Wow. Motivational speaker Tony Robbins asked a large group of his audience to walk over a pile of hot coals, leaving their feet and legs covered in burns.
Tony Robbins, 56, asked an estimated 7,000 audience members to walk over a pile of burning coals at his sold out show in Dallas, Texas on June 23. Although the activity is allegedly a “regular occurrence” during his shows these days, this time it left at least 40 people seriously injured. How awful.
At least 40 people were injured walking over burning hot coals as part of a Tony Robbins event, reports USA Today. Fire officials confirmed the news to the outlet, which also reported that several ambulances came to treat the injured people’s burns. Dozens of people were treated on the scene, but only 5 were reportedly sent to the hospital for further care.
Although trainers and professionals were allegedly on the scene to assist with the activity, the report claims that some of the people were “distracted” which could have led to their injuries. “From my observation, there was someone in front of us and someone behind us on their cell phone, taking selfies and taking pictures,” said Jacqueline Luxemberg, a guest at the event who completed the firewalk without being injured. “[She asked others] to video record for her, so I think that that has a lot to do with it.”
Here’s how Tony’s website describes what they call the firewalk: “The firewalk, essentially, is a metaphor for whatever it is that is stopping you or holding you back from living a fulfilled life. Walking over those hot coals is a symbolic experience that proves if you can make it through the fire, you can make it through anything.”
The Firewalk is planned for his next event in November 2016, and it lists some vague guidelines about how to prepare for the activity. One guideline is to wear shoes that “slip off easily” and pants that can be “rolled up.” Guests are asked not to wear any “loose” or long “flowing” clothes. Another guideline mentions that guests should “eat only light meals after 12pm” to “maximize” your energy.
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