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How to Eat Fire in Three Easy Steps

I can eat fire. Put it in my mouth, om nom nom. (Okay, maybe not quite that level of delicious.) I have taught two other people to eat fire, both of whom use their powers for good; nothing gets more attention in the middle of the night at Relay for Life like something on fire. But in order to teach others, I first had to learn from others myself.

Thom Britton is one of those others.

Thom Britton eating fire / Freakshow & Tell

“What you’re seeing here is physics and like all physics it’s based on very simple principles you understand stacking up to complexity you cannot comprehend.” (photo: Freakshow & Tell)

Like many stories of events that others may find foolish, ill-advised, or perhaps even illegal in most states, it was in New Orleans. A friend of mine brought in this vaguely-overdressed man from in off the street, and some time later I was on a chair in a second-floor bar on Decatur being told to tip my head back and open my mouth.

Sure, there was an element of “OMG FIRE FACE FLEE FLEE FLEE.” Topical application of fire is generally Bad For You, and that instinctive reaction means that at least some part of your brain is working as it should.

But it was that easy.

And so, I would like to present to you this fine educational film by Mr. Thom Britton, “How to Eat Fire in Three Easy Steps.”

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Beth Voigt

Beth Voigt

Beth is a graphic designer in Chicago, a superhero in her own mind, and absolutely nothing on TV. She wrangles fonts professionally, pummels code amateurishly, and has been known to shove fire in her face for fun. Fond of volunteering, late-night bursts of productivity, and making snacks, she dislikes grocery shopping and public transit and is only on her second smartphone. Her opinion is that you should try everything twice; if you don't like it, you were probably doing it wrong the first time around.


  1. May 17, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Topical applications of fire are bad enough, but you’re proposing taking it orally.
    Sounds not unlike my introduction to fire spitting.

  2. May 17, 2013 at 3:09 am

    This gentleman is delightful!

    Also, I didn’t know you were a fire-eater!

  3. May 17, 2013 at 10:45 am

    You have a fine point, Ryan, although we’re really not swallowing (much) fuel so I think it still qualifies as topical. I’m not sure about how/whether oral absorption counts (I’m thinking of those sublingual tablets), but now I have to go look.

    Anne: Yes and yes! 😀

  4. May 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Forget topical or oral. I prefer homeopathic fire application.

    (Says the girl who will probably try this at some point before the summer is over. :p )

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