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Fire-eating workshops held in St. John’s

Shade Flamewater doing what he does best. He is currently on a world tour teaching others about fire-eating.
Shade Flamewater doing what he does best. He is currently on a world tour teaching others about fire-eating.

There are lots of things to eat in downtown St. John’s, and this week, fire was added to the menu.

Danielle Knustgraichen, a member of the local group The Spinsters, said she has always wanted to expand the fire-performing community in St. John’s.

“We spin, throw and twirl fire and glow toys,” she said.

Knustgraichen decided St. John’s deserved the best, so she invited world-renowned fireeater Shade Flamewater to town.

“The only way to really learn is to be taught by somebody who is a trained professional,” Knustgraichen said. “So, it was my dream come true when he decided to come.”

Flamewater is on a world tour teaching his fire-eating skills and tricks.

“Anyone who is involved in the fire community at all knows who Shade is,” said Knustgraichen. “I was a little bit star-struck.”

They held classes for beginner and advanced fire-eaters.

The workshops were held at 208 Water St.

“I have a really good rapport with the guys who run 208,” said Knustgraichen. “So we were actually one of the first places to book Flamewater because of how quickly we got a venue.”

The fire-eating community is slightly smaller in St. John’s in comparison with some of Flamewater’s other stops in Canada.

“We sold just as many tickets as the other provinces on the tour,” said Knustgraichen. “Even though we have a much smaller community, so that’s fantastic.”

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