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CrimsonRaineBRONZE Member
Fire Enthusiast
4 posts
Location: Worcester, United Kingdom


Posted:
Has anyone ever thought about doing this before, tried it, or knows someone that tried it/uses it?

I'm putting together ideas for my new fire act and wanted a way of refuelling my mouth for Fire Breathing punctuations mid act, after the first mouthfull of fuel had been expelled.

It can take the tempo out of a performance; having to stop and take a mouthfull of fuel from a cup or a bottle, and I thought it would be pretty nifty to use a hydration bladder like the one below:

https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/platypus-hoser-1-hydration-bladder-p126450

I use the Platypus bladders for snowboarding and festivals (for water, obviously wink ) and I totally trust them when they say that the seams are indestructible - so falls, drops and crushing the bladder doesn't cause leaks. Also the paraffin I use is safe to be stored in plastic.

The bite valve is ideal for making sure the fuel doesn't escape. Doubly so if the bladder is attached lower on the person than the bite valve ( like the small of your back).

So, any thoughts? Anyone have experience with this kind of gimmick in an act? Or even better, has anyone got an alternative solution?

Crimson Raine<br />


willworkforfoodjnrSILVER Member
Hunting robot foxes
1,046 posts
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England (UK)


Posted:
Yup, we use one for our shows. Works OK but it's obviously not ideal having a load of fuel attached to a performer so it is well covered and only worn for the minimum time required.

Working hard to be a wandering hippie layabout. Ten years down, five to go!


CrimsonRaineBRONZE Member
Fire Enthusiast
4 posts
Location: Worcester, United Kingdom


Posted:
Awesome, thanks Willwork smile

My plan is to clad the bladder in leather as it would fit with my outfits (think Mad-Max) and it's one of the least flammable materials out there!

I'm thinking of one song that will need the refueling gimmick, and it's at the start of my routine, so the bladder will be strapped on me for about 4 minutes maximum.

How do you guys wear them? If you don't mind me asking.....?

I was thinking about using velcro to make straps into a thigh holster style unit.

Crimson Raine<br />


liquidtrancei dream in circles...
336 posts
Location: Scotland


Posted:
metallica- fuel. always goes down well smile

even chuck norris can't pin you down if your on fire


willworkforfoodjnrSILVER Member
Hunting robot foxes
1,046 posts
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England (UK)


Posted:
We use the normal rucsack for it, modded to look good and with a good layer of denim-type stuff on the back. We've reinforced the connection of the tube to the camelback too (YAY for electrical tape!).

Works great in Poi routines!

Working hard to be a wandering hippie layabout. Ten years down, five to go!