Poi: Fire poi has been a traditional part of cultures from around the world, and modern fire performance often includes visual excitement timed with modern or traditional music. Poi literally means ball and string. The poi spinner has a string about as long as his arm in each hand. The poi are spun in intricate patterns. For walk around entertainment the spinner can use colorful flags or other eye-catching props. For light shows to music the spinner uses glow props or fire.