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Keith Gagnon of Duluth receives ear candling treatment at Full Circle Massage in Duluth from owner Lisa Richards. (Clint Austin /

Shedding light on ear candling

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Keith Gagnon lies on his left side, hands clasped, a towel covering his face.

A lit candle, about 10 inches long, sticks straight out of his right ear.


Massage therapist Lisa Richards stands calmly behind him, occasionally trimming the wick as it burns toward a foil-lined paper plate. As the candle reaches the plate, Richards snuffs it out and removes the towel.

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