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The Village Idiots
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I don't know how the guy got burned on his thighs and groing. That isn't where I stick torches, no matter what anyone says!
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At the risk of offending those that do it or sounding REAL ignorant (and I don't give a s**t) what is the point of BREATHING Fire? Who amongst an audience is more impressed with this than Fire EATING? Except for a personal 'get off' why risk it?
I don't get it. Why not stick your whole head in a vat of molten lead...but even if you did you'ld get the same oooohs (and ho-hums) as if you stuck your hand in an animal trap. Someone attempt to enlighten me as I don't see how pushing the envelope beyond sanity engages an audience (which is already stretched to their limit by a thumb tip effect) any more than they already are.

"WOW! Did you see that guy! He cut off his own f***in head and ate it!"

"Yeah? I want to see that!"

"How the hell you gonna see that?! He ate it!"

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I hate to agree with you all the time, "O God of the Gaff" but I usually do and especially in this case...
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The guy teaching me is using parrafin, also who thinks fire breathing is more impressiver than fire eating? (just curious)

P.S. my parents know yes,
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Impressive to who? Yes you and maybe some of those on the inside who know what it is and what the difference is. But you can balance that with those on the inside that find the risk a bit silly IF you are using it to perform for punters...who would be impressed if you lit a fart.
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At least you are using a "safer" fuel....I guess.

good thing your parents know...that way when you burn up your face and collapse a lung they can call the medics faster.

I would rather see a fire eater that a fire breather.

Fire eating is pretty.

Fire Breathing is "violent", loud, and really hot.


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Also this thread mentions Eating Glass...at the risk of offending...oh phooey...who cares...don't eat glass...no body with any sense eats glass except Todd who really just eats Sugar which can also be dangerous when hot and being smeared thin...Breathing Sugar is also a bad thing to do unless your taught by Willy Wonka. Even Slim has gone to just lighting farts rather than risk it all on impressing a crowd of Turdlings. (credit: Turdling, a term from Capt. Tribute aka D Byrd)

This 'Caution Posting' is exausting! Are they gone yet???

Anyone reading this thread who hasn't GOT the gist of what not to do yet...go ahead and friggin'do what your vast experience is telling you to do. Just figure Narly Hewman, David Crooked Coat and Rob Tobbins don't know what they are talking about. As stated, Slimbo...he just lights farts with very special torches. Just please don't argue with Mt. Olympus.

Those that have GOTTEN it please see the above EXPERTS and EXPERIENCED showmen and PAY them to teach you.

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So lets clarify, Fire breathing is when you spit a mist of kerosene over a torch and it makes a ball of fire right? And then fire eating is putting out and lighting torches off your mouth? Adn Fire eating is far safer right? also what are the differences between fire breathing and vapour tricks. Alos if you do not have acsess to someone to train you is there any recommended liturature of videos? Is "
The Professional's Guide to Fire Eating Book and DVD set
by Brian Brushwood" A good resource?
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Hey, don't go pointing the looneys at me Doug. I will just tell them to go ahead and then laugh when I hear that they exploded. I gotta get my kicks from somewhere.

Burnt crotch and thighs, sounds like a torch move I sometimes do!
Looks much worse than it feels but you have to do it right.

PM me if you want to know, pros will get the real info, loonies will get blatent lies which cause disfiguring scars and hilarity from onlookers Smile
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Zawert,
Since you are new to the site I think most people here will forgive you.
DON'T try to learn ANY sunt from a book or video...the only way is to learn from a real live person.


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Zawert, there is no such thing as safe fire.

If you want to learn, and don't have access to a teacher, wait until you DO have access.

Learning stunt technique from any book is totally foolish, unless you have an extensive background with other stunts. Even then it's not the brightest thing to do.
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OK ill just take all your guys advice and just wait it out ill meet someone eventall who can teach me.
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Even without the burns - which are inevitable on the way to being a professional fire-eater - there's what is known as fire-eaters pneumonia - not real good for your lungs - the fumes off the volatile fluids we burn. About 20 years ago I had a fellow performer check out my firesticks in the dressing room - in those days I'd never heard of the fancy wicking we use now - my firesticks were wire coat hangers, cotton wool and gauze bandaging. He asked if they were just made of bandaging as they appeared. No point lieing - told him Yes. The next week in another venue he got some very nasty burns when the plastic in the elastic bandages he used melted onto his arm. Apparently he hadn't even practiced - I learnt from that not to make it look to easy - while not everyone will try it themselves because it looks easy - they will have less respct for your art - I've dramatized it a lot more ever since.
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One can't stress the correct tools all the way around in fire eating. I "learned" from what I later found out was not a reputable source, I got lucky as MOST of the information was accurate and the wrong stuff was easy to spot.
Even using the wrong items for wands can lead to injury. I am sure Dr Wilson remembers when I introduced fire eating to out local Ring in Camp Hill. I had the good luck to meet Todd at a MAES convention and he set me straight on a few things that probably saved me a lot of potential injury or worse.
Chr*st, even making a small mistake (not seeing the SMALL word synthetic" on a cotton roll can make for a nice napalm like burn.)
And for God's sake DON'T DRINK and EAT FIRE!
So find a reputable performer who will teach you face to face not a book, video or flyer. And NEVER practice alone, some one may have to call 911.
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