The Physics of Poi

Where Do You Start?

While most people learn by watching videos or from others’ instruction, Megan Smith learned by reading Spinning Poi, a book by Michael Kahn. She said it was a dangerously slow process and recommends meeting other spinners to learn more rapidly. The variations of the basics are limitless, but to get started you must understand some fundamentals…

Holding your poi and the pivots

There are many ways to hold your poi to maximize your control of the flow. How you hold the poi determines the pivot point for the chains. Megan introduces the basics in this video.

The Planes

To create the two-dimensional shapes that awe audiences, the spinner must manipulate the three-dimensional space in which they are spinning. Megan gives a brief breakdown in this video.

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