Image: Philippe Lejeanvre
The fuel used by fire breathers is clearly visible in this shot.
One of the first lessons we’re taught as kids is not to play with fire, so to become a fire breather in the first place must surely involve a certain amount of rebellious nerve. Professional fire breather Pele says, “I discourage people from trying it every chance I get.” Although the general techniques for fire breathing can be looked up by anyone, many of the skills and tricks are kept secret, passed down from expert fire breathers only to their apprentices.
This is one skill that’s probably not advisable to try and learn. Most fire breathing-related injuries happen when people attempt to perform without the proper training. Making matters worse, many of the injuries occur while the individuals are under the influence of alcohol – party tricks gone terribly wrong, we imagine.