Friday, August 17, 2012

Girls On Fire


Time square in outer space 
I kick the move right in your face 
Satanic fantasies 
Get it, she want it 

She's on fire 
That girl's on fire 
Burn me up, burn me up 

~ Rob Zombie

Last night, Dee, BonBon and I met for our last rehearsal of their fire act, the Dark Carnival Dolls. The performance is tonight, in just a couple of hours actually, and I have surprised myself by not being in the least bit nervous. Not yet, anyway. The calm I am wallowing in now only tells me that there will be a true shit storm when it is time to go onstage. I know this because yesterday was the first time I had truly come to terms with what I had gotten myself into, assisting in a fire act. I only realized last night just how close I am going to getting to...well, the fire act.

We have rehearsed every night this week, but last night was the first time we did it with fire. BonBon went first with her flaming snakes, which actually made quite an impressive show - except the first run through, when she hadn’t shaken off enough of the excess gas and ended up throwing little fireballs everywhere. I looked up in alarm at the huge tree squatting in the middle of the yard, then turned to Dee. 

“Where’s the fire extinguisher?” I asked nervously.

“In my truck,” Dee answered mildly, still watching BonBon’s show.

When it was Dee’s turn, she ended up with too much accelerant on her torches and the flames were HUGE, coming very close to her face. Amazingly, she just kept going, swinging the fans through the dark night air as though they couldn’t possibly hurt her. And then there was me, screaming every time the fire got too close to Dee or BonBon and I thought someone was going to get burned, and completing each step of my choreography while leaning as far away as possible from each girl and her fire.

Dee and BonBon thought it was pretty funny, howling with laughter every time I screamed with fear or ran away from their flames. They were amused. I thought I might throw up. 

What have I gotten myself into? I HATE fire! It HURTS!

Too late to pull out now, though; we’re onstage in four hours. We each know our choreography pretty well, and have gone over it a number of times, though honestly I wish we had a bit more time to practice. You know, with the fire. So I can stop screaming. At least we are going on kinda late tonight, which is always helpful. People will be drunk by then, and much easier to impress. 

The theme for tonight's is the circus, and the Carnival Dolls are decking ourselves out in black and red. We are wearing corsets and tutus and stockings, and our hair and makeup are really crazy and out there. I know this, because I just stopped at Fanny’s Fabrics to get some ribbon and nobody would talk to me. Dee found our music, a creepy but brilliant band called The Circus Contraption. It’s going to be something else.

I’ll post lots of pictures tomorrow, if I live.



  1. Well, hell. Please live. I want to hear all about this. But.....really, be safe.

  2. Hey you...

    You will live...

    I can't WAIT to see the photos... ;o)


  3. Fun with fire! Terrific. What song are they going with for the performance?

  4. WTF Kage, you've become a circus performer? I'm so proud of you it bring a tear to my eye! Don't worry about the flames, they need to be in contact for several seconds before you start cooking. Spray yourself with water before the act if you're nervous.

  5. Look at your beautiful face! I can't wait to see pictures of you in action.

  6. Good luck Kage, you'll be fine or by this stage you were fine!

  7. Paulie,
    la you too ;)

    Middle Child,
    i really was fucking scared!

  8. Red Shoes,
    photos are coming, just waiting to get some good ones from the photog!

    Dr. Kenny,
    we used three songs by Circus Contraption: Come To The Circus, We're All Mad, and Slaughterhouse Promenade ;)

  9. GB,
    thank-you for the super advice!...which i read the morning after lol

    aw! thanks hun :)

  10. YAY YOU LIVED! Thank goodness. I don't want to live in a world without Kage!

  11. Hey, what's the worst that could happen?

    Oh, Your title. Yeah, that.

  12. wow that kinda got me a little excited...just after a little pee came out....
    jesus fuck, glad it all went ok..a world without kage is well...fucked.up.

  13. And how's THAT opening statement
    gonna suit you when you're cast
    into the Abyss o'Misery for NOT
    following Jesus, as you followed
    the filthy world, dear?

    Only 2 realms after our demise, missy
    and 1 of em aint too cool.

    Our site will show
    you how to achieve Upstairs.
    You willing?
    Make Your Choice -SAW


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