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The Associated Press is reporting that 21 people at a San Jose event hosted by San Diego-based motivational speaker Tony Robbins suffered burns while walking across hot coals. The injuries took place Thursday. Having attendees walk across hot coals is one of Robbins's favorite tricks. The event at the San Jose Convention Center was called "Unleash the Power Within" -- a typical Robbins subject. Three of the injured were treated at hospitals. Most of the hurt had second and third degree burns, according to the San Jose Fire Department. Robbins International, Robbins's company, claimed that 6,000 attendees walked across the coals successfully on Thursday.

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dwbat July 22, 2012 @ 5:31 p.m.

"Tony Robbins" is not his real name. Wikipedia says "Robbins was born Jay Mahavorick in North Hollywood." It also reports that much or most of his seminars, books, speeches, etc. are rehashes of other motivational gurus. Mahavorick was sued by one of them: "Financial seminar guru Wade Cook sued Robbins for copyright infringement and plagiarism, alleging that Robbins used proprietary terms in his seminars and in his book "Wall Street Money Machine." In 1998, a Tacoma, Washington, jury ordered Robbins to pay Cook $650,900 in damages." And people want to walk on hot coals at his events? What's next--chewing razor blades? Insanity!

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Don Bauder July 22, 2012 @ 6:40 p.m.

Robbins has been using the hot coal-walking shtick for years. As to Wade Cook: he was another charlatan whom I chased after -- and I think exposed for the first time -- in the mid-1990s, if memory serves me right. Cook made outrageous claims of how much money those who signed up for his seminars would make. But he had a publicly-held company that had dismal results. I tried to get the company to say if his advice could make seminar attendees so rich, why didn't his own company follow that advice? No talkee. Best, Don Bauder

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David Dodd July 22, 2012 @ 5:38 p.m.

And here I thought that walking on coals was something that was reserved for investors in the stock market.

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Don Bauder July 22, 2012 @ 6:44 p.m.

Robbins recently put out a u-tube lamenting the world's economic situation. His views reflected those of the person paying for the u-tube. Usually, he has a hyper-sunny view of the world. I remember blogging the item. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh July 22, 2012 @ 7:28 p.m.

We have heard about this sort of thing for years and years. It still sounds about the same as going into a sweat lodge in Sedona, except that fried feet doesn't add up to dying. Or should not, unless the burns become infected and the infection cannot be controlled. He's flirting with criminal prosecution and prison, such as happened in the sweat lodge fiasco. Who in heck pays for these sessions, and who believes that these charlatans have the keys to success?

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Don Bauder July 22, 2012 @ 10:07 p.m.

One person who loved -- and may still love -- Robbins's shtick was Bill Clinton. Robbins gave his inspirational message at the White House and Clinton said it was wonderful. I don't know if they walked on coals in that performance. Best, Don Bauder

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dwbat July 22, 2012 @ 10:25 p.m.

The "Elmer Gantrys" just never stop coming. There's always a new generation out there ready to give away their money to someone who says he has the shortcut to success. A new person just freshens up the old act, and sells, sells, SELLS, like that Joel Osteen character in Houston.

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Don Bauder July 23, 2012 @ 6:52 a.m.

You have go admit that Robbins has raked in bundles of money, and that his act doesn't seem to wear out. Best, Don Bauder

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dwbat July 22, 2012 @ 10:17 p.m.

Well, "Slick Willie" is basically a motivational guru himself. He motivated himself to sell a bill of goods to the voters, and they sucked it up. And after leaving office, he has become a very rich man. Not at all surprising that Clinton likes Robbins; they're two peas in a pod.

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Don Bauder July 23, 2012 @ 6:54 a.m.

Good point. Just before leaving office, Clinton pardoned some notorious crooks, then went out and raked in international bucks on his own. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh July 23, 2012 @ 9:14 a.m.

Just thinking that these faith sellers always have an answer for anything that goes wrong or doesn't work. The answer is that the participants just "didn't believe" or needed to "really believe." In other words, if you really bought into his BS wholeheartedly, your feet would not burn, whereas if you did suffer injury it was your own lack of faith. See, they ALWAYS have an answer!

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Don Bauder July 23, 2012 @ 1:16 p.m.

The intelligent people, who are far less likely to fall for the b.s., are more likely to get their feet burned. Best, Don Bauder

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Duhbya July 23, 2012 @ 10:08 a.m.

The article I saw was headlined "‘Screams of agony’ heard as fire walkers burned at event hosted by motivational speaker Tony Robbins" and included this line: "Witness Jonathan Correll says he heard 'screams of agony'.”

And a local wag posted that those burned and screaming were Obama recruits practicing their mantra for the upcoming election.

To which I responded: "Burnees included noted agonized screamers Louie Gohmert, Trent Franks, Michele Bachmann, Allen West, "Sheriff" Joe Arpaio, Paul Le Page, Joe Walsh, Glen Beck, Rush "I gots happy feets" Limbaugh....."

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Don Bauder July 23, 2012 @ 1:19 p.m.

It seems to me that simple-minded people like Bachmann, Arpaio, Beck, Limbaugh would be less likely to get burned. They would believe Robbins. Best, Don Bauder

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dwbat July 23, 2012 @ 1:51 p.m.

This quotation speaks to those who follow the success gurus, like moths to a flame, as the so-called guru takes the money and runs. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” --Vidal Sassoon

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Don Bauder July 23, 2012 @ 4:18 p.m.

Not surprisingly, San Diego has had -- and still has -- more than its share of phony motivational speakers, often with false credentials. Best, Don Bauder

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