Hey, random inquiry but does anyone on here do fire poi? My ex was into it and am super keen to get into it myself. Have started learning some stuff off videos on youtube but was wondering if anyone had any tips on where to buy stuff? Getting started etc. Thanks in advance.
In reply to richyfenn: Thanks for everyone's advice so far some really good options to consider. When my ex started teaching me she just gave me two lit toys and said have a go! The fire aspect is the main motivator although I won't be in a position to buy stuff for a little while as I'm away from home. Currently I'm using two tennis balls with string tied through them. I want to be able to be able to spin for a decent amount of time before using lit poi. Will probably buy the poi and then practice with them unlit for a while. Does anyone have recommendations of the type of stuff i should learn as basics?
My roommates got me some for my birthday last year. I don't know where from. We found the best way to learn was to get drunk and then set them on fire and try not to hit ourselves. Also, that if you wake people up with them inside the house after a night on the lash you'll set off fire alarms and vomiting. Happy days.
it's at your own risk, but I wouldn't worry too much about being really good before trying lit ones. Just don't try anything new or at the edge of your ability with the lit ones, at least until you're used to using them. You can have great fun doing very simple moves and they'll also look really impressive to people who don't use them.
One important thing (more with staff as you're throwing and catching, but guessing the same applies to poi to an extent), when you light them it's often after dark (for obvious reasons) and one problem is that you suddenly realise that it's quite hard to see by a couple of fast spinning flames! Try them first in a quite brightly lit space (either daylight or with proper out door lighting).
In reply to Daniel James: Take a look at the lessons on homeofpoi.com, loads of stuff to go at there along with safety articles and a shop. You should join the forum too, its been pretty quiet recently, come and help revive it!