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Flash Paper Fireballs
This new device shoots fireballs using flash paper.  To the description I will add two things:

1) Flash paper is a tool for experts, and it is finicky damn stuff.  Don't even bother trying gizmos for it until you can handle it fluently barehanded.  None of the gizmos are exactly easy to use, and I'm sure this one is more challenging than the basic ones any good magic shop will carry.  So learn those before you think about something like this.

2) Flash paper is also designed not  to burn anything but itself.  It's stage fire.  Yes, you could hurt yourself if you're careless and you might manage to light something else, but for the most part, it's fire "lite."  Nothing like superhero fireballs.

That said, it still looks awesome.

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terrycloth From: terrycloth Date: December 15th, 2014 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Flash paper was one of the things we got to play with in chemistry class. It was pretty harmless.

Not like the magnesium. That stuff is nasty.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 15th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I've worked with both. Magnesium makes an excellent firestarter because it doesn't matter if the block gets wet. But it takes for-fucking-ever to shave off enough to light.
my_partner_doug From: my_partner_doug Date: December 15th, 2014 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just a cautionary note, from one who does work with flash paper professionally: while single pieces (even full 8-1/2x11 sheets) are pretty harmless, flash paper *en masse* is extremely dangerous, and subject to spontaneous combustion. Entire magic shops and warehouses have been destroyed when improperly stored flash paper ignited. Even small quantities should be kept in fireproof containers. Better safe...
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