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Charges Filed After Chico Magician Set on Fire During TV Show

Published On: Dec 03 2012 09:44:06 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 03 2012 11:39:14 AM CST
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CHICO, Calif. -

A Chico magician was recuperating Sunday in the Dominican Republic after a local television show host lit his head on fire with a flammable cologne. 

Chico native Wayne Houchin said he is receiving treatment for burns that doctors are cautiously optimistic will not result in scars.

A Sunday statement on his Facebook page says he is "resting, healing & working through the legal process" in the Caribbean nation, where he had been performing with a group of fellow magicians. 

During a Nov. 26 appearance on the Dominican Republic's "Closer To The Stars" TV program, guest host Franklin Barazarte abruptly doused the U.S. magician's head with "Agua de Florida," a flammable cologne commonly used in Santeria rituals.

A video of the incident shows the magician's head bursting into flames as Barazarte runs his hands over Houchin's hair.  The video also shows Houchin, Barazarte and others struggling to extinguish the flames for several seconds. The incident was not broadcast on Dominican television but a video of it has appeared on the Internet.  Houchin said Barazarte's actions were completely unexpected and he considers it a criminal attack.

ABC News reports charges have been filed against the host, but as of Monday morning he had not been arrested.

Houchin grew up in Chico and attended Pleasant Valley High School.  He has a new magic show called "Breaking Magic"  which airs Sunday on the Discovery Channel.