FreakShow & Tell

Science + History + Insanity

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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Professional fire eater Thom Britton explains exactly how fire eating works. This is a teaser for that video.

Not sure if you want to see the show?
Well, The Chicago Reader LOVED IT!

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. I may have retained more information about science and history during a single carnival-themed night than in all my years of schooling.
— Brianna Wellen, Chicago Reader

Who else loved it?

Sideshow Visionary
— Time Out Chicago
He’ll eat fire, walk on glass, absorb a million volts for your amusement.
— Chicago Sun-Times
His one-man show breaks circus acts — such as fire swallowing — down to bare bones physics.
— DNA info
That is unbelievable!
— Melody Mendez, Good Day Chicago Anchor
I may have retained more information about science and history during a single carnival-themed night than in all my years of schooling.
— Chicago Reader
...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!
— Yelp Official Blog