CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Davi Della Fiamma and his wife, Pixie, don't seem to have fun unless they are lighting something on fire, preferably something in the vicinity of their own bodies.
He prefers to eat fire or blow it dramatically into the air. She twirls flaming torches or dances with a fire belt.
The feats get them gigs at fairs and festivals and even bars and other entertainment venues around the country.
Of course, fire alone does not a living make, so Davi and Pixie have plenty of other talents in their sideshow bag of tricks. He plays guitar and sings and juggles. She sings, belly dances and most recently started dressing as a mermaid.
They've got lots of ideas for adding tricks and Pixie said they have a "beautiful, constructive competition." If one thinks up a new trick, the other is not far behind.
"I think glass walking is next for me," Pixie said. She also plans to upgrade her mermaid tail for a version that would allow her to swim with it.
And for Davi: "I'd like to do the human blockhead." That's where the performer hammers a nail or other item into his nasal cavity.
Pixie is against that idea. She would prefer that he learn some magic tricks.
"We really love old Vaudeville-style performance," Davi said.
Their skills and show material are enough to keep them busy weekends during the summer season, and this year the couple hopes to start booking more events in earnest.
Their family knows them as Dave and Pixie Bragg, both West Virginia natives who now live in York, Pa., but they prefer to use their stage names most of the time. "Della Fiamma" means "of the flame" in Italian.
Davi, a 1996 graduate of Winfield High School, has a degree in religious studies from Marshall University and had aspirations to study world music in graduate school when life plans changed. He met Pixie, a 1997 graduate of Beckley's Woodrow Wilson High, four years ago at a belly-dancing event in Beckley.
"Neither of us had real jobs," she said. He was working as a manager for Husson's Pizza and she was a barista at Starbucks.
Both had enjoyed dabbling in performance - he as a musician and fire-eater, she as a dancer. They started trying to make a little money at it.
"We were basically busking," Pixie said.
At the time, she wasn't interested in anything to do with fire.
"I swore I'd never do it - I was afraid of it," she said, but Davi eventually won her over and Pixie started twirling flames and dancing with a belt holding flaming torches.