If you've already written your Christmas list for Santa, you may want to redraft it. That's because there's a new device available that lets you shoot balls of fire from your hands. Yes, like a superhero.
Designed for illusionists by magician Adam Wilber, the Pyro Fireshooter is reminiscent of the homemade flamethrower glove created by cyberpunk weapons hobbyist Patrick Priebe. Whilst not quite as full-on as Priebe's creation, the Pyro is just as spectacular and, crucially, a little more refined for general sale.
Wilber explains to Gizmag that the device was inspired by flashguns that also shoot fireballs. The guns are loaded with specially-treated paper and cotton that are designed to burn quickly. Having previously created magic tricks, written books and produced DVDs, Wilber says the Pyro was based on an idea he had for miniaturizing the flashgun concept.
"This is the first physical product that I have developed," he says. "I bought one of these flashguns a while ago and had way too much fun playing with it." In total, the development of the Pyro took about two years and four prototypes, with the final prototype created about eight months ago.
The device comprises a wearable strap that looks much like a watch, and a trigger button that can be held in the other hand or dropped into a pocket when not in use. Two AAA batteries are used to power the wearable unit and a 2032 watch battery is used to power the trigger. The strap is designed to be discreet and can be worn comfortably out of sight underneath a sleeve – that is, until it needs to be used.
The strap unit houses four chambers that are each loaded first with the cotton, to ensure ignition, and then with the paper. When the trigger is pressed, a signal is sent to the glowplug in the wearable unit. This ignites the cotton and paper, shooting them from the chamber. When the trigger is pressed again, another barrel will be discharged. Once all four have been used, the device can be reloaded.
The Pyro Fireshooter is available now, retailing at US$174. The video below provides an introduction to the device.