Fire Performance FAQ

How long does the fire show usually last?
An ambient solo performance is generally 5-10 minutes, and a choreographed act is generally 1-2 songs. If I’m collaborating with other performers, the show can easily be 20-30 minutes or longer. I can be flexible with the length of the show, accommodating the requirements your event.

How much space do you need for a fire show?
The amount of space required for fire entertainment varies. It’s possible to adapt most of fire shows to fit smaller or larger spaces.

Generally, a fire show requires a 12 x 12 ft space, minimum, for a solo performance. Generally, there needs to be a space of 9-10 feet between the performer and the audience. There should be at least two clear and unobstructed exits from the fire performance area, avoiding the need to navigate a crowd with fuel-covered or hot tools.

Engagements require two important and distinct areas: the Performance Area and the Fuel Station. The fuel station should be clearly marked with NO SMOKING signs. Fire tools will be lit within the performance area (or stage). All fuel containers will be located in the fuel station. A secure dressing area to store gear and personal belongings for the duration of the event is generally required, as well.

Can fire performances take place indoors?
Many indoor venues are suitable for fire performances although there are safety considerations including ventilation, fire safety, permissions and alarms. If the event is indoors, the minimum ceiling height is 12 feet and good ventilation is essential. Note: Many indoor fire protection systems are smoke or particle based, and they may be triggered by fumes and light smoke. This must be taken into consideration prior to any performance.

How dangerous is the fire show?
Yes, fire is dangerous. I take every precaution to avoid accidents, and perform a site inspection to make sure there are no hazards or potential dangers.

All fire engagements require at least one dedicated and trained safety person. This Fire Safety (provided by the performer) monitors the performance and is prepared to act in case of an emergency. The Fire Safety will be equipped with a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket to extinguish tools, performer and clothing in case of emergency.

Special Considerations: Wind is a fire performer’s worst enemy. Generally, fire goes upward and the performer stays to the side of or below a flame. With wind, fire can blow back into the performer’s face, causing potential serious or fatal injuries. If the wind direction is inconsistent or over 5mph, I reserve a right to refuse fire performances, in particular fire eating.

Do I need to get a fire permit to have a fire performance?
If your show is indoors on commercial or public property, you may need to hire a fire marshal or obtain a fire permit. Regulations and processes vary by city. The client is responsible for booking and compensating a fire marshal, if necessary.