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ritch
ritch

newbie

Member Since: 8th May 2006
Total posts: 13
Posted:Hi all. Just joined the forums, glad to be here.

Three months ago I decided that I wanted to take up the fine art of Fire Breathing. Don't know why...couldn't tell ya! But I think it hade something to do with my love of wilderness survival. The subject has always fascinated me. I've studied it since I was a child. One of the many techniques that I have perfected in these arts is that of fire starting. There is more than a hundred different ways to start a fire using the materials that are around you and I know and have practiced every one of them. One technique that I have mastered has earned me the name "Dragon Breath" from my family and friends. So I figured...hey, why not develope a real dragon's breath? And off I went!

I read everything that I could get my hands on pertaining to fire breathing. After two weeks of extensive research into the subject I was standing in my back yard blowing water from my mouth. Perfecting the aspiration technique. Looking like a whale on crack. Every webpage and book I read on the subject suggested using water to practice aspiration. What this material failed to mention is what the practice does to your ear canals and the inner lining of your throat. Intense pressure exerted in these areas tend to cause infections in some individuals. Especially individuals who don't know what the heck their doing! Five days of daily practice put me at the doctors office.

Diagnosis? Inner ear infection and a sore throat that had me up at night begging for mercy! It took me a week to recover. I spent the time making a few really nice torches and studying the various fuels of the art. From the very beginning the fuels terrified me. Most of them are highly toxic and contain ingredients that will all but eat you alive if you swallow them. They erode the enamel of your teeth and lesson your gums' ability to fight infection. Alcohol fuels are explosive and uncontrollable. And their wasn't no friggin way I was even going to think about putting gasoline in my mouth! The more I searched for a safer fuel the closer I came to the conclusion that there was none. Plain and simple. Factor all of this in with my $300 medical bill and I was reconsidering my new found hobby. But I said what the heck. Don't be a whimp! Get back on that horse and ride! Ride like the wind!

Month two...two weeks in...another ear infection, another killer soar throat and, this time, a nice sinus infection to go along with it. You see, I had learned from my first mistake and decided to change the way that I was aspirating the water. It worked. The new technique put less stress on my ear canals, instead transferring it all straight into my sinuses. Now, the ear canals, sinus cavities and throat are all inner connected. Anyone with a five year old can tell you that. An infection in one can lead to infections in the others in some individuals. Especially individuals who don't know what the heck their doing!!! The sinus infection inflammed my previous ear infection, which in turn inflammed my throat agian. That word..."Inflammed"...lol. Quite the irony, wouldn't you say?

So, another trip to the doctor, another medical bill, and another two weeks of recovery. This time I decided to make yet another change. Don't know why....couldn't tell ya! But I figured that if I was going to get ill everytime I blew a liquid passed my lips, then why not try the real deal. I had already collected a number of different fuels to try out. I had four really nice torches made up. So, why not just give it a try? What will it hurt, I thought to myself.....BIG MISTAKE! HELLO! HUGE FRIGGIN MISTAKE!!!

I swallowed the crap! Yup! Swallowed it. I had become so comfortable with the water. I knew the water wouldn't hurt me so I never really took into account things like stepping away from the aspirated liquid before you breath or blocking the back of your troat to keep from swallowing it. You know, things that become important when you decide to put a shot of poison in your mouth!

So let's add this up. I have two doctor visits under my belt. One emergency room visit, where I had the pleasure of having my stomach pumped. Oh, and trying my best to explain how the "BEEP" I managed to ingest lamp oil. I've suffered illneses that I have never suffered before in my life at the cost of just over a $1000. I've lost a week of work, nearly lost my job, and have managed to freak out my family, friends and cohorts. Furthuremore, I have enough flammable solutions in my basement to fuel a Boeing 747 into outer space. And I still ain't breathed no fire!!!

The really interesting aspect of this art, is that the fire in fire breathing seems to be the least that you have to worry about. The technique itself is a menace. Never once did I fear the thought of a huge ball of fire burning less than five inches from my face. Never once did I fear a "blowback" or inhalation. It was the technique itself that "burned" me in the end.

My advice for those considering taking up this hobby, is to find a trained professional in the art. DIY fire breathing ain't the way to go! Consider what you are about to get yourself into, and then consider something else.


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strugz
strugz

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Southampton - Possibly...
Member Since: 6th Mar 2002
Total posts: 3964
Posted:Dude - for a newbie round here i wasnt expecting to read a post like that.

To be fair youve found out what id expect eveeryone round here to tell you - fire breathing is dangerous and almost pointless.

I can get the same size flames comming off my staff - 2 at a time wink and my throat is fine biggrin

Sorry to hear of your experiances and being ill- but while your here - welcome to HOP - have a float around and find some fire toys round here that are fun to play with and not frustratingly harmfull smile

Pick up a staff ubbrollsmile

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Atar
Atar

member
Location: Leiden
Member Since: 29th Dec 2005
Total posts: 52
Posted:Alright, you had the worst dang luck in the world. That and no friends to assist you and tutor you.
I think HoP should stay clear from explaining fire breathing online. It should be advised to learn it only from someone who is capable and knows safety.
Or at least add small tips from experienced practioners. I only see one small notion about wind shifting for instance, yet shifting winds is one of the biggest dangers of firebreathing. Something like:

"Now that you've lit up your torch you will notice a flame. Look at it closely for a minute or so.
THIS IS YOUR WIND GAGE!
With every breath you do you check the way the wind blows your flame! And you blow in that direction. Just like you won't piss against the wind you do not blow fire against the wind."
Something along those lines anyway. And this is just my modest opinion but I believe I like my torch in my weak (left) hand. The same way you face an oncomming baseball with your left side if you are the guy with the bat.


High on Life!

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Gnor
Gnor

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Perth
Member Since: 31st Mar 2003
Total posts: 5814
Posted:Adds infection to the list of breathing hazards.

Im a flint and steel fire lighter lover. I love flint rocks and have a churt iron ore piece that strikes the nest sparks.

Hope you get your helath back online. Its takes a very small amount of kero or similar to do horrid things to your health.


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Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

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ritch
ritch

newbie

Member Since: 8th May 2006
Total posts: 13
Posted:Thanks, Gnor. Luckily I only swallowed a small portion of the fuel (about a tbls or so). But I was sick for days. And the throat inflammation doesn't seem to want to go way. I was just reading around on HoP and noticed the mass of newbies asking questions pertaining to the subject, so I thought I would share my experiences as well. I should have consulted profs before I ever got started. DIY can only take you so far.

Atar, never thought to use a torch to check wind direction. Good tip! But I think I'll leave the firebreathing gig alone. I just ain't cut out for it. I'm not a fire artist by any means. I know that now. But that doesn't mean that I can't very much enjoy watching the rest of you do it. It's sexy, beautiful, and one of the purest art forms that I have ever witnessed.

I have a new respect for fire artists and the work they do. So Pele, Pyromancer, and all practicing members of this forum.........My Hats Off To You!!! Your all Awesome!!!

P.S. Hey, Gnor....try some friction methods for firestarting as well (You know the old "running two sticks together" methods). It's very challenging, but yields great rewards once you get the hang of it.


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Ade
Are we there yet?
Location: australia
Member Since: 14th Mar 2001
Total posts: 1897
Posted:thanks for sharing your story ritch smile

your story is exactly the reason I don't fire breath.

I learnt the water aspiration method, and when learning, our teacher wanted us to think about the liquid running down the backs of our throat and what that would mean if it was actual fuel eek

that was enough to put me off it forever...

