Oi people are so afraid of fire and blah blah blah. First talk to a professional pyro person not a magician.
I'm usually critical of the Magic Cafe' but one thing that is nice about the Magic Cafe' is a sticky that mentions all the legal and safety aspects associated with Fire magic. It then goes on to request that people discuss fire magic with an assumption that people are adult enough to take the proper legal and safety considerations into effect.
I would love it if we would do a Fire Magic Sticky
that covers the same ground. When people come to Penguin with a question about fire magic the question gets immediately hijacked and turned into yet another "Dangers of Fire magic" thread. I don't disagree with any caution or warning mentioned above but I am getting really tired of the fact that we rarely actually answer the questions people are asking.
The OP asked what we thought of his idea to have his clothes catch on fire...for a comedic interlude. I answered appropriately...mentioning the idea could be dangerous and life altering. I also mentioned having insurance to cover any catastrophes which might occur. There is also a possibility that in some States or perhaps even overseas, licensing might be required for the use of fire (pyrotechnics etal). The incurred cost of both of these fees, may not make it worth the the shock value.
Of course James (Bizzaro), has performed this very effect within his act...yet, after seeing him do so many times...I still do not find it funny. Sorry, James.
I agree that an expert in the field of pyrotechnics should be consulted. All safety precautions should be considered with proper equipment standing by...should things go wrong.
However, I am sticking with my original response...DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS