None of You Have
There is an item of
cost that none of you have evidently yet encountered.
Over the years several events the "World of Wonders" play have
required us to buy a permit from the local Fire Department
Inspector, (firework display must also have the same type of
Here's an example: Ohio state Fair required us to purchase a
eight hundred dollar permit from the Fire Dept., they also told
us that we will have an off duty fireman at the show for all the
hours we were open at a cost of thirty five dollars per hour.
A local newspaper had an article that they published in advance
of the fair that stated we would have a "sword swallowers and
fire eaters performing at the fair" the fair office wanting to
help us, purchased the permit, which we had to pay them back,
that was 2009. When the assistant Fire Chief came to the show,
I asked if he would like to see Poobah eat the fire, he was
going to do it on the bally stage, he said yes.
So little Pete "Poobah" lit the two small torches and
extinguished them in his mouth. The fireman said "That's it?
That's the whole thing!!!!. I told him "yes". He replied" I
don't think he needs a permit to do that." So we didn't have to
have the fireman at thirty five dollars per hour either. We
already had paid the eight hundred dollars for the permit. Still
we were not allows any fire inside the fireproof tent, we
weren't permitted to even light a torch on the electric chair.
So Poobah "Ate Fire" on the outside bally.
Fast forward to 2010. We didn't apply for a permit that year
and they wouldn't let us have have fire even on the bally stage.
Fast forward to 2011. There is no flame of any kind at "World of
Wonder" while at Ft Lauderdale Fl. We had fire on the bally the
first night, and were told we couldn't do it again. We were
told that "It is too close to the public." We have had similar
experience at other spots. On inquiry that history seems to go
back to the tragedy in a night club in Warwick, R. I. a few
years ago when many people were killed by the fire ignited by a
person performing on the stage.
It's kind of ironic even though we weren't permitted to have a
fire act on the sideshow at Ft Lauderdale, they had a fire
juggler with large torches who performed several timed each
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