American magician hospitalized after his HEAD set on fire in 'criminal attack' on Dominican TV show

  • Presenter douses performer's head in flammable liquid, then ignites it
  • Magician Wayne Houchin suffers burns to head, face, neck and hand

By Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 20:01 EST, 2 December 2012 | UPDATED: 20:53 EST, 2 December 2012

An American magician was recuperating Sunday in the Dominican Republic after a local television show host lit his head on fire with a flammable cologne.

Chico, California-native Wayne Houchin said he is receiving treatment for burns that doctors are cautiously optimistic will not result in scars.

A Sunday statement on his Facebook page says he is 'resting, healing & working through the legal process' in the Caribbean nation, where he had been performing with a group of fellow magicians.

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'Surprise attack': Guest host Franklin Barazarte rubbed his hands together and over Wayne Houchin's head

'Surprise attack': Guest host Franklin Barazarte rubbed his hands together and over Wayne Houchin's head

Houchin's head immediately caught fire

Houchin's head immediately caught fire

During a November 26 appearance on the Dominican Republic's Closer To The Stars TV program, guest host Franklin Barazarte abruptly doused the U.S. magician's head with 'Agua de Florida,' a flammable cologne commonly used in Santeria rituals.

Two days after the incident Houchin posted on Facebook: 'I was not aware he was going to do this. This was not a stunt or part of an act - this was a criminal attack.

'The fast actions of the rest of our Curiosidades team saved my life.

'The fire was put out and I was rushed to the emergency room. I have bad burns on my head, face, neck and right hand.'

The host appeared to try and put out the flames

The host appeared to try and put out the flames

Houchin staggered off stage with his head still ablaze

Houchin staggered off stage with his head still ablaze

A video of the incident shows the magician's head bursting into flames as Barazarte runs his hands over Houchin's hair.

It is unclear why the TV host doused his head in the liquid and what ignited it. The program has not commented on the incident.

The video also shows Houchin, Barazarte and others struggling to extinguish the flames for several seconds.

Houchin has since claimed that the quick actions of the TV crew saved his life

Houchin has since claimed that the quick actions of the TV crew saved his life

The incident was not broadcast on Dominican television but a video of it has appeared on the Internet.

Houchin added on Thursday: 'The Dominican Republic is a beautiful country full of beautiful people.

'The outrage here and outpouring of support has been incredible.

'The support, love and well wishes that has been sent my way through social media, blogs, forums, friends and fans has been both humbling and overwhelming. Thank you.'

It was not immediately clear if he has retained a lawyer in the Dominican Republic.

The magician needed immediate hospital treatment for his burns. Houchin is now recovering and is hopeful there will be no permanent scars

The magician needed immediate hospital treatment for his burns. Houchin is now recovering and is hopeful there will be no permanent scars

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By Staff 12/02/2012 12:53:00