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Topic: Slim's Torches
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Feb 17, 2006 07:00PM)
My, oh my! I just got a couple of sets of Slim's Torches. They are beautiful. They are true professional tools and every serious sideshow performer should have a set. I will put mine to good use. Slim made me two sets. The other set is for a TV magician that will be eating fire (after I teach him) on the second season of his show.

Once again, these torches are everything a fire eater could want. Send Slim money and get yourself a set today.
Message: Posted by: erikkloeker (Feb 18, 2006 09:26AM)
*cough* criss angel *cough*
Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Feb 18, 2006 11:04AM)
Todd, thank you for the endorsement! I'm proud to know they are in the best of hands.
I wish I had pictures to show them... I'm a proud Papa <G>
Message: Posted by: magiGlen (Feb 19, 2006 11:54AM)
Would it be possible for anybody post a picture of these torches please?
Message: Posted by: daz222 (Feb 19, 2006 05:10PM)
Well, I will have to see these :)

Also I have to say thanks to Slim for helping me with fire eating and blockhead :)

Message: Posted by: Hernan (Feb 19, 2006 05:13PM)
How do we go about acquiring these works of art?
Message: Posted by: jennieprice (Feb 19, 2006 06:04PM)
Either send an email, sansan@tds.net, or a pm. He'll tell you how.

Message: Posted by: erikkloeker (Feb 19, 2006 06:06PM)
Read Below.. Go to the bank and get a money order for $80 total (75+ 5 for shipping) Send it to the mailing address below, be sure to put a return address so Slim knows where to ship them to, and you will recieve a set of 3 (awesome) torches.

"At this stage I will only take orders paid for by money order, sent to:
Jerry Pickard/Slim Price
General Delivery
Quartzsite AZ
<sanscan@tds.net" -Slim Price

On 2006-02-19 18:13, Hernan wrote:
How do we go about acquiring these works of art?
Message: Posted by: erikkloeker (Feb 19, 2006 06:07PM)
Or refer to Jennie who gets the post in before me. grr.. :)
Message: Posted by: jennieprice (Feb 19, 2006 08:13PM)
Well, what can I say. I'm just the better half, (Mrs Slim.) I also get to hear all the old stories 10 times a day, but then I get some much needed beauty sleep. (G).
Anyhoo, the torches are great, and Slim really does put time and effort into each of them. (I'm not just saying that either. :bg:)

Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Feb 21, 2006 11:36PM)
There is now another fire eater in the world today. And he is using Slim's torches. Slim, Criss was so happy, we tried calling you a bunch of times but the phone was always busy. You will be hearing from him soon.

Once again, these are lovely torches. Anyone that know what they are doing as a fire eater should have a set.
Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Feb 22, 2006 02:58PM)
Thank you very much, Todd... One of your students sent me a very nice order, based on your comments. I'm sorry I missed your phone calls, getting us on the phone is catch and catch can at best. At the risk of bending Mr Brooks' rules I'm reposting the tale of the torches here. The "Red Heads" are the only source of income we have, so they get my full attention. Note that now we are using PayPal <sanscan@yahoo.com>

Slim’s Red Head Torches
These torches are made strictly for the professional. The “red head” is cosmetic.
When I first started making these about 30 years ago, the purpose was to make an all purpose torch without compromise. They are made to look like they belong to a professional, with very long lives. The red head is meant to make the torches always look fresh and ready to be a suitable prop for any show. The handles are rosewood, brass bound and can be removed to cut the torches to a length that suits the user. The staffs are brass and the heads are intentionally absorbent to keep them usable for all of the moves a fire eater might do. Included is material to recover the torches and genuine gold wire to finish binding the head They are only sold in sets of three so a full act can be done. The torches do not contain any synthetic materials so there is no dangerous melting possible. Slim’s torches are becoming collectors items, which makes me very proud. A set (3) will cost $75.00 plus $5.00 to offset shipping and handling costs. I agree, the price is high, but due to the materials and time involved it is necessary…
Slim Price

Note: These torches are very absorbent. This is to allow squeezing of fluid onto the tongue and hands for the many moves you will be able to do with them ... At first, I suggest you only briefly dip the torches in your fluid, so as not to wet then excessively … Using these torches will not keep you from being burned.

