Braco (gazer)

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Braco (pronounced Braht-zoh),[1][2] sometimes called "the gazer",[3] is a Croatian alternative medicine practitioner who is believed to treat people with his gaze.

Early life[edit]

Braco was born Josip Grbavac in Zagreb, Croatia, in November 1967.[1][4] He earned a degree in Economics in Croatia, became a husband and a father, but made healing his mission after the devastating 1991-1995 Croatian War of Independence.[5] His mentor was Serbian healer Ivica Prokic, author of 13 books, whom he met in the autumn of 1993,[4] and who renamed him Braco, meaning "little brother". Prokic died in 1995, and Braco continued his work.[6][7] Initially he saw people one on one, however due to the large number of people who started coming to see him, he began gazing at groups. [8]

Gazing[edit]

In a public gazing session, Braco stands on a podium and silently looks at the members of the audience for a period of five to ten minutes.[3][9] There is a ten minute period before for introduction, and another after for post-gaze meditation.[5] Supporters say during the gaze time they can feel tingling, see energy or a golden aura, experience peace or relief from pain.[10][11] [3] Braco himself does not call himself a healer or claim to have spiritual powers,[6] and has not spoken to the press or in public since 2002,[3][2] saying "it's too big to explain."[10] Participants and event organizers say that his gaze has healed physical diseases such as cancer and respiratory disease.[10][11]Believers say Braco's physical presence is not necessary, and gazing at a picture or video of him can be sufficient for healing.[11]

Braco's Croatian events are claimed to attract tens of thousands, totaling over two hundred thousand per year.[3][9] He has toured the United States several times, including Hawaii,[5] Pennsylvania and Connecticut in 2010,[9] Miami[1] and Portland, Oregon in 2011,[10] San Francisco, New York City, Maryland, and again Miami in 2012,[12] and Miami and Los Angeles (Pasadena) in 2013,[11] attracting hundreds or thousands. Braco's American events are organized by Jane Sibbett, former actress from Friends, who says she first met him when hired to do a documentary about him, The Golden Bridge.[10][3] As of 2013, she has now produced 4 documentaries and travelled internationally with Braco.[13]

Croatian rock star Boris Novkovic wrote an entire album celebrating Braco called "Thank you Braco." [14] An American supporter, Angelika Whitecliff, authored the self-published book 21 Days with Braco (2009, ISBN 978-0984297009).[5][15]

When not touring, Braco holds gazing sessions at his center in Zagreb Croatia. [16]

Criticism[edit]

In her column for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, Karen Stollznow wrote that since all reports of healing are anecdotal and that Braco's alleged healing abilities have never been proved under test conditions there is no scientific evidence that Braco's gazing has any benefits at all. The article also disagreed with Braco's statement that he makes no claims of healing abilities, saying: " However, the 'no claim' claim is disingenuous; whether the claims come from the public or his crew, the claims are promoted by and therefore made by Braco." [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Hundreds flock to Miami Beach to feel rare power of man's gaze on 1-11-11", by David Smiley, January 10, 2011 The Miami Herald, online at The Palm Beach Post; also online as "Spiritual healer Braco packs ballroom at Miami Beach Convention Center" at the Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  2. ^ a b "Braco brings his healing gaze to Arlington", by Tom Jackman, Washington Post, October 12, 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Some Say Man Heals With A Gaze", Inside Edition, airdate January 19, 2011. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  4. ^ a b "Biography of Braco", official site. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  5. ^ a b c d "Staring at the man who stares", by Nadine Kam, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, January 22nd, 2010. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  6. ^ a b "Croatian healer sports extensive following for stop in Gaithersburg", by Alex Ruoff, Maryland Community News, May 2, 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  7. ^ a b "Braco the Gazer", by Karen Stollznow, April 26, 2011, Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  8. ^ http://dalje.com/en-croatia/mysterious-braco-asks-only-for-flowers-in-return/206804
  9. ^ a b c "Stare Way: A Gaze on World Tour", by Daniela Forte, Housatonic Times, New Milford, Connecticut, October 22, 2010. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  10. ^ a b c d e "European Healer Attracts Hundreds In Portland 1-05-2011", KPTV, Fox News for Portland, Oregon, January 5, 2011. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  11. ^ a b c d "South Floridians Hope for Healing from Braco's Gaze", by Gilma Avalos, NBC Miami, Jan 19, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  12. ^ "Braco: Would you pay $3 to look into his tender eyes?", by Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun, April 18, 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  13. ^ "Jane Sibbett to Guest on Sunday’s Radio Show", February 02, 2013, RoseanneWorld. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  14. ^ http://www.braco.net/archives/3382
  15. ^ "Braco Brings Croatian Love Stare to Miami Beach This Weekend", by Grace Stainback, Miami New Times, May 2, 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  16. ^ http://dalje.com/en-croatia/mysterious-braco-asks-only-for-flowers-in-return/206804

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