Don't try this at home, kids!
Here is a beautiful piece of art I'd forgotten about: Penn Jillette's fire eating speech.
"Every time you do this act, no matter how carefully or how well, you swallow about a teaspoon of the lighter fluid, and that stuff is poisonous--that's why they write "Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed" right there on the can-- and the effect is, to a certain degree, cumulative.Read the whole thing.
"I think it's more fascinating to think of someone poisoning themselves to death slowly on stage than merely burning themselves.
"When you leave here tonight and you're thinking about our show...I don't want you to be thinking about how we did it.
"I want you to be thinking about why."