"Art is anything you can get away with." -Andy Warhol
Just because you don't understand it, or it annoys you, or you think it's stupid doesn't mean it's not a relevant art. Certain people are drawn to fire. People make a living off of their fire performances. It is a Portland staple in clubs. Out of the hundreds of fire acts I have seen, I have never felt unsafe or that the situation was out of control. What, is the fire just going to leap out of someone's hands/mouth and land on the surface that is probably not wood and certainly won't just burst into flames causing a fire so fast that nobody can put it out? These are tiny, controlled flames. Even if it did land somewhere it wasn't supposed to, it would be extinguished before there was enough smoke to turn on a sprinkler system. THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE NEARBY, ALERT WITH WATER. Fans are turned off and staff and security are on their toes.
People are not just "playing with fire"....they have practiced for years and auditioned to perform on a stage. They are probably more comfortable around an open flame than a fire fighter, and they certainly know how to control it.
This law is going to mess with incomes. A solution must be reached soon.
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