t long before I was all costumed up on set ready to stick an ice pick in my face in the dustiest room I’d ever stepped foot in.

The whole thing was a complete blast.

MEDIA: Articles in the following media outlets
FFWD Weekly,
Emery Weal,
The Gauntlet,

The Reflector, and

… Benjamin Ross Hayden plays homage to that event with his short experimental film, Pick, which will screen as part of the Calgary International Film Festival’s Alberta Spirit series….

Originally published, September 23, 2010 in FFWD Weekly


World Class Partner Poi – Zan & Aurora

November 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Nothing like watching the best in the world to inspire you to take out your practice poi and get spinning again. Aurora and Zan do a poi retreat in Costa Rica that I will be making every effort to hit in the next year or two. Till then I’ll be watching from afar as I drool into my Kerosene.

Zan & Aurora of the Instruments of the Now performance troupe dance at ‘Tsunami on the Square’ festival in June of 2009. The fire poi routine was performed in Prescott, Arizona’s town square for an audience of 2500.

A performance on April 24th, 2010 by Zan and Aurora as part of the Fire Dancing Expo in Union Square, San Francisco. Partner poi gets a classy dance make-over.
Lots of thanks to Annetta Lucero and Roz Schrodt for choreography, and to Taarka for music.

If you see any videos that inspire you, drop me a line at

Free Giveaway – Twitter Competition

November 4, 2010 1 comment

Add me on Twitter, Enter to win cool stuff. Click here to follow

Here’s the deal,

I’ve been doing a bunch of fun stuff with twitter lately but everyone is missing out. I’d love if you’d join me over on my account but I realize that you are all very busy people, so I have to make it worth your while.

Prizes for all!!!!
Well, not quite. Till the end of November any new followers on twitter will be entered to win a copy of the “How To Eat Fire” DVD and the not yet released PDF “Glass Walking Explained”. If you follow me already just message me and I’ll include you in the draw as well. For every 100 followers I’ll give away one signed copy of the DVD and PDF and 3 Digital Downloads for the DVD. If we hit 600 new followers by the end of the month I’ll give away a Full Fire Kit.

But Wait!!! There’s More!!
Re-tweet, or mention me on twitter and I’ll put your name in the draw again.

Simple, easy and I’ll send you free stuff before christmas.
Win a DVD or Fire Kit

Click here for the Facebook event.

Atomic Popcorn’s Top 10 Movie Explosions

October 22, 2010 1 comment

Been Feeling a little hungry for explosions since I got back from Burning Man. Surfing around I found this list of the top ten movie explosions. I’m planing to watch all these flicks over the next few day in order to see if we can’t improve this list a bit.
Message me and let me know if there’s any movie explosions you want me to check out.

Original post at Atomic Popcorn

10 – Indiana Jones IV – This has got to be one of the worst scenes of all time in the movies, but the explosion is pretty impressive.

9 – Death Star exploding in “The Original Star Wars Episode IV” – I shouldn’t have to lead into this film or explosion in anyway. Enjoy.

8 – White House in Independence Day – This movie seemed to of come out of nowhere and boy did it hit hard. This is a great sequence and explosion. A must see!

7 – The Rock – This movie is a must see for so many reasons, adding it to this list was a pleasure.

6 – The Dark Knight-A great sequence caught on film to say the least. A homage to the late Heath.

5 – Swordfish – This has got to be one of my favorite films for so many reasons. Love the story, the action, and this explosion is awesome!

4 – Stealth – The movie that bombed has one of the all time great explosion in movie history!

3 – Fight Club – The spectacular ending. Nothing else to say besides watch and enjoy!

2 – Terminator 2 – Opening Dream Sequence – this is hard to watch for a father of two kids, but such a statement and a well done scene.

1 – V for Vendetta – Parliament – Great movie, great scene, well done explosion all leading up to a great finale!

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