Artist Profile: Poki


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As we continue with our artist profiles for the Temple of Poi 2009 Fire Dancing Expo & 7 Year Anniversary, we spotlight a phenomenal object manipulator and local favorite from Oakland, Poki.

Poki, appearing in Temple of Poi Fire Dancing ExpoMatt “Poki” McCorkle found poi about 7 years ago. One day, while playing with his poi, Matt was bit by the performance bug. This bug perhaps rekindled a childhood passion for the stage lights. Pretty soon, poi turned to club swinging, diabolo, juggling, unicycling, miming, hats, clowning, hoop isolation, and more.

Poki, appearing in Temple of Poi Fire Dancing ExpoMatt was born in Sebastopol, CA, spent some time in Davis, and now resides at the Vulcan studio in East Oakland. Matt has performed all over California and was a judge at the “FIre Idol” competition in Black Rock City, NV.

Poki, appearing in Temple of Poi Fire Dancing ExpoCurrently, Matt performs juggling/vaudeville with the Code RED: Circus Conspiracy.
He teaches private classes in circus performance at his studio in East Oakland. Matt enjoys silent films, bicycles, and hats.

Enjoy these additional videos of Matt.