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July 22, 2012

Spiritual Materialism Hero of the Day: Tony Robbins.

Inspirational Spiritual Con Man Tony Robbins dials in previously recorded Firewalk coaching, paramedics called to treat 30 burn victims.

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Via Gawker and a “woman named Kate” who was in attendance:

“In the news it was talking about how twentysome people got hurt, and those are the people who were having the paramedics apply ointment to their feet,” she explained. “They were more seriously burned. But definitely over 20 people got hurt. [The event organizers] really minimized it, and it made me uncomfortable.”

Where was Tony Robbins during all of this? Before the firewalk, Kim said he related a story about a wannabe inspirational speaker who had tried to do a Tony Robbins-esque event in Hawaii. At the fraud’s firewalk — wouldn’t you know it — several people got badly burned…

But Kim couldn’t even find Robbins outside during the San Jose event, perhaps because there were 6,000 people in the area. She believes they used a recording of Robbins’ voice to congratulate those who completed the firewalk on a job well done.

“I didn’t see him at all,” she recalled. “He didn’t go through the fire first or anything.”

…”I watched one guy go across, and it looked like he was burning because he was flinging his feet around, and I saw coal coming up.”

…the crew member responded, “Oh, people got hurt?”

“They acted like it was a really minimal thing,” she said. “But there were multiple ambulances and a lot of paramedics treating people. There was a fire crew there treating people. They were acting like it was no big deal, but a ton of people got burned.”

Despite all of this, Kim maintains that Tony Robbins has a lot of great ideas…

“His seminars are really good,” Kim reflected. “I understand why he inspires a lot of people, but to be completely honest — you know that episode of Oprah where Tom Cruise is jumping on the couch? It’s almost like that. He kind of gives off that vibe.”

Read the full story at Gawker.

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