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Caught on Cam: Fire Breather Catches Fire During Tattoo Convention

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    Scary moments Sunday during the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center when a member of the Ink Illusionists accidentally set himself on fire. Fortunately he wasn't seriously hurt. (Published Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015)

    A Philadelphia couple captured a scary moment on camera when a performing artist suddenly caught fire.

    Jeff Hurd and his wife Alice Gibson attended the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Sunday and watched a fire-breathing performance from the Ink Illusionists.

    As the performer blew fire, flames suddenly engulfed his entire body and spread to the floor. The fire breather was able to put the flames out while event organizers quickly extinguished the fire on the floor by flipping a table on it.

    Gibson told NBC10 the whole incident happened so fast that many members of the audience thought it was part of the show. The Philadelphia Fire Department did not respond since the flames were put out so quickly and with minimal damage, according to Hurd.

    Hurd said the performer told him he was okay when he went to check on him. Gibson told NBC10 she noticed minor burns on his body.

    NBC10 reached out to the Ink Illusionists. A spokesperson for the group declined to comment.

    The Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention is an annual three-day event featuring appearances and performances from some of the most popular and skilled tattoo artists in the country.