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Playing with Fire

They're office peons by day, but when the sun goes down, Donna Truax and Melody Hultgren set the night on fire ... uh, literally

By Jack Shamama

What is your name?


What is your age?


What do your consider your job?

Living life in the most positive-creative way possible ...fire performing.

How did you start?

We're self-taught ...people always ask if we played with matches or used to be obsessed with fire as a kid, none of that ... it just comes naturally.

How long have you been doing this?

Lifetimes. ...

Who or what was your inspiration to enter this career?

D: I've always been a ham; I finally have a prop.

M: There's no better [reason] than a 5-foot pole that's burning on both ends. And it's great to work with musicians we admire--everyone gets off.

What are your pet peeves about this career?

People who ask if we perform naked or come up and try to freak you while you're spinning a burning torch--we've never understand that one.

If you couldn't be doing this, what would you be doing?


Are there any perks that you get from this job?

Lots of body paint. Not to mention it's a great workout for your arms. Meditation. Roasted marshmallows ...

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From the September 27, 1999 issue of the Metropolitan.

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