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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Saturday Blue Fire

Saturday Blue Fire

Although not exactly a superstition, there was a time when “blue fire” was a theatrical phrase that began in the Victorian period.

It meant that something was awe-inspiring or sensational and it came from an early special effect used in the theaters of the day. A mixture of sulfur was ignited and this produced a blue glow onstage. At the time, this was astounding since audiences had never seen anything like it before. It was often used in scenes involving ghosts or the supernatural.

Soon the phrase “blue fire” came to mean anything in the theater that was equally astonishing.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Superstitious Secret #187:
“In Victorian times, the phrase ‘blue fire’ meant something sensational.”

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