Thursday, 14 June 2012

The Fire Skipping Rope

The Fire Skipping Rope: Excellent Drunken Late Night Entertainment or Dangerous And Irresponsible?

As anyone who’s read ‘How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy’ will know, one of the attractions of The Hang Out Club (a popular club located on the alien planet Fem featured in the book) is that at various points throughout the night the bar staff set a skipping rope on fire and then drunken backpackers foolishly risk life and limb by attempting to skip through the flames.

Anyone who’s ever been to the party island of Ko Pha Ngan in Southern Thailand will immediately recognize where the inspiration for this idea came from, but for the benefit of anyone who hasn’t, I’ve uploaded a few videos and photos of the fire skipping rope so that everyone can get an idea of what it’s all about.

The first video was actually recorded in Koh Phi Phi (before they went all health and safety and replaced their fire skipping ropes with fluorescent blue skipping ropes) but it’s the same idea.  They set a skipping rope on fire and then drunken people skip over it.  This video features some random extremely cool dude starting off quite well but then making a bit of a mess of his exit.

The next video was recorded at Paradise Bungalows in Koh Pha Ngan and is of the same random extremely cool dude who this time makes a much cooler job of his exit.

Next up is a fire skipping video recorded towards the end of the evening by which time most people are starting to get a bit drunk.

As you can see, as the night progresses and the alcohol flows, people gradually become less and less conscious of their own safety.  This in turn means the fire skipping rope becomes more and more entertaining as a spectator sport as the night wears on.

To explain it in mathematical terms:

‘Personal safety is inversely proportional to the level of drunkenness.’

And therefore…

‘The entertainment value is directly proportional to the level of drunkenness.’

Anyway, enough of the science behind it.  Here's another video.  This time two dudes make it look easy, while a less co-ordinated dude takes a hit to the face.

In this last video, the fire skipping rope snaps into two and flies off into the crowd.

And for the benefit of anyone viewing this blog on a mobile device which doesn't display video, here are a few fire skipping photos to round things off.

Drunken backpackers getting burnt on the fire skipping rope.

Some dude doing a flying kick into the fire skipping rope.

Thai safety regulations state that 'Flaming bottles must be placed no closer than 10 cm from large canisters of methanol' and at Drop In Bar they always ensure that these regulations are rigorously adhered to.

More fire related escapades.

They also have a fire hoop. This is a brave (or drunkenly foolish)
dude performing an impressive dive through the fire hoop.

A photo of a fire juggler with my camera set on trailback mode.

Update:  For more fire related antics, check out this post which features a brave late night party goer who attempts the fire skipping rope on crutches:
The Fire Skipping Rope ... On Crutches!

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About The Author

The 'How To Save The World' books
by Charles Fudgemuffin
Charles Fudgemuffin is the author of the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books which are available for Kindle from Amazon.  The first book in the series is available from the following link:
How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy

As with all Kindle books, you can also download a free sample of the first few chapters.

Please note, the 'How To Save The World' books contain material suitable for ages 18+ and are not recommended for prudes or squares.