A judge on Tuesday ordered the arrest of a local television show host who set fire to the hair of a U.S. magician, burning his scalp, face and arm.
The judge announced the decision just hours after TV host Franklin Barazarte told The Associated Press in a phone interview from New York that the incident was an accident. He tossed flaming liquid on Wayne Houchin’s head as a “blessing” during a Nov. 26 taping of the show.
[...]Barazarte said. “It was a demonstration within a magical religious framework that turned out badly.”
Barazarte claims it was not intentional, that he had done this “blessing” before without incident. I’m very unclear still what went on here. Was Houchin informed this was going to take place? Did he know of the hazard? There are very hard feelings at play and Houchin is injured, he could have been even more severely injured. This is strange but a welcome update to this odd story.
Regardless… a blessing? This is the part I’m still hung up on.