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Glossary of Skills & Acts

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Angle Grinder
Fire Arts & Sideshow Stunt
The spinning blade of a power tool comes dangerously close to vital parts as the dancer grinds metal plates on the body producing an incredible spray of bright sparks.

    • 3-5 minute Act
    • Available: Act to Music
Balloon Artist
Roving Style Act
A Balloon artist can add wonderful fun to any event. Children have the opportunity of asking for a customized toy made specially for them in front right before their very eyes. There is magic in the act of watching a balloon take shape and life.

      • Rates are hourly
      • Available: Themed balloon sets including zoo, space, princess & fairy, dinosaurs, super heros and medieval.
      • Adult themed ballons are available upon request
Blade Swallowing
Magic Trick & Sideshow Stunt
Imagine a girl on stage with an unopened pack of sharp razor blades. An audience member inspects the blades carefully before the entertainer proceeds to swallow each blade. It is a thrilling and amazing act.

        • 10-15 minute Act
        • Available: As a Comedy Act
Block Head
Sideshow Stunt
Block head is a dangerous and classic act of the old circus sideshow where nails, pins or spicks are forcibly shoved into the skull via the nasal cavity. It is a challenge to watch but once you do you can’t look away. It’s weird, gross and some have said entrancing act.

          • 10-15 minute Act
          • Available: As a Comedy Act
Fan Dance
With Fire, Glow, Cultural or Contemporary
A fan dance is a dance performed with one or more fans. This form has been adapted in various countries. The Korean fan dance, for example, evolved from Joseon Dynasty court dances and remains a popular form of traditional Korean dance. The Spanish or Portuguese flamenco makes dramatic use of fans.

Fan Dance is a highly varied art form; Glow Poi, Fire Poi, contemporary or classic Cultural Fans.

            • All artists are insured for Fire Performance
            • Available: Solo or Duo Acts
            • Suggested theme pairing: Tribal, Cultural Events, Burlesque or Vegas.
Fire Breathing
Sideshow Stunt & Fire Dance
Fire breathing is an excellent finally to any show.

It can be performed quite safety, with a fire permit and is appropriate for many themes and event styles including circus theme, carnival, medieval, Mardi Gras and Arabian Nights.

              • All artists are insured for Fire Performance
              • Available: As a Comedy Act or to Music
Fire Eating & Fire Manipulation
Sideshow Stunt & Fire Dance
Fire eating and other contact fire tricks, such as lighting one’s forearm or tongue, are all part of the realm of fire manipulation. This is a beautiful and dangerous style of performing as old as theater itself.

It can be performed quite safety indoors with a fire permit and is appropriate for many themes and event styles including circus theme, carnival, medieval, Mardi Gras and Arabian Nights.

              • All artists are insured for Fire Performance
              • Available: As a Comedy Act or to Music
Glass Walking
Sideshow Stunt
Glass walking is a dangerous and classic act of the old circus sideshow. Bare feet in real shards of broken glass, she walks, she jumps, she dances across the shards. An act not to be missed!

              • 10-15 minute Act
              • Available: As a Comedy Act or to Music
Hoop Dance
With Fire, Glow or Contemporary
Hoop Dance is a high impact, high energy performance dance style that is wonderful to watch. In contrast to the classic toy hula hoop, modern hoopers frequently rotate the hoop around parts of the body other than the waist, including the hips, chest, neck, shoulders, thighs, knees, arms, hands, thumbs, feet and toes and create complicated trick combinations that are incredibly engaging to an audience.

Hoop Dance is a highly varied art form; Glow Poi, Fire Poi, or Contemporary Hoop.

                • All artists are insured for Fire Performance
                • Available: As a Comedy Act or to Music
Kid’s Circus Play-Shop
Children’s Entertainment
Children wander into a colourful display of interesting circus props. They are free to play with things they may otherwise never have have the opportunity to see and there is always a coach on hand to show them a few tricks and tips.

                  • All artists have experience working with children and background checks
                  • Available: As casual circus station or a full class
Poi Spinning
With Fire, Glow, Cultural or Contemporary
Poi Spinning is a highly varied art form; Glow Poi, Fire Poi, contemporary or classic Cultural Poi. Poi originated with the Māori people of New Zealand, where it is still practiced today and involved the spinning of balls on the end of rope of chain in rhythmic dance.

                    • All artists are insured for Fire Performance
                    • Available: Solo or Duo Acts
Staff Spinning
With Fire, Glow, Cultural or Contemporary
Staff spinning is an art form native to a few cultures, most commonly known from the Polynesian Fire dancers. Also known as deeblesticks, it involved a great deal of the techniques derived from martial art forms such as bo and jo stick, eskrima and aikido.

Staff Spinning is a highly varied art form; Glow Poi, Fire Poi, Contemporary or classic Cultural Staff.

                      • All artists are insured for Fire Performance
                      • Available: Solo or Duo Acts
Stilt Walking
Roving Act
A stilt walker can add to the atmosphere and sense of occasion at an event. It also provides guests with a wonderful photo opportunity.

A large variety of characters are available and we are always happy to custom design something for your event. Just ask.

                        • Rates are hourly
                        • Available: Up to 5 Rovers

Here is a Fun Party Game (play drunk or with children, but not both)

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Image by kevindooley

Here’s a game that’s great for both kids and adults. I introduced the game at a Christmas party with co-workers a few years ago. My boss later asked me to email her the instructions to the game and I realized there is no write up for the game online. I figure this was my chance to add this great little game to the vast information stream of the Internet. Enjoy.

Henry & Sally – Game Instructions

  1. Take two objects, they can be anything, the sillier the better. At a dinner party silverware or a wristwatch work well. Name one object Henry and the other Sally.
  2. Now here’s where it gets fun. When the game begins you will pass each object in a different direction in the circle. Before each person passes the object to the next person they must introduce it to the receiver in the following way; “This is Henry (or Sally depending on which object it is)”.
  3. The person receiving it must ask “Who?”, to which the first person repeats the name of the object, i.e., “Henry”. The receiver will now accept the object and follow the same steps in passing it to the next person.

Object of the Game: To get both objects back to their starting places without messing up.

Now this seems simple, however when the two objects pass at some point it will confuse the player. Some people get mixed up hearing the other object being introduced at the other end of the table. The silly mess ups make this game a great ice breaker.

If you want to make the game more fun, you can stipulate that every time someone messes up, the group must start over and switch the names of the objects. Have fun!


Spring Clean Like a Minimalist – The 100 Thing Challenge

Posted on by Carisa Hendrix in 30 Day Challenges, Minimalism & Zero Waste 2 Comments

Spring cleaning is trending on Twitter which means the nice weather is just around the corner. I have a deep love for the spring scrub and purge ritual that stems from childhood. Working together as a family to de-clutter and downsize, wash and scrub is a cherished memory. Opening all the windows and doors to get the staleness of winter out and bring in the smell of spring always gave me the satisfying feeling of a fresh start.

People just need to reboot now and again and have a chance to feel free and clear of all that built up mental and physical junk. In high school and college, the semester breaks cut your educational career into manageable chunks and I think we can use spring cleaning as a way to break our lives up in the same way. Every year around this time I make a big deal of getting everything under control; laundry, home repairs, the closets, the fridge, everything.

This year I thought, why not shake things up, why not do something a little more interesting, fun, and introspective? Why not narrow my personal things down to 100 items and get rid of the rest?

The idea first came to me from the Zen Habits article on the 100 items challenge, which sparked my interest and sent me on a wild Google search for others who had challenged themselves to this practice in radical minimalism. Low and behold, Dave Bruno, the originator of the idea, had written a book on the topic. In the spirit of minimalism, I bought the Kindle version and started to read.

I love the idea of the 100 Thing Challenge and want to try it out for myself, so I will. As of the end of this month, I will own no more that 100 items. Over the next couple weeks, I’ll be narrowing my worldly possessions down to the bare essentials. If this sounds like something you might be interested in doing yourself I recommend you check out Dave Bruno’s wonderful book The 100 Thing Challenge

How I plan to explore this challenge:

  • Read Dave Bruno’s 100 Thing Challenge book
  • Find & read other books and resources about the human relationship with stuff, consumerism, minimalism, and hoarding
  • Go through my things and reduce to 100 items
  • Check up on my 100 items periodically to see how I’m doing
  • Explore the effects on my life and my happiness

Resources for this article:
Dave’s original post that inspired his later book
The Times‘ Article About the 100 Thing Challenge
The Zen Habits‘ blog article


The Joy of 30 day Challenges

Posted on by Carisa Hendrix in 30 Day Challenges, Blogs & Vlogs 2 Comments

Turning 24 was different. It was the first birthday I began to feel remotely grown up. This new sense of looming adulthood was alarming and made me call into question my efforts to become the woman I wanted to become.

After a 11 months travel binge, returning home for my birthday was a great opportunity to reflect on what I wanted out of my next trip around the sun. I made a list, my go-to solution, of important things I wanted to work on then spent the next few weeks working on all my resolutions, on and off, in an attempt to cram in personal development in the same characteristic way I used to study for finals. Vowing to eat better, get more sleep and answer all email within 48 hours then abandoning the me resolutions to watch 10 episodes of Monk on Netflix and eat an entire bag of potato chips.

Overwhelmed by my own overcompensation, I needed a better solution.

One late night, whille ignoring my resolution to sleep better, I decided to watch some TED talks. A video by Matt Cutts about creating 30 day challenges struck me. I decided to make my own list of fun 30 day challenges that would help me work with more focus and hopefully more success.

I am naturally an obsessive person so this appealed me me.

Bellow is a table created to make it easy to follow my challenges, new articles will be added for each area. I hope you will watch the video embedded at the end of the article and consider starting a 30 day challenge yourself.

This is the “try something for 30 days” TED Talk referenced above. Matt Cutts is an engineer at Google, where he fights link-spam and helps webmasters understand how search works. Read more at Psychcentral.com.

If you want to follow along with my challenges, bookmark this page as the table will be updated with any new post. Let me know if you’re doing any challenges yourself I’d love to read about your experience. Please email me at info@carisahendrix.com.

Resources for this article:
Ready For A challenge Via Psychcentral.com
Matt Cutts’s Inspiring Ted Talk
How Long to Form a Habit? Via PsyBlog


Getting Ready for a Meatless Month

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For my second 30 day challenge I decided to tackle my unfortunate meat-etarian diet. Inspired by the book The Omnivore’s Dilemma as well as a recent rounding of my belly area (a symptom of having a boyfriend who can whip up 5 star meals at a whim) I figured it was a good time to give meatless meals another try.

This was not the first time I had experimented with vegetarianism. I had tried once durring my ‘get out and protest’ phase at the age of 15. I had managed to stay off meat for 6 months before the alluring smell of sizzling bacon one morning beat out my desire to feel in-group and superior.

Later on, after moving out of the house and reading Fast Food Nation, I tried to go veg again. But working full time while trying to jumpstart my career in entertainment left little time to plan or make nutritional meat-less meals. As a result I would often skip meals or rely on cheese whiz and ichiban (early bachelorette staples I now avoid). After 6 month I looked ill and my hair was beginning to thin out. I returned reluctantly to eating meat. It was much easier, with options like deli meat and frozen dinners, to maintain the very basics of nutrition.

Since that negative experience things have changed. I have more free time now, and a much better understanding of basic cooking and proper diet. I am in a much better place to explore vegetarianism again and am excited to get started with this month’s challenge.

Why Go Meat-less?

When ever someone catches you avoiding the meat dishes on a menu they usually ask “Are you vegetarian? Why? Are you an animal activist or is it a diet thing?”

As much as I like the ideas of being nice to cute piggies and cows, it is not the motivating force behind why I want to stop eating meat. The environmental impact of our over-consumption of beef, pork and poultry is staggering and the impact on our national health is equally bad.

Bacon or sausage with breakfast, deli meat at lunch, and steak, burgers or a roast with dinner, our meals revolve around meat. The majority of North Americans consume 1/2 pound of meat a day, 7 times the recommended daily amount. I experienced this first hand. Born in northern Saskatchewan where pork abounds, and raised in Alberta on Alberta Beef, meat has been the central part of every meal.

Some Data To Consider

  1. It takes an average of 78 calories of fossil fuel to produce 1 calorie of beef protein where as it takes 1 calories of fossil for 1 calorie of soybeans.
  2. It takes 3 to 15 times as much water to produce animal protein as it does plant protein.
  3. The methane produced by cattle is 20X more poisonous that C02.

These stats made me realize that the environmental impact of my lunch was not worth the momentary pleasure.

How I plan to explore this challenge:

  • Re-read the Omnivore’s Dilemma & Fast Food Nation
  • Research and explore issues around vegetarianism, vegan-ism, the whole and the organic food movement
  • Challenge myself to cook a variety of interesting vegetarian recipes
  • Practice self control
  • Make an effort to eat more fruits and vegetables

Resources for this article:
The Omnivore’s Dilemma


Always innovating, Buugeng goes Acrylic

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While doing research for the buugeng article on the Firepedia site, healing here I came across this video in the Buugeng.org forums. In the video what you are seeing are little with S sticks that BouncingBoy81 calls “moogeng”. It just amazes me that this style of prop is so young and still we are constantly coming up […]


Fire Bug 17 : The Science or Fire with Tedward

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Host Carisa Hendrix & Special Guest Tedward | The Science or Fire Show Notes: We talk about and review the resources available to fire eaters, recipe look and talk about the discrepancy between fuel names in different countries. Ted settles the debate with Isopropyl alcohol and white gas. What kind and size of fire eating torches should […]


Fire Bug 16 : Community and the Future of Prop Manipulation with Shireen Press

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This week’s episode kindly sponsored by Bearclaw Fire Tool Manufacturing, innovating high-performance fire equipment for over a decade. Check them out at BearClawFire.Com. Show Notes: An organizer of Pacific Fire Gathering, producer of “Poi Spinning Basics with Pele’s Element DVD” instructional DVD and world class performer Shireen Press joins us to discuss a range […]


Fire Eating Book Review

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FIRE EATING BOOK REVIEWS   The Professional’s Guide to Fire Eating by Brian Brushwood ISBN # 0971364605. As far as fire eating books go, store this is the best of the bunch. Brian’s book is comprehensive and extensive, going into detail about every conceivable aspect to the art. I give it a perfect score BEST PART The […]


First Post of 2011: Hello from the Caribbean

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As some of you may know, I’ve taken some time off over Christmas and New Years to re-evaluate and re-locate. We return to our regular podcasting schedule next Wednesday with an interview with Shireen Press from Flamboyant and a whole new set of new years resolutions for Prop Manipulators.

Right now I wanted to take the time to catch all you wonderful people up on what to expect from the new year.

Near the end of 2010, I accepted a council position with the North American Fire Arts Association, this got me thinking a lot about what I had to offer them and what our community of fire bugs and prop junkies really needed.

Relocating to a beach house in the Caribbean for 3 months was exciting, but I became consumed with figuring out how to make the FireBug Blog more targeted to what we need as a community. Here’s what I discovered. I wasn’t gonna happen, the blog and podcasts are a great start but we need so much more. We need reliable and accurate information from experts we can trust, we need a place to explore and share information and inspiration in order to challenge each other to push our art form to the next level and then beyond that.

I have taken much of my savings and invested in this project, I am working tirelessly to give this new resource the functionality that we are missing elsewhere, without stepping on anyone’s toes. This new resource will be reliable and non-bias. I don’t plan to use it to sell anything as I do not want to take away from anyone’s business. All are welcome to be involved.

If you have a few moments please fill out this short survey that will help me build a better resource.

If you are interested in being more involved please email me at info@carisahendrix.com

As some of you may know, I’ve taken some time off over Christmas and New Years to re-evaluate and re-locate. We return to our regular podcasting schedule next Wednesday with an interview with Shireen Press from Flameboyant and a whole new set of New Year’s resolutions for Prop Manipulators. Right now I wanted to take […]