I can’t even walk across a beach on a hot day barefoot without yelping in pain, but maybe I’ll do it more now that I realize it was subtly adjusting my neuro-linguistic programming, thereby allowing me to achieve my life goals. And that was just sand — imagine how walking across 2,000-degree coals can change your life… after you’re released from the burn unit, that is.

From the Washington Post:

Fire officials said 21 people at an event hosted by motivational speaker Tony Robbins suffered burns while walking across hot coals and three of the injured were treated at hospitals.

The injuries took place during the first day Thursday of a four-day event at the San Jose Convention Center hosted by Robbins called “Unleash the Power Within.” Most of those hurt had second and third degree burns, said San Jose Fire Department Capt. Reggie Williams.

Walking across hot coals on lanes measuring 10 feet long and heated to between 1,200 to 2,000 degrees provides attendees an opportunity to “understand that there is absolutely nothing you can’t overcome,” according to the motivational speaker’s website.
Organizers had an “open burn permit” and medical staff at the event, and there was also a fire inspector on the scene, Williams said.

“Once they (the medical staff) became overwhelmed, our inspector called for us,” Williams said.

Witness Jonathan Correll was not attending the event, but when he saw a large crowd gathered on a closed-off surface street near the convention center, he got off the light rail he was riding to see what was going on.

“I just heard these screams of agony,” he told The Associated Press. People were in pain. It sounded like people were being tortured.”

Correll, 25, of San Jose, said he saw three ambulances, about 10 to 15 people on the ground being treated by paramedics and some people being wheeled away on stretchers.

“It was really just chaos,” he said.

Ann Althouse asks, “Do you have what it takes to be a regional manager?”

According to Robbins, those who failed the hot coal test have to do some sole-searching.



32 Responses to “Tony Robbins’ ‘Awaken the Third Degree Burns Agony Within’ Seminar Goes Off as Expected”

  1. The Watcher on July 22nd, 2012 4:07 pm

    Sadly, what'll likely happen now is that every one of the nincompoops who chose to walk the coals and got burned will sue Tony Robbins for letting them hurt themselves.

    And they'll probably win.

  2. SignPainterGuy on July 22nd, 2012 4:29 pm

    Performance preachers have always bothered me ! From the famous healing preachers to the talking-in-tongues Pentecostals to the "lively" Baptist snake-handlers, they all seem to be vexing and / or challenging GOD to preform parlor tricks to prove HIS existence and power. Is it to increase the LORD`s following, or theirs ?

    To be clear, I am convinced of GOD`s abilities to perform miracles and prevent accidental poisonings and injuries, and SO much more, but to call on them as a performance …… brings people into the realm of great danger ! In too many cases, as here, it`s the apparently innocents who suffer !

  3. jeffythequick on July 22nd, 2012 10:05 pm

    Tony's lawyers will just produce those handy releases that these people signed without reading and they'll be all dismissed rich.

  4. jeffythequick on July 22nd, 2012 10:10 pm

    They're Elijah wanna-bes, wanting to call on God to consume the offering of the priests of Baal.

    Whenever I get into these type of arguments, where someone is disproving a tenet of someone's religion, I just ask them to:

    Prove God exists.

    Matters of these are deeply personal, and matters of faith cannot be proven to another, and must have God prove Himself via the Spirit. No other way will do.

  5. jeffythequick on July 22nd, 2012 10:12 pm

    Hey Doug…

    I noticed that Tony is walking outside the coals. Why is that?

  6. clu seatoe on July 22nd, 2012 10:57 pm

    I’d like to ask a question of contestant numbers 18 thru 21 on their rationale for going after all who went before…and #22, what are you waiting for?

    Hey, all, in today’s Zero’conomy, did you get a good return on your resource expenditure?

  7. clu seatoe on July 22nd, 2012 11:01 pm

    The Mythbusters did it without injury but at least they prefaced it with, “Don’t try this at home. We’re what’cha call experts!”

  8. clu seatoe on July 22nd, 2012 11:05 pm

    Waiting for Brian Ross to report that, “ONLY THE TEA PARTYERS WERE INJURED.”

  9. clu seatoe on July 22nd, 2012 11:10 pm
  10. jeffythequick on July 23rd, 2012 2:59 am

    No, Brian Ross would say that the people putting the Obama supporters on the coals were Tea Partiers, just because the people making the coals (all members of unions) had names like Jerry Palin, Fred Cruz, and Tim DeMint.

  11. backwoodsconservative on July 23rd, 2012 10:20 am

    Never fear! Obama will phase out coals and people can prove their toughness by walking across solar panels. Maybe walk into the whirling blades of a wind farm believing they won't get hurt.

  12. Truesoldier__ on July 23rd, 2012 12:24 pm

    I have always found that these "motivational speakers" are nothing more than this era's snake oil salesmen.

  13. SignPainterGuy on July 23rd, 2012 1:37 pm

    Part of the motivational speaker`s message is good and appropriate. It`s just that they can`t resist the urge to show they have the secret to an extra special connection with God !

  14. connie on July 24th, 2012 3:09 am

    Tony has gotten tooo big for his britches!

  15. 21 fire-walkers burned at self-help event - GROWGENIC : GROWGENIC on July 24th, 2012 3:33 am

    [...] Williams did not have any additional details, such as the ages or names of those hurt. – Sapa-AP [...]

  16. @hbcampbell on March 13th, 2013 3:11 am

    Due respect but Brian Ross would go on and on about the tea Partiers Lynching and burning the Robbins Peeps. It certainly would be racist, isn't everything?

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  18. UPW Sydney on June 8th, 2014 1:15 am

    i have done it many times & love it :)

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    They make the students like robots. They are actually the unethical person’s inside then how they can teach the students about ethics? They don’t even tell the students what is good for them.

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    This was a seminar. In this seminar Tony Robbins’ ‘Awaken the Third Degree Burns Agony Within. She walked on a hot day barefoot without yelping in pain. She walking across 2,000-degree coals

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