Fire Eaters

The History of Fire Eaters

Fire eating dates back as far as the third century B.C., when jugglers entertained in Royal Courts in ancient Greece. However, ‘the great day of the fire eater, or day of the great fire eater’, as Houdini put it, did not truly begin until much later. From Richardson, who in 1672 ‘…melted a beere glass and ate it quite up’, to Tagora the Human Volcano who performed in the world of circus and variety between the 1940s and 1970s, fire eaters have continued to ply their trade; from streets and docksides to the top of the bill in theatres and circuses.

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