Electronic Press Kit
Circus of Hell is an award-winning, professional, and fully insured fire, circus and sideshow performance troupe with over a decade of successful performance experience amaing audiences.
Circus of Hell was founded by core performers and married couple Doug ("Demon") and Susan ("Sisu") Thompson. Demon and Sisu perform mainly as a duet, but their performances often feature talented guest performers as well.
Demon is the World's Most Extreme Fire Eater and the Last Fire King. His fireproof acts are unlike any in the world and will make any audience gasp in shock and amazement. He holds 5 world records including Hottest Flame Extinguished on the Human Tongue at 6300F, and was featured on Discovery's Outrageous Acts of Science for eating red hot coal. He appeared as the Devil in the YYCMA Music Video of the Year 2019, Punch Drunk Cabaret's Don't Die Until You're Dead.
Sisu is a fire dancer, enchanting you with her smile as she dances in flames, walks on broken glass, or floats her glowing magic wand effortlessly across the stage. She won Leviwander of the Year in the 2019 national CanSpin Awards.
Together they set crowded theatres on fire with passion and excitement.
Circus of Hell has gained an international reputation among both regular audiences and other fire performers alike for innovative props and highly technical fire stunt insanity that pushes the boundaries of what seems humanly possible and crosses over into the realms of magic and wonder.
Circus of Hell is available for live stage performances and film appearances in Canada and worldwide.
As Seen On:
Outrageous Acts of Science, “Seriously?” Season 8, Episode 5, eating red hot coal & interview
Featured in Jukin Media's viral video Top 5 Stupid Human Tricks
Featured Role as "the Devil" in Punch Drunk Cabaret's music video for Don't Die Until You're Dead 2018
Featured short documentary episode, Extraordinary People, New York Post, upcoming release 2019
Awards & Community Involvement
YYCMA Calgary Music Awards 2019 Music Video of the Year
2019 CanSpin Leviwander of the Year, national Canadian award
2016 CanSpin Group of the Year, national Canadian award
Sisu Thompson admins 6000+ member Facebook group Business for Flow Artists
Founders of the Canadian Fire Performers FB group
Stunt body burn training and safety training for film
David Boushey Invitational Fire and Fighting Workshop, Saskatoon Canada 2018
Notable Live Performances
Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Spectaculart fundraising gala
Drayton Valley Medieval Tournament
RCMP Musical Ride
The Bear FM Interview and stunt, 15 Minutes of Fame
Special Olympics opening ceremonies, Revolution Place, Grande Prairie
North Country Fair (multiple years)
Astral Harvest Music & Arts Festival (multiple years)
ScreamFest Calgary 2018
Circus of the Strangely Beautiful sideshow Calgary
Brooks Medieval Faire
Lila's Angels Medieval Faire
Sweetwater 905 Music & Arts Festival
Kaleido Arts Festival
Deep Freeze Festival
Carnaval de St. Isidore
Circus in the Sky airshow
And many more private and public performances
Reviews & Press Quotes
"Thank God this guy is on stage and not in a mental hospital where he belongs."
- D Quin Hanuman, Facebook review of Demon's propane blowtorch act
"The best show I have ever seen! If you haven't checked out a show by Circus of Hell I highly recommend it! Such a dope experience! I was able to pull a knife out of his nose lol!"
- @kimberljayy, Instagram review of 2019 Astral Harvest 45 minute show Demonized
"It was the electronic family troupe Circus of Hell, and they were putting on a wicked show. People did not really know how to react to the Circus’ performance so they cheered and gazed in terror and awe."
"No - he's not gonna - not in his mouth! Ahhh I can't watch this!"
Hakeem Olusayi, Astrophysicist, Outrageous Acts of Science episode, "Seriously?"
"You know the cool Uncle in the family, the one that likes to impress the kids by licking his fingers and using them to put out a match? Doug from HellnBack's latest video is kind of like that - if your uncle is Ozzy Osbourne from the eighties."
"Well, I can honestly say I danced with the devil, or rather “the Demon" last night, and I loved it."
Hottest Flame Extinguished on the Human Tongue, RecordSetter (unchallenged/unbroken)
Most Times Extinguishing a Welding Torch on the Tongue While on Fire, Online World Records
Most Burning Potato Chips Eaten in a Minute, Online World Records
Most Times Licking a Red Hot Knife, Online World Records
Longest Oxyacetylene Nose Weld, Online World Records
Watch for Guinness World Record Attempt Coming 2019
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