I recently discovered that I was actually a circus freak in tech monkeys clothing. I've fallen in love with the fire artist groups of the world and the beautiful artistry they create with flaming objects and object manipulation. I have come across some extremely extraordinary folk in the short time that I have been exploring these arts (8 months as of May), and I hope to continue the trend. The fire spinning community at large is one of the most open, sharing and supportive I've come across; a massive extended family.
Some links to my fire spinning:
Apr 29 2006: vids.myspace.com/index.cfm
Apr 05 2006: vids.myspace.com/index.cfm
Currently I mainly spin poi, as you can see above. I'm learning staff and juggling. I also play with meteors (kinda like poi with one long string attaching the heads) and diabolo (chinese yo-yo) occasionally. At this point in time my arms and back of the neck are pretty bruised up from learning contact staff (manipulating the staff without actually grabbing it), it's quite fun but I have a helluva knot at the base of my neck from repeated impact. I spin during breaks at work, out in the parking lot. I'm sure it's much to the amusement (and sometimes shock) of my co-workers, as they watch me smack myself upside the head with one spinning implement or another, over and over again :P.
Eventually I hope to perform, but for now I just play.
! Buskers and circle acts, ! contact juggling, ! Jugglers, ! Stiltdancers, !! CR!T!CAL ST!LTS, < Stilt Dancers L.A. >, **Henna Artistry**, -:|:- Dance Seattle -:|:-, A.W.L. Gatherings (Formerly FourC), Alkaburkey, Altered Statement Hemp, Ani D Freaks, Ani Difranco, Art of Poi, artoffires, Ashland Fire Spinners, Astral Projection, Beginner Poi, Bellingham (Hamsters Unite), Bellingham Fire Conclave,