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San Jose: 21 people treated for burns after firewalk at Tony Robbins appearance
San Jose Mercury News ^ | 07/21/2012 03:44:44 AM PDT | Eric Kurhi and Mark Gomez

Posted on 07/21/2012 12:33:14 PM PDT by Hunton Peck

Amid inspirational talk, chanted mantras and shouts of victory at a late-night firewalking event attended by thousands Thursday came agonized shrieks from followers whose soles were scorched by the superheated coals, witnesses said.

At least 21 people were treated for burn injuries after taking part in the crowning event of the first day of a Tony Robbins function downtown, including at least three who went to the hospital, a San Jose fire captain said.

The people who suffered various second- and third-degree burn injuries were among more than 6,000 who attended the motivational speaker's event at the San Jose Convention Center called "Unleash the Power Within."

After the event, which ended about 11 p.m., the crowd walked across the street to the park, where 12 lanes of hot coals measuring 10 feet long and 2½-feet wide rested on the grass.

Jonathan Correll, 25, decided to check out what was going on when "I heard wails of pain, screams of agony." He said one young woman appeared to be in so much pain "it was horrific."

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A statement released Friday from Robbins Research International, said, "We have been safely providing this experience for more than three decades, and always under the supervision of medical personnel ... We continue to work with local fire and emergency personnel to ensure this event is always done in the safest way possible."

On the Tony Robbins website, he promotes "The Firewalk Experience," a process where people walk across coals between 1,200 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

But that's not something the San Jose Fire Department recommends, Williams said,

"We discourage people from walking over hot coals," Williams said.

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: california; firewalking; friendofbill; hotcoals; hotfoot; motivationalspeaker; napl; ptbarnumlives; sanjose; tonyrobbins
I wonder if Bill & Hill tried this when they were having Mr. Robbins over to the White house for some motivational chit-chat.
1 posted on 07/21/2012 12:33:24 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

Future Darwin candidates.


2 posted on 07/21/2012 12:39:50 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: Hunton Peck

what a great business. charge people $2,000/head to walk on hot coals.

good until the supply of idiots runs out, which is never, probably.


3 posted on 07/21/2012 12:39:50 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Hunton Peck

Just think of all the fun one could have if they placed Black Cat firecrackers between the toes before they walked.


4 posted on 07/21/2012 12:42:37 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: beebuster2000

carbon is a poor conductor of heat so they should not get burned if the coals are done correctly - something was done incorrectly. It’s supposed to be a sham, but it turned out to be a cluster.

The power from within was unleashed - they got what they paid for.


5 posted on 07/21/2012 12:43:08 PM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: beebuster2000

carbon is a poor conductor of heat so they should not get burned if the coals are done correctly - something was done incorrectly. It’s supposed to be a sham, but it turned out to be a cluster.

The power from within was unleashed - they got what they paid for.


6 posted on 07/21/2012 12:43:32 PM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: Hunton Peck

I scanned the article very quickly, but the question comes to mind,....did Tony walk the fire?


7 posted on 07/21/2012 12:45:39 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter (Ia)
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To: Hunton Peck

I wouldn’t stick my hand in an alligators mouth either.

Some things are just plain stupid.


8 posted on 07/21/2012 12:46:54 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Hunton Peck

I think Tony may have lost his “mojo”.


9 posted on 07/21/2012 12:49:00 PM PDT by bubbacluck (I'll pay more for tomatoes, thank you.)
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To: Hunton Peck

The coals have to be made from low density wood. Poplar, good; oak, bad.

Feet have to be dry.

You’ve got to keep moving.

Somebody screwed up.


10 posted on 07/21/2012 12:49:41 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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11 posted on 07/21/2012 12:49:58 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Hunton Peck

I don’t know about Bill and Hill, but Tony Robbins, who peaked long ago, has now entered my mind as the Obama of Motivational Speakers/Scam Artists. Like Obama, his only accomplishment, since he has NO history of being a success in anything else,
is simply that he promoted himself as a success, much in the same way Obama’s “experience” is that he ran for the Presidency and WON.


12 posted on 07/21/2012 12:54:50 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: Hunton Peck

I don’t know about Bill and Hill, but Tony Robbins, who peaked long ago, has now entered my mind as the Obama of Motivational Speakers/Scam Artists. Like Obama, his only accomplishment, since he has NO history of being a success in anything else,
is simply that he promoted himself as a success, much in the same way Obama’s “experience” is that he ran for the Presidency and WON.