I don't think we talk about technique enough - you're quite right there ubbrollsmile


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Lupo
member
Location: Utrecht
Member Since: 11th Apr 2006
Total posts: 64
Posted:sorry to hear that story.
sounds mean, so dont take it wrong, but in fact (after what a university hospital told), you were quite lucky to drink that stuff - in the stomach its already [censored], but what shall be even more dangerous, is to breath that stuff - to get it into you lung.
sorry for my english - i am not sure if i will be able to explain that..

it would be great if somebody with a good english (and german) could translate that.

this is the oringinal version:
http://www.firesouls.de/wbb2/thread.php?threadid=1091
br>thanks again to benny who asked the university.
i just try to translate some parts of it, the breathing part, so, again - this translation is not complete and i'm using some vocabulary program for all the medecine words...:

A2: so, the liquid profluid can produce several reactions on your skin, from making-it-red until inflammations.
since the skin in your mouth is even lighter and doesnt have any horny skin reactions are normally worse (you told about that, gum and teeth can get infected, inflatations are also worde)
however, the skin in your loungs can get infected extremly easily, even to very small amounts of pyrofluid it reacts with strongit inflammation.
to be suitable for fire-spitting, the liquid has to be thin fluid enough, to become a fine aerosol while spitting, on the other hand not too fugacious (im not sure about that word), to vaporize/evaporate too fast.
these characteristics makes it very easy for the liquid to get into your lung, that can happen by choking on it as well as the normal broadening on wet surfaces/crowns.
(like for example oil on water)
that's why the problem is the incidence/entering of the liquid in your lung with following pneumonia and perhaps
lasting damages of your lung.
we watched 37 telephone calls by fire-spitters and we ascertained/asserted that even experienced artist have these problems (!), sometimes even not knowing at the same moment, that they got some liquid into her lungs.
some of these patients stayed in hospital for several weeks,
one of them had parts of is lung removed.

Q3: I heard and I read, that dringing milk before firespitting shall diminish the absorption of the fluid through the [skin in your mouth] into the bloodstream.
is that true?

A3: No, in contrary the resorption will just work better.
but as shown in A2, the resoprtiong into the bloodstream is not the problem, its the direkt contact with the lungskin (in german: lung-slime-skin)

yeah, thats about it. me i never tried fire-spitting. i thought about doing it, but after all i read it didnt seem worth the risk.
last week i was in holland and there was some 17/18 year old girl who was spitting.
she would just spit, than chat a bit with her friends, not because being stupid, but because being not informed at all.
just incredible.
so to all you fire-spitters, if you spit in front of public, than be aware of your [censored] responsability to inform them. tell them, if they want to try, they have to know this and that. and i think we should open a post, i mean one that stays always first, about really every risk of firespitting that is know until today - like a big link directly when you get on hop. because with poi, you maybe burn yourself, but spitting can be really dangerous stuff.

well, see you,

lucas


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MikeIcon
MikeIcon

Pooh-Bah
Location: Philadelphia, PA - USA
Member Since: 27th Mar 2003
Total posts: 2109
Posted:
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But dont you wanna be cool like me?? smile



Seriously tho, fire breathing isn't for everyone. In fact, its really not for many at all. When people ask me to teach them, I tell them they shouldnt do it unless they plan to use it for something speciffic. If you just want to breathe fire as a neat party trick to impress friends, dont take the risk. That said, I only teach people who pay me a large sum of money. This way, I know they're committed and take it seriously. Its dangerous, in many senses of the word. Youre right, the fire is the least of your worries. Sure, in the 2 years Ive been doing it, Ive been extremely lucky suffering only singed hair and one bout of diarrhea but just about everyone else I know that does it has had serious accidents with it. Its only a matter of time before I get mine, but I accept that and prepare for the worst every day. Its all you can do at that point. But the best prevention as always is not doing it in the first place. If youre someone who is thinking about getting into fire breathing, I suggest not doing it unless you really feel its something you must do and are crazy enough to pay for it with your life.


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We'll blaze a new trail,
and torch the rough patches.

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MillenniuM
MillenniuM

Hyperloops suck

Member Since: 10th Jul 2003
Total posts: 595
Posted:Roller skates + firebreathing = instadeath.

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Gnor
Gnor

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Perth
Member Since: 31st Mar 2003
Total posts: 5814
Posted:Rubbing two sticks together sounds like hard work though. Flint and steel is at least quick.

Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

Im in a lonely battle with the world with a fish to match the chip on my shoulder. Gnu in Binnu in a cnu

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Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:I'm up on 9 years now doing it...or some such ungodly number...and I refuse to teach anyone, large sum of money or not. I used to. I learned my lesson with that.

