Frequently Asked Q's

Thom Britton explains how fire eating works.

1. Do you 'breathe' fire, 'spit' fire, etc...?

      The only "verb" fire I do is: eat fire. In the past I have done EVERYTHING with fire. But, in your club or college, I only 'eat' it. Watch the video to see EXACTLY what my act looks like. It is scripted, not a word changes.

2. Are you insured?

     Hell yes! Click here to read my insurance. If you need a Certificate of Insurance, scroll ALL THE WAY DOWN THIS PAGE

3. What precautions do you take?

      This will vary slightly, depending on the venue. But, here are the basics: My costume (a suit) is treated with a 'fire-proofing' spray. It is a tailored, 3 piece, men's suit. No feathers, no ruffles, no fringe. The floor is covered with banjo cloth - this cloth is fire retardant (Click here to see the proof) and if I bring my backdrops, they are made of the same materials. There is a fire extinguisher on stage,  in plain sight and 1-2 people offstage with a fire blanket.

4. Do you have a 'flame effect plan?' Various certificates? Hold Harmless documents?

     Of course! I have all kinds of documents and explanations RIGHT HERE! If you can't find the exact document or form you need, just call.

5. Have you done this before? Where?

     For over 25 years at a LOT of places.
     The Lyric Opera House, the Museum of Science and Industry, Toronto's Science Center, Phoenix Arizona's Science Center.

Here is a list:


  • Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, Detroit

  • The Rockin’ Horse, Baton Rouge

  • The Other Place, Traverse City

  • Richoux’s Comedy Club, Baton Rouge

  • The Lincoln Lodge, Chicago

  • Diesel Concerts Detroit


  • City Stages, Birmingham

  • 99X Fest, Atlanta

  • Sloss Fright Furnace, Birmingham

  • Abbey Hoffman Died For Our Sins, Chicago

  • Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Phoenix

  • Yippie Fest, Chicago

  • MicroFest, Elgin IL

  • Chicago Fringe Festival


  • TedX

  • The Best of No Shame Theater, Chicago

  • El Circo Cheapo, Chicago

  • Salvage One, Chicago


  • The Lyric Opera House, Chicago

  • Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

  • Cornservatory Theater, Chicago

  • The Lincoln Loft, Chicago

  • The No Exit Theater, Chicago

  • The Den Theater, Chicago

  • Work/Play Theater, Birmingham

  • The Emerald Theater, Detroit

  • True Brew Theater, New Orleans

  • Space Club HQ, Chicago

  • Nebbia Gallery, Chicago

  • The WIP Theater, Chicago

  • Mary-Arrchie Theatre, Chicago

  • Goose Island Theater, Chicago

  • Prop Thtr, Chicago

  • Time Community Theater, Oshkosh

  • Addison Center For the Arts

Science Centers

  • Ontario Science Centre, Toronto

  • Arizona Science Center, Arizona

  • Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

  • International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago


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