Dual or single-performer fire-eating, fire-fleshing, and other fire performances. We do dynamic performance fire with expert vapor tricks and transfers of fire to different bodyparts/performers, not just the mouth extinguishes of sideshow-style fire. We primarily use 2" wicks and fuels that ensure our act can be seen (and felt!) for a good distance, though we can tailor downward for smaller venues as needed. Can perform costumed (necessary materials safety requires us to make our own or go through very limited vendors, please advise as far in advance as possible), but shirtless offers more dynamic tricks.
We do *not* do any acts/costumes that are Polynesian/Hawaiian/Pacific Islander-themed.
What a show!!!
This dynamic duo has a crowd of 70 in complete awe !
The performance fantastic: everything they did was a show stopper!
They arrived on time and had everything set up in & ready to go. We are already thinking of other events we can host to include Molotov and his team!!!
Many many thanks, we are so happy!
Response from The Molotov Cockatiel:
Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your event! The joy and energy of your guests was infectious, and you were a fantastic host. Thank you for following up with such kind words. We'd be honored to perform at any of your events!
Price Range: $200 and up
Gig Length: 3 - 40 minutes
Insurance: $1,000,000 - Venue, Personal Injury, Med Ep
Unions: North American Fire Artists Association
What to Expect
Eating/Fleshing performances are most commonly set to music, but can be done in silence if needed or if people really want to hear the crackle and roar of the flames. Generally we'll start with one performer wielding two torches, one lit and the other unlit. Performers will generally do four or five 'fleshing' tricks, limb or across-body burns, on each other before each takes a lit and unlit torch and entertains with a variety of fire transfers, extinguishes (using the mouth, hand, or the deoxygenated air around a wick itself, among others), and lighting/relighting techniques. A popular trick involves one performer painting fuel across another's back and arms. tossing the fire off of a lit torch to light it, while the other catches the flames with collected vapor in the mouth which they use to light their own torch.
Unless otherwise specified, we assume shows are all-ages. There will be significant exposed flesh for performer safety and tricks, but we make an effort to make our shows as widely-acceptable as possible. If you'd like more or less, or particular costumes, just let us know! We can emphasize comedy, serious dance, sensuality, or various combinations of those themes as requested. We've seen and performed in a very wide variety of locations from public parks to burlesque shows and even private events at kink festivals, so don't be afraid to ask for exactly what your event needs. We're a body-positive and sex-positive group.
Currently performing as a solo/duo act and as part of the Maryland-based 'Luminosa Productions' entertainment troupe, The Molotov Cockatiel specializes in performance-style fire-eating and fire-transfer, firestaff, fire fans, and ropedart and has multiple 3-8 minute sets for each already. Additional fire props and tools for specialty performances are available, ask if interested. Prop/routines will be limited by venue choices and county, as fire codes and local ordinances restrict some options.
The Molotov Cockatiel has performed for Cyn Factory Burlesque, L'Enfant Cafe, Artomatic, the City of Takoma Park, and many smaller shows. An independently-insured and fully-trained fire-safety expert, he also teaches classes on fire safety and numerous performance tools and styles.
Performance fire-eating is different than sideshow or novelty fire; the wicks are bigger, the tricks are complex and flow into one another as part of a coordinated routine, and vapor is collected and transferred to send the flame across the body in unexpected (yet controlled) fashions. People within five feet will likely feel the heat washing over them on some of the tricks, and the dynamic lighting and shadows across the room are sure to draw attention.
Additional Booking Notes
Primary concerns are legal and safety in nature: we need to work with you to ensure that our insurance is adequate for your venue, and that your location allows fire performances (typically falls under 'open fire' ordinances, not 'pyrotechnic performance; that's for aerial display fireworks and fountains in most districts). If that's all squared away, we need at least one trained fire-safety, which we usually provide, and a close spot for them to stand and keep the safety supplies where they can observe performers and any potential hazards and respond immediately. We prefer some sort of physical barrier or stage to keep performers and audiences safe, but have been able to work within proximity to patrons just fine. Sadly, our insurance does not allow audience participation, so we cannot pull the bride-to-be or birthday boy up and sling fire around them.
For eating/fleshing sets, having at least four feet of overhead space is highly encouraged; we can do a 'cramped set' on our knees or sitting, but it's not nearly as fun for anyone. 10' ceilings would be great, higher if we're to be on an elevated platform. If outside, sustained winds or gusts make fire-eating hazardous or impossible, as does significant precipitation; weather clauses exist for that sort of issue. If inside, ensuring that fire-detection or fire-suppression systems aren't going to be triggered by our performance is always good; we will not deactivate nor allow others to deactivate fire systems without direct guidance/presence of local authorities.
For performer safety, we can only wear North American Fire Artists Association (NAFAA)-approved materials while performing/safetying. If you require specific costumes/themes, we can probably manufacture them ahead of time, but the nature of the materials can make fire-safe costumes less impressive and more expensive than their dangerous counterparts. We're happy to shed unsafe elements prior to lighting, to fit themes or wishes.
We can provide digital copies of music in various formats for PAs, provide our own small amp and music, or work with yours; let us know what you'd prefer.
For lighting, we can perform fire in almost any condition, but its impact on your event will vary wildly. Fire is not nearly as impressive in full sunlight, and still a bit underwhelming under full house lighting. Ability to cut or dim the lights or have us perform under the stars will drastically improve the impact of the routines we do.
Past Booked Events
|March 14, 2017 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm||Cultural Event|
|Molotov Cockatiel||Performer, Safety Coordinator|
|Melanie Novak||Performer, Safety|
Influences & Inspiration
Adam Lobo, Shade Flamewater, various sideshow artists and buskers.
Personally provided. Restroom or other facility to clean up afterwards is always appreciated.
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