U.S. fire breather Antonio Restivo blew a 25.5-foot flame in a Las Vegas warehouse, the highest flame ever blown by a fire breather.
The previous record was held by an Australian and was 23 feet 7 inches. The new record was set today in a warehouse in Las Vegas by fire breather and America’s Got Talent 2010 contestant Antonio Restivo who blew a 25 foot and 5 inch flame. Antonio is the first American to hold this record.
Antonio skillfully and safely blew flames well into the ceiling of the warehouse past the 2 5foot marker with a Fire Marshall on hand overseeing the process.
Fire breathing is the act of creating a fireball by breathing a fine mist of fuel over an open flame. The proper technique and the correct fuel create the illusion of danger to enhance the novelty of fire breathing, while reducing the risk to health and safety. When using the correct fuel, it will only light when sprayed into a fine mist increasing the surface area of the fuel so that the fuel/oxygen/heat ratio is balanced enough to cause combustion.
Performing with fire has many inherent risks. Having an actively spotting trained safety assistant with an appropriate fire blanket and fire extinguisher is an appropriate best practice when fire breathing and is a mandatory clause in most insurance policies for professional fire breathers.
To increase safety, fire breathers must avoid highly combustible fuels such as alcohol, spirit-based fuels, and most petrochemicals, instead using safer combustibles with a higher flash point (>50 °C). Due to its relatively safe (~90 °C) flash point, paraffin, or highly purified lamp oil, is the preferred fuel for fire breathing. Although corn starch has been cited as a non-toxic fuel, the hazards of inhalation increase the potential risk of lung infections.