TV host sets magician on fire

2012-12-05 10:43:24 GMT2012-12-05 18:43:24(Beijing Time)

A video posted on YouTube of a TV show host setting fire to a California magician's head is going viral. But the magician said it was no act; he claims he was attacked.

Entertainer Wayne Houchin, of Chico, Calif., was in the Dominican Republic for a Nov. 26 appearance on the show "Closer To The Stars" when the bizarre incident occurred.

According to published reports, TV host Franklin Barazarte poured a liquid on Houchin's head - flammable cologne, used in Santeria ceremonies - saying he wanted to bless the magician's act on his show.

Seconds later, Houchin's head burst into flames. He suffered first- and second-degree burns to his face and hands.

Many viewers assumed it was a stunt or a magician's trick, but Houchin said it was an unprovoked attack.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Barazarte.

Editor: Mei Jingya
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