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Calgary Lucky Carnival 10 – in 1

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Calgary Circus Entertainment

YAY!!! I Love this show! Thanks everyone! Photo by Dallis Joseph Swiatek


Starting a new Vlog Series!!

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Welcome to “It’s Just Me” the vlog that is just me doing stuff and things that are fun and interesting, at least fun and interesting to me :)


Wow Factor Entertainment: Calgary Fire Dancers

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I’m so excited to announce that the fire dance show is growing and expanding in 2014. Fire, LED Light, Glow and Black Light Performances incorporate dance, thrilling stunts, music and specialty costumes to create a beautiful and unique performance and that wow factor your are looking for at your next event. Show can include but is not limited to: fire eating, fire breathing, fire/LED staff, fire/LED hoop, fire/LED poi, fire fans, silk fans, fire acrobatics and fire magic.

4 Different Stage Show Options Available

The Ignite & Excite Fire Show – High Impact Fire Dance
The Lucky Carnival Fire Circus Show – A Family Comedy Fire Show
The Fire & Ice Show – A High Energy, Fun, Modern Fire and LED Dance
The Tribal-Tron Show – A Playful Dance and LED Light Manipulation Show

Themes available: Fire & Ice, Tribal, Modern Contemporary, Cirque Style, Vintage Carnival, Futuristic, Bollywood, Hawaiian and Vegas.

Printable Detail Sheet: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz10ADAyainUZ21CU1hDUF9ER1k/edit?usp=sharing

Troupe Demo Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z0npJt4Tfk
Carisa Hendrix Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS5JpIQ8aP0
Carisa Fire for TV: http://www.travelchannel.com/video/fire-eating-101
LED Light Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO8Kn2vieK8


Fun & Colorful Children’s Balloon Decor

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Balloon Decor for Children: An Event in Review

Date: December 30th 2013
Theme: 1 Year Old’s Elmo Themed Birthday
Entertainment Services Provides: Balloon Decor
Location: Calgary, AB

Sometimes balloon decor can be such an incredibly satisfying project, and this one absolutely was. We were brought in to do some decor elements for an Elmo themed birthday party and I fully expect I may never see a 1 year old’s birthday that elaborate ever again. We did gumdrop column (pictured bellow), a rainbow garland, some interesting ballon clusters and this really fun ballon wreath (also pictured bellow).


Great Event Theme Idea – New Years in Vegas

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Event in Review

Date: January 11th 2014
Theme: New Years in Vegas
# of Entertainers: 5
Entertainment Services Provides: LED Stage Show, Roving Showgirls & Close-up Magic
Location: Calgary, AB

Last weekend myself Cassandra Bonham and two lovely ladies from Fable Entertainment (Marissa Puff and Amy Senecal came together to put on an amazingly fun show. LED Hoop, Poi and Staff group acts paired with amazing dance choreography left the crowd with that wow-factor we always strive for.

The event was a staff party themed “New Years in Vegas”. There was a flight attendant at the door to welcome guests to fabulous Las Vegas, there were showgirls (us), casino tables and a countdown to midnight (at 7pm). It was such a blast and a truly original idea for a special event theme.

Thank you so much to Lucky Shot who both connected us with the client but also took these amazing image, he is a very talented photographer we were so glad to have the opportunity to work with.


Old Photos Newly Discovered

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I’ve had a ziplock bag of rolls of film in my fridge for over 6 years. Finally we found time to take them in to be developed and find out what was on them. There are not what I expected and sharing these has lead to reconnecting with some old friends who I didn’t even realize I was missing so much.

These images reminded me of experience almost completely forgotten and forced me to ask myself why I remember the specific things I do, and not others. Memory serves the narrative we like best and I’m grateful to have been reminded of that.

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Update: 2013 Edmonton Medieval Dinner Theatre Show

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Wonderful news! The Celtic Hall has decided to bring back the medieval dinner show for a 2013 run. It really is an amazing show perfect for any family for office party and very reasonably priced for what it included. For more information and to get your tickets check out their website at CelticHall.ca

Original Dec 30, 2012 article reposted bellow
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As usual, Christmas was crazy. For us entertainers, the holidays are never the normal sort of insanity the rest of the world experiences; with all the stress about gifts, family, and turkey dinners, no. Christmas season is about doing as many gigs as possible without losing one’s mind.

