Posts Tagged “Technical Fire Tools”

goofy old time circus performer with buugeng


Buugeng can be translated as martial arts illusion, and were created by Dai Zaobab who owns the trademark. He created this name from three Japanese words. The “buu” comes from bujyutsu (martial arts), referring to the similarities between martial arts and the curves and circular nature of the Buugeng itself as well as the movements […]

man with fire sword braces for impact as another fire dancer leaps to strike with his fire sword

Fire Sword & Contact Sword

Among the biggest fire in our arsenal, fire swords are a sure crowd pleaser. Who hasn’t had the thought that the epic sword battle in your favorite movie would have been just so much cooler had the swords been on fire. We certainly have. Jedi knights and glowing neon swords? Oh please. Our fire swords […]

Fire Fans

The shape of a traditional fan, usually with some sort of ring at the handle and varying numbers of spines resulting in 3-12 wicks/flames or one solid piece of rope wick lining the outer edge. Fans have been used in dance for hundreds of years in various cultures and dance styles throughout the world. Included […]

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Rope Dart

The “Dope Art.” Rope dart looks like a single poi on an extra long leash. The weight is flung around the body as the slack of the rope is guided into specific wrap patterns around various limbs of the body in order to unwind in a unique way. The weight alternates between being flung away […]

Double Staff

Two smaller staves, on average anywhere between 2.5 to 4 feet in length spun with one in each hand. These are a beautiful way to display one performer with 4 separate flames. These share many overlapping moves with fire fans, as fans create a line (or small staff) when viewed head on from the wick […]

Fire Staff & Contact Staff

A rod of wood or metal, generally somewhere around the height of the staffer, with wicking material applied to one or both ends (generally to both). The roots of Fire Staff are deep and varied, drawing historically from Samoan Fire Knife and various martial arts throughout Europe and Asia. The earliest form of the bō, […]

Iso / Mini Hoops

Isolation Hoops are close in kin to the hula hoop. These are smaller hoops which usually come in pairs. The smaller diameter of these hoops has many manipulation and visual advantages. The pioneer of isolation hooping is an American-born, world-famous juggler by the name of Michael Moschen (Recognized by the McCarthur Foundation with the prestigious […]


The hoop gained international popularity in the late 1950s when a plastic version was successfully marketed by California’s Wham-O toy company. In 1957, Richard Knerr and Arthur “Spud” Melin, starting with the idea of Australian bamboo “exercise hoops”, manufactured 1.06 metre (42 in) hoops with Marlex plastic. During this period, the hula hoop craze swept […]


Spun essentially in the same manner as fire poi, the only difference being the shape of the wicks and the size of the flame. The fire snake wick is generally around 18-22 inches in length, a long, woven rope. While the moves and technique are slightly less versatile than poi due to the tremendous size […]


Poi originated with the Māori people of New Zealand where it is still practiced today. Poi has also gained a following in many other countries. The expansion of poi culture has led to a significant evolution of the styles practiced, the tools used, the definition of the word “poi” and an involved global community. The Internet […]

Clubs & Swing Torches

The swinging torch or swinging club is in a similar fashion to poi spinning, only the chain is a solid shaft. This tool differs from a juggling torch only slightly in shape and weight. Swinging torches as one swings poi gives the torches a slightly different effect seeming a bit more rigid in motion and […]

Juggling Torches

Juggling torches are perhaps the most recognized of the fire performance props when used for juggling. Everyone has seen them, perhaps at the circus, the county fair or amusement park. Torches have been for many their very first glimpse of the fire arts as they are a staple of basic circus repertoire. A fire torch […]