"The attack was intentional. The host didn't trip and accidentally spill it on me. He intended to pour flaming liquid on me," Houchin wrote.
Houchin, a 29-year-old from Chico, California, who recently finished a season as a host of the Discovery Channel show "Breaking Magic," came to the Dominican Republic with his wife as part of the "Curiosities 2012" tour. He and two other magicians expected to be interviewed and perform magic on the local program.
When Houchin came on stage, Barazarte said he wanted to give him a blessing and asked another magician, BJ Bueno, to give him a bottle of "Agua de Florida," a highly flammable cologne used in Santeria rituals. Barazarte then asked Houchin's wife to pour the cologne into his hands and asked Bueno to light the fluid. He then doused the fluid on Houchin's head.
Houchin is still receiving medical treatment in the Dominican Republic.
Barazarte said he had tried to contact Houchin without success. He added that while he understood the pain caused, he expressed resentment over the position taken by Houchin and others.
"They're treating me like a criminal," Barazarte said.
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