Now, all due respect to you as I am really glad you are alive, I am really glad you have decided to not persue this and such however...what took you so long???eek I think after the second infectious round I would have said "screw it" and picked up something else. Silly!


Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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MadDogMike
member
Location: California
Member Since: 28th Mar 2006
Total posts: 29
Posted:Fire Staff is cool but Fire Breathing seems to be the ultimate fire thrill, a chance to unleash your inner dragon. I'm a begining hobby spinner and thought it would add a nice element to a routine, but after reading of Pele's experience, I decided it just wasn't worth the risk. Being a Respiratory Therapist, I know all about life support ventilators and endotracheal tubes - I have no desire to get any firsthand experience of my own!

"Better to burn out than it is to rust" - Neil Young

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Mr Majestik
Mr Majestik

coming to a country near you
Location: home of the tiney toothy bear
Member Since: 9th Mar 2004
Total posts: 4693
Posted:good plan mike.

"but have you considered there is more to life than your eyelids?"

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dragonbreath10
dragonbreath10

Member
Location: Long Island, New York
Member Since: 18th Mar 2006
Total posts: 1
Posted:Alright here is some tips on fire breathing.

1. Before you fire breath, use whole milk to coat your mouth (the fat from the milk is what helps), and swallow abit of it. this prevents the parfinwax from entering your bloodsterm and if you do swallow some it prevents you from getting you stomach pumped.

2.Only put as much parfinwax in your mouth as you feel comfortable with.

3. Use Coleman Fule to light your Fire wands( make sure you shake the extra fule off before lighting)

4. Check your wind, remember the wind and the flame are unpridictable.

5. Make sure that the wand is about 6inches away from you face.


*keep in mind I suggest before doing anymore fire breathing, and to prevent anymore Doctor visits to find someone more experanced, so that they can approve of your water misting.(b/c if you don't have the misting right it could cause blow back). And also there is long term dangers to fire breathing so. As long as you keep practicing with water and only fire breath on special occasions and follow those rules above you should be fine, even in the long run.


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Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted: Written by: dragonbreath10


Alright here is some tips on fire breathing.

1. Before you fire breath, use whole milk to coat your mouth (the fat from the milk is what helps), and swallow abit of it. this prevents the parfinwax from entering your bloodsterm and if you do swallow some it prevents you from getting you stomach pumped.



Not true. This is one of the largest fallacies actually. The fat does nothing to help and usually by the time you have swallowed the milk has already been processed by the body. This is a myth I subscribed to years ago as well, before I spoke with my dr. and a chemist. Along with this are also the Milk of Magnesia/Pepto, Bread/Starch and Marshmallow myths. The only thing any of these do is help an upset stomach AFTER breathing (and sometimes help defeat the "cotton mouth" effect).

The only thing that does actually help nuetralizing the stomach is the charcoal caps, which I always took two before my shows.

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2.Only put as much parfinwax in your mouth as you feel comfortable with.



True, but even the smallest amount can make you ill or become out of control. I never took more than I was comfy with and still had an incedent where I had mild poisoning. DB became ill from taking too much. It works both ways.

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3. Use Coleman Fule to light your Fire wands( make sure you shake the extra fule off before lighting)



Type of fuel on the torch actually doesn't matter a lick. I have used kero, lamp oil, butane, zippo and colemans. They all light. They all produce a good flame. If you are doing torch transfer work, then yes, white gas. If you are just breathing, it doesn't matter.

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4. Check your wind, remember the wind and the flame are unpridictable.



Check the wind using the flames. That is the bests way to see where it all goes.

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5. Make sure that the wand is about 6inches away from you face.



That is extremely close. I know for a fact that the power of my aspirations don't even really take a full effect until at least 10 inches from my face, which means they are more likely to create a more sustainable plume. Closer really will lend itself to a blow back for those who are inexperienced (and even those who are experienced). Torches should be raised above the face to about an 80 degree angle (so the flames don't come up on you), and the torch about 10-16 or so inches (depending on your arms) away. I have also had the wind shift and the flames burst from it up a pretty good distance. If I kept my torch 6 inches from my face, I'd have been burned. I am hoping that the measurement is skewed because of perception, because that is the kind of advice that can really hurt someone.


Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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Gnarly Cranium
Gnarly Cranium

member
Location: San Francisco
Member Since: 16th Feb 2005
Total posts: 186
Posted: Written by: ritch


I'm not a fire artist by any means. I know that now. But that doesn't mean that I can't very much enjoy watching the rest of you do it.


Hey, what about all the OTHER fire arts?? I guess poi or staff isn't quite the same thing as kinda making the fire yourself out your mouth, but they've gotta count on some level. There's also fire -eating-. And there's ways to make big plumes of fire without putting anything in your mouth at all. Also those fire orb things on strings. All sorts of fun stuff!


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cheetaah
cheetaah

newbie
Location: Zug
Member Since: 4th Oct 2005
Total posts: 2
Posted:Well. I'm spitting now for a good year. Learnt it by myself, just tryout. Done it yet always with petroleum which u can get without any taste and so. Had luck till now. Never had an accident yet.

Waht my opinions are:

-> Every Pyrofluid is dangerous !
I'd like to see that guy who brings a non toxic one

-> Be known of u're pyrofluid, as we know the behavier is different. For example @ the flashback of some alcoholics.

As said before but I'll say it again because of the importness:

-> Check the wind / NEVER spit AGAINST people !

Importent for me:

-> Set & Setting: Means the place/direction/behavier of nature around u/people & u're self attitude to be ready for spitting.

Without the attitude to be ready and with the believe u won't swallow these fluids, DON'T SPIT FIRE !!!
This is for me one of the mainpoints.

Well, never tried with the coal taps, gona try it IcON.
For me importent to get ride of these fluids after spitting, so be aware to gargle with someshit and don't just party on!

And it's also my opinion that somehow sometime it get's u.
U can't spit a life without going mad/hospital.

Friend of mine spitted for 7 Years. No problem at all. One day a friend came from behind, while the pyro was spitting and jumped on his back. Fact, the pyro breathed and the sh*t came into his lung. He didn't wanted to go to the hospital but a day after his father took him to there, because he looked really mad! Well the said a day later and he had properply died. So then he was for one and a half week on this lunge machine addicted.
Not a nice view man.

Other friend lately get the same [censored] to, but not as hard.
Was his second try to spit and he was just to confused, means his self attitude was bullshit.

I agree with dragonbreath in his last sentence, that if u breathing carefully, breathing just for special occasions, u can PROPERPLY do it u're life. PROPERPLY !!!

That's my way how I'm doing it.
But in fact, I agree also with some guys here,

I TEACH NOBODY TO SPIT, IF I DIE, MY PROBLEM.
TO LEAD SOMEONE ELSE INTO THE DEATH, NO WAY!


...:::muuu-haa-haa:::...

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onewheeldave
Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: sheffield
Member Since: 28th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3252
Posted: Written by: cheetaah


Well. I'm spitting now for a good year. Learnt it by myself, just tryout. Done it yet always with petroleum which u can get without any taste and so. Had luck till now. Never had an accident yet.



HOP is a friendly place- we're not going to get irrate just because someones English is poor: However, when giving advice on such a dangerous thing as firebreathing, it definitly is a problem if your English is poor.


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Done it yet always with petroleum which u can get without any taste and so. Had luck till now. Never had an accident yet.



This is dangerous rubbish- you NEVER use petroleum for any fire skill.

The fact that this is your first post leads me to suspect you're trolling.

I've reported the post to a mod.


"You can't outrun Death forever.
But you can make the Bastard work for it."

--MAJOR KORGO KORGAR,
"Last of The Lancers"
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Educate your self in the Hazards of Fire Breathing STAY SAFE!

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MikefromGlos
MikefromGlos

Hitman
Location: Gloucester England
Member Since: 10th Jul 2006
Total posts: 985
Posted:Breathing is safe as long as done responsibly there are three top tips

1. Wind = Dont do it
2. Always have someone with you to put u out and call the ambulence just in case
3. Never ever ever use anything other then parafin or a simalar fuel and definatly not petrol or anything


he he i am mike the amazing gloscircus person who is mike.

