Man With Healing Gaze to Stare at Crowds in Crystal City

by October 5, 2012 at 10:45 am 26,245 130 Comments

A man purported to have a healing gaze will be gazing at rooms full of people at a Crystal City hotel this weekend.

Braco, a Croatian man who purportedly has the gift of being able to awaken “positive and beautiful feelings and energies” simply by gazing at people, will be holding nine daily 30-35 minute “gazing sessions” at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel (1800 Jefferson Davis Highway) today (Friday), Saturday and Sunday.

Though some may be skeptical of the power of Braco’s gaze, he has been doing it since the 1990s and thousands of people still line up for his gazing session.

“His visitors report his success through fascinating recoveries and positive changes in their lives, which attracts more and more people from all over the world,” according to his website. “And during those silent sessions people feel deeply touched even without having any direct and personal contact with Braco. They feel touched by an invisible and silent power, which is flowing through them and they try to open and assimilate that power.”

In the video below, two American veterans describe their profound experience with Braco.

Braco’s gazing sessions will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. today, and from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for one gazing session are $8, and are sold at the door or online.

The final session of each day will include the playing of ‘The Voice,’ described as “an eight-minute recording of Braco speaking, and offers another way for us to receive this gift into our lives.”

For the record, the price of admission is said to only cover Braco’s event expenses.

“Braco does not take any money for his help; he does not accept donations and the sessions are always free at his Center in Zagreb [Croatia],” according to his website. “There is only a small fee at international events, when he visits other countries on tour, to cover the event facilities rental and organizational costs.”

Hat tip to John Fontain. Photos via

  • Captain_Obvious

    Is he allowed near schools? I’d like to know, cause gazing is not creepy at all.

  • sunflower

    o k people–fair game!

    • drax

      After being shut out of the guy who died on the toilet, we’re due.

      • 7-11-bum


      • sunflower

        gotta love it—no onerous requirement to not step on toes.

      • Say it isn’t so

        Not allowing comments on that article struck me as funnier than the comments I was expecting!

    • Arlchick

      Hahaha agreed!

  • drax


    • NPGMBR

      Apparently so.

  • kdub

    Please! Make my Friday. Bring on the comments! Sweet sweet laughter.

  • Quoth the Raven

    Looking at that pic, I feel better already.

    • NPGMBR


  • JohnB2


  • internet tourettes

    I am skeptical of the power of Braco’s gaze but not of his ablity to collect money for this.

    • Mick

      Can a mega church with guys in starched golf shirts, overly white teeth and that “can-do” attitude be far behind?

  • Jackson

    After gazing into the camera for the picture on the left, he turned his back, gazed at the boat in the distance, and caused it to explode.

    (If he really doesn’t accept donations, I can’t really “see” this being any more harmful than any other religious activity.)

  • Mitt Romney

    Some people would rather be stared at than take responsibility for their own lives.

    • Barack Obama

      Do I have to make eye contact in return?

      • The Rock

        Know your role, and keep your gaze towards your feet.

        • awh hells bells


        • hope78

          hahah . this is funny

    • udderlyfascinated

      at least they pay for the staring with their own cash, not like the freeloaders on medicare.

      • WeiWeiQiang

        You don’t think that someone will claim it under medicare or a medical spending account, which is tax-exempt.

      • drax

        Keep the government out of my Medicare!

  • Dezlboy

    FYI: Skype tickets are half price.

    • Trolly Troll

      I tried, but his powers only work through face time with a retina display. Stoopid apple.

    • Dezlboy

      OMG! I was kidding about Skype. But then I looked at his website..and Braco has Live Streaming! Now my dog can be gazed!

      • hope78

        another funny one

  • Malaka

    Is Mr Fontain his agent?

  • 1RLI

    I’ll gaze at you for $4. Free if I think you’re good looking.

    • Tumblebum

      I guess double if you’re ugly?

      • Professor Placebo

        Eye of the beholder and all of that……

    • hope78

      very very funny

  • Peeper

    I also used to gaze at rooms full of people at a Crystel City hotel. Then I was arrested.

    • that guy

      best comment so far, awesome.

  • internet tourettes

    “For the record, the price of admission is said to only cover Braco’s event expenses”

    Kinda like Benjamin Franklin not asking for a salery and only asking for his expenses be paid when he was ambassador to France(1).

    1 For those who do not know, he nearly bank rupted the state department with his expenses.

    • Dezlboy

      internet tourettes wrote, “For those who do not know, he nearly bank rupted the state department with his expenses.”

      Glazo, er I mean, Braco shouldn’t mess with State Dept expenses.

  • SouthPikeGuy

    My cat does this too.

  • Overflow

    Isn’t Leesburg/Purcellville more the crowd for this?

    • UptonHiller

      No, South Arlington eats this type of stuff up.

