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August 2011

Glossary of Skills & Acts

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[staff name=”Angle Grinder” position=”Fire Arts & Sideshow Stunt ” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/imgres-150×150.jpeg”] The spinning blade of a power tool comes dangerously close to vital parts as the dancer grinds metal plates on the body producing an incredible spray of bright sparks.

    • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]3-5 minute Act[/div]
    • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: Act to Music[/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Balloon Artist” position=”Roving Style Act” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/ballons-150×150.jpg”] A Balloon artist can add wonderful fun to any event. Children have the opportunity of asking for a customized toy made specially for them in front right before their very eyes. There is magic in the act of watching a balloon take shape and life.

      • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]Rates are hourly[/div]
      • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: Themed balloon sets including zoo, space, princess & fairy, dinosaurs, super heros and medieval. [/div]
      • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]Adult themed ballons are available upon request[/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Blade Swallowing” position=”Magic Trick & Sideshow Stunt ” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/blade-150×150.jpg”] Imagine a girl on stage with an unopened pack of sharp razor blades. An audience member inspects the blades carefully before the entertainer proceeds to swallow each blade. It is a thrilling and amazing act.

        • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]10-15 minute Act[/div]
        • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: As a Comedy Act[/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Block Head” position=”Sideshow Stunt ” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/33523_415579116435_525940_n-150×150.jpeg”] Block head is a dangerous and classic act of the old circus sideshow where nails, pins or spicks are forcibly shoved into the skull via the nasal cavity. It is a challenge to watch but once you do you can’t look away. It’s weird, gross and some have said entrancing act.

          • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]10-15 minute Act[/div]
          • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: As a Comedy Act[/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Fan Dance” position=”With Fire, Glow, Cultural or Contemporary” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/fire-fan-150×150.jpg”] A fan dance is a dance performed with one or more fans. This form has been adapted in various countries. The Korean fan dance, for example, evolved from Joseon Dynasty court dances and remains a popular form of traditional Korean dance. The Spanish or Portuguese flamenco makes dramatic use of fans.

Fan Dance is a highly varied art form; Glow Poi, Fire Poi, contemporary or classic Cultural Fans.

            • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]All artists are insured for Fire Performance[/div]
            • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: Solo or Duo Acts[/div]
            • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Suggested theme pairing: Tribal, Cultural Events, Burlesque or Vegas. [/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Fire Breathing” position=”Sideshow Stunt & Fire Dance” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/dsc_0680-150×150.jpeg”] Fire breathing is an excellent finally to any show.

It can be performed quite safety, with a fire permit and is appropriate for many themes and event styles including circus theme, carnival, medieval, Mardi Gras and Arabian Nights.

              • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]All artists are insured for Fire Performance[/div]
              • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: As a Comedy Act or to Music[/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Fire Eating & Fire Manipulation” position=”Sideshow Stunt & Fire Dance” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/428802_10151870171680316_876951551_n-150×150.jpeg”] Fire eating and other contact fire tricks, such as lighting one’s forearm or tongue, are all part of the realm of fire manipulation. This is a beautiful and dangerous style of performing as old as theater itself.

It can be performed quite safety indoors with a fire permit and is appropriate for many themes and event styles including circus theme, carnival, medieval, Mardi Gras and Arabian Nights.

              • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]All artists are insured for Fire Performance[/div]
              • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: As a Comedy Act or to Music[/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Glass Walking” position=”Sideshow Stunt ” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/glass-feet2-150×150.jpg”] Glass walking is a dangerous and classic act of the old circus sideshow. Bare feet in real shards of broken glass, she walks, she jumps, she dances across the shards. An act not to be missed!

              • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]10-15 minute Act[/div]
              • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: As a Comedy Act or to Music[/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Hoop Dance” position=”With Fire, Glow or Contemporary” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/hoop-150×150.jpg”] Hoop Dance is a high impact, high energy performance dance style that is wonderful to watch. In contrast to the classic toy hula hoop, modern hoopers frequently rotate the hoop around parts of the body other than the waist, including the hips, chest, neck, shoulders, thighs, knees, arms, hands, thumbs, feet and toes and create complicated trick combinations that are incredibly engaging to an audience.

Hoop Dance is a highly varied art form; Glow Poi, Fire Poi, or Contemporary Hoop.

                • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]All artists are insured for Fire Performance[/div]
                • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: As a Comedy Act or to Music [/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Kid’s Circus Play-Shop” position=”Children’s Entertainment” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Circus_workshop-150×150.jpg”] Children wander into a colourful display of interesting circus props. They are free to play with things they may otherwise never have have the opportunity to see and there is always a coach on hand to show them a few tricks and tips.

                  • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]All artists have experience working with children and background checks[/div]
                  • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: As casual circus station or a full class [/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Poi Spinning” position=”With Fire, Glow, Cultural or Contemporary” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Fire_show-colog-150×150.jpg”] Poi Spinning is a highly varied art form; Glow Poi, Fire Poi, contemporary or classic Cultural Poi. Poi originated with the Māori people of New Zealand, where it is still practiced today and involved the spinning of balls on the end of rope of chain in rhythmic dance.

                    • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]All artists are insured for Fire Performance[/div]
                    • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: Solo or Duo Acts[/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Staff Spinning” position=”With Fire, Glow, Cultural or Contemporary” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/staff-150×150.png”] Staff spinning is an art form native to a few cultures, most commonly known from the Polynesian Fire dancers. Also known as deeblesticks, it involved a great deal of the techniques derived from martial art forms such as bo and jo stick, eskrima and aikido.

Staff Spinning is a highly varied art form; Glow Poi, Fire Poi, Contemporary or classic Cultural Staff.

                      • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]All artists are insured for Fire Performance[/div]
                      • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: Solo or Duo Acts[/div]
[/staff] [spacer size=”25″] [staff name=”Stilt Walking” position=”Roving Act” img=”http://www.carisahendrix.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/stilt-150×150.jpg”] A stilt walker can add to the atmosphere and sense of occasion at an event. It also provides guests with a wonderful photo opportunity.

A large variety of characters are available and we are always happy to custom design something for your event. Just ask.

                        • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”]Rates are hourly[/div]
                        • [div style=”font-size:10px; color: #666;”] Available: Up to 5 Rovers[/div]
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Here is a Fun Party Game (play drunk or with children, but not both)

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Image by kevindooley

Here’s a game that’s great for both kids and adults. I introduced the game at a Christmas party with co-workers a few years ago. My boss later asked me to email her the instructions to the game and I realized there is no write up for the game online. I figure this was my chance to add this great little game to the vast information stream of the Internet. Enjoy.

Henry & Sally – Game Instructions

  1. Take two objects, they can be anything, the sillier the better. At a dinner party silverware or a wristwatch work well. Name one object Henry and the other Sally.
  2. Now here’s where it gets fun. When the game begins you will pass each object in a different direction in the circle. Before each person passes the object to the next person they must introduce it to the receiver in the following way; “This is Henry (or Sally depending on which object it is)”.
  3. The person receiving it must ask “Who?”, to which the first person repeats the name of the object, i.e., “Henry”. The receiver will now accept the object and follow the same steps in passing it to the next person.

Object of the Game: To get both objects back to their starting places without messing up.

Now this seems simple, however when the two objects pass at some point it will confuse the player. Some people get mixed up hearing the other object being introduced at the other end of the table. The silly mess ups make this game a great ice breaker.

If you want to make the game more fun, you can stipulate that every time someone messes up, the group must start over and switch the names of the objects. Have fun!

Spring Clean Like a Minimalist – The 100 Thing Challenge

By 30 Day Challenges, Minimalism & Zero Waste2 Comments

Spring cleaning is trending on Twitter which means the nice weather is just around the corner. I have a deep love for the spring scrub and purge ritual that stems from childhood. Working together as a family to de-clutter and downsize, wash and scrub is a cherished memory. Opening all the windows and doors to get the staleness of winter out and bring in the smell of spring always gave me the satisfying feeling of a fresh start.

People just need to reboot now and again and have a chance to feel free and clear of all that built up mental and physical junk. In high school and college, the semester breaks cut your educational career into manageable chunks and I think we can use spring cleaning as a way to break our lives up in the same way. Every year around this time I make a big deal of getting everything under control; laundry, home repairs, the closets, the fridge, everything.

This year I thought, why not shake things up, why not do something a little more interesting, fun, and introspective? Why not narrow my personal things down to 100 items and get rid of the rest?

The idea first came to me from the Zen Habits article on the 100 items challenge, which sparked my interest and sent me on a wild Google search for others who had challenged themselves to this practice in radical minimalism. Low and behold, Dave Bruno, the originator of the idea, had written a book on the topic. In the spirit of minimalism, I bought the Kindle version and started to read.

I love the idea of the 100 Thing Challenge and want to try it out for myself, so I will. As of the end of this month, I will own no more that 100 items. Over the next couple weeks, I’ll be narrowing my worldly possessions down to the bare essentials. If this sounds like something you might be interested in doing yourself I recommend you check out Dave Bruno’s wonderful book The 100 Thing Challenge

How I plan to explore this challenge:

  • Read Dave Bruno’s 100 Thing Challenge book
  • Find & read other books and resources about the human relationship with stuff, consumerism, minimalism, and hoarding
  • Go through my things and reduce to 100 items
  • Check up on my 100 items periodically to see how I’m doing
  • Explore the effects on my life and my happiness

Resources for this article:
Dave’s original post that inspired his later book
The Times‘ Article About the 100 Thing Challenge
The Zen Habits‘ blog article

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