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The Village Idiots
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Last week I was onstage, on a cruise ship, eating fire. I have done the routine as is for over ten years and been eating fire for over seventeen years.

Right in the middle of the routine a heckler yells out, "Flamer!"

Now this had to be addressed. After a pause for audience reaction I grasped for a response and went in a classic direction. "Last time I take my dad on a cruise"

Then after pausing for the laughter I went on with the routine. Fully aware that one of my torches had been burning this whole time and is much hotter than it should be. Glowing red around the edges. Being the applause *** that I am I continued with the routine as normal where I do a gag and then place the torch in my mouth holding it with my teeth and let go stretching my arms out. I recieved the worst burn of my carreer on the right side of my upper lip. The really dumb thing is I knew I was going to get burned but I just couldn't pull the gag. If you think that is stupid I repeated the routine an hour later putting a burn on top of a burn.

Pain is relative and it really doesn't hurt but it sure looks nasty. Just hope it is healed before my next shows on Thursday night.

All for the sake of applause and laughter. If the audience only knew. I of course covered it and didn't react at all when being burned on stage. Perhaps they could smell the burning flesh but I kept my poker face. All part of the sport.

Will
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I usually burn my mouth more, eating pizza. If you put one in a deep freeze for 47 years, and took it out and fed it to me, I'd find the part that was still screaming hot.

Heal well! I hope we run into each other one of these days. It's been a while.
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If I were you, next time I would eat the torch, then make the heckler comment. It's a bit of a safety issue. I eat fire quite a bit myself, but it's to loud blaring music so heckler's can't be heard and it's not an issue. But yeah, deffinetly eat the torch then make the comment, then perhaps relight it and do the rest of the gags.
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I have more problems with just drunks being drunks and trying to grab my torches, or stupid ravers running in front of me while I'm fire spinning or doing fire breathing.

as for people saying things, I just ignore them and let their stupidity be their downfall.
Todd Robbins
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C'mon, who are you tring to fool. EVERYONE knows that you fire guys use that cold fire stuff.
Cholly, by golly!
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We're not suppose to discuss methods in open forum, Todd. You should have called it c*** f***. LOL
The Village Idiots
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You must address a heckler when he is so disruptive. You can't ignore it. It would be like farting in a crowded elevator and expecting no one to notice. Like they don't smell it or are deaf?

"Flamer?" Never heard that one before. So original.

As far as waiting to make the comment or eating the torch first, you can't disrupt the flow of a routine, even if a heclker does. More so then. A show is like a winding river. With twists and turns and rocks and things. Swirl around one obstacle and end up where you wanted. Just like normal. As if it never happened. That's the sign of a pro.

Todd. Of course it's not real fire. It's the Hollywood stuff.

Harley, I am going to make a trek over to Tampa in a few weeks to see Tim's show at the state fair. I haven't seen it in years and hear it was coming. It's been 8 years or so. Anyone know who is traveling with him now?

I am healing fine. Everyone thinks it hurts but come on. I've had worse injuries on my eyeball, as my dad would say.

On a side note and off subject my web master is pitching our sideshow for a possible gig in Australia. If it sees the light of day we would be there for a year! Ya never know but the possibility is exciting.

Will
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FacadeTheStiltBoy
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Well there was this one time that I did perform at a rave, and I was spinning my firestaff, and this E-Tard candy raver (who was hopped up on E by the way) was running around me and in front of me with his pants around his ankels. I kind of shoved him out of my way and sort of set his undies on fire. (oops clumbsy me....)

At some events I know that I can't do anything, but at others, I'm almost half way tempted to just let people grab my torches flaming end first.
zur
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He burned himself? that's so wierd.
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On 2005-02-05 02:45, zur wrote:
He burned himself? that's so wierd.


Yeah, don't you hate it when that happens Smile
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If anyone is daft enough to give me a hard time when Im eating fire then they will get burnt,,,,take a swig of parrafin and spray it over them.If that fails to sober them up then nothing will.
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