      • internet tourettes

        I would have thought the North Arlington Whole Foods crowd was the target audience.

    • Mick

      Ooh, that was so spot-on, it’s scary.

  • Dezlboy

    He ought to stare at the Artisphere.

    • MattR


  • Tim

    Anybody want to go streaking? He has to keep looking at you the whole time, right?

    • udderlyfascinated

      is that where you have a “dysfunction”?

    • OldYeller

      We’re going streaking… through the quad to the gymnasium!

      • brickwall

        Bring your green hat!

  • Flatlander

    Jimmie Dale Gilmore!

  • School Dad

    This is no different than the woman who goes around hugging people. If it works for folks, great.

    • Mick

      So does Scotch and you don’t have to have all the creepy eye-contact!

  • South Awwlington

    ah, Arlington.

  • MattR

    I legitimately thought this was a spoof, Onion-esque article for a minute. I’ve got kind eyes and a good (albeit coffee-stained) smile, too. Just to start a bidding war, for $1 my kind eyes and (coffee-stained) smile is all yours.

  • Mike

    I’m among the 47 percent who would rather be gazed at than accept responsibility

    • John Fontain


  • B22201

    I’m going to make this my thing. I’m going to go and gaze at people in bars around Clarendon tonight. I’m going to one-up this guy, and as I’m gazing, I’m going to allow a bit of drool to trickle down from my mouth.

    • udderlyfascinated

      do you heal breast problems?

      • OldYeller

        ONLY breast problems, even if they don’t exist.

      • SomeGuy

        See below for how I can heal those.

    • SomeGuy

      I’ll one-up you both by offering my healing gLaze to Clarendon women tonight.

  • Joehoya

    Yes, but can his gaze kill goats?

  • $15 for a VIP stare down session, he’ll check you out head to toe

    • btw, i do this for free, sometimes from jail

      • sunflower

        youve been promoted—congratulations!

    • nom de guerre

      If I can get him to gaze at my feet, should I cancel my appointment at the Foot Sanctuary?

  • Hank

    He looks like he wants to gaze into my brown eye.

    • Tabs

      who doesn’t?

      • Mick

        I’ll pass, thank you very much.

  • Amused

    How can I turn gazing into a multi-level marketing scheme? I’m gonna get rich off this.

    • sunflower

      no requirement to speak–what an awesome idea!

  • malaka

    apparently he is going to heal all the dancers at the Crystal City Restaurant later the same day

  • 7-11-bum

    There’s a full page ad in the Gazette for this event if you want to be completely amused.

    • Mick

      A relief from those full-page real estate ‘”profiles.”

      Charming post WWII bungalow with today’s finishes, walk in closet cum , chef’s pantry, recessed lighting because ceiling are an energy efficient 6 1/2 feet tall; granite commode, marble bidet and precious metals fixtures complete the 6 x 6 bath.

      Arlington basement with WORKING sump pump aka “Safe Room,” drafty fireplace, overgrown dying hardwood trees, and a mere 1,5 mile walk to any APS school included in the price of this modern-yet-respectful iteration of the “Arlington Way.”

      Nearby traffic humps, curb aprons and faux Victorian Street lamps complete this urban oasis.

      Sorry property tax history not available at press time.

      • Mick


        Lot, at 6,140 sq ft, is zoned for three accessory dwellings.

      • 7-11-bum

        True – maybe that’s this weeks’ edition isn’t in my recycle bin 🙂

        You forgot the $1.5 million price tag. And if it’s over 1.5 miles from a school, I would add “school busing available”.

  • ConstantCritic

    Healing gays?

  • Amused

    Here’s a great article on what a scam this is:

    • UptonHiller

      You needed an article?

    • bobco85

      My favorite part of that article is the warning: “Braco has been given firm guidelines from Spirit that no gazing in any DVDs or online can be longer than seven seconds.”

      • Amused

        Nope. But snopes is one of my favorite sites. So I like reading these types of things. Of COURSE I know it’s a scam. His gaze told me that. Before he shape shifted, of course.

    • drax

      Oh, thanks for the article, I was just about to take him seriously until you showed up.

  • Eugene Dealguadio

    I hate gaze!

    • WeiWeiQiang


  • Raul202

    “Hat tip to John Fontaine”… Another nut case whose gaze (and comments is/ are not creepy…

  • James Moron

    Is there a champagne room?

  • WeiWeiQiang

    Joke all you want, but the gaze above has already improved the dour comments on ArlNow.

    I feel so much better now that I would actually ditch the car and walk to this.


    hijo de puta

  • Clara


  • drax

    The said thing is – this is probably the most interesting event happening in Crystal City this weekend.

    • B22201

      Probably so. . .

