Why Not? Wednesday posts may not be for everyone. This is kind of a disclaimer. Some of these activities, like today’s, may be dangerous is performed under incorrect circumstances. Safety first, and be sure to check any local ordinances before performing these awesome activities.
Juggling fire is crazy. It’s a terribly dangerous idea and somebody could easily get hurt. It’s also beautiful when done correctly and makes for some of the most fantastic images I’ve ever produced in my time as a photographer. It’s also a pretty fantastic way to impress your friends. Today I’m going to tell you a little about it, because even though it sounds a little scary, why not?
How to Get Started
Step one is learn to juggle. Luckily, fire can be applied to many of the various juggling styles and apparatuses. You don’t have to be throwing balls of flame in the air three at a time. You can always spin infernos around your head on chains instead. Before adding fire, make sure you are comfortable juggling whatever prop you happen to be using, be it balls, clubs, poi, or something even crazier.
Once you feel pretty confident, you need to get your props ready to set aflame. You can either make your own or buy fire-ready juggling props. If you’re making your own, check out some of these awesome tutorials to be sure you’re using quality equipment. Io9 teaches you to make balls and Instructables shows you how to make fire poi. Once you’ve got the props, get your hands on some fuel. Isopropyl alcohol is one of the most recommended fuels for this type of activity.
That’s basically all you need to get started: the skills and the toys.
Important Safety Precautions
Fire is incredibly dangerous. It spreads easily, can cause burns, and if not handled correctly can end up being an all around bad time. This blog loves to have fun, but please be safe when playing with fire of any type, especially if you are throwing it around in the air.
Location: Be sure you’re somewhere that fire is allowed according to local laws. Beyond that, check current fire codes. If there’s been a dry spell, fire spreads more rapidly, so you might have to reschedule your adventure.
Safety equipment: A fire extinguisher is always a good call. In addition, having a few buckets of water to throw hot props in is not a bad idea.
Buddy system: Sometimes you can’t tell you’re on fire until it’s started to spread. Be sure each person juggling has someone watching them closely. Don’t make this the person with the camera either.
For More Information
Enough of the serious stuff, let’s toss some fire balls around and feel like Mario, or spin some poi and LARP as your mage. For juggling props, one of the most reputible stores is Dube, so check them out if you’re not into DIY. (They’re having a summer sale for 15% of fire props until July 1 too!) Also check out some of the amazing things you can do once you get goo. Youtube is full of fire spinning videos!