Category Archives: News

The Phoenix Returns on December 10th

The Playing Mantis fire dancers will be out performing for the crowds at the Firebird Festival in Phoenixville, PA.  Later on in the evening, watch the effigy go up in flames up on the hill this year. Once it gets going, it’ll warm you up quick!
For more information about the festival and directions, go to [...]

Taste of Little Italy Fire Performances

So I told you there would be more details to come and here they are, just in time!
When: Tuesday through Thursday evenings starting around 8:30pm and going until 10 or later if we have an audience.
Where: Intersection of Union and 8th Streets in Wilmington, DE. We’ll be around Union City Grille, [...]

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!

Playing Mantis Double-Header!

For those of you who’ve noticed that the news feed on our page has been a little light lately, it’s been because we were preparing for a pair of amazing festivals which we visited over the past two weeks.
The first was Playa Del Fuego, the Mid-Atlantic regional burn located in our home state of Delaware.  [...]

Welcome to Smokey and Omni!

Well, you’ve seen them in our videos since this website went live a couple of months ago, but we’d like to take a moment to officially welcome Smokey and Omni to The Playing Mantis. Based in CT, they’re representing our northern contingent. You can find more information on them and bios on the “About Us” page.

We’ll also be listing their performances on our “Events” page, so you can check them out in action!