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I was surfing The Learned Pig Project ( and I came upon this trick I had seen this old Indian man do on one of Penn & Teller's specials, some kind of world tour. Anyways, you put cotton balls in your mouth and you pretend to swallow them and some lit matches and you shoot out sparks and smoke from your mouth. It's like fire eating, but different.

I would really like to know if anybody still does this, is it safe, are there better ways , are there gimmicks I could buy to get the same effect? I really really want this trick in my show, because I have a routine that would work perfect for it. It would also be good for when I go busking in the summer.
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I saw that penn and tellers last night! very effective, it sounds like some kind of jet enginge! he plays a pipe and then it starts to smoke, then he wipes his mouth with a cloth (while lo****g something in his mouth) then he coughs and flames come out with a noise like an engine, then he wipes his mouth with a cloth (while di*****g somehting from his mouth) and then it smokes more and he does this a couple more times. id like to learn this as well, maybe it takes years of pratise though and I wouldnt reccomend it, but I havnt seen a gimmick out there like that at all! daz
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It goes back before my time. I did it in the early fifties. Someone did make a nice gimmick that was just a wooden tube with a cigerette in it, but the old way was to just wrap a burning ember in hemp (not that!) and blowing through it. It will burn for several minutes.

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Jack Chanin used to do this in his Chinese Act.
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Thanks guys! I didn't expect any response at all. Thanks for the help.

The place I saw it described was at

It said there was a specially prepared ball of cotton ( I believe soaked in a solution of Potassium Nitrate, or KNO3 and sandwiched between two other balls of regular cotton)

I had a couple ideas for street performing, and I had come up with a gag with a lighter fluid bottle (the yellow Ronsonol bottle for Zippo's) where I emptied it and cleaned it about 10 times. I then filled it with water and used it it in my street act so that whenever I did anything dangerous, I would say "You have to stay far back, behind this line" and I would spray a circle around me (apparently with lighter fluid) and people would gasp, but then I sprayed some in my mouth and got a few laughs. But this would work well in a stage show as well as a throw away gag.
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