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Fire Twisters © 1990-2006

ChineseTranslation of Juggling with a Twist. Alternative way of Dance and Juggling ! with Glowstick or Fire Twisters to Dance Music as an Art.  Liiquid Rave Dance, Nunchaku, Poi Spining, Staff Twirling, Photos, Videos,Glowstick Liquid dance
Traduction française de la jonglerie avec un Twis. Une manière alternative de danse et de la jonglerie! avec Glowstick ou feu Twisters pour danser la musique comme art. Danse d'éloge de Liiquid, Nunchaku, Poi Spining, personnel tournoyant, photos, Videos, danse liquide de Glowstick
Deutsche Übersetzung des Jonglierens mit einem Twis. Eine alternative Weise des Tanzes und des Jonglierens! mit Glowstick oder Feuer Twisters, zum von von Musik als kunst zu tanzen. Liiquid Rave-Tanz, Nunchaku, Poi Spining, Twirling Personal, Fotos, Videos, Glowstick flüssiger Tanz
Traduzione di Italion di manipolazione con un Twis. Un senso alternativo il ballo e manipolare! con Glowstick o fuoco Twisters per ballare musica come arte. Ballo di rave di Liiquid, Nunchaku, Poi Spining, personale che twirling, foto, Videos, ballo liquido di Glowstick
Traducción de Italion de hacer juegos malabares con un Twis. ¡Una manera alternativa de la danza y de hacer juegos malabares! con Glowstick o el fuego Twisters para bailar música como arte. Danza del delirio de Liiquid, Nunchaku, Poi Spining, personal que gira, fotos, Videos, danza líquida de Glows
Tradução portuguese de juggling com um Twis. Uma maneira alternativa da dança e de juggling! com Glowstick ou fogo Twisters para dançar a música como uma arte. Dança do rave de Liiquid, Nunchaku, Poi Spining, equipe de funcionários que twirling, fotos, Videos, dança líquida de Glowstick
JapaneseTranslation of Juggling with a Twist Alternative way of Dance and Juggling ! with Glowstick or Fire Twisters to Dance Music as an Art.  Liiquid Rave Dance, Nunchaku, Poi Spining, Staff Twirling, Photos, Videos,Glowstick Liquid dance
Korean Translation of Juggling with a Twist Alternative way of Dance and Juggling ! with Glowstick or Fire Twisters to Dance Music as an Art.  Liiquid Rave Dance, Nunchaku, Poi Spining, Staff Twirling, Photos, Videos,Glowstick Liquid dance

Jugglers tend to believe that adding fire to a prop is a straightforward matter of

learning a few more techniques and being “careful.” But if you don’t know what to

be careful about, no precautions can save you from being badly hurt or from

hurting someone else. I’ve tried here to put together a summary of the relative

risks and consequences of fire and fire props in juggling. My intention is to help

you understand these risks so that you can make informed decisions. Therefore I

have not excluded any practices, props, or fuels merely because I think they are

too dangerous. You will have to decide for yourself the kind and degree of risk

you are willing to take.


On the other hand, I have included almost no information or instruction on

technique. I believe that it is better to learn directly from someone with

experience. This is not to say that you can’t or shouldn’t learn technique from

books or web sites -- but they are just not as reliable or as safe as direct

experience and guidance. If you are going to learn fire performance, read

everything you can find, and trust nothing completely. Then find a teacher.


Please experience, opinions, corrections, and any new information you have

uncovered to this summary. I do very little fire performance myself, so I greatly

depend on the help of friends and critics.


Waiver! Waiver! This is the waiver waiver. My only recommendation and advice

is: don’t use fire! I cannot guarantee the accuracy or reliability of anything written

here. Things change, and despite my best efforts, I may have made errors -- so I

strongly encourage you to seek other sources of information. The following

material is not warranted to serve any purpose whatsoever, and anything you do

with it and any inferences made on the basis of your understanding of it is entirely

your own responsibility. So there.






1. Large towel or safety blanket. If your hair or clothes catch on fire, use the towel/

blanket to smother the flames. Use pre washed 100% cotton: artificial fibers will

melt and may contaminate burns, and new cotton is full of flammable lint.

Commercial kitchen suppliers carry fireproof blankets designed specifically to put

out fires. 2. Small fire extinguisher. If anything else catches fire, or if the towel isn’t

big enough to cover the flame, use the fire extinguisher. Never aim at or near

anyone’s face. Co2 extinguishers may freeze the skin. Dry powder extinguishers

can contain anything from baking soda to very esoteric compounds, so send the

extinguisher with the burn victim so the doctors will know how to treat the burns.

