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Those burned in Tony Robbins hot coal walk were warned of danger

July 22, 2012 |  8:22 am

Breakthrough_With_Tony_RobbinsSome who participated in a Tony Robbins motivational event said they were warned that walking on hot coals could be dangerous.

San Jose firefighters treated 21 people for burns when they walked across hot coals at the  motivational speaker's even Thursday. Some of those suffering second- and third-degree burns.

Participant Sahar Madani told Channel 2 KTVU that they were told walking on the coal could be dangerous but they needed to shift their mental focus. “Get your focus and attention away from that and look into the power within yourself and just focus on walking through the fire,” Madani told the station.

Julia Wilson, another participant told the station: “He tells us to say, 'Cool moss, cool moss, cool moss,' and not look down and it’s amazing what your mind can do when you get it in the right state."

Organizers said the hot coals were between 1,200 and 2,000 degrees.

Witness Jonathan Correll, 25, described cries of pain when the participants were burned. "I heard wails of pain, screams of agony," he told the San Jose Mercury News.

One participant told the paper that her feet felt fine right after the walk but that blisters began to form a few minutes later. She said she and others soaked their feet in a nearby fountain, the paper reported.

Fire officials said the event had emergency medical personnel on hand and that Robbins' organization had received a proper permit for the event.

Robbins' organization released a statement saying it will look into ways to make the coal-walking event safer if possible. "We have been safely providing this experience for more than three decades, and always under the supervision of medical personnel," the statement said.


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Photo: Tony Robbins. Credit: NBC