Hi there, I'm Spiral, the wand witch in the Long String Wand Flow .gif that y'all seemed to like. AMA!
I'm a performer of circus and flow arts who recently had a .gif made from one of my videos that went viral on Reddit. It got almost 5 million views in a day (March 9) and hit #1 on the home page. There was a lot of curiosity expressed in the comments about how the wand works, along with lots of erroneous (and hilarious) assumptions about both the physics of the wand and who I am, so I'd love a chance to answer some of those questions directly.
I'm a pioneer of the emerging world of flow arts and I've been hustling to make a living as a performer and teacher for well over a decade. I'm primarily self-taught (save for a year in circus school to learn acrobatics and aerial) and have traveled the world doing what I love.
I shot and edited the source video and practiced for years to develop to movement vocabulary that it captures. The video: Long String Wand in the Stromboli Sun (link below) was shot on the rooftop of a dear friend's home on the island of Stromboli, Italy. I was brought there to perform in a fire arts festival that they hold there annually.
EDIT: Thanks so much for all the wonderful questions y'all. Signing off now!
The original video: https://youtu.be/MScHgmv_U0E
If you want to learn how to wand: http://www.longstringwand.com
My Facebook fan page, with proof ;) http://www.facebook.com/spiralcircusarts
My website: http://www.spiralcircusarts.com
Blog post with more proof: http://www.spiralcircusarts.com/#!vivian-spiral-blog/c1qoj
Instagram proof: http://www.instagram.com/vivian_spiral