"Magic Happens" - Fire Dancers in Goa

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    "Magic Happens" - Fire Dancers Maren and Ramsey, performing at Club Cabana, Arpora, Goa, India.

    The performers:
    Maren - the lady on the platform, surrounded by the confusion of flames - and Ramsey - the bare-chested man who has just executed the geometrically perfect circles of fire - were the star attractions at Club Cabana for several evenings running, during the Christmas - New Year week of 2003.

    They had both come from Germany, had fallen in love with Goa, and had stayed on, earning their way with their fire performances throughout North Goa during the peak tourist season.

    This shoot was at their invitation, and they were very pleased with the several images of their performance that I gifted them prints of.

    The following year, their partnership, "Magic Happens", had wound up and Ramsay had gone off elsewhere, but Maren had stayed on in Goa, teaching Yoga. The last I heard, she was trying to figure out how to get a bank account opened in Goa.

    The venue:
    Club Cabana is one of the most happening clubs in North Goa. Located on a hillside in Arpora, surrounded by many acres of privately owned forested hills, this club definitely offers the most awesome view of many kilometers of countryside spread out before it.

    The club boasts a swimming pool on an outcropping in the slope, so you can admire the glimmering lights of Arpora village nearby, and further out, the well-known Baga Beach area with its brightly lit hotels and resorts, while nursing your drink and wading in the pool.

    Club Cabana offers all-you-can-drink at the price of the entrance fee, making it a much favored destination for the serious drinkers as well as the wannabe boozards. The sight of a drunken reveller, male or female, keeling over dead drunk, is not rare at all.


    You're standing on my neck, * raymond, and 49 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. ercy ages ago | reply

      Nice job on your photo. Thank you for sharing the story about the firedancers!

    2. ap William ages ago | reply

      Incredible. I shall be looking forward to looking
      at other pictures you have taken.

    3. brianscotty ages ago | reply

      great! I love it!

    4. O'CC ages ago | reply

      wow great capture....

    5. Polstar* [deleted] ages ago | reply

      wow, I love fire dancers

    6. Kris Elshout ages ago | reply

      A beautiful capture and you shot from the right place. Well done.

    7. Moskitomaniac ages ago | reply

      Excellent, wonderful, breathtaking!

    8. ZaksterNT ages ago | reply

      cool photo. they have fire twirlers at a night market on thursday nights here but i've yet to attempt to photograph the action.

    9. VJ Spectra ages ago | reply

      Great take of this fire twirler - Ahhh Goa where the psychadelic trance movement started. I just love that type of music....

    10. Kavikrut 116 months ago | reply

      Well Captured!!

    11. *TaLiThA* 115 months ago | reply

      i loved club cabana, had a wkd tym der ... i miss it! :(

    12. alvin pastrana 103 months ago | reply

      Great perfect swings with the foreground performer and the one in the back looks like they exploded...
      Night Photography at:
      The World Through My Eyes

    13. Ran_ 102 months ago | reply

      Very cool !!

      Night Photography at:
      The World Through My Eyes

    14. hel (taffie) 102 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot, great atmosphere and sense of movement.

      Night Photography at:
      The World Through My Eyes

    15. irene nobrega 102 months ago | reply

      Congratulations on your article. Very beautiful photos!!!

    16. samraat sardesai 91 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Xperience Goa, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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