The torches are made overlong, so they can be cut to a length to suit the user. Just remove the handle, cut to your length, and tap the handle back on the shaft… At this stage I will only take orders paid for by money order, sent to Jerry Pickard/Slim Price
General Delivery
Quartzsite AZ
PayPal <sanscan@yahoo.com
Message: Posted by: jeremysweiss (Mar 7, 2006 10:32PM)
Beautiful torches Slim! I shouldn't post this 'cause then everyone will want them and they will be "everywhere". But they are great. I will likely use them tomorrow night when the local paper comes to interview me.

I also get to tell them I learned to eat fire from the great Todd Robbins--who just taught a certain longhaired TV magician how to sear his face...er..er...I mean eat fire.

Ahhh...no matter...it is all an illusion anyway. I use that "cold fire" made by Theater FX.
Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Mar 7, 2006 11:49PM)
Thank you Jeremy... I appreciate good feedback and learn from the other kind. I don't want to make too many, just for the ones who know how to use them right and respect them. I'm working on new "notes" now but they won't be easy to get...Be patient, you are at the head of the list...
Message: Posted by: Brent Allan (Mar 8, 2006 02:43PM)

I pm'ed you a few days ago. I am looking for more info regarding your torches. Please contact me here on the Café or email me at brentallan@email.com.

Specifically, I am looking for a picture of the torches, information as to what the head is made of, etc. I work Renaissance festivals, so I need to make sure these look suitably "period appropriate."

Up until now, I have been making my own torches out of shish-kabab skewers and wicking purchased from Brian Dube. I would like something a bit more durable, professional looking, and that I don't have to re-wick every other weekend.
Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Mar 8, 2006 03:05PM)
I have said it often... I have no pictures, nor do I have a budget that will allow me to take pictures. I also do not have a DVD out. Sorry...Slim
PS. Maybe some of the owners of the torches will contact you.
Message: Posted by: The Village Idiots (Mar 8, 2006 05:32PM)
And I think you should keep it that way. Like a priceless object in a museum. They don't let you take pictures of those either.

I have made mine out of dowel rods, kabob skewers and even coat hangers. I bet my life Slims are far superior to anything I have made and I don't have to see a pic of them. Slim I would like to place an order. I'll write you. And as far as durability, have you ever seen a side show? What a grind. They are going to have to outlast the ones I make out of virgin cotten. However, if you are using Dube Kevlar wicking I don't know if anything can outlast those. I have used kevlar wicking but it made many effects difficult due to it not absorbing enough fluid.

Slim is the following still correct?

Jerry Pickard/Slim Price
General Delivery
Quartzsite AZ

$80.00 for 3? Money order only?
Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Mar 8, 2006 06:46PM)
Heh, I might have seen a sideshow... I worked the shows starting in 1949.. I still remember my first torches. I made the heads out of an old green wool sweater, and gradually reduced it to nothing. the staffs were coat hangers, And the fuel was gas, stolen from the Ferris Wheel. For your own reasons, I'm anti-Kevlar. My heads are a cotton I chose because of the absorbancy. The secret of longevity is not burning them,just the vapor. The torches are recoverable (material included) so they always look fresh. 30 years of learning and a love for the art has gone into these... I wanted to make torches that worked for all the moves, and looked like they belonged to a profesional on stage... These do.. I even incude real gold wire for final binding.
PayPal is sanscan@yahoo.com
Message: Posted by: Brent Allan (Mar 8, 2006 07:58PM)
Just curious. How many burnings to you expect these torches will take before they need to be recovered?

Slim, as soon as I get some money put into my paypal account this weekend, you'll be getting my order. I'm already sold, I am just trying to get some more info.

Also, once I place my order, how long will it take you to ship?

After I get my torches, I will be glad to post a picture online for others to see.
Message: Posted by: The Village Idiots (Mar 8, 2006 10:14PM)
I know you have seen a sideshow, silly. I was talking to the fella that wanted a pic of them and asked if they were durable.

