October 2019

  1. The Firetoys Guide to the Best Poi for Beginners

    The Firetoys Guide to the Best Poi for Beginners
    Best Beginner Poi Classic / Tail Poi When buying poi, the first thing to do is measure your arms. While the decision of which skill toy to buy almost always comes down to personal preference. The length of the poi will make a significant difference and can help, or hinder, your progress. The poi should measure from the wrist to...
  2. The Firetoys Guide to the Best Poi for Intermediate Users

    The Firetoys Guide to the Best Poi for Intermediate Users
    Best Intermediate Poi Sock Poi This is the second in a series of articles that includes our top recommendations, along with helpful tips, to help those new to poi find the set that's right for them. If you missed the first instalment, you can read about Classic Poi variations here. Sock poi are some of the most popular poi that...
  3. A Guide to Modern Yo-yos

    A Guide to Modern Yo-yos
    Yo-yo design and production has evolved so much from the Duncan Imperial, fixed axle design of 1954. With so many developments of shape, size, material and axle type, it’s very easy to get confused when searching for what would be best for your needs. We’re going to try and break down some of the major differences and terms in this...
  4. What Size Aerial Hoop Do I Need?

    What Size Aerial Hoop Do I Need?
    Getting the right size lyra, aka aerial hoop, is important not just so you're comfortable but to keep you safe as well. Figuring out what size aerial hoop you should get is easy when you know how but which size to choose also comes down to experience, your body proportions, what tricks you like to do and personal preference. There...
  5. The best diabolo in the UK

    The best diabolo in the UK
    What is the best diabolo in the uk? The Best Fixed Axle Diabolo for Children and Beginners In our opinion, the best, relatively cheap diabolo with a fixed axle for children of any age and ability is the Mr Babache medium Harlequin diabolo. The Harlequin diabolo is a medium-sized, fixed axle diabolo available at a very low price. Fixed axle...
  6. What is Aerial Yoga?

    What is Aerial Yoga?
    What You Need To Know About Aerial Yoga? Aerial Yoga has hugely increased in popularity in the last 5 years since branching out to the U.K. But what is aerial yoga? What happens in an Aerial Yoga class? What do you need to know before you buy an aerial yoga hammock or sling? This article has the main information you'll...
  7. Sacrificial Layers for Carabiners

    Sacrificial Layers for Carabiners
    How to Avoid Wear with sacrificial Layers For more on this topic, as well as lots of other aerial rigging and safety information we highly recommend this book by Steven Santos. Carabiners, swivels and other components used in rigging aerial acrobatics apparatus are often made with steel or aluminium. There are pros and cons to each, the most obvious is...
  8. Kyle's Burn Story

    WARNING: Many of the pictures in Kyle's blog, linked to below, are of a graphic nature. They clearly show third-degree burns, some of them fresh or bloody. His blog is not for the faint-hearted but you can get the gist of it here, without seeing the injury. Kyle White wrote this blog to document his accident and recovery. It also serves...
  9. How to Wash Aerial Silks

    How to Wash Aerial Silks
    To many people outside of the circus scene, aerial acrobatics must look pretty glamourous. Those of us who train and perform aerial circus know different. The 'glamour' of a performance is only a small and fleeting part of an aerial acrobat’s life. There are many people who train aerial simply for the fitness and fun aspect and don’t even indulge...
  10. Fuel for Fire Spinners

    There are a number of fuels used by fire performers around the world. Inconveniently the same fuels go by different names in different countries and different fuels can go by the same name. Because of this Firetoys LTD cannot categorically recommend any fuel, and the user must take responsibility for their fuel choice and consequences caused. NEVER USE PETROL, GASOLINE...

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