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This mesmerizing art has always baffled and captivated people. So, let's find out what it is all about.
Firebreathing, as a performance art, has been around since the dawn of time. It is considered to be as old as the manmade alcohol. Firebreathers were gypsies and storytellers, and used this art to add a new layer of flair to storytelling. As time progressed, the art gained momentum, and soon, a trend of hiring firebreathers by kings' courts and by wealthy people in princely states as a source of entertainment began. However, this trend soon died out, and the art was reverted to gypsies and storytellers.
Firebreathing has regained it's place as a performance art. Theatres and conventions implement firebreathing occasionally, and it works as a perfect add-on for major festivities and functions.
How it Works
Firebreathing is done using alcohol-based liquids such as ethanol, methanol, etc. or even kerosene and spirit-based fuels. It is executed by spraying a mist of aforementioned liquids while holding a source of fire at a safe distance from the firebreather's mouth. A firebreather undergoes extensive training by spraying mock liquids to understand the process and master the art. Once ready, a firebreather is allowed to handle the real deal under strict supervision under qualified teachers.
Firebreathing is an act of daredevilry, as the firebreather puts his life on the line every single time. Firebreathers are known to endure second and third degree face and body burns, or suffocation due to the toxic nature of the liquid's fumes. Consumption of the liquid by accident leads to poisoning and may result in fatalities.
This art truly is a deadly one that commands complete respect and submission from a devotee.
Note: The Writer himself is a trained firebreather, and his inputs here are a result of years of training and experience. Also needless to say, don't try firebreathing unless you are trained in this art form!
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