The device that Adam Wilber saw in an Internet video looked frightening. It was a handheld fire spitter, but it had a mercury switch and was controlled by the level of the arm. Still, the idea took hold: Three months into the beginning of taking the reins as Ellusionist’s project manager, he dived into developing a device that gave him everything he wanted — which didn’t exist on the market then.
“I wanted something that was self-sufficient,” Wilber said. “It could strap on the wrist, it would be comfortable, you could use it whenever you wanted, fire it whenever you wanted, and you didn’t have to worry about a pull down your sleeve or palming something off.”
Two years of work, research and seven prototypes later, that device exists.
And it has caught the Internet on fire.
Adam Wilber’s Pyro Fireshooter has gone viral and earned a crazy amount of reviews from both magicians and laymen. You may have seen it on one of your favorite non-magic sites lately:
- • “Hadouken is real.” The Guardian
- • “Smartwatches may have a lot of firepower, but what about a wearable that lets you shoot actual flames from your hands?” Cult of Mac
- • “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. I know because only Santa could make a hidden wristband that allows me to launch fireballs from my open palm, and only Santa could make it available for my mama to purchase for me right before Christmas.” DudeIWantThat.com
- • “A new device threatens to make roman candles obsolete.” IGN.com
- • “I’m not trying to oversell these, because I rarely get excited about things, but we have the opportunity here to be able to SHOOT REAL F*CKIN’ FIREBALLS FROM OUR HANDS. What could be more badass than that?” BroBible.com
The ultimate compliment to Wilber and testament to the device’s success was a sellout of the device’s first run, days after release. The response is a dream come true for Wilber, the author of Creative Magic and creator of the effects in The Working Man.
He talked more about the device, its creation and applications in this podcast interview. Listen to how he uses the device in his own gigs (including a crucial rule you must follow), problems with the first prototypes and how he got talked into sitting in the middle of a fireworks explosion for the trailer.