Posted by: El3m3nt_0f_Fl4m3 on Sep 22, 2008
So have you ever wondered how fire eating was really done? What the trick to it was?
THIS IS DANGEROUS! I HAVE INJURED MYSELF LEARNING THIS AND HOLD NO LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURIES INCURRED!
I don't suggest trying this without a proper teacher, but I can outline the technique used here.
The cold hard truth is that there is no trick to it. There is no illusion. To extinguish the flame you will litterally be smothering it it your mouth. For specific equipment to use for this, I suggest a kevlar wick torch with the LEAST amount of metal present possible. Mine are held to a wooden torch stick with one single screw. I use a 2 inch width with a 1 and a 1/2 in diameter.
With the torch lit you want to spread your feet with one foot forward and one behind you. Begin to arch your back and tilt your head with it. This is both for effect and safety. Heat rises. With your head tilted back more heat can escape, before you finally smother the flame, without burning your mouth. Just keep in mind not to put your torch straight up and down. Your hand is on the other end of that torch.
Insert the torch into your mouth until the wick is completely inside. Be VERY CAREFUL not to put it too far in. Your torch can badly burn the back of your throat. Do not inhale at all during this time either. It would end with you taking an unpleasant trip to the ER. If your wick is not already all the way in your mouth by the time you feel warmth near the uvula your wick is too wide.
As you close your mouth you are going to exhale lightly to push the last remaining bit of heat out of your mouth. This gives you the precious second or two you need to avoid a burn.
With the torch extinguished open your mouth in a puff of smoke and wait for the gasps from the audience. You could always do a retention or a few other nifty tricks, but that's an entire blog in itself. ;)
Have fun with it. Anything with fire is a crowd pleaser, but be smart with it. And again DO NOT try this just off a blog or any internet instruction. You need a teacher to not really hurt yourself learning the stuff I put up here.