Slim, I have said this before, but many many years ago, back when I was the only person I knew in the whole city that had a passion and love of side shows, I found you sideshow discussion website. You helped me just by making me feel like I was normal in my interests. Your knowledge has never ceased to amaze me and you giving spirit is unequaled in any art. Thanks Slim. I'll send the paypal as soon as I remember my login details. It has been a while since I've used the darn thing and my memory ain't what it used to be.

Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Mar 8, 2006 10:31PM)
Brent, If you use these torches as you should, they should last months before they need recovering... Remember, don't let the torch fuel burn out, a common mistake. What burns is only the vapor... These torches are made for pros, and hold a lot of fluid if you choose to soak them.
Thanks for considering ordering them...
Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Mar 8, 2006 10:41PM)
Will, as you know, I have never been secretive. If I had pictures I'd post them myself... There are a lot of things most Americans take for granted that my wife and I have had to give up, and a camera and printer for the 'pooter are among them.

Thank you for considering ordering the torches...]
For PayPal, all you need is to log on and my addy is <sanscan@yahoo.com
Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Mar 8, 2006 10:45PM)
Brent, I usually ship the orders in about three days. I am in a powerchair, and the PO is about two miles away so you may need to be a little patient.
Message: Posted by: thegreatnippulini (Mar 9, 2006 09:02AM)
Slim, I could take a photo of the torch you passed to me (I love saying that- passed the torch). Unless you feel that would degrade the beauty and workmanship of the piece. Seriously, if you'd like I can snap a shot and send it to you so you can keep it in your files next time someone asks you what they look like.

Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Mar 9, 2006 09:45AM)
Nipps, that would be great! As you know from the Sideshow Gathering,These torches are meant to be worthy of a pro... BTW, anyone who is in the business, pro or fan, Should plan on getting to The Gathering. Possibly the highlight of whatever career
I've had occured there. WOW!
Message: Posted by: daz222 (Mar 11, 2006 07:28PM)
I am now thinking of ordering these torches. Maybe when my new order I put arrives and I get money back for that, I will order these. You don't see any foresight of these becoming limeted do you Slim?

Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Mar 11, 2006 09:38PM)
Dazz, I can't give you an answer about limiting them... I can see asking people to wait for them beyond my personal motives because of waiting for material, and do not want them to become popular among incapable fire bugs, who just want them for the frat-house and bar set. The orders I have are coming from real pros who recognize these are quality tools, and know they can bite in the wrong hands...
I will not ever let my reach exceed my grasp...
Message: Posted by: daz222 (Mar 11, 2006 10:07PM)
PM'ed you Slim

Message: Posted by: Hernan (Mar 14, 2006 06:18PM)

Frat houses and bars are good money if you can surf the scum.

I have placed my order, I hope you get the paypal soon.

All of us new pyro-philiacs are not familiar with extenguishing the flames when the fuel burns off. The kevlar wont burn so you can let the flame go blue. Although it is bad showmanship to do that.

I used to make torches of burlap and wax, not for eating but for lighting theater. And one thing to remember is that when the flames start to be less "exciting" that is about the time to extenguish them and relight a new one. The audience will wait, believe me, so don't hurry the process. In fact you get a few extra 'beats' to insert drama or humor. I saw someone prep the crowd for over an hour! He must have refueled and relit 10 times. The audience ate it up.
Just for a little dragon breath.& Fire eating.
Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Mar 14, 2006 08:16PM)
I am anti-kevlar, and that is one of the reasons. One of the reasons for having three torch sets is so(most of the time)you have two out and one burning. Learn the pull out move or how to snuff a torch in your mouth...The torches are designed for that, and you can use your finger for a lighter. Just touch the lit torch,do the pull out, and carry the flame to the next one, a very pretty move... A slow act rather than a frenetic one looks like you are in control, as you should be...
I did the frat house stuff and bars for a while, but my point is to work good houses, not just for the drunks... Beter meals and better (money) audiences.
Just got your order, thank you. I'll try to mail them Friday, but I am also prepping a show... You'll have 'em soon...