SAN JOSE, CA (The Nedelman Report)
Nearly two dozen people burned the soles of their feet Thursday night while attempting the “Turn Fear into Power” firewalk on hot coals at a Tony Robbins “Unleash the Power” motivation seminar in San Jose, California.
Unfortunately, the coals unleashed their power on the soles of trusting Robbinites, highly motivating the fire-walkers to call for paramedics to treat their seriously scorched feet. The remaining 6,000 seminar attendees got cold feet.
Near midnight 12 lanes of hot coals measuring 10 feet by two-and-a-half feet lay on the grass. Jonathan Correll, 25, told the Mercury News (I’m not making this up):
“I heard wails of pain, screams of agony….One woman seemed to be in so much pain it was horrific…. It was people seriously hurting, like they were being tortured… First one person, then a couple minutes later another one, and there was just a line of people walking on that fire. It was just bizarre, man.”
Forking over $895 to $2595 to attend, the 6,000 participants got their money’s worth as it was clearly a memory-making WTF moment for all involved.
Of course, being paid about $10,000,000, say $200,000 an hour, to speak over four days and motivate people long on money and short on sense to walk on hot coals must alleviate some of the headaches that pop up from time to time in the motivational seminar business.
Rufus Cannucci, a visiting attendee from Italy who watched the motivational “scorching of soles” firewalk, had this to say about the “Turn Fear into Power” firewalk:
“Fook that idea!”
Evangelical Christians in attendance were said to become visibly excited seeing people burn their feet, and likened the literal “scorching of soles” they witnessed to a live-preview of the biblical “scorching of souls” they espouse as the final and just deserts in hell for all non-believers – which includes just about everyone ever born, especially Neanderthals, who had the audacity to be born a full 30,000 – 100,000 years before God even created the universe.
The “trick” of fire-walking is to use material of low heat capacity, like lava rock or charcoal, and to walk quickly. But one ardent participant, disagreed and said,
“Faith and concentration are the keys to not getting singed.”
The Nedelman Report funded an independent study and found a third and even more important factor to not getting burnt while fire-walking.
Nedelman Report Fire-Walking Study conclusion: The less time fire-walkers spend on the coals concentrating on displaying their faith substantially reduces the risk of them burning their feet off. It is also noted that the people who display their faith in fire-walkers while watching from the sidelines never burn their feet at all.
In all fairness to motivational guru, Tony Robbins, he offers a full refund to the 6,000 attendees if they are not completely satisfied. During the Day 2 afternoon meal break, all one has to do is request their refund at the Customer Service Desk, which is easily found at the end of the 12 fire-walking lanes. No shoes are allowed while requesting a refund.
If you are one of the injured, but highly motivated Tony Robbins fire-walkers, please contact The Nedelman Report and we will give you an honorary Nedelman Report Shifferbrains Award (say it quickly). Click the link for a more definitive explanation of how one becomes a Shifferbrain without burning one’s feet.
The Nedelman Report salutes Tony Robbins for providing, at one time, so many candidates for the Nedelman Report Shifferbrains Award.