Fire art, also known as fire artistry or fire juggling, is one of the most impressive and exciting forms of performing arts

With a long and fascinating history spanning cultures around the world, it captivates fire show spectators with its combination of skill, courage and aesthetics. I am still passionate about my fire shows and want to immerse you in the history of fire art, explore the origins and give you knowledge of the materials and techniques used in a fire performance today.

The history of the art of fire

The origins of the art of fire can be traced back to the earliest human civilizations. Fire has always played a central role in people's lives - as a source of warmth, for food security and as part of religious and cultural rituals. The ritual use of fire can be found in many cultures and eras:

Polynesian traditions: One of the most well-known origins of the art of fire is Polynesian fire-wielding, also known as "poi". Originally developed by the Maori in New Zealand, the swinging of burning balls on ropes served both ritual and entertainment purposes.

India and Southeast Asia: Fire also played a central role in various dances and ceremonies in India and Southeast Asia. The Indian fire dance, called "Aarti", is a ritual performance in which flames are offered as a sacrifice.

Europe: In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, fire-eaters and fakirs became popular in Europe, performing at markets and festivals and astounding spectators with their mastery of fire. Even today, there are still jugglers who bring this period back to life and can be seen at medieval events.

Materials and techniques in fire art

Nowadays, fire art has developed into a sophisticated performance art that uses various techniques and materials. Here are some of the most common elements used in modern fire shows:

Poi: Probably the most well-known form of fire art. Poi are balls that are attached to chains or ropes and set alight. The fire artist swings them around his body in complex patterns. There are different types of poi, from meteor to tail poi without fire.

Fire sticks: These consist of metal rods with Kevlar wicks at the ends. The wicks are soaked in fuel and lit. The fire artists juggle or twist the sticks around their bodies. A distinction is made between single stick, double stick and contact stick. The latter is heavier and is rolled over the body.

Fire fan: With a nice big flame and in combination with good choreography from the dance, this is a very impressive prop. The fan consists of a hinged metal frame with several Kevlar wicks. They make it possible to move flames in elegant patterns. There are fixed fans, called Russian Grip Fans, some of which have a beautiful floral metal frame and can be turned quickly through a handle hole.

Fire breathing: This technique involves spitting a flammable liquid into the air and igniting it with a flame. This requires immense control and precision and is one of the most dangerous disciplines, as you have to master the technique perfectly so that no large quantities of the flammable liquid damage your lungs. 

Fire hula hoop: A hula hoop with several lit wicks enables breathtaking spins and jumps through flames.

Safety aspects

Safety is of the utmost importance in fire art. Fire artists use special materials such as Kevlar, which is heat-resistant and durable. The fuel used is usually a purified form of kerosene or lamp oil, which burns cleanly and evenly. In addition, the artists often wear flame-retardant tight clothing and always have extinguishing agents nearby to prevent possible accidents. More informations to our savety regulations can be seen here


Fire art is an ancient yet modern form of entertainment that fascinates people all over the world. Its origins in ritual and cultural practices reflect the deep connection that people have always had with the element of fire. With a mixture of traditional knowledge and modern techniques, fire artists today offer breathtaking fire shows that require both skill and courage. Whether at festivals, private parties or large events, fire art remains an unforgettable experience that ignites the senses and amazes the audience.

I hope that this insight into the world of fire art has piqued your interest. Maybe we'll see you soon at one of the next impressive fire shows! Or at the next workshop. Just write me an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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