Make sure the emergency service people know why the extinguisher is there . 3.

Someone who knows how to use the towel and extinguisher. When you are in the

middle of a performance it is easy to forget or ignore safety procedures. When

you’ve kicked over the fuel bottle and your shoes are on fire, or you are panicked

because of intense pain, you need someone who knows what to do and won’t

hurt you more than the fire.


I once saw a friend almost knocked unconscious by people who tried to put out a

fire in his hair by beating on it with their hands. I saw another friend almost

suffocated by someone who used a fire extinguisher to put out a small clothing

fire -- he couldn’t take a deep breath for a month. So tell a friend or a volunteer

from the audience about #1 and #2 before you light up. Make it part of your act. 4.

Small towel for wipe-ups. The small towel is necessary to wipe spills and dribbles

on yourself, and is useful for small spills that might damage the finish or paint on

anything else your fuel might come in contact with. Do not use the big towel for

this. (Think about it.) 5. Metal or plastic fuel bottle with attached cap. The more

fuel you carry with you, the greater the risk of unexpected fire or explosion. Also,

a large fuel can that is almost empty can be as dangerous as a small bomb. So

carry only as much fuel with you as you need for your performance.


Glass containers can break and scatter fuel. Even if glass containers are closed,

if they come in contact with flame for more than a few seconds they can explode.


Wide-mouth plastic sports bottles holding no more than a quart/litter of liquid are

popular, but should be checked regularly for cracks and leaks. They should be

strong enough to withstand being stepped on without bursting or blowing off the



Metal screw-top fuel bottles are the safest, but because the mouth of most fuel

bottles is small you’ll also need a bowl or cup to hold fuel for dipping your torches.

Wide-mouth all-metal thermos bottles are excellent though expensive, and come

with a cup.


6. Airtight metal container for torches and other fire equipment. A metal tool chest

will smother the flames on your torches, will store them safely, and will keep them

from spreading soot all over everything. A cylindrical metal food-storage canister

holds Fyreflys nicely, and is airtight enough to extinguish flames immediately. 7.

Fireproof clothing. Fireproof clothing is hard to find. Sometimes a fireman’s used

Nomex or Kevlar approach suit, or a racing driver’s old suit is available for a few

bucks. New, they cost over $1,000. The next safest clothing is leather, pure wool,

untreated 100% cotton, and your own skin, in about that order.


Plastics and artificial fibers are very dangerous because they catch fire or melt

quickly, and will mix with burning flesh so that healing is more difficult. Cotton,

leather, and wool can eventually be absorbed as your body heals. Skin,

especially after you work up a bit of sweat, is not very flammable, but it can be

scorched and singed. Rayon, nylon, Dacron, etc. go up in flames almost instantly.

Jeans and a T-shirt (100% cotton) are quite common fire garb and are relatively

safe. Loose clothing is more likely to get in the way than clothing that fits well. If

your hair is long, tie it back. Don’t use hairspray or cologne before performing.


If you spill fuel on your clothing you must change clothes before lighting up. Even

after carefully blotting up spills, your clothing will retain enough fuel to act exactly

like a torch. Blotting up spills on clothing may save you from a skin rash, but not

from fire.


If you use volunteers in your act, be sure that their clothing is also relatively fire-

safe. There are few things that flare up faster than a woman in nylons and a rayon

dress, packed in a crowd and unable to move, even when a dropped torch lands

at her feet.


8. Matches and cigarette lighters. Book matches and cigarette lighters are

standard equipment. But don’t put that lighter in your pocket after lighting up. If

your pants catch fire the lighter may explode. There are a number of one-legged

ex-firemen who can testify to this. This applies to both butane and zippo-type

lighters. Also, use matches if you have to hold the flame above a prop’s wick

when lighting it. Any time a lighter is enveloped in flame it can explode. 9. Travel

light. Carry only as much fuel with you as you plan to use, and never keep it in the

passenger compartment of a vehicle: in an accident it will spray over everything.

For long trips, don’t take fuel with you: buy it when you get there. Public

transportation such as planes, busses, and trains have strict rules regarding fuel

-- find out what they are and follow them.

Fire for Jugglers

Reproduced by permission from Eric Bagaii: Foreworks.Com


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