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Tony Robbins fire walk
Tony Robbins fire walk

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Who: Tony Robbins (bio) is one of the most famous motivational speakers in the world (watch him speak).
 
What: Hundreds had gathered to participate in one of his "fire walks," in which people walk barefoot over burning coals as hot as 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Authorities say that at least 21 people suffered burns, some severe, during the event (watch a different Robbins-sponsored fire walk).
 
Where: The event was held in downtown San Jose, Calif.
 
When: The burning incident happened Thursday, July 19 (find more coverage of the incident).
 
Why: Robbins pitches the fire-walking experience as a chance to overcome mental barriers and do what may seem impossible (find a university researcher's explanation of the physics of fire walking).
 
 
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