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In this picture released by American magician Wayne Houchin, Dominican TV presenter Franklin Barazarte, left, reacts as Houchin's head burns while taping "Closer To The Stars" TV program in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. Houchin, of Chico, California, is receiving treatment for burns after the incident where Barazarte lit his head on fire with a flammable cologne.

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In this picture released by American magician Wayne Houchin, Houchin is seen in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. Houchin, of Chico, California, is receiving treatment for burns after a local television show host lit his head on fire with a flammable cologne while taping his Nov. 26 appearance on the Dominican Republic's "Closer To The Stars" TV program.

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US magician burned in Dominican TV 'stunt'

  • Associated Press
  • December 4, 2012 - 10:06 AM

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - A magician from the United States is getting medical treatment and pursuing legal action after the host of a TV show in the Dominican Republic set him on fire in an apparent stunt.

Wayne Houchin is out of the hospital but is still being treated for burns on his face, scalp and hands. Houchin tells The Associated Press he is in a lot of pain but recovering.

The California native said Monday he has hired lawyers to prepare a complaint so that authorities can pursue criminal charges against the host.

The 29-year-old performer was taping a segment on the "Closer To The Stars" program on Nov. 26 when guest host Franklin Barazarte abruptly doused him with a flaming liquid. Barazarte did not respond to phone calls seeking comment.

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