How do I learn to spit fire

Spit fire

Fire spitting does not make a fire show, for many fire artists it is only the "eye-catcher". The fascination of a fire show lies in the constant play with fire with all its variations.
When breathing fire, the dangers that are not caused by the fire but by the materials that are used for it are very often underestimated.

If you want to learn to spit fire, you should, for example, read up on the subject with books and take your first steps together with an experienced fire eater. I would like to go into the dangers that everyone should know before embarking on fire-breathing and give those who are fire-breathers some food for thought.

Fire breathing with fluids:

Most fire artists use so-called "fluids", also called "pyrofluids", for breathing fire. There are a lot of different types, but they have one thing in common: They are isoparaffinic hydrocarbons, something like petroleum or barbecue lighter, just a little purer, supposedly not as carcinogenic and with less surface tension. In addition, some are flavored and therefore taste deceptively harmless. The lack of surface tension causes good atomization when spitting and even with little practice large fireballs can be spit out.
The big danger here is:
If you breathe incorrectly, you get into the lungs very quickly! This leads to severe pneumonia, and there have also been deaths. After such an accident, part of the lung volume is definitely permanently damaged. The lungs cannot break down these substances and encapsulate them.

What to do with Fluid after an accident is written here

Fire breathing with powder:

For health reasons described above, which cannot be dismissed out of hand, powder, mostly "bear moss spores", is becoming increasingly popular. Bear moss spores (Lycopodium) have the advantage over other powdery substances such as flour or cocoa that the individual spores are round when viewed microscopically. As a result, the spores flow almost like water, can be "poured" into the mouth and atomize well when spitting. In order to achieve good, respectable results, it takes a lot more practice than spitting with fluid. The "mush" in the mouth also takes some getting used to.
The danger of breathing fire with Lycopodium is the so-called "dust lung", a lot is written about it on the Internet. Besides, it's spores ... and ... doesn't that remind us of the many cold noses and red eyes from spring to autumn? Anyone who is allergic to it has a real problem with such a concentrated dose, physically administered directly. Keyword: allergic shock.

Fire breathing with alcoholic drinks:

Strohrum, spirit and other alcoholic beverages are especially popular with bartenders for a short show act ... as long as it goes well ;-) We learned as children that we shouldn't pour alcohol or alcohol into the fire or on the charcoal or not? The fire strikes back and we don't look as funny afterwards as we did before.
In the book "Memoirs of a Sword Swallower" is described very nicely how it happened to a circus artist who spat fire with gasoline. So much should be revealed in advance, he is no longer alive.
... with closed hands, I can't imagine an experienced fire-eater who hasn't tried any alcoholic beverages himself. With good spitting technique it goes well (but only with it!), It gets really stupid when swallowing fire when the torch is smothered in the mouth. A burning chin is very effective for the public, if it weren't so painful ;-). It is also nice to see for the audience when the clothes have been damaged, catches fire and you toss and turn around the stage as a living torch. Nobody will help you because everyone thinks it's part of the show.


Be warned at this point against biodiesel from the petrol station. The fuels are provided with additives that are not at all healthy even though it says "organic", especially when winter is approaching.


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