13 posted on 07/21/2012 12:55:01 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: Hunton Peck

I don’t know about Bill and Hill, but Tony Robbins, who peaked long ago, has now entered my mind as the Obama of Motivational Speakers/Scam Artists. Like Obama, his only accomplishment, since he has NO history of being a success in anything else,
is simply that he promoted himself as a success, much in the same way Obama’s “experience” is that he ran for the Presidency and WON.


14 posted on 07/21/2012 12:55:04 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: Hunton Peck

I don’t know about Bill and Hill, but Tony Robbins, who peaked long ago, has now entered my mind as the Obama of Motivational Speakers/Scam Artists. Like Obama, his only accomplishment, since he has NO history of being a success in anything else,
is simply that he promoted himself as a success, much in the same way Obama’s “experience” is that he ran for the Presidency and WON.


15 posted on 07/21/2012 12:55:08 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: Hunton Peck

Lawsuit time, and Robbins is loaded. Yipeee!


16 posted on 07/21/2012 12:55:24 PM PDT by HerrBlucher ("The cross opens its arms to the four winds; it is a signpost for free travelers." GK Chesterton)
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To: supremedoctrine

Heard ya the first time.


17 posted on 07/21/2012 12:56:37 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (If Obama was any more thin skinned, he'd have a receptacle end: Dennis Miller)
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To: Hunton Peck

This stuff is so ignorant. I remember watching some celebrity doing a “broken glass” walk several years ago. She managed to keep to the more smooth pieces of glass at first; but then she took a misstep and a sharp piece of glass stuck into her foot. Then the blood started gushing. She obviously wasn’t going to admit “defeet”, and finished her walk; but it was clear she was hurt. - Playing “follow the leader” with Robbins is truly not a good idea; but he keeps on drawing followers.


18 posted on 07/21/2012 12:59:12 PM PDT by Twinkie (Isaiah 53)
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To: Texas Songwriter

“did Tony walk the fire?”

It isn’t mentioned anywhere in the article, but I have a hunch he didn’t.


19 posted on 07/21/2012 12:59:22 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (This too, shall pass, unless we're in Harry Reid's Senate and "this" is a budget.)
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To: Born to Conserve; All
"You've gotta keep moving...
Somebody screwed up."
royally...you're not supposed to genuflect while-on-the-coals, that should've been made clear.

20 posted on 07/21/2012 1:00:28 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: All

This time it's literal.

21 posted on 07/21/2012 1:03:48 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (This too, shall pass, unless we're in Harry Reid's Senate and "this" is a budget.)
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To: beebuster2000
what a great business. charge people $2,000/head to walk on hot coals. good until the supply of idiots runs out, which is never, probably.

It is supposed to get to 104 here tomorrow. I will let anyone who shows up walk barefoot down my road for free.

22 posted on 07/21/2012 1:07:07 PM PDT by Starstruck
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To: Hunton Peck

“But that’s not something the San Jose Fire Department recommends. We discourage people from walking over hot coals,” Williams said.

LOL. Williams has got to be a Brit.


23 posted on 07/21/2012 1:30:45 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Born to Conserve
You’ve got to keep moving. Somebody screwed up.

Someone probably stopped to 'text' their BFF.

24 posted on 07/21/2012 1:33:13 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: beebuster2000
"what a great business. charge people $2,000/head to walk on hot coals. good until the supply of idiots runs out, which is never, probably."
25 posted on 07/21/2012 1:33:22 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: beebuster2000

“what a great business. charge people $2,000/head to walk on hot coals.

good until the supply of idiots runs out, which is never, probably.”

I used to be a volunteer firefighter. Came out of a
building once with my boot soles the consistency of chewing
gum and my feet steaming when I took them off. I didn’t get
paid a thing!


26 posted on 07/21/2012 1:34:41 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: CrazyIvan
I used to be a volunteer firefighter. Came out of a building once with my boot soles the consistency of chewing gum and my feet steaming when I took them off. I didn’t get paid a thing!

Exact same thing happened to me on a structural. Did get new boots tho.

27 posted on 07/21/2012 1:45:04 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (If Obama was any more thin skinned, he'd have a receptacle end: Dennis Miller)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

“Exact same thing happened to me on a structural. Did get new boots tho.”

