Spades (aka Tyler Macklin) is a fire performer from Portland, Oregon. He was first entranced with fire in 2007 when he experienced it at the Oregon Country Fair. Immediately he researched ways to build his own fire toys and began teaching himself in his spare time. After three years of keeping it to himself, Spades decided to start taking the art seriously and began doing public performances and teaching workshops around Oregon. At first he organized groups around Eugene and Portland, but soon realized he could reach many more people by traveling to various festivals first around the west coast and then beyond. Spades continues to travel and share his passion for flow arts whenever possible.

Winner of:

Toured with Spark Circus 2013 teaching workshops and performing for Burmese refugee children on Thai/Burma border

Instructor and performer at Fire DrumsPacific Fire GatheringKinetic FireMadskillz Vancouver, and Portland Juggling Festival

Taught workshops and performed throughout Costa Rica, Thailand, USA, and Canada

Spades takes his flow on the road often and has performed with amazing musicians such as BassnectarThe String Cheese IncidentTipperBeats AntiqueThe Crystal Method and many more at festivals including The Oregon Country FairEnvision FestivalEmrgNseePhotosynthesisEarth DanceSea Of Dreams, and Burning Man.

“I love expanding the flow arts and my own horizons in the process!”