Dominican TV Host Wanted for Lighting US Magician's Head on Fire

An arrest warrant has been issued in the Dominican Republic for a Television host who lit a man on fire with flammable cologne commonly used in Santeria rituals.

During the Nov. 26 appearance on the Dominican Republic’s “Closer To The Stars” TV program, American magician Wayne Houchin, a Chico, Calif. native, was promoting his own new magic television show when his head was lit on fire.

That's when the guest host Franklin Barazarte abruptly doused the U.S. magician’s head with “Agua de Florida.” A video of the incident shows the magician’s head bursting into flames as Barazarte runs his hands over Houchin’s hair.

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.

"I was not aware he was going to do this, this was not a stunt or part of an act this was a criminal attack," Houchin said.

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He also stated “the outrage here and outpouring of support has been incredible.”

It is unclear why the TV host doused his head in the liquid and what ignited it. The program has not commented on the incident.

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.

It was not immediately clear if he has retained a lawyer in the Dominican Republic.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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