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how to balance a sword on your head

i’ll show you how to balance a sword
on your head.

Photobucket1. First you have to pick the right sword. If you thought you could just waltz in a weapons store and pick up a sword for belly dancing, think again. While they are made to replicate dangerous weapons, our swords only look dangerous. They are specially-designed to be balanced, and they’re dulled so they won’t cut you. They also come in many designs and weights. The best sword for beginners will be one that is rather heavy and has a rougher, rather than smooth, surface. Heavier swords with rougher edges will be easier to balance since the weight will prevent the sword from being overly-affected by your movements while the rough surface will make it less likely to slide.

2. Next, you need to prime your sword for dancing. While it is possible to balance a sword on any part of your body without any “tricks” or aids, most dancers prefer getting some extra security by using wax. Before you dance, apply a thin coat of wax to the blade by rubbing the wax back and forth. Some dancers use inexpensive votive candles to apply the wax; I prefer to use surf board wax. Surf wax is thicker and stickier and lasts longer.

3. Now that you’ve prepped the sword, it’s time to practice balancing. You can balance a sword virtually anywhere on your body: head, chin, wrist, shoulder, hip, stomach, thigh—the possibilities are only limited by how adventurous (and flexible) you are. In an open practice environment, try balancing the sword on every part of your body that you’re willing to try. First practice the balancing without moving. Once you feel comfortable that your sword isn’t going anywhere, start to move with the sword on a particular body part. The head is really a good place to start. In my opinion, the head is the easiest place to balance a sword since most swords are curved slightly; they’re practically made to be balanced on your head. Move slowly at first and notice how your movements affect the sword.

4. Always practice a sword choreography in your actual performance costume. Costumes—whether it’s your headband, belt, or the fringe on your bra—often interfere with your ability to balance the sword. So you definitely want to have a couple practice runs in your full regalia to anticipate any costume-induced mishaps and learn how to recover from them. And don’t neglect your footwear in these dress rehearsals: if you know you’ll be dancing on carpet in high heels for your actual performance, recreate these conditions in your practice area. You’ll thank yourself later during the real thing when your heel accidentally gets stuck on a wayward Persian rug.

5. By the time you perform with a sword in public, you’ll probably feel pretty zen about the whole thing. But remember that your audience doesn’t know how easy it actually is. So even though you can put your sword on your head in T-minus 3 seconds and start going into a backbend, you don’t actually want to do this for your performance. Build some suspense for your audience by entering and posing with your sword. Make slow, sharp movements and mimic a warrior—a really graceful warrior. Drag out the posing, and make your audience wonder how you’re going to handle this weapon. When it comes time to put that sword on your head, do this slowly as well. Take your time to make it look difficult, and then once the sword is squarely in place, pause for a moment and look satisfied with yourself. Sword-dancing can really mesmerize audiences if you do it well. Take your time to make it look difficult, and they will respond with great appreciation (and hopefully greater tips as well).

I wanna know: HOW TO hold a snake

yes, a snake.

snake1. Um, it’s pretty common sense. Get some HELP people. If the snake is over 6 feet long, you’ll need another person there for sure. Many deaths and injuries are caused by a person trying to handle a large snake; if the snake gets scared, it may constrict, and you will need someone else to help get it off. If you’re smaller than average in stature, don’t even handle a 4-5 ft snake on your own.

2. So you wanna wash your hands before handling your snake. If you have scents on you that the snake may mistake for food smells, you could get a feeding response. (Uh Oh!) Snakes are not very bright and if your hand smells like your pet kitty then it may think it is a juicy tasty CAT.

3. Announce your presence. SCREAM if you gotta! Whatever you do you don’t want to surprise the snake when you reach in to pick it up, so use a combination of sound and touch to let the snake know you’re there. Gently tap the cage and look for a tongue flick to indicate that the snake senses something. Then touch the snake’s body gently (not the head).

4. This also ensures that the snake is awake. The best time to handle a snake is during a time of day when it is lethargic…sleepy eyes let you know it ; )

*TIP* Avoid handling a snake that’s just eaten or is about to shed.

5. Lift the snake. Slip one hand about 1/3 of the way down the snake’s body and begin to lift it up slowly. Put your other hand under the last 1/4 of the snake to support its weight fully. If it’s a constrictor snake, it’s likely wrap its tail around your wrist and forearm; let it do this. Just make sure it doesn’t coil around both hands, your neck, or your chest.

6. As you’re holding the snake, you can move around, just move slowly to avoid startling it. Stay calm and relaxed. Snakes like warm places so they might like to crawl under and around your shirt, it’ll be ok though. If your snake attempt to crawl onto a part of your body where you do not want it to go, or if it attempts to climb off of you, gently slide your hand under the snake and reposition its body till you feel fine again.

7. Keep the petting session short. Snakes are not social animals. A snake sees petting differently than dogs and cats. Prolonged handling can be stressful to them. Keep your petting sessions to 10-30 minutes a day. If you hold the snake too much it will get stressed.

8. Return your snake to its cage by slowly lowering it in. Let it move out of your hands to a branch or the cage on its own. Secure the lid when you are done, since snakes can be great escape artists.

9. Wash your hands again. Reptiles can carry germs that are not safe for humans. Immediately wash your hands when you are done handling your snake.