Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a splendid night! My name is Tyson and I’ve been practicing various forms of juggling since Middle school, so I decided to pick poi for my in-depth project. I’ve been working on this for the past 5 months, so I hope you enjoy!
What are poi?
Poi spinning is a form of dance and a type of object manipulation with weights (balls in this case) on the ends of ropes. The poi are swung around in rhythmic patterns, usually to music. They come from New Zealand but became widespread around the world after people saw fire spinning performances (not from New Zealand, but a similar concept).
Why I chose poi:
I chose poi mostly because of my history with different types of juggling, but poi was one I hadn’t tried before. I was interested in poi before I started this project, but I never ended up buying or making my own poi. I also sometimes perform at family or business parties, so I figured this would be something fun to add to my act!
How I made the poi:
First I started with an 80mm Stage ball, 3/8 (0.95cm) rope and PX3 poi knobs from higginsbrother.com. I then cut the rope to about my arm’s lenth, from my shoulder to my thumb joint. I also threaded the rope through the hole in the PX3 knob and tied a basic knot at the end to keep it from sliding out. To prepare the ball to make the poi with, I drilled a hole 3/8 wide for the rope to go into. With the rope, I tied another knot at the other end with about 3 cm of space between the end of the rope and the knot. With the end I just tied a knot on, I stuck the rope into the hole I drilled on the ball. Slowly, I pushed the knot through the hole in the ball with a screw driver until it fully was in the ball.
Here’s the pair of poi that I ordered from higginsbrothers.com.
I hope you enjoy my video!
For this project and all the progress I’ve made with it, I would like to thank my mentor, Damian Trasler, for all the help he’s given. He is an excellent mentor and has been really enjoyable to be around.
Thanks for watching! Please leave a comment or a question in response to my post! I hope you enjoy the rest of your night!