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2:48 am on Jul 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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SAN JOSE -- 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.


"It was people seriously hurting, like they were being tortured," he said. "First one person, then a couple minutes later another one, and there was just a line of people walking on that fire. It was just bizarre, man."


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11:50 am on July 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Perhaps they should have tried walking on water.....
9:15 pm on July 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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It does work, seen it done, you just have to get it right. I always thought the hot coals are not actually hot ... trick of the mind ..
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My philosophy is, you learn much more from your mistakes than your successes. So a lot of learning going on that night - lol.
8:51 am on July 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I thought the setup usually involved wet grass before the start, so the feet would have some moisture on them.
5:40 pm on July 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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We feet may help, but AFAIK are not essential because the heat is absorbed by water in your feet: in addition the coals should be well burnt, with no flames, no foreign objects and thoroughly dry.
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I thought the setup usually involved wet grass before the start, so the feet would have some moisture on them.


True story.

Apparently they have done this at many of the events for years, this is the first time something has gone this wrong.
 

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