      Though people made fun of it when it was advertised on here. I actually liked the Diamond Derby bike race that happened last weekend.

      • Michael H.

        The Diamond Derby was awesome! There’s also the Marine Corps Marathon coming up in a few weeks, one of the biggest annual events in the greater D.C. area. Instead of whining about Crystal City and Arlington, people can actually step away from their computer keyboards/laptops, go outside and enjoy the racing events, as spectators or competitors.

    • WeiWeiQiang

      … and we like that just fine.

  • PerksGal28

    This made my day…from Braco’s website – “Please note . . .

    The energy could overburden children, so the sessions are not open for visitors under the age of 18, or to pregnant women after their third month. For your children and for other people who are not able to attend a session, it is recommended that you bring a photo of that person to a session instead. The power of Braco’s gaze can equally reach people through photos, and the same level of healing and transformation occur through this method.”

    So, careful you crazy kids!

  • Scott

    Do they allow gaze in the military?

    • Tabby_TwoTone

      are you here all week?
      tip your waitrons

    • drax

      Old joke already.

      • Croat Check

        Oh come on. I laughed out loud. Bravo!

  • ChangedMan

    I would write something sarcastic and funny, but after gazing into the photo, I have suddenly lost the urge to do so…

  • Resident

    Is there a danger that his gazing might actually work.. and turn people into zombies? Should the Pentagon be notified of this threat, of zombie hordes streaming out of the nearby Sheraton hotel? After looking at the photo at the top of the article, I’ve noticed that my arms are starting to turn pale gray and I hear an echoing sound.

    Sounds like… “Braaaaaiiinnnnssss!”

  • Mike Hunt

    im not a skeptic, i went to one of his sessions in NYC, i had a wart on my foot, and he looked at it , and it fell right off

    • Mick

      Minor League. After I went to one of his sessions, my Acai Berry sales went through the roof.

  • Mack

    In a starting contest with this guy, we’re all winners.

    • Mack

      *staring. Need more coffee.

  • Greg

    This probably works as well as — if not better than — prayer. And it’s cheaper too.

  • Guy LeDouche

    I watched the video above and I don’t know how one can’t be a believer in the powers of Braco after that. I mean the man was cured of the Agent Orange stomach cancer virus. Not to mention he worked for the government so he must be a very reasonable and intellegent person. Sign me up for a session and maybe he can cure my French-Canadian douchebaggery.

  • Yuke

    Event is cancelled because the gazer lacks an Arlington County gazing permit.

    • Ren

      Maybe if Braco changes the name of his unique talent from ‘gazing’ to ‘whaling’ or calls it the “Crystal City Public Positive and Beautiful Gazing Space” everything will be okay.

      Conspiracy that his name is ‘BRACo’? I think so!!!

  • Bon Air

    I went to one of his events in Philly, and it worked so well my life has improved and has a dream like quality to it.

    That was also the same day i started taking valium, so that might have something to do it.

    • CSEM

      Might be some of the best postings here yet!

  • Reader17

    Stick him out on the plexiglass ledge of the Willis (Sears) Tower … maybe there will be no shootings this weekend … can’t hurt!

  • MaydayMalone

    If I get there and he’s drunk and sees two of me, will I heal twice as fast?

  • Mack

    He can cross his eyes for as long as he wants and it’ll never stay that way forever.

  • Dr_Klahn

    What would happen if he walked through a hall of mirrors?

  • mpope

    I really hope that as people are paying their $8 per gaze, they are also being removed from the voter registration list. Come on people. Give that $8 to a food bank or homeless shelter or animal shelter…I promise you’ll feel an actual sense of “well being” and do some good. This is insane.

  • Chris

    This guy is a frick in’ gazing genius. 8 bucks to stare? Sorry, gaze. I wish I has thought of this…

  • John Fontain

    1,000 years from now we’ll be engaging in wars and killing each other in the name of Braco. But maybe if we’re lucky those future wars will be fought through stare-downs.

  • Amused

    Potters get paid $8 to glaze.
    Cows get paid $8 to graze.
    This guy gets paid $8 to gaze.

    The natural order of the world.

    • drax

      Demolition experts get paid $800,000 to raze.
      TV preachers get paid $80 million to praise.
      English professors get paid $80,000 to phrase.
      Frat brothers get paid 12 beers to haze.

      • Amused

        And Mitt Romney gets paid a bajillion dollars to craze.

        Oops. Well. Whatever.

  • Mark

    I’ve got a freezer compressor I’d like him to take a look at. Seriously, this thing is giving me fits.

  • Just Me

    People will fall for any scam. What a joke.

  • Resident

    Didn’t something like this happen in that famous documentary movie “Office Space”? Where Peter suddenly became relaxed, stopped going to the office, and got himself promoted? Seems like it worked for him. Maybe