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NorCal magician's head set on fire on TV show

December 2, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A Northern California magician is recuperating Sunday after his head was set on fire in the Dominican Republic.

Wayne Houchin of Chico was performing on Nov. 26 with other magicians on a TV show called "Closer to the Stars." The show never aired, but video of the incident surfaced on YouTube.

In the video, the guest host, Franklin Barazarte, suddenly douses Houchin's head with flammable cologne, which ignited. It's still unclear why the host did this, and the program has not commented.

Houchin is receiving treatment for burns that doctors are cautiously optimistic will not result in scars. A post on Houchin's Facebook page says that he is resting, healing and working through the legal process in the Dominican Republic.

The California native says Barazarte's actions were completely unexpected and he considers it a criminal attack.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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