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ufo8mycat
journeyman
Location: london
Member Since: 24th Dec 2001
Total posts: 60
Posted:A question I think can be easily answered - I just can't find one!

Running a show outside with an audience of 500 people - I want to make a semi-circular ring of flame around them on the ground that can be lit off the staff of a single performer in the centre.

How would you advise this to be done? It's on grass so I don't want to leave scorched earth, needs to take quickly but stay safe.

I'm a bit stumped!

Any thoughts or previous experience would be gratefully appreciated.

Many thanks
xA


it's not that i mean to set things on fire...

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Durbs
Durbs

Classically British
Location: Epsom, Surrey, England
Member Since: 23rd Sep 2001
Total posts: 5688
Posted:Hmm - without wanting to scorch the grass is tricky, as you're then looking into metal structures with wicking attached.
If you can't mark the grass at all, it would really need to be kevlar as towelling would disintergrate and fall onto the grass.

To make them quick lighting, you can use a more volatile fuel over a paraffin base - e.g. you could use lighter-fuel on one end to make sure that it catches quickly, then just let the paraffin do the rest of the work.

If this is going to be infront of the stage, you'll want to consider smoke as well - don't want to blind/choke the audiance (or performer).


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GeoffonTour04
enthusiast
Location: Oxford
Member Since: 30th Nov 2005
Total posts: 360
Posted:I'd use some 2x1, cut into 6" lengths & notched at one end, stake that into the ground & string some hessian or cheap rope (not polyester) along the top.

Do make sure nobody is sat too close when you light it though.


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natasqi
natasqi

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Location: Perth
Member Since: 4th Jul 2007
Total posts: 489
Posted:We just use individual tiki's. I wouldn't want them to be looking at me through a wall of smoke!

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DarkFyre
DarkFyre

HoP mage and keeper of the fireballs
Location: Palmerston North
Member Since: 4th Nov 2005
Total posts: 1965
Posted:I use those wicker torches you can get from the garden center.

May my balls of fire set your balls on fire devil

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ThelemicPotter
newbie
Location: Buffalo NY
Member Since: 8th Aug 2007
Total posts: 29
Posted:White paper bags, filled with an inch of sand, with a tea light or votive candle. Luminaries are easy, effective, and cheap.

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jimwalker
burn baby burn
Location: silverstone uk
Member Since: 17th Sep 2009
Total posts: 6
Posted:RE: PAPER BAGS
THIS IS A REALLY GOOD IDEA- I'VE USED PAPER BAGS TO MARK OUT PATHS AND LABYRINTHS AND IS REALLY EFFECTIVE- TEA LIGHTS LAST FOR AGES AND ANY PAPER BAG WILL DO...THE STRIPEY ONES FROM SWEET SHOPS OR BROWN ONES FROM MARKETS ARE EXCELLENT-

ALSO ITS PRETTY SIMPLE TO LIFT THE TURF A SPADES WIDTH IF YOU GAN GET PERMISSION AND HAVE A LITTLE TIME!!


life is like a box of chocolates- i like the fruity bits..

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