|Capturing compelling photos of fire spinning is a really fun challenge. Long shutter speeds can help to create beautiful lines of light while also giving the illusion of more flame! If you’re not a fire dancer or don’t know any fire dancers, you can play with light painting in other ways by using any other source of light, be it a flash light a lighter or an iPhone. Check out these photos, they are absolutely incredible. I think the one below might have been done with an LED Hoop! I’ll have to play with my hoops this summer and do some light paintings with my new PSI hoops! See more Light Paintings Here|
I also did some LED hooping around the park and entertained people while they waited in line. The first few days of roving was strange and it didn’t feel like I was right for the gig. A change of costume, some broken doll face paint and some creepy light blue contacts did the trick. Developing a character that is appropriate for a particular event is very important and I could feel the difference in the quality and audience response. Roving shows are my favourite kind of show because you get to play the most, hoop the longest amount of time and really increase your flow practice. After performing for 15 days in a row I can now kick my leg straight out and back in without turning at all!
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Last night I flew from Edmonton to Fort McMurray to visit my family for Thanksgiving. My flight ended up being delayed so I ended up playing with my hoops in the airport to pass the time during the wait. A few minutes in a little girl walked by and stopped to watch. After getting my hooping fix I went over and offered my hoop to the bored little girl to play with. She LOVED it! She took to it so fast. We played and I taught her a few moves and the time passed by quickly. Suddenly I hear an announcment on the speaker. It’s a WestJet representative over the intercome telling everyone in the terminal that “Hula Hoops are fun!” I look up and they’ve posted it on the bulletin screen above the ticket counter. THEN, she annouces “We’d like to get the men up here hula hooping. If any of your boys have the guts to come up here and give hula hooping a try we’ve got a few prizes here for you!” (Some golf balls, tees and a Time Hortons gift certificate) The terminal went completely silent as all eyes went to the boys. After a long moment of anticipation a man stood up and made his way to the front to win the prize.
Fast forward to this morning and I check my e-mail to find a message from WestJet with refund for my ENTIRE round trip fight AND a $50.00 credit for my next WestJet flight. The message said: “I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR KEEPING OUR GUESTS
ENTERTAINED DURING THE WAIT IN THE AIRPORT
YOU DEFINATELY MADE THE DEALY PASS BY MUCH
QUICKER FOR ALL OUR GUESTS. AND ELISE (the little girl) LOOKED
LIKE SHE WAS HAVING SO MUCH FUN.
ON BEHALF OF WESTJET I SEND OUR THANKS
AND I HAVE SET UP A $50.00 CREDIT FOR
YOU NEXT FLIGHT. HAPPY THANKSGIVING
AND HAPPY HULA HOOPING!”
LED Hoops in the forest at Hoop Camp 2009
LED Hoops at Hoop Camp
Patrick A.K.A Merlin brought an extra 40 PSI hoops to Hoop Camp and let us all play with them in the forest on Saturday night. It was a beautiful and awe inspiring site to see so many glow hoops all at once.
This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend Hoop Camp in Santa Cruz. It was truly a hooper’s heavan. The retreat space was gorgeous and welcomed us into the breathtaking red woods.
Rich Porter of isopop.com and Grant did a great job of putting up a shade sructure for us in the open field. Such a beautiful piece. It came in really handy for my workshop during the obsticle course hooping where we interacted with the environment around us. At one point Beth Lavinder managed to maintain chest hooping and slip underneath one of the sides of this structure; the space she crawled underwas was less than 3 feet off the ground. It was so stealth that I am now positive that Beth would be fully capable of robbing a bank.
Central Alberta’s Children’s Festival: Had a great time at another Children’s Festival this weekend in Red Deer. The volunteers were super nice and I met some really great people. I even got to try on the head of a mascot! It was really fun and kind of makes me want to buy a big mascot costume just to have around for random occassions. Wouldn’t it be hilarious to get a bunch of friends together in fuzzy animals costumes and just go walking around downtown. Even better, walk into office buildings and randomly take the elevators up and down. Can you imagine come out of a business meeting to take the elevator and when the doors open there’s a dog and bear and a monkey inside. So cute.
MORTAL COMBAT!: My brother MADE this! He is the coolest guy I know.
Holy #@&^!!!: Was driving to Slave Lake Thursday morning to do an Inspire Through Fire presentation at a Middle School and hit a patch of ice. I can’t believe how fast it all happened… and yet time slowed down and it felt like it took forever for the car to stop rolling. I was able to climb out of the car on my own and was essentially unharmed. I have a bruise on my leg from hitting the steering wheel, my wrists are a bit sore. The roof caved in a bit and the pressure pushed into my wrists since I had them up against the roof to brace my head from all the stuff flying around inside the car. Other than that I’m fine. Well, I cut my hand on the broken windshield while climbing out but that doesn’t really count. It was a matter of seconds that people were there to help. it was amazing how fast the police and an ambulance were there. The woman who was the first on the spot was super sweet and I was just crazy and ranting full of adrenaline. It was so intense. She was mentioning, “Hun, I think you’re going into shock” and I replied frantically “I’m not going into shock, I AM SHOCKED! Look at my car, it’s upside down! This is crazy!” Luckily I was able to push the presentation to the following day, which was a Friday and I had two other shows later that day, one was another talk and the other was a luau party back in Edmonton. So the day after a car crash I managed to do three shows and at about 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning I laid down in bed and realized that surely I must be crazy.
Poor Spry: RIP