A Rube Goldberg concept and construction with fire and torches.
A Rube Goldberg machine is an extremely complicated apparatus that performs a very simple, easy task in an indirect and convoluted way. Some examples of his machines have an anticipation factor, as the machine makes slow but steady progress toward its goal. In Goldberg’s original drawings, the machines very often involved and depended upon actions of a captive live animal, which was part of the device and expected to perform an operation, thereby greatly increasing the complexity, maintainance difficulty, and unreliability of the contraption. For obvious reasons, animals have less often been part of actual devices built in homage to Goldberg. – wiki