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South Bend man talks about fire juggling passion

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This week's First Friday in Downtown South Bend was well... on fire.

John Hanlon is a self-taught juggler who's been honing his craft for as long as he can remember.

But if this looks fun to you, he has a warning... You don't just start with fire!

John says, "Everybody starts with balls or some people try scarves, then you go to rings and then clubs and then torches. You don't just jump from one to the other, because they build off each other."

John began juggling in his basement and he quickly realized he had a talent. Although there have been a few times he's caught the wrong end of the torch.

"When you're learning, everybody gets burned a few times when your learning but you go up the ranks," John says.

Now he's taken his passion and turned it into a business. He founded "Juggling with John."

He's juggled around the country, but his focus is on entertaining crowds in Michiana to give them best experience possible.

"Everybody loves to watch flames. So that's kind of our most popular thing to do is with the torches. And again, with three of us in the group, we can do 6 torches between two of us. That adds another aspect to it too, so the torches are a lot of fun."

So how does John's family feel about him tossing around torches?

"When I first started juggling the fire, I think my parents might have been worried just a little bit but they've gotten pretty used to it now." John says, "As I've gotten better with it, more relaxed, I think they've gotten pretty used to it, the whole family."

You can learn more about Juggling with John on his website, just click here.

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