Fire-Breathing Chicago Opera Star Severely Burned during Rehearsal

He was taken to the hospital in critical condition with second-degree burns to his face and throat


 
 

NEIL STEINBERG, Chicago Sun Times | | Wednesday, February 6, 2013


CHICAGO -- A carnival trick gone wrong caused a fire-breathing stilt walker to engulf his face in flames Monday at the dress rehearsal of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.” The burned performer staggered offstage and fell to the floor.

Paramedics were called to treat the performer, Wesley Daniel, 24, who was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in critical condition with second-degree burns to his face and throat, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

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