Fire Dancers Tools
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The various tools used by the fire performance
community borrow from a variety of sources. many
have martial sources like swords, staves, poi, and
whips, where some seem specifically designed for the
fire community. The use of these tools is limited
only by the imagination of their users. Some tools
lend themselves to rhythmic swinging and twirling,
others to martial kata, and others to more subtle
use. Some common tools are:
* Poi - A pair of roughly arm-length chains with
handles attached to one end, and bundle of wicking
material on the other.
* Staff - A rod of wood or metal, with wicking
material applied to one or both ends. Staves are
generally used in pairs or individually, though many
performers are now experimenting with three or more
* Fire hoop - hoop with spokes and wicking material
* Fans - A large metal fan with one or more wicks
attached to the edges.
* Fire umbrella - an umbrella that has the cloth
removed, with kevlar tips.
* Fire meteor - A long length of chain or rope with
wicks, or small bowls of liquid fuel, attached to
* Nunchaku - Nunchaku with wicking material, usually
at either end.
* Fire stick - Like a traditional devil stick, with
wicks on both ends of the central stick.
* Torch - A short club or torch, with a wick on one
end, and swung like Indian clubs or tossed
end-over-end like juggling clubs.
* Fire-knives - Short staves with blades attached to
the ends and wicking material applied to the blade.
Fireknives are the traditional Polynesian fire
implement and have been in use since the 1940s.
* Fire rope dart - A wick, sometimes wrapped around
a steel spike, at the end of a rope or chain ranging
from 6–15 feet long, with a ring or other handle on
the opposite end.
* Fire sword - either a real sword modified for
fire, or one specifically built for the purpose of
* Chi ball/Fire orb - 2 rings or handles with a wick
attached between them by a thin wire.
* Finger wands - Short torches attached to
* Palm torches - Small torches with a flat base
meant to be held upright in the palm of the hand.
* Fire whips - Lengths of braided aramid fibre
tapered to make a bullwhip, usually with a metal
handle about 12 inches long.
* Jumblymambas - a triple ended fire object for
juggling, twirling and manipulation
* Fire cannons - a propane flame effect device;
larger ones can shoot a pillar of fire up to 200+
feet in the air, although they usually are mounted
to a base or vehicle.
* Fire poofers - Similar to fire cannons, but much
smaller and made to be held, with fuel stored in a
"backpack" fashioned of one or more propane tanks.
* Fire Balls - Specially constructed juggling balls,
either solid balls dipped in fuel and juggled with
protective gloves, or ones designed to contain the
flame in the centre of the ball.
The variety of available tools took a sharp swing
upwards in 2000, and as the numbers of dedicated
fire tool makers increased, many makers added their
own ingenuity to the art and expand the performance
potential even more. Frequently, new tools appear
from home tinkering and enter the public domain
after a few performances.
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