Interview with Burns The Dragon, a freak show performer and snake handler, an extreme body modification practitioner. He is much more than a freak, he is an amazing performer and entertainer.
He talks about his identity, body modification and his terrifying performances like “Block head”, “Fire Acts”, “Glass walking”, “Hook Suspension” and many more…
L: Hello Burns The Dragon, I’d like to thank you for taking the time out to do this interview. Where are you originally from? Tell us something about yourself.
B.T.D.: Well, I was born and raised in the Greater Vancouver area in B.C. Canada. I enjoy collecting Sea glass on the beach, and taking over castles!
L: You’re a freak show performer and snake handler. How long have you been performing for people? How have your performance techniques and disciplines developed over the years?
B.T.D.: I started performing as a “Living Statue” or “Silver Statue” when I was 17. When people would put money in my hat I would then Contact Juggle for them for a moment then freeze again. I changed from doing statue work to being on a stage about 5 years ago when I started working on Sideshow and Shock performances.
L: You perform some pretty crazy stunts. Can you talk about them?
B.T.D.: Of course, I will start with some of the less shocking things I do. “Block head” is an act where I hammer a nail into my nasal cavity, then snort a condom up my nose and pull it out of my mouth… Another act I do is Glass walking (self explanatory) I do an act with a “Board of Nails” but I don’t lay down on it… I balance it on a tube and stand on it! This is called a “Rola Bola”. But my more shocking act would of course be “Hook Suspension” where I hang from meat hooks pierced into my flesh and fling myself about as well as pick people up off the ground!
L: What is your most dangerous one? What has been the most terrifying moment in a performance to date?
B.T.D.: You would think that the Hook Suspension would be the most dangerous… But it’s not! I perform fire acts on a regular basis, and one time I had an assistant helping me light my props, she accidentally lit the fuel station on fire… This was very scary for both me an her. Nobody was hurt other then a few burns on my hand because we had the proper safety equipment on hand and was able to put out the fire without any damages to us or the venue!
L: What do you enjoy most about performing?
B.T.D.: That’s easy. I love the adrenaline rush I get every time I am standing there in front of hundreds of people or being lifted off the ground from the hooks… Its like nothing else I have experienced.
L: Tell us a bit about your show and how do audiences react when they see you perform your freak show act?
B.T.D.: I start the show off with Contact Juggling to lul the crowd into a false sense of security then I steadily do more and more freakish acts. The crowd usually exclaims in shock, some times a scream or two but mostly with excitement!
L: What do you think about body modification? Can you talk about your body mods?
B.T.D.: Simply… I love it. I have Sub-dermal Horn Implants, a bifurcated tongue, cropped and scalped ears and tattooed eyes! I love every one and have only just begun! My goal is to eventually be head to toe as a dragon, fully tattooed and modded as such.
L: Why “Burns The Dragon”? You’re an extreme body modification practitioner and you’re transitioning into a human dragon… you’re doing a Guinness World Record attempt in October. Can you talk about it?
B.T.D.: Why a Dragon..? I don’t know why but I have had a fascination with reptiles since I was 12 years old, dragons especially. My Guinness World Record attempt is for: The Longest Tattoo Session Team of Two. The current record is 50 hours 10 mins. Brandon Fancie (The artist) and I plan to go for 60 – 72 hours! The plan is wings and a spine over my entire back with a tail that wraps around my right leg. I am very excited.
L: Good luck! What are your future plans?
B.T.D.:I have many… I want to push the boundaries of man… I want every type of modification that we currently can do… and more that we haven’t yet tried. Of course all with a dragon theme. I plan to get Scarification (Skin removal) to have a scaled texture, that I will then get tattooed over top as scales.
L: Would you like to leave a message to Italy and the DarkVeins readers?
B.T.D.: Always do what you love no matter how weird it might be. Weird is just a side effect of being AWESOME!