This year proved to be a lot more fun than I expected since I was asked to be part of a dinner theatre production in Edmonton, Fridays and Saturdays for 4 weekends in December.

Our cast was a team of brilliant and talented variety arts performers and improvers. I can’t tell you how incredibly fun it was to play together in this show. I already miss my little circus family but there are rumours that the run might continue in 2013. Here’s hoping.

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The Actual Video of My Fire Eating World Record

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On October 19th, 2012 the Television Show where Carisa Hendrix set the new world record for “longest duration fire torch teething”, Lo Show Dei Record in Rome, Italy AIRED THIS CLIP

For a list of media coverage click here.

Note: Fire torch teething refers to a fire eating stunt which involves using one’s teeth to grip a flaming torch and holding it upright in the mouth without the use of one’s hands. This stunt is considered both dangerous and incredibly difficult. The intense pain from the fire on one’s mouth and teeth plus the inability to breathe throughout the performance of the stunt make this an impressive feat.

The record stood at an impossible 1 minute 32.75 seconds and was achieved by Wendell Gray in Mumbai, India. In training to break his record, I had to work on the trick every day for over a month before flying to Italy in April of 2012 for the chance of a lifetime.


Featured By Metro News

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At 7pm Metro News reporter and photographer Glenn Kelly shows up at the door to shoot an image (see above) for the article he’s working on about my recent feature in the 2014 Guinness World Record Book.

Turns out Glenn and I have a few mutual friends and he’s a major nerd, long story short we invited him to games night so if this article is unusually complementary, you’ll know why. Click here to read the full interview.


Calgary Fire Performer in the Paper

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The wonderful Malcolm Russell found this in the paper and was nice enough to post it for me. I’m so happy that after 8 years working in entertainment, getting my picture in the news paper still feels exactly as thrilling as the very first time.

Also we put together a new fire video that include footage from the shot where the photo from the news paper was taken.

If you are interested in hiring our fire show here are some details, please feel free to contact me for more information:

Fire Shows incorporate dance, thrilling stunts, music and costumes to create a beautiful performance for your guests. (Hawaiian, Tribal, Belly Dance and other themed performances available) …More info here


Calgary Cowboy Stilt Walker for Stampede

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We had an amazing time this year at Stampede breakfasts all over the city. Whip cracking, hula hooping and doing lasso tricks on stilts for the Calgary Crowds.

Call me at Ballyhoo Entertainment at 587-889-3473 or email to book up to 4 matching cowboy stilt walkers for your next event.
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Fire Performance, Fabulous Editing and a Beautiful Song

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Guinness book world record holder Carisa Hendrix performs to Emily Jill West’s “Tin Can”, in a beautiful juxtaposition of 2 talented and beautiful artists. Directed By Aaron Bernakevitch

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“Tin Can” By Emily Jill West
Performer Carisa Hendrix
Director Aaron Bernakevitch
Gaffer Charles Hamilton
Editor Aaron Bernakevitch
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Vegas Stip Search Episode 1 – Fire Eating 101

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I had an amazing time working on this show!! Jeff and the whole crew were so fun and interesting. When I was the edit of what we did I was completely blown away, they made me look good. :)


Featured in Ripley’s Believe it or Not

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This makes me sooooo happy, grew up loving these books and now I’m part of it.

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Amazing Calgary Magic Show!!!

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This last weekend I had the pleasure of performing alongside some amazingly talented people for 3 Shows called “Night of Illusion” put on my the Our Next Show cast which no included myself.

Put on as a fundraiser for the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the Calgary Food Bank and Mothers Opposed to Boredom, the event was a sold out blast.

Show dates:
February 1, 2013 – 7:00 PM
February 2, 2013 – 1:00 PM
February 2, 2013 – 6:00 PM


Stilt Walking Medieval Jester Character

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Performance: Stilt Walking Jester Character
Client: Brooks Medieval Fair
Skills: Stilt Walking & Poi Spinning
Date: July 11 & 12, 2012

A big thank you to the Brooks Medieval Faire for having SaFire and I out this year. We had an amazing time, it was a wonderful event.

