As one who has worked with fire and explosives at venues involving tens of thousands of spectators and allowing NO margin for error, I also advise strongly against using fire of any kind unless you are trained properly, have a trained crew skilled in pyro effects/ emergency rescue/ and first aid involving burn treatment , and have enough money saved up to be able to take out a liability insurance policy worth at least 2 million for openers.
Steve Santini www.thedarkmaster.com
P.S., Why does it seem that every young person who starts out these days wants to reach the moon and beyond just because they saw some yozo on T.V. do something similiar?
What ever happened to learning all the finer points of any particular art first?
Do you really think Criss Angel just suddenly decided one day to have a T.V. series and play around with fire?
He worked at his craft for years until he was in a position to be able to work with the best of the best people in the biz.
Nothing happens overnight.
Especially if you plan to start out by copying an effect done by someone more known that yourself.
Mimicking or copying someone else's original effect will only make you look like a pale imitation of the originator and will garner you FAR less attention and exposure.
After all, it's been done, right?
well said, something you taught me, to be as original as possible. be yourself.
p.s. to work with fire, like angel you must take classes to even buy the special gels he wore, and the insurance is very high, and like santini said fire is very very dangerous.