Officaly an exception to the Poi Boys are Girls Thing

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onewheeldave
Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: sheffield
Member Since: 28th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3252
Posted: Written by: MikefromGlos



Breathing is safe as long as done responsibly there are three top tips







Your tips are good: however, fire breathing is NOT SAFE, even when done responsibly.



Even responsible experts will (and have) had serious accidents when doing everything right.



Additionally there are the toxicity issues that occur regardless of whether actual accidents occur.



With appropriate responsible procedures safety can be maximised, but fire breathing is never 'safe'.



And before anyone points out that nothing is 100% safe, what I'm talking about is the fact that, of all the fire arts, fire breathing is by far the most dangerous, however responsibly it is performed.


"You can't outrun Death forever.
But you can make the Bastard work for it."

--MAJOR KORGO KORGAR,
"Last of The Lancers"
AFC 32


Educate your self in the Hazards of Fire Breathing STAY SAFE!

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Rayan
Rayan

your friendly neighborhood crack head?
Location: Tennessee (U.S.)
Member Since: 9th Nov 2008
Total posts: 30
Posted:i havent read every post on this page, so if somone has already posted this i appologize. i know of two non toxic fire breathing methods

1)cornstarch
2)a mixture of everclear and hemp seed oil (just slightly more everclear)

cornstarch doesnt make as much of a flame as other fluids does but i would definetly suggest using it for those who have never breathed fire before due to the fact that if you inhale, it is much less likely to burn your lungs.

everclear and hemp seed oil makes a great flame, but after about four spits you will be rather drunk, even if you dont swallow it. so NEVER do it more than four times. also make sure you shake it every time before you spit because the everclear and the oil will seperate.


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Charles
Charles

Corporate Circus Arts Entertainer
Location: Auckland
Member Since: 27th Jun 2001
Total posts: 3989
Posted:Hi Rayan.

New substances and ways of doing things are awlays good, however, be aware that as far as lungs are concerned, not being toxic doesn't mean not being detrimental to short term and long term health.

Cornstarch, like chalkdust (using teachers as an example) is a very inert, nontoxic substance, but one that can cause serious health complications if it builds up in the lungs. The fact that congeals with moisture and at certain himidity levels actually hardens with fast movements (such as coughing to expell it) actually makes it a highly dangerous substance to have in your lungs in any type of quantity.

This may not make much sense, so if not, try this experiment. Mix a handful of cornstarch and add small amounts of water, almost drip by drip, until slightly wet and runny.

Then stick your hand in the bowl and grab it, throw it from hand to hand and generally move it fast. The very runny liquid mix will harden to a hard solid when moving, a fun experiment on its own, but also shows how it is almost impossible to expel such a mix from your lungs by coughing.

Also, it's my own personal opinion, not that of HoP, NEVER to use any type of alcohol for firebreathing, as the risk of being drunk or even tipsy, combined with alcohols well know effects of decreased risk assessment and lack of motor control, mean if you are affected by drink, you are less likely to stop anyway.

Does that make sense?


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Rayan
Rayan

your friendly neighborhood crack head?
Location: Tennessee (U.S.)
Member Since: 9th Nov 2008
Total posts: 30
Posted:i know it does that in your mouth with saliva.. gotta keep a glass of water with you to make sure you dont get it stuck in there D:

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Rayan
Rayan

your friendly neighborhood crack head?
Location: Tennessee (U.S.)
Member Since: 9th Nov 2008
Total posts: 30
Posted:another thing that works is cooking oil.

and yes, it makes perfect sence, incase you didnt read my whole post i said NEVER spit more than four times.

EDITED_BY: Rayan (1226502270)


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Charles
Charles

Corporate Circus Arts Entertainer
Location: Auckland
Member Since: 27th Jun 2001
Total posts: 3989
Posted:But if after four spits you will be drunk, your ability to keep to the rule of "only four times" may well be impaired by drunkeness, and some people may have that effect much earlier than others.

