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October 24 2017

The Quest for the “Perfect” Prop Bag

By | October 24th, 2017|Editorial, Flow Arts Fashion, Flow Arts Life Hacks, Propfessor|

I’ve been juggling seriously for over 25 years, and during that time, I have been on a continual quest for the impossible. That “more rare than rare,” the unicorn and griffin combined, the Holy Grail being held by an honest politician. I speak, of course, of the perfect prop bag. The “perfect” bag used to [...]

October 1 2015

Novice to Professional: 7 Tips for Self Recording

By | October 1st, 2015|Flow Arts Life Hacks|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deuGEKFHcmw Whether you’re recording yourself to gain an audience perspective, sharing your progress, or keeping a  log of new ideas! Trial and error is the best game to understand what REALLY works in order to create a professional atmosphere on film. To help jumpstart your process without breaking the bank, here are some tips [...]

July 31 2015

Five Tips For Choosing Your First Contact Staff

By | July 31st, 2015|Flow Arts Life Hacks|

If you're reading this it's safe to assume that you are in the position I once was; looking to buy your first staff and unsure where to begin. Here's five tips to help you make the right pick: 1. Sizing - "How long should my staff be" is always the first question for any beginner. [...]

Redefining Heckling: From Insults to Community Building

By | July 10th, 2015|Flow Arts Life Hacks, Uncategorized|

  In a Scottish textile factory, one heckler reads aloud the daily news while his coworkers prep the days hemp fibers for spinning.  The banter rolls on into the morning hours at the start of each day. One man reading the news with an accompaniment of working stiffs interrupting, insulting, cracking jokes and debating with [...]

Making Your First Contact Staff

By | July 9th, 2015|Flow Arts Life Hacks|

There are many whimsical and fantastic props out there, each with its own unique pros and cons, but there's no disputing that staves are the best. Knowing that, obviously you want to start spinning a contact staff right away. Here's how you can get to it! What You'll Need: Scissors A saw Hardwood Broomstick (pictured) [...]

June 4 2015

Staff Affection: Know your Beau-Staff

By | June 4th, 2015|Flow Arts Life Hacks|

First and foremost, if you didn't at least chuckle at the pun in the title, get out. (It's pronounced "bo staff"), and traditionally, the staff is called a bo staff. So let's talk about materials. Contact staves come in a myriad of different shapes and styles, and every prop-smith will have their own personal flair, [...]

Tutsday- Wrist Warmup for Flow Artists w/ Andrew Knight

By | June 2nd, 2015|FAI Tutsdays, Flow Arts Life Hacks|

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-yunMd-Fvw&feature=youtu.be   Andrew Knight is a Yoga Alliance instructor and multi prop flow artist.  In this video, he presents some key wrist warmups for flow artists of all sorts. Stretching before spinning can increase flexibility, increase strength and most importantly prevent injury. These stretches can be done either sitting or standing depending on your [...]

April 24 2015

Travel Tips and Tricks: Festival Season

By | April 24th, 2015|Flow Arts Life Hacks|

Festival Festival season is upon us, and we all know that means that our props are about to get a workout. Through the rain, mud, playa dust, and everywhere in between, your props will be seeing a lot of inclement climates, so here are some tricks to keep them alive and kicking. Bag It!  This [...]

Staff Affection – Materials and Maintenance

By | April 9th, 2015|Flow Arts Life Hacks|

This one goes out to my stick-swingers. Staff spinners aren't as prevalent as their poi counterparts, but they are definitely cooler. Rigid props do, however, come with a few quirks and unique bits of maintenance that can help increase the life of your staff dramatically. Let's go over some of the essentials. Wicks – Barrel [...]

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