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Theres a new breed of Firetoy. The UFO is the perfect blend between Rope dart, Yo-Yo, levi wand and Frisbee. Patent pending Read more

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Theres a new breed of Firetoy. The UFO is the perfect blend between Rope dart, Yo-Yo, levi wand and Frisbee. Patent pending

Joseph LoRusso
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The UFO original prototype
The UFO original prototype

OK. That video was funny but now its time to get a little serious.

     This is the UFO, the unidentified flaming object. I made the worlds first UFO in the summer of 2011. Since then I have traveled country, performing with the UFO and other fire toys at Burn and Music Festivals. I'm here to kickstart a production of UFO's due to the positive response I have received from other fire performers in my travels.

     This fire toy is in a category of its own. Part rope dart, part Frisbee, part yo-yo. This flow toy works upon the principles of gyroscopic motion. Once a fast spin has been given by the flick of your wrist, The toy stays level allowing the spinner to throw it up to 8 ft away and have it return via a heavy duty elastic cable.

Brian Dasbunny from 3rd degree Sideshow creating some Dazzling UFO trails
Brian Dasbunny from 3rd degree Sideshow creating some Dazzling UFO trails

      I would like to see this project take off because fire dancing goes hand in hand with one of my favorite burner principles, self expression. I enjoy being able to make the tools to help others express themselves through fire. If funded this project must break ground immediately to ensure that all rewards for pledges are produced and delivered in a timely manner for the upcoming season. Immediacy is another one of my favorite burning principles.

   Some of the challenges surrounding this project are going to be producing all of the custom orders. I have chosen to make some of these rewards custom because everyone wants something different out of their skill toys. Longer chains, slimmer wicks, shorter staves..... The way I intend on fulfilling these these rewards is by first, ordering the supplies necessary to build, then producing examples and assembling a newsletter. Pledges will receive this newsletter via email containing examples of my newly created work. Pledges can then respond with their choices and specifications for their custom fire tools. If you desire something not in the newsletter I'll be happy to work with you and figure out how to create what your looking for in a fire toy. Heck,  you may even inspire some of the custom wicked UFO designs.

     Another challenge I'm facing in making this project a success will be finalizing the design of the UFO. I will have to work closely with various machine and metal working shops in order to create this unique work of art... things I intend to experiment with are the various grades of stainless steel and aluminum used to make the balanced ring that is the proverbial "heart" of the UFO.

     Those receiving Fire performances by Sideshowland amusement park will be contacted directly to discuss and arrange locations, showtimes and themes. Note that my troupe and I can cater to any event you may have, weddings, festivals, themed parties. Just give us enough notice and we are sure to create a unique performance that's sure to amaze.

         PLEASE NOTE: PERFORMING WITH FIRE IS DANGEROUS!

All fire tool rewards are intended for experienced professionals only. Every fire tool reward will come with a sheet of safety guidelines written by the North American Fire Artists Association (NAFAA). These guidelines are here to help you and your audience remain safe

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Risks and challenges

After this project is funded it will be time to gather supplies and get into the workshop. I am fortunate enough to have a large array of tools in my workshop to build nearly anything. However I will require some assistance on producing the UFO because it is currently a working prototype. I will need to work with various metal working and machine shops in order to form the balanced ring that is the backbone of the skill toy. Since many of the rewards offered are custom made, I will need to make samples of custom wicks, props and componentry to then send an email all those who had pledged in order to make their toys fit their needs.

Setbacks may occur with this project for a few reasons, Supplies being out of stock when ordered, small adjustments made to the design etc. Fortunately I will be working on a one on one basis with those who have pledged and can notify them of any delays that may occur in producing this project and shipping rewards.

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    You will recieve a postcard with a handwritten thank you message for helping make this project possible.
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    You will recieve and 11x17 poster of Fire in Motion.
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    A Monkey fist Fire orb. This prop is perfect for the Bellydancer or illusionist, can be used as a necklace or keychain for you non-fire folk

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    Your choice from a selection of ball handles with swivels for your poi

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    Your choice from a selection of performance Fire Poi wicks

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    Custom made 11x17 poster from the fire in motion series. Use your favorite quote, saying, or personal message to be written in flames

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    Fire rope dart with your choice from a selection of performance wicks

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    Your choice from a selection of Double chain link Fire poi wicks

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    Custom made fire staff built to your specifications

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    Custom length Fire snake wicks
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    Fire Sais
    Release the red ninja turtle within you!

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    Your choice of Fire Poi, Meteor hammer or Double Staves built to your specifications with your choice from a selection of performance wicks

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    Double chain link Fire Snakes
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    1st tier UFO
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    Own the UFO and mystify spectators

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    Your very own UFO.
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    1st tier UFO with custom wicks
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    Hand crafted Hank Tank. These beautiful sounding drums are made from recycled propane tanks and are as fun to play as they are to hear. Comes in your choice of pentatonic scale! Dont know what scale you prefer, no worries we will be in touch so I can craft the perfect drum just for you!
    Hear a sample here. Just copy and paste into your browser
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh8hKPwBHCY&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

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    A Fire performance for you and your friends anywhere in southeastern NC by Sideshowland amusement parks skilled performers

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    A Fire performance for you and your friends anywhere in the continental US by Sideshowland amusement parks skilled performers

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