actually, its a lot less dangerous than it looks….ive been spinning poi for 6ish years, fire for 5…and dont have a single permanent burn. Sure, I’ve singed my eyebrows and sometimes I have marks on my wrists/arms from spinning but nothing bad at all SO FAR ANYWAYS!!
It is a life-long goal of mine to spin for Simon/Raja/Benji/Twisted, I actually have a fun little story about it….
So at Orb festival, Simon was doing two DJ sets…a Hallucinogen one and a Shpongle one…Hallucinogen was scheduled for 6 am (sunrise set! zomg!) and a bunch of fire performers and I had a semi-choreographed tribute to him all ready to go….6am passes…7am..8am….nothing!
Now, at this point I had never seen a picture of Simon for some reason, so I had no clue what he looked like. 9 oclock rolled around and a new DJ came up…before he played I asked my friend Abby “Hey is that Simon??!!” she laughs at me and says no thats not, but THAT IS!! and she points to a person who is literally 8 feet away….I was so shocked! I felt like a goon, I just stared…and stared…I was in awe! and he wasn’t even doing anything! I was spinning and I closed my eyes and I swear I could sense a just-under-the-surface-of-reality aura pulsating from him…
So I really wanted to walk up and say hi, you’re awesome and you’ve inspired me in so many different ways THANKS but I wasn’t really cogent at the time, was also feeling very star-struck for the first time in my life.
So he’s chatting with people, etc…I keep spinning in his general direction but I don’t want to feel like a stalker so I close my eyes….open them he’s gone. I look over and where is he? lol taking a piss on a tree like 30 feet away by himself..I get the urge to walk over and say something but im like no! he’s pissing! That’d be really weird! so I start spinning posed in his general direction but im like…if he turns around and sees some freaky guy waving shit around while staring at him while he was pissing he’s probably gonna…oh i dont know….so I close my eyes again, really put effort into some cool trick combinations and my thought was that he has to turn around and walk back in my direction, so unless he’s staring at his feet the whole time he’ll have to see!
Open my eyes a couple minutes later…he’s gone…no idea if he saw or not
So his hallucinogen set finally comes on at 10am, fucking amazing, I cried and danced and laughed I was overcome so much by the power and emotion of the set…I tried to spin some Fire poi in celebration but it was too light out at that point so I’m sure no one next to me let alone Simon were able to see it. Anyways, set ends, I go up to my camp and pack up…20 or so minutes later I’m walking back to the floor, just walking around staring at the ground….I look up for a fraction of a second and simon had JUST walked past me, completely alone…such a perfect opportunity to express myself but I completely failed!
Oh well, hopefully some other time I’ll be able to muster up the courage to say hi and be thankful
Oh and the shpongle set at like 2pm was ever better than the hallucinogen set…not surprising
So yeah Simon if you’re reading this the power of the anonymous internet has endowed me with new courage! You’re eternally inspirational and I’m so sorry to hear about the new album leak :(