Life On Fire #2

Updated: Aug 20, 2019

Alright y'all. It's your funky fire friend at it again. I apologize for the delay.

Creating and compiling amazing content for wonderful readers; such as yourselves is harder than it sounds.

As promised I have another epic article for you guys!

Here's A quick overview:

Danger & Skill!- Incredibly dangerous advance fire eating and fire breathing partner tricks!

Art! - Behind the scenes look at the creation of our magic fire sandbox ( also dangerous…)

EXPLOSIONS!-Video from the EMBER Instructors Showcase Fireworks Finale!

Weird Facts & Honorable Mentions from my interview with the event producer Zeus Bigelow- If you want exclusive access to the full hour-long call and hilariously botched written transcriptions; go ahead and hit that little subscribe button at the top of the page!

Danger & Skill:

For those of you who are familiar with fire-eating and fire-breathing; These two art forms are commonly considered to be in the top 3 most dangerous sideshow acts. It is not uncommon for people to sustain life-threatening injuries while performing these stunts.

As a professional fire-breather, safety is our number one priority. We have spent a lot of time researching and developing best practices to mitigate the risks involved. I should note that the stunts exhibited in this article SHOULD NOT BE ATTEMPTED WITHOUT THE HELP OF TRAINED PROFESSIONALS!

That being said. Below are a couple of clips from our spontaneous Fire Cock Initiation.

In the first clip, you are going to see me (Levi "sirreal" Morin) & Benjamin Ten attempt For the very first time a unique Hybrid Pass(a combination of Fire eating and breathing.

To be apart of the fire cocks, you have to perform three tricks that are randomly selected via rolling a Custom Pair of dice.

Each of these Di has corresponding fire eating and breathing Tricks that you can perform on your own or with a partner.

We Rolled a "nose candle" & a "Flame Isolation."

A nose candle is when you blow flaming vapor from your nostrils.

Like So:🔻🔻🔻

"Zeus performing a nose candle"

This trick is so dangerous that many members in the industry advise against doing it all and it is being considered for removal from the Fire Cock trick list.

A Flame Isolation is a fire breathing trick where you isolate a fireball a foot or two in front of you. 🔻🔻🔻🔥🔥🔥🔻🔻

This trick is especially difficult because you have to spray your fuel in such a way that it only ignites at a distance. The fire naturally wants to travel back upstream and follow the trail of fuel you're emitting.

On its own, this technique requires immense precision and control.

To perform this pass; when the ignition point is only 2 or 3 inches wide AND coming out of your partner's NOSE (without burning your partner or spraying toxic fuel on his face) is SERIOUSLY TRICKY. Even some of the most highly skilled artists shudder at the thought of it, and WE PULLED IT OFF!

In the next video Ignite founder Shayne Mastriano & Courtney Lopez pull of multiple fireballs to stoplights.

Basically, Courtney holds flaming vapor in his mouth and puffs little balls of flame up to Shayne to light off of. This move is also tricky.

First of all; the flaming vapor is sensitive to wind. It is challenging to hold in your mouth, nonetheless, get multiple fireballs out of it.

Again the ignition is only about 2 or 3 inches wide, Directly above your partners face, travels upwards and disappears very quickly.

ART-Magic Fire Sandbox:

Recently I turned one of my favorite pyro pass-times into an interactive art installation. You might be asking yourself, "What the heck is a magic fire, sandbox!?". It's exactly what it sounds like — a Sandbox with fire and sand.

Fire sand is easy to make, and a dash of Ignites' Sparkle Powders (Sparkletits and Psycho-Powder which are available for purchase) really make things magical! It takes the concept of hanging around the campfire to a whole new level!

Not only do you get to watch the fire, but you get your hands dirty and actually play with it. Now don't be fooled. It is still very hot and potentially dangerous.

Playing with it is somewhat of an art and a skill. Once you get the hang of it, it can be fun for almost everyone. Check out this video of it in slow motion!

Designing and building this interactive pyro-bar at TN E.M.B.E.R was a lot of work! On top of triple-digit heat, High Humidity and pop up showers we had to make everything from scratch!

Hell, I had to draw up the design changes the night before the build. We must have spent 12+ hours working on this thing. 😊

This was a serious labor of love. Here are some pictures of it post construction and a short clip of everyone playing with it: 🔻🔻🔻🔻🔻🔻