Vancouver stuntman aims at world record for longest full-body burn

By | September 4, 2009

Vancouver stuntman aims at world record for longest full-body burn

Image: Vancouver based professional personal trainer and stuntwoman Meghan Cooke who has worked with Colin Decker.

Colin Decker’s ambition is to set himself on fire and burn for two minutes and 39 seconds. On Sunday, he’ll have a chance to live the dream.

Decker, a Vancouver stuntman, actor and filmmaker, will attempt the fire stunt Sunday afternoon at an undisclosed Burnaby film studio. (Because filming is going on there, the event is not open to the public). His aim is to burn, without a breathing apparatus, beyond the current record of two minutes, 38 seconds, held by American stuntman Ted Bachelor.

Decker will use a special fire-barrier gel that he and his Fire 4 Hire business partner, fellow stuntman Dustin Brooks, invented in their quest to become the living Burning Man.

The gel allows an actor or stunt double to smear the substance over a body part and then ignite it without damage from the flame. When applied properly (a thickening substance prevents the gel from running off the body), the gel acts like an asbestos suit, preventing even the hairs on the body from being singed. The actor experiences a growing warmth, but no actual burns.

The gel works with all kinds of different accelerants.

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