Magician badly burned in live television prank

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Video footage has emerged of a magician who suffered severe injuries after a TV host set his head on fire in what is believed to be a voodoo blessing.

US magician Wayne Houchin was appearing on a television show in the Dominican Republic when the TV host reportedly poured a flammable liquid over his head.

Via Twitter, Houchin accused the TV host of a "criminal attack", saying he had never been briefed the stunt would occur.

US magician Wayne Houchin tweeted out against any suspicions he knew about the stunt. Photo: Twitter

Reports have surfaced that the host used a cologne called Aqua De Florida to ignite the fire, a flammable liquid that is also used by witch doctors as a cleansing spray.

It has also been reported that the incident could have been played out as either a blessing or an exorcism.

Despite the best efforts of his crew, Mr Houchin suffered severe burns to his head, face and neck.

He is currently recovering with plenty of optimism.

"The doctors are cautiously optimistic that I will fully recover with no scars."

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