Science + History + Insanity
chicago, il, 60626
Thom Britton's personal, one man show about his history with the Freakshow. Blending science and storytelling into a 80 minute journey on the stage.
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Sideshow entertainer Thom Britton’s solo show is part performance, part demonstration. He eats fire, hammers a nail into his nose, shoves his face into a pile of broken glass, and then unveils the science that keeps him free of harm during each act. Knowing doesn’t make any of the stunts any less amazing—even though Britton explained that our heads are full of nasal passages wide enough to fit a nail, I still cringed and stared in awe as he tapped one into a nostril. Britton is a charismatic performer who appears genuinely thrilled to share how simple his seemingly death-defying acts really are. His explanations are peppered with jokes and carnival flair, making even the dullest details memorable and entertaining. Together with the preshow display of a dead flying frog, a fallout shelter radiation kit, and other odd items from the traveling educational group the College of Curiosity, I may have retained more information about science and history during a single carnival-themed night than in all my years of schooling.
He’ll eat fire, walk on glass, absorb a million volts for your amusement.
His one-man show breaks circus acts — such as fire swallowing — down to bare bones physics.
That is unbelievable!
...a show unlike any other — part lecture, part story and part physics lesson, Thom Britton had everyone on the edge of their seats. The best part? Getting a lesson on how to eat fire!