Got me there. What do you mean by a “structural”?


28 posted on 07/21/2012 1:55:08 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Barnum.


29 posted on 07/21/2012 2:01:37 PM PDT by Misterioso (They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along and spoil it. - Monk)
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To: Hunton Peck

Now that’s just funny.

The damage is superficial; the lesson taught is priceless.


30 posted on 07/21/2012 2:02:16 PM PDT by lurk
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To: CrazyIvan

Any building. As opposed to grass, woods, dumpster, vehicle fire.


31 posted on 07/21/2012 2:04:23 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (If Obama was any more thin skinned, he'd have a receptacle end: Dennis Miller)
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To: lurk

“the lesson taught is priceless.”

In the part of the article that didn’t make it into the excerpt, it becomes clear that some of the people are incapable of learning from anything.

If that weren’t true, liberalism would be nonexistent.


32 posted on 07/21/2012 2:11:01 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (This too, shall pass, unless we're in Harry Reid's Senate and "this" is a budget.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

I’ve been out quite awhile, guess I forgot the term.


33 posted on 07/21/2012 2:11:35 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: If You Want It Fixed - Fix It

The Mythbusters did a “firewalk” demonstration. Jamie did OK, but Adam didn’t quite do it right. At the end he was hopping around in some pain.


34 posted on 07/21/2012 2:12:11 PM PDT by AceMineral (Will work for money.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Mama always said, stupid is as stupid does.


35 posted on 07/21/2012 2:54:07 PM PDT by Newbomb Turk (The sheepdogs guard the sheep.)
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To: Hunton Peck; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
I love it when stupid hurts.


36 posted on 07/21/2012 3:12:21 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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37 posted on 07/21/2012 3:15:38 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: Born to Conserve

“You’ve got to keep moving.”

Firewalk turns into firerun.


38 posted on 07/21/2012 3:18:08 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: beebuster2000

Yeah..just look at Robbins speak and how he looks...the man is a shark. Not really all so grand and spiritual. I think he believes his own BS too....easy to when you have so many suckers willing to make him rich with it all.


39 posted on 07/21/2012 3:22:38 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: Hunton Peck

Someone got to the end, stepped onto the grass and stopped to cheer “I did it, I did it!”

Meanwhile, a bunch of people behind them screamed, “Get the heck out of the way you idiot!”


40 posted on 07/21/2012 8:13:18 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: Hunton Peck

When you have cable and don’t have nothing good to watch . . . you get depressed . . .

When you get depressed . . . You attend Anthony Robbins seminars . . .

When you attend Anthony Robbins seminars . . . you set your feet on fire . . .

Don’t set you feet on fire . . .

Get Direct TV!


41 posted on 07/22/2012 3:09:16 PM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: Pilgrim's Progress

LOL!


42 posted on 07/22/2012 3:16:42 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (This too, shall pass, unless we're in Harry Reid's Senate and "this" is a budget.)
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To: Hunton Peck
Dont try that $hit at my barbecue !


43 posted on 07/22/2012 3:42:35 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Hunton Peck; a fool in paradise
Hi, I'm Jesus and for $2K I'll teach you how to walk on water.


44 posted on 07/22/2012 3:47:55 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Hunton Peck
But that's not something the San Jose Fire Department recommends. "We discourage people from walking over hot coals," Williams said.

I wonder if he was able to say that with a straight face...

45 posted on 07/22/2012 3:54:08 PM PDT by Humbug
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To: Humbug

I think there’s a school someplace where they teach police spokesmen to deliver lines like that completely deadpan. Maybe they let fire dept. guys in once in a while, too...


46 posted on 07/22/2012 3:59:13 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (This too, shall pass, unless we're in Harry Reid's Senate and "this" is a budget.)
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To: Hunton Peck

lol...and journalists must have their own school where they somehow learn to say “I’m an objective reporter” without falling down laughing.


47 posted on 07/22/2012 4:41:15 PM PDT by Humbug
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To: Pilgrim's Progress

LOL.


48 posted on 07/22/2012 6:15:41 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (It's hurricane season! Yay!)
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To: Hunton Peck
"..."We discourage people from walking over hot coals," Williams said..."

No Shit, Sherlock! ................................. FRegards

49 posted on 07/22/2012 9:22:13 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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