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Luke Kerr
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I've ever wondered about "what is the thing that you spit when you fire breath?"
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Hi Sable

Someone who agrees with me? This is unusual and hard to take in! I think I need to lie down.

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Luke Kerr, it's usually good old parafin, the fire performers best friend Smile
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Yep, and only use parafin/ pure kerosene. Otherwise things will go very wrong. There is still a risk of course - it tastes gross, and you can't avoid swallowing a tiny amount each time you blow - over a sustained period, this can settle in your lungs. Nice. Know the facts and make your own choice. Some useful fire info can be found at http://www.homeofpoi.com.

I'm happy to accept the risks, but that's just me. I could get hit by a bus tomorrow. And, if you're a street performer, nothing draws a crowd like fire. Except nudity. And it's too cold in Scotland for that. Even in summer.
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I have incorporated fire eating as the highlight of my show for over 15 years.

I consider it magic, but add the use of a dove pan loaded with candy. After lighting the pan with my last torch, I complete the show with the candy.

For billowing fire from my mouth Butane has worked as a good friend. It is simple, direct and clean. I have found it works well in close quarters and is most predictable.

However I would be interested to know what fuel others use for this aspect of the effect.
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I always use parafin/ kerosene for the blow. Less chance of a blow-back.

For eating I use either parafin or Coleman fuel (white gas - bit more expensive).

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Thanks! When you say parafin/ kerosene is this like would be purchased for use in kerosene heaters?

Re: Coleman Fuel I personally have found no difference between that and Regular Unleaded gasoline. Just my penny pinching observation.
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Hi all

Please, PLEASE! Don't ever use regular gasoline/petrol/diesel/aviation fluid for any reason other than powering the internal combustion engine. They are very toxic indeed, they burn hotter than heck, they are liable to cause huge explosions and even a slight mistake with them could:

A - Kill you
B - Permanently scar you throughout your entire body
C - Collapse one or both lungs
D - Cause pleurisy and mechanical pneumonia
E - A lot of other nasty stuff...and...
F - All of the above.

That is not to say that any flammable liquid cannot have the above effects, they can, all of them. However the ones listed are among the worst. Never ever use them.

My apologies to the vast majority of people here. I know you know this stuff, I know I am coming over like a patronising know it all. I don't mean to. Its just that there is always the chance that some curious kiddie, or even foolish adult has dropped by this way and thought, umm.. fire eating.. sounds like fun. I just thought someone ought to warn them.

I have been eating, spitting and otherwise messing with fire as a performance for the best part of ten years now and the safest fluid I know of is purified paraffin. Though as said above, safety is just a matter of degrees. It may be safer than petrol but it is still a lot more dangerous than not doing it at all!

Have fun and take a lot of care.

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Good God!

And I thought I wouldn't discuss eating glass in a public forum. Smile

Better to educate than keep it shrouded in misinformation.

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I have one question.

Do you think you would pay more for life insurance if you disclosed that you eat fire?


Just a thought.
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Yes! I even had to pay more when the insurer discovered that I juggled knives (Dube knives - look sharp but are pretty safe).

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I would recommend the "illusion" of fire eating which is just as cool (in a comical way). Check out Mac King's book or send me a message and I'll tell you about it. It's a good impromptu where you appear to eat a flame and then burp up smoke. Smile
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On 2002-08-27 13:50, Missing_Link wrote:
Yep, and only use parafin/pure kerosene. Otherwise things will go very wrong. There is still a risk of course - it tastes gross, and you can't avoid swallowing a tiny amount each time you blow - over a sustained period, this can settle in your lungs.


I think the worst thing about doing the Fire blow is burping up kerosene for hours after the show. Yuchhh.

I also seem to get bronchitis if I perform this in the winter.

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Kero burps are pretty gross - ask my wife! After a show, I usually eat something starchy, like pasta or a sandwich. It helps clear the aftertaste from my mouth.

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Directly after I do a fire blast I exit stage as my partner takes over. I rinse, spit and repeat with water. Several times. This has cut down on the burps.

I have noticed I tend to get colds more in the winter if I am doing the fire blasts. Of course I always wondered if it was the Blockhead causing it?

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I have a book on fire eating. I can also control my gag reflex. However, I have never actually attempted to eat fire.

Is there someone in the Chicago area (or within a few hours drive) who would be willing to teach me? Smile
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Learning Fire eating from a book can get you hurt in a hurry. You have the right idea to try and find someone to teach you hands on. Try going Here! and put up a post.

Hope this helps,
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Wow! It's been awhile since I visited last, and I'm impressed by the number of posts and responses this topic has generated.

Don's right, gang! Fire Eating is like magic, in that it takes a lifetime to achieve perfection, although perfection is never met. Even the most consummate of professionals still gets burned. Check out the folowing web site if you are serious about learning and you are okay with the associated risks:

http://www.shwood.com

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BTW A question of taste...

Not all naptha based products taste the same. Coleman fuel tastes awful. In my experience, and to most of the other fire eaters I have talked with, Ronsonal lighter fluid tastes better than anything else. Any other comments on this?

BTW, the greatest danger of fire-eating that I didn't see mentioned here, is to the liver.

The chemicals used in both the torches and the blowout (unless grain alcohol) are all absorbed directly through the lining of the mouth as well as swallowed and can cause accumulating damage to the liver.
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Funny, I never could stand the taste of Ronsonal either. I like unscented lamp oil the best. I guess everyone's taste is different.

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