Dozens Burned During Tony Robbins Motivational Exercise

Jun 25, 2016

By Merrit Kennedy

They were hoping to conquer their fears by walking over a bed of hot coals. But instead, dozens of people participating in a Dallas event hosted by motivational speaker Tony Robbins were treated for burns.

As a result of walking across coals, “a large number of these people sustained burn injuries to their feet and lower extremities,” Jason Evans, a spokesman for the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, said in a statement. Approximately 30-40 people were injured. Most elected to be treated at the scene, and five opted to go to a local hospital for evaluation.

According to Robbins’ website, the coal-walking exercise is meant to “turn fear into power.” The site reads: “Once you start doing what you thought was impossible, you’ll conquer the other fires of your life with ease.”


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8 comments on “Dozens Burned During Tony Robbins Motivational Exercise

  • Fire Department (does not condone fire-walking, but has a duty to treat injuries)

    aka Darwin Award Interceptors, funded by taxpayers.



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  • Its possible to use the wrong mateials for the “trick” which depends on a combimation low thermal conduction out of the “coals” (porous charcoal is a very poor conductor), sufficient ash at the start of the walk to insulate the sole, and sufficient on the coals themselves. Having the coals burn down until they are just glowing and staging the event at night to preserve the drama, has a huge impact on the radiant heat flux as it is governed by the fourth power of the absolute temperature. So a just glowing, 525 celsius, compared to a dull cherry red at 800 celsius will radiate only a thirty percent of the the heat.

    Burns are a function of heat flux per unit area times time. From memory its something like 100mW per square centimetre for ten seconds to get to a burning sensation. The blood in the capiliaries can carry away heat at slightly less than this rate.

    There is a duty of care in the staging of these events, requiring careful monitoring of the materials and the preparation and timing of the “walk”. IR guns measuring coal temperatures are $30 these days. Buying consistent coals. Ensuring a fully wind protected area and zero wind just to be sure. Ensure no-one has a limp with undue time and pressure on one foot. Ensure no-one is overweight. Ensure the coals are fully pre-collapsed by tamping them down and also additionally covering them in ash

    Its never mind over matter…Its just science and thats why the burned should sue unless they were foolish enough to have signed that disclaimer….



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  • I do remember something like this on a controlled experiment. The trick is a Phil said but damp feet are essential to make the ash stick. The reason for the experiment was that people had been burned in a studio setting. Done on grass with no wind ensured damp feet from the grass and plenty of ash on the fire.



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    evesadam100 says:

    Yeah, You can get a wee blister, BUT shoot THOUSANDS use this opportunity to overcome LIFE restricting beliefs!Tony Robbins CHANGES LIVES! I did it last year, I was the oldest I saw 75 & it sure was a grand help, wow wow has the bucket list been busy since. At Tonys amazing functions THOUSANDS cut right thru life Knotty problems, A truly great experience, only regret I did not do it years ago! DO IT!



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