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Topic: Firewalking
Message: Posted by: Graham_Salisbury (Jan 10, 2003 10:48AM)
What are the best resources on this subject?

I am interested in both the history of it's performance and in the various techniques that have been tried (or claimed) to perform this feat.

I'm pretty sure that Randi has covered this, but are there anymore?

Any help gratefully received.

G.
Message: Posted by: Slim Price (Jan 12, 2003 04:11AM)
I'm online at the moment! Have you searched the 'net? There's a ton of stuff there. You might also visit my site ... and ask there.
http://www.sideshow-freaks.com/sideshow_discussion1/disc1_tocf.htm
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Message: Posted by: Missing_Link (Jan 12, 2003 09:49AM)
Hi

I firewalked last year for the first time. Great stuff. No trickery involved at all.

Since you're in the UK, have a look at http://www.blazefirewalking.com who organise fire walking events, which is good if you want to experience it for the first time.

ML
Message: Posted by: Graham_Salisbury (Jan 13, 2003 10:39AM)
Excellent. Thanks for your help.

Yes I have looked elsewhere online, but it is often hard to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to websites, which is why I thought I'd check here.

Cheers,
G.
Message: Posted by: Alchemist (Jan 17, 2003 09:22AM)
I've found a number of books on the subject in the "new age" section at the bookstore. It's an interesting aspect if you're really into looking at it from all angels.

Cheers,

Alchemist
Message: Posted by: DonDriver (Jan 19, 2003 04:51PM)
Go to any search engine and type in "Kuda Bux".He was a magician from Inda and did a great firewalk.He was very famous back in the 30's 40's and 50's.He even had a TV show in the U.S.back in the 50's.I have footage of him doing the firewalk for "Ripley's Believe It or Not" back about 1940 or so.
Hoped this helped,have a great day,
Don
Message: Posted by: Graham_Salisbury (Jan 21, 2003 10:29AM)
Thanks for the "Kuda Bux" info. Great stuff.

I did find this worryingly sober list of insane experiments on my seach:

"Writing in a mainstream professional psychological journal, chemist Meyn Reid Coe, Jr. chronicles his own successful attempts with firewalking and a variety of related behaviors:

"Touched red-hot iron with my fingers.
Touched red-hot iron with my tongue.
Touched molten iron with my tongue. (No sensation! Can't feel it.)
Bent red-hot steel bars by stamping them with my bare feet.
Ran barefoot on red-hot iron.
Walked on red-hot rocks.
Plunged my fingers into molten lead, brass and iron.
Took a small quantity of molten lead in my mouth and almost was burned. (Never try this.)
Carried red-hot coals around in my mouth.
Popped red-hot coals into my mouth.
Chewed charcoal off burning sticks. (This is easy if done fast enough.)
Walked on beds of red-hot coals, taking eight steps to cross a fourteen foot pit.
Placed my fingers, hands and feet in candle flames until covered with carbon black. (No burns! Not hot! Only warm!)
Held my face, hands and feet in fire for a short time."


Madness, Pure Madness !!!

I mean "Plunged my fingers into molten lead, brass and iron" - surely not!!
Message: Posted by: Pekka (Jan 21, 2003 10:53AM)
I wouldn't suggest anyone aquiring information from the internet in these matters. We are talking about our lives, or at least our health. So let's just buy books and support the authors to write more books. There can't be too many of us.
Message: Posted by: Graham_Salisbury (Jan 22, 2003 09:52AM)
I quite agree. I'd be very interested in any books/videos that detail the performing of these sorts of "endurance" feats.

Which ones, if any, do you recommend?
Message: Posted by: Alchemist (Jan 22, 2003 12:08PM)
There used to be a number of people who conducted seminars here in the US. It seems to have fallen out of popularity though. Does anyone know if there are still workshops being conducted and where to find more info?

Thanks
Message: Posted by: MAGICALKORI (Apr 22, 2003 06:59PM)
I love anyhting that has to do with fire, I just wish there was a way to learn more tricks with it. Does anybody have any suggestions on any books or websites that have tricks with fire in them? :firedevil:
Message: Posted by: Slim Price (May 5, 2003 12:27PM)
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Message: Posted by: mindgames (Jul 3, 2003 02:54PM)
Can we really do it? Bare foot no trick?
Message: Posted by: Missing_Link (Jul 4, 2003 07:45AM)
Absolutely - given the correct training, of course.

ml
Message: Posted by: CardFan (Jul 12, 2003 09:15AM)
Given the correct training is definitely a good point to stress over here !
Message: Posted by: Larry Barnowsky (Jul 12, 2003 07:39PM)
About 10 years ago I spent 2 weeks in Fiji on the tiny island of Beqa (pronounced ben-guh) where I was SCUBA diving. This is the Island of the Firedancers. I got to see the authentic ritual several times. These men believe that what they are doing is supernatural and not related in the physics involved in heat dissapation from coral or volcanic rock. I showed them some magic effects with coins, and sponge balls. They had never seen a magician perform before (no TV on the island and electricity only for the guests in 8 cottages). Their reaction to the magic manifested as hilarious giggling. The chief, who we called Kenney, asked me if the magic was real. I told him that it was as real as his firedancing and he took that to mean that I was performing true magic. They believe that if they refrain from sex the night before the ritual they will be protected. I don't follow the same rule when performing magic.