Click here to check out the full post


The Amazing Cirque-Tacular New Years Eve Charity Gala

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Getting to spend New Year Eve at a wonderfully fun event with some of my very favorite local entertainers was an incredibly lucky break. I had no idea till I arrived that the event had booked Mr Snowdon the amazing stilt walker, Visha Loo the insanely talented contortionist and Stephon Diachuk with his adorable juggling act.

We were also able to premiere our Acrobalance act after all the exhausting rehearsal. After reviewing the video of the performance 100 times i’m pleased to say it was very ok. :)

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Working on my Butterfly Cut

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After a long day of rehearsal I’ve come home to work on my card manipulation skills. Nothing makes you feel like a nerd than drilling false shuffles and watching star trek but it is definatly my idea of a great Saturday night.

Thought I would feature the tutorials I’m using in case you’d like to follow along.


Balloon Animal Challenge: Owly Owl

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I was challenged to design a balloon owl for a friend of mine, challenge complete :)

I was challenged to design a balloon owl for a friend of mine, challenge complete :)

Lately I’ve been taking my balloon artistry more seriously. I want to get into building more advanced sculptures and designs. As a way of practicing I’ve been having visitors to our apartment challenge me to design a new creation on the spot.

I’m really proud of this one :)


Fire Eating Students Make me So Proud

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This video is of the incredible Adam Lobo, a fire eating student of mine that is just killing it. When I first created the Fire Eating DVD I never thought I would see anyone flourish like he and a few others have. I really can’t take credit for any of his skill, this is 100% pure star quality.

Check him out at www.razedinflames.com.au


Medieval Dinner Theatre Show at the Edmonton Celtic Hall

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As usual, Christmas was crazy. For us entertainers, the holidays are never the normal sort of insanity the rest of the world experiences; with all the stress about gifts, family, and turkey dinners, no. Christmas season is about doing as many gigs as possible without losing one’s mind.

This year proved to be a lot more fun than I expected since I was asked to be part of a dinner theatre production in Edmonton, Fridays and Saturdays for 4 weekends in December.

Our cast was a team of brilliant and talented variety arts performers and improvers. I can’t tell you how incredibly fun it was to play together in this show. I already miss my little circus family but there are rumours that the run might continue in 2013. Here’s hoping.

Update October 7th 2013: Wonderful news! The Celtic Hall has decided to bring back the medieval dinner show for a 2013 run. It really is an amazing show perfect for any family for office party and very reasonably priced for what it included. For more information and to get your tickets check out their website at CelticHall.ca

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Some New Fire Eating Stunt to Inspire My Students

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Here are 3 new stunts to inspire student. Tod Young send me a video of him doing some tricks after just a couple weeks of lessons and I was blow away. I wanted to put some new ideas out there to keep everyone on their toes.


New Glow & LED Light Show Demo

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We filmed this one on the new controversial bridge here in Calgary. We has already worked all day on the fire video and we were freezing and exhausted, but i think it tured out.

Enjoy the video.

This video was filmed by the brilliantly talented Dallis Joseph Swiatek


Excited for the Calgary Opera Grave Gala

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A very fancy Costume Party Supporting Calgary Opera this Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 8:30pm I will be performing at the Hotel Arts (119 – 12th Avenue SW) in the 10th Anniversary Grave Gala which is 100% sold-out!!!

Viva Verdi! – and all things Italian, including this year’s theme for Calgary’s most outrageous Halloween party. They have me eating fire on a glass podium in the center of a pool, how cool is that?

Here’s what they say about the event:
“Venice is Sinking will transport you into the world of Venetian mystique with moonlit canals, swarthy gondoliers and carnival entertainers. You will no doubt encounter famous Italian artists, composers and explorers – as well as characters from the colourful underbelly of the famous European city.

Voted one of Calgary’s best parties of the year, Grave Gala has once again sold-out.”

One of my childhood friends and I will be there enjoying the night after my performance and I hope to see you there :)