Glossary of Skills & Acts | Carisa Hendrix | Award Winning Magician, Circus Stunt Girl & Fire Eater | Calgary & Edmonton

Glossary of Skills & Acts

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 opportunity of asking for a customized toy made specially for them in front of 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 funny 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, native to 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 fnas, Fire fans, 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 finale 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 know 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

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