This is why I feel it's important not to use any chemical that has, even a slight chance, of intoxicating the fire-breather, as it will affect their decision-making and ability to stick to safety rules...


Combine that with the risk inherent with firebreathing and you have a cocktail (pun intended) for disaster.

The addition of rules to a process of intoxication sounds safe initially, but is likely to lead to problems if a few of the 70,000 members here try it...


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Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:Rayan,
Cooking oil is so thick it doesn't aspirate well and you get more of a slippery stage than you do a good fire breath.

Corn starch isn't flammable, it's explosive. There is a huge difference. It's a lousy performance tool since it builds up in the mouth and on top of that you can get the equivalent to a Miner's Black Lung. Many workers in mill's used to suffer from it. Inhalation of the particulated corn starch is just as dangerous to the respiratory tract, if not more so, than liquid fuels.

Alcohol should never be used. First of all, it's weak. The flames from it suck in comparison. It has a higher flashpoint than lamp oil which means it's fumes are more dangerous. All of the dangers of fuel inhalation are there, add in intoxication, increased risk of blowback and for a less quality product.
Even when mixed with other things.

Any foreign liquid introduced to the lungs is dangerous. It isn't about what you ingest. It's about what you inhale.


Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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Perky
Perky

Total Randomness'
Location: S.E Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: 22nd Jul 2008
Total posts: 12
Posted:There are 3 facts about eating & breathing fire that cant be ignored, not matter what you use;

- You are knowingly POISIONING your self
- You WILL get seriously burnt at some time, its not a matter of if, but when, or at the very least you will get seriously injured.
- You could DIE while practicing this art. It can & does happen

I think that those of us who practice the art can & do get a bit blas about these facts, while those who are thinking of taking up the art, or who are just starting out, and still feeling there way about, need to keep them in mind, and come to your own conclusions about weather or not this is a fire skill / art for you.

They are also the reasons why we are often so apprehensive about teaching other people, because as already been said, it can be fatal, & thats a big weight to have on someones mind.

Well thats my 2 cents worth anyway

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aston
aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa
Member Since: 2nd Dec 2007
Total posts: 4061
Posted:Read this thread as well, it elaborates on what Perky said.

'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

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Rayan
Rayan

your friendly neighborhood crack head?
Location: Tennessee (U.S.)
Member Since: 9th Nov 2008
Total posts: 30
Posted:i dont need information on fire breathing as i have researched it thuroughly. all i'm looking for now is new fuels to use.

however, i know that you were just trying to give me useful information on fire breathing, therefore i thank you.

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MRC
MRC

Funky Blessings Daily

Member Since: 17th Jun 2008
Total posts: 215
Posted:Honestly...Rayan, just from the conversation it seems you haven't looked it up thoroughly enough.

If you had, you'd already know what fuel to use for that matter.

I actually think what's important is technique. I think that it is a bit vague. I understand why people don't want to have any lessons for breathing on here but, it seems a lot like sex ed. A clear education is probably going to make people safer than simply telling them to not do it. I've not been doing it for very long and I already had an accident.

Which brings up a strong point.

WIPE YOUR DAMN MOUTH.

If you aren't wiping your face after blows, then you better keep the flame far away. There was actually a breathing record attempt on chinese TV. The man was wiping his mouth on his shoulder and unsurprisingly he eventually caught his shoulder on fire. Is safety noticed before he did. And his spitting was making the stage so slick the safety fell over trying to get to him.

This is supposed to be a professional. There were way too many oversights, like how close the hosts were to him for example.

Nevermind it wasn't a safety it was one of the hosts, and a stage hand...



We could all probably list things wrong with this. That to me speaks to some of the problems. This person is supposed to be a pro but obviously did some incredibly irresponsible stuff.


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Mother_Natures_Son
Mother_Natures_Son

Rampant whirler.
Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia!
Member Since: 1st Aug 2007
Total posts: 2418
Posted:Hm, the issues with that video start when he says that its not really that dangerous... its the poisoning thats dangerous... yeah, sure thats got a higher likelihood of happening... (100% chance for poisoning to some degree) but if you've got that kind of attitude its asking for trouble...

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