Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Flaming Knives To Singe, Slice Skin During Event

LA’IE, Hawaii (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Juggling flaming knives is about as safe as shaving with a chainsaw, but that’s what will be happening tomorrow (May 12) in La’ie, Hawaii, during the World Fireknife Dance Competition.

More than 20 flame-seared knife jugglers from all over the globe are expected to showcase the Samoan ceremonial fireknife dance for the 13th annual three-day event, considered to be the most prestigious fireknife competition in the world.

Judges will critique the contestants on speed and creativity as they toss the flaming pieces of cutlery up to 50 feet in the air.

Since the dancers wear no protective clothing, event spokesman Ray Magalei expects many competitors will be burned and cut on their hands, feet, back, and mouth.

Still, he says all of the flame-broiled participants are prepared to deal with the health hazards and predicts “they won’t stop their routine” when and if their skin gets singed and sliced.

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