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I’m sure you’ve been camping, or been to a birthday party where someone had glowsticks. Or maybe you’ve been to a rave, or seen a light show. But for those of us who haven’t, you’re really missing out! It’s been a fad for a few years now at raves and house clubs to “glowstring.” It’s usually two glowsticks on strings that you spin in the air in the dark to make amazing light patterns. It has a moth-like effect; it’s hard to stop watching!
Glowstringing is just a modern version of poi. Poi literally means “ball on a cord,” and can take many forms: glowsticks, fire, LED, and more. It’s an art form that’s akin to juggling; performers make visual spectaculars using light and other objects to make visually pleasing patterns. You know, like the stuff from Lilo&Stitch! Glowstringing, or “spinning lights” is another, possibly easier version of the art, and is very popular in the dance music scene.
I first learned about this from an ex-boyfriend of mine that used to run around twirling everything, it seemed. His keys, any kind of string, chords, shoelaces, anything that would travel in a circle. And while yeah, it was an annoying habit, now that I’ve learned how to spin lights a little bit, I realize how addictive it is! Once you start spinning, you get to the point where you’re picking up every available spinning object and doing it without thinking.
If you haven’t seen any glowstringing before, take a look at the following videos to get a better idea of what I’m talking about. If you’re already a fan, maybe you’ve seen some of these videos before!
This guy puts on a pretty good show! In the description, he mentions that he’s performing at a “jam session” at college. So he’s not actually in the dark, but the blue lights still show up really well. You can buy battery-powered lights that are much brighter and last much long than regular crack-and-glow sticks. This guy keeps going for almost five minutes, and keeps you thoroughly entertained the entire time! I wish I was this good.
This video is a bit different in that the guy isn’t actually using glowsticks. He’s got on gloves! This is another popular light show technique. Performers wear LED gloves and do all sorts of crazy hand tricks. Notice he’s also wearing a mask. Some people like the shock effect of suddenly illuminating their face. They’ll be in pitch-black darkness, only to have their mask light up quickly as a light spins by. It adds a little drama to the performance. This video especially has the “moth effect” (I made that word up) I was talking about earlier. Humans are naturally attracted to light, and so it’s easy to get lost in watching the patterns and waves of the light, just like a moth would.
This certainly isn’t a hobby for everyone; it’s extremely difficult to learn the more complex techniques. You can also really get hurt, no joke! The first night I ever tried, I hit myself in the mouth and bled. Of course, that’s usually only in the beginning! Your coordination gets better with time, and you learn to avoid your hands, arms, legs, and head as a target. If you decide to start spinning, check out the hundreds of websites dedicated to teaching you everything from the basics to the hard stuff, and pick up cool gear as well!