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4th November 2016

Maria

# torches, 5 minutes

Fire show!

I missed the rehearsal for this one, but we did OK. It was more light outside than last time, so some chops worked. Tried 423423 with the 2 as a thumb roll, but dropped right after the trick. Yeah, I guess I should keep it easy when performing, but... Ah. No fun just doing a cascade.

Total practice time: 5 minutes

Location: Norrtälje (outdoors)

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22nd October 2016

Maria

# torches, 5 minutes

Fire show!

All I did in the small show was a few minutes juggling, and spinning jump ropes while B and N where jumping... Plus a little bit of helping "backstage".

Still. My first fire performance.
Unfortunately I dropped once. It was darker than when I have practiced (and honestly I probably haven't practiced enough) but I thought I would be able to do a few chops anyway. That's when I dropped. Only did cascade after that.

Total practice time: 5 minutes

Location: Gräddö

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16th October 2016

Maria

# torches, passing, 110 minutes

Warm up without fire

Started when it was still light outside

Cascade, I didn't feel nervous at all today so that is progress.

Chops
Doubles (1 or 2 and back to singles)
423 (double, thumb roll, single), once or twice and back to cascade

Passing torches:
4-count (With J)
4-count (With S)
2-count/4-count feed (S feeding me and J), got one round with 5 passes for each feedee and clean finish, I think A got it on film.

Total practice time: 110 minutes

Location: Jongleringsparken (Fritidsjonglörerna)

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12th October 2016

Maria

# torches, 75 minutes

About 30 minutes was without fire before I lit the torches.

The school yard at Kvisthamraskolan is well lit so it doesn't get too dark even in the evenings. That helps.

Felt slightly nervous the first few minutes, still not completely used to juggling fire though I know I can do it.

Mostly just cascade.

A few doubles and some chops.

Not dropless but getting better, I think. Definitely getting more used to it.

No passing today. B was busy watching the kids at Cirkus Mani doing some fire staff spinning (for some of them it was their first time).

Total practice time: 75 minutes

Location: Kvisthamraskolan (Cirkus Mani)

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9th October 2016

Maria

# torches, passing, 45 minutes

Fire juggling (outside of Kvisthamraskolan)

Juggling 3 torches, did some doubles. A couple of 423 with the 2 as a thumb roll too.

Passing (With B)
None of us have much experience in passing with fire, so we started just throwing one torch between us.
In the end we did "3 around". Next time maybe we can try 6 torches 4-count... We should be able to do that.

Total practice time: 45 minutes

Location: Kvisthamraskolan (Cirkus Mani)

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27th September 2016

Maria

# torches, 40 minutes

Okay, so, I really need to practice juggling fire in the dark. I thought it worked OK last time, but then I started when it was still light outside and juggled until it got dark. Today it was dark enough to make it a little bit difficult to juggle torches even without fire already when I started.

Only did cascade but still dropped many times.

Next time: Start when it's light outside, keep going until it's dark.

Total practice time: 40 minutes

Location: Ute på gården

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28th August 2016

Maria

# torches, 30 minutes

So, W posted this on Facebook: http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-have-found-a-technique-that-helps-you-learn-new-skills-twice-as-fast

...which made me think that maybe I should juggle something else than my regular clubs sometimes. Also, it was grey weather, a bit chilly and I had a whole day without any plans except doing a little bit of juggling practice. And it was almost a year since I last did any fire juggling. Have not done it more than a few times either (maybe 10 times in total?) so daylight fire juggling is better than juggling in the dark for the moment.

Warm up without fire:
The same warm up that I do with clubs, except no scissor catch and no 4 object juggling (I only have 3 torches). 531 was difficult, won't be doing that with fire today. I have never done triples with fire.

First burn of the day:
Regular cascade. Was a bit surprised that this actually made me feel a little bit nervous, I mean, I know perfectly well that I can juggle a regular cascade without dropping, throwing things towards my head or catching in the wrong end.
A few tries at 42 and back to cascade, worked OK but I dropped a couple of times and I only did the 2 as a hold.

Second burn:
Pulled up the hood on my sweater to protect the hair.
Cascade felt relaxed now. Did some more 42s, a few of them with a thumb roll on the "2". Cool. Have not done that with fire before.
Crossing doubles (slow cascade) 2 throws and back to regular cascade: Some overspun throws, usually on the second double, leading to drops.
Did some chops towards the end when there was not much fire left.

Third burn:
Cascade
Chops
441
Slow cascade
Dips (3 throws and back to cascade)
...all quite relaxed, but there were a few drops.

# torches, 50 minutes

Fire juggling in the dark (or at least dusk)

Started a few minutes before sunset. Not that I could see it since it was cloudy but I know what time the sun was supposed to set today. Didn't continue until it was pitch dark outside, but it sure felt dark when the torches were lit! (It also looks pretty dark from inside my apartment now...)

Pretty much the same things as earlier today.

Juggled the torches without fire between each time I lit them, to let them cool down a bit and to get more confident with some of the moves I wanted to do. Also did some practice of things I have no plans to do with fire, like 441 on singles, just to get some extra practice of that pattern.

Last time I lit the torches it was dark enough for me to mostly see the fire (and not that much of the handles) even when I threw doubles and watched them against the sky (that was still significantly lighter than the surrounding trees and buildings).

Dips didn't work in the dark, the rest was doable but I dropped many times.

Figured out why I found slow cascade more difficult than 423 earlier today... When I do slow cascade with clubs I usually let the club down holding it almost straight down as soon as I have caught it, and keep it there until it's time to throw it. Well, guess what? Not a good idea with torches!

Total practice time: 80 minutes

Location: Ute på gården

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3rd September 2015

Maria

# 3 clubs, 4 clubs, passing, torches, 150 minutes

Total practice time: 150 minutes

Location: Jongleringsparken (Fritidsjonglörerna)

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