Category Archives: Miscellaneous

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!

Phoenixville’s Seventh Annual Firebird Festival

The Playing Mantis performs at the Phoenixville Firebird festival this December 11th in Phoenixville, PA. Bring out the entire family for this exciting event as the community celebrates the beautiful people, art, music, and culture of Phoenixville!!

Our featured performers will be Mantis, SnapDragon, Omni, and Smokey. We’ll be performing near the main stage along with several of the featured musicians, as well as in front of the Firebird prior to lighting.

For more information on the event, check out the Phoenixville Firebird Festival site at

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!

Here’s to a Firey 4th!

Independence day is upon us once again, one of our favorite holidays here at The Playing Mantis. From grills to fireworks, fire has always been a part of this great American holiday and we’ve found fire dancing to be a logical addition to the traditional mix.

Mantis and Snapdragon will be performing on the Wilmington Riverfront this 4th of July as part of the city’s celebration. The evening also features performances by the Chorus of the Brandywine and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, as well as a fireworks display. The event runs from around 4pm to 10pm, and is free to the public.

The Playing Mantis will be roaming around performing in a street performance format from around 7:30pm to 8:30pm. We shouldn’t be too hard to find, we’ll be the ones on fire!

Additional information on the event can be found at or by visiting our events page.

Hope to see you there!

Thanks to Kooma!

We’d like to thank Kooma and Paul Pruitt for an excellent Thanksgiving Eve.  The weather held out nicely for us outside, letting us burn to our heart’s content.
Inside, there was body painting going on in the back room, as well as a selection of delicious treats.  Despite the gluttony theme, there didn’t seem to be [...]