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Tolly Burkan

Tolly Burkan, 2005

Tolly Burkan, also known as Bruce Burkan, (born May 17, 1948 in New York City) is a firewalking spokesman, and claims there are over four million firewalkers globally, including 3,000 instructors on six continents. Since the 1980s he has received widespread media attention,[1] and has been called the "father of the global firewalking movement".[2]

During the 1970s, Burkan gained his reputation by creating the world’s first firewalking class and began teaching firewalking to the general public.[3] In the 1980s, he started working with large corporations and began training instructors.[4] In the 1990s he was one of those who transformed his work into a mushrooming corporate trend.[5]

He has written eight books in 14 languages, including Extreme Spirituality, Let It Be Easy, and Dying to Live.


  1. Papers include: USA Today 4-2-90 Page 1, Section D, Philadelphia Inquirer 5-1-02, The Wall Street Journal 4-18-89 (Front page) and Los Angeles Times 4-11-84
  2. FYI; Web hits., Star-Tribune, April 28, 2001, accessed April 15, 2007. "Meet Tolly Burkan, father of the global firewalking movement."
  3. HEALING STATES by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. and Stanley Krippner, Ph.D. Simon & Schuster 1987
  4. "ANCIENT ART IS A HOT EXPERIENCE - WALKING ON FIRE", Miami Herald, February 14, 1997.
  5. Some well-known corporations that use firewalking in training seminars: American Express, Microsoft, U-haul, Coca-Cola, Re-Max International, Met-Life, Colombo Yogurt

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