Incident in Las Vegas


Hey if you’re a magician, be careful about what tv talk shows you grace with your presence. Go on the wrong one and you might be set on fire.

Wayne Houchin, a Las Vegas-based magician, was.

Shocking footage has emerged on YouTube of a magician being attacked and badly injured by the host of a TV show on which he was a guest.  In an apparently spontaneous gesture, the man (who has been named as Franklin Barazarte) who is both host and producer of a talk-show in the Dominican Republic, doused 29-year old Wayne Houchin with a flammable liquid and set it on fire.

Well at least Bill O’Reilly doesn’t do that.

We shouldn’t jump to any conclusions about this one incident, although it if *was* an attempted exorcism, it would not be unique in involving violent and dangerous practices.  To take two examples from different parts of the world, in 2007 a Romanian priest was jailed for 14 years for conducting an exorcism that led to the death of a nun,  while in Japan last year a 13-year-old girl suffocated after being strapped down and doused with water by her father and a Buddhist monk who were trying to expel an “evil spirit”.

And there are all the children in places like Akwa Ibom state in Nigeria, and London, and all the women in places like India and Kenya, who get tortured to death for being “witches.”

Bullshit is not always harmless.

Comments

  1. jamessweet says

    Slight clarification: The incident occurred in the Dominican Republic, the magician was based in Vegas.

  2. bobo says

    quote: ” To take two examples from different parts of the world, in 2007 a Romanian priest was jailed for 14 years for conducting an exorcism that led to the death of a nun”

    I am surprised, aren’t nuns considered worthless compared to a priest?

  3. says

    “Well, at least Bill O’Reilly doesn’t do that.”

    Yes, but it looked as if he wanted to punch out David Silverman’s lights the other day and came very close to doing so.

    Holy crap! This is unreal! Does anyone know if the assailant was arrested?

  4. says

    I know, I saw that! Sticking his finger in Dave’s face and shouting, “Don’t you tell me what I think!” He’s such a thug.

    But Dave just shouts right back. Minus the stupidity.

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