Belfast Telegraph

Belfast street performer sets himself alight

By Alison Fleming

A fire breather who turned into a human fireball on the streets of Belfast has said he won't be put off performing his daring act.

Steven Logan, who works under the stage name Logy on Fire and boasts a chest-length beard, was filmed performing outside the Wickerman gift shop in High Street.

The 29-year-old, from Limavady, was performing as part of a promotion to celebrate the third birthday of the Belfast Beard Co, who supply the store.

In the video, which has been watched more than 36,000 times on Facebook, his head is engulfed with flames as a crowd of onlookers gasp in horror.

He was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast by ambulance, and miraculously only suffered superficial burns to his hands and face.

He said medical staff were astounded that most of his beard remained intact.

Logy has wowed audiences around the world having toured throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

He said it's the first accident he's had during the 10 years of his daredevil profession.

"This last while I've been totally flat out, working seven days a week often early mornings and late nights, so I was really tired and made a mistake," he added.

"There was fuel in my beard from a previous gig which caught fire, something that has never happened before. I had a jacket nearby that I lifted and put over my face, and some of the crowd threw drinks over me to dampen the flames.

"The burns that I have on my hands and face are superficial, and to be honest I've had worse sunburn.

"When I was being treated in the Royal, the nurses said they had never met anyone who had gone on fire and had so much beard left!"

Logy also works with Belfast Circus School and Streetwise Community Circus, passing on his skills and knowledge to future generations of performers, something he said helped save him.

"Because I'm a teacher as well as a performer, I knew exactly what to do," he said.

He is no stranger to hazardous situations, juggling razor sharp objects in shows that are billed as "raw, rockin' and full of danger".

He has taken an unscheduled week's leave from performing to get over the incident. However, he said it hasn't put him off and he'll be continuing to perform the gigs he has lined up, including a cabaret-style Christmas show in Belfast's Black Box.

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