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Off to a Great Start!

We’re just back from our first festival, Some Kind of Jam 8. Great live music throughout and a laid-back vibe made for an awesome start to the season. We couldn’t have had much better weather… Every day was clear, crisp, and comfortable and there weren’t even any clouds until Sunday. The nights got cold, but the folks at the indoor stage and the bonfire didn’t seem to mind.

There was a good selection of food, craft, and art vendors, and a very family-friendly vibe. We were set up next to the Kids Area, which offered a variety of activities and shows throughout the day and was generally a lot of fun to watch from over at our booth.

The fairgrounds themselves made for an excellent venue, with easy access to restrooms and water and plenty of space. Parking was on-site throughout the grounds, which made setup very easy for most folks.

The sound balance from the various stages was excellent! The lineup was staggered and volume adjusted such that the music really permeated every part of the venue without being overwhelming. Lots of acoustic jams sprung up throughout the grounds, so you were never far from a great sound.

Speaking of great sound, we got the chance to burn with some amazing bands and spinners on Friday and Saturday night! Spent most of the rest of the time hanging out at the booth and playing in our glow field. We were set up a couple hundred feet away from the main stage and the line of vendors between us and there gave us a nice, deep pocket of shadow for a good, strong glow.

Our most popular props this festival were poi and staff. We also did a fair amount of repair work, mostly to help a number of folks with quick tune-ups and replacement hardware prior to the performance on Friday.

Overall, we couldn’t have asked for a much better time! If you’re looking for a great festival to start your season with next year, this would be the one. It’s easily accessible, there’s a lot to do, and the music is great!

Thanks to everyone who helped us with a great start to our season! See you next week at May Flora Fest!

Fire Performance Friday

Whether you’re planning on heading out to the nearby St Anthony’s Italian Festival or looking for a nice evening out, stop by Union City Grille this Friday, June 17th.  We’ll be street performing out front throughout the evening, and singer Steve Silicato will be performing inside.
Their menu is online at, which you should peruse [...]

Happy St Patty’s Day!

Hey there everyone! We’re finally getting some warm weather and there’s a great event this weekend where you can get out and enjoy it.

The St Patty’s Day loop is taking place this Saturday, March 12th in Wilmington, DE! For those of you who haven’t attended one of the local loops, this one is one of the best! The way it works is that you head to any participating venue (We suggest Club 3) to pick up a wristband. This gets you access to 21 different venues with a complimentary shuttle bus running between them. This is a great way to check out a lot of really cool spots in and around Wilmington all in one night.

We’ll be performing out front of Club 3 (Formerly the Funkey Monkey) fro 9pm to midnight. For those of you who’ve seen us perform there throughout the winter with glow, this will be a show you won’t want to miss! For those of you who haven’t seen our glow performances at Club 3, we’re there every Friday night partying it up with DJ Gizmo. Come join us!

Spring is coming…

Winter’s almost over, and we at The Playing Mantis are excited to be able to get outside and play! We hope all of you other object manipulators and fire dancers feel the same way, and we have some big news for you…

Our online store is now up and running!

You can click on the “Store” tab to browse our most commonly purchased props and supplies. Pick your new props up now and be ready for that nice weather! You can, of course, still order custom-made props by contacting us directly.

We’d also like to invite everyone to come out and join us every Friday night at Club 3 in Wilmington. We perform with LED, glow, and lasers throughout the evening along with beats provided by DJ Gizmo. It’s a great party that keeps growing, so come on out and enjoy!

WoW: Cataclysm Launch

Join us at GameStop as they celebrate the launch of the newest update to the World of Warcraft series: Cataclysm.

We’ll be at the Glen Mills store for the midnight launch, performing in the parking lot out front. Directions are available on our events page.

For more information, or to pre-order WoW: Cataclysm, you can call GameStop at (610) 558-3514.

Hope to see you there!