Juggling, Fire & Magic


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Our members practice and teach a number of different skills, all of which are commonly grouped together as “circus skills”, and include:

Juggling: The art of throwing objects (typically balls, clubs, rings, or scarves) into the air and catching them again.

Poi Spinning: Poi are weighted balls attached by strings to handles, typically featuring streamers or tails, and used as a pair. They are spun in various patterns around the performer.

Staff Spinning: Spinning wooden or metal poles, typically 5 feet long and tipped with fire-wicks at both ends. The staff is spun, thrown and caught in various ways.

Diabolo: Involves a spool shaped object which is whirled and tossed upon a string tied to two sticks, held one in each hand. A huge variety of tricks are possible using the sticks, string, and various body parts.

Devil Sticks: The continuous manipulation of one central stick by two smaller sticks held in the hands. The sticks are bounced and thrown so that they never touch the floor.

Contact Juggling: Rolling and manipulating one or more acrylic "crystal" balls over ones hands, arms, and body.

Meteor: Similar to Poi Spinning, the meteor consists of two weighted balls connected by a single string which may be spun or thrown.

Fire Arts: We host weekly practice sessions with fire and take part in performances on and off campus. All of the skills listed above can be performed with fire props as well as fire dancing using fire fans or fire swords. We do not currently do any fire breathing or fire eating.

And more: There are a great many performance skills and props that are related to the ones listed above, and we welcome performers of them to come along, practice their skills, and perhaps teach them to the group. Anything from Astro-Jax to Unicycles, and all things in between are of interest.

Juggling, Spinning, Magic, Diabolo, Devil Sticks, Poi, Fire and other Circus Skills... What could go wrong?

Welcome! We are the Essex Juggling, Fire and Magic Society, a friendly and informal club of all abilities.

We run indoor sessions every Thursday in the Hex 6pm – 8pm, before moving outside to square 5 for our fire sessions (usually finishing between 10pm and 11pm).

We practise a wide variety of skills using society owned equipment (as well as personally owned equipment, but this is not a requirement) including staff spinning, poi, juggling, stilt walking, hula hooping and many more circus related props for all to learn.

If you’ve never picked up a prop before, don’t worry! We’re a society that encourages teaching learning amongst members, we will happily show you the ropes.

Starting to feel comfortable holding a staff or spin poi? Then we’ll teach you how to do it all on fire!

As well as this we also do a few indoor and outdoor performances as well as fundraisers throughout the year, participation for these completely optional.

Society membership for the year is £5, which covers everything including use of props, fuel and insurance.

We welcome you to come and try for a few sessions to decide whether this is the society for you, however if you would like to become a regular member we do have to ask for membership to be purchased to cover insurance and allow handling of fire equipment.

For more details about what we get up to and our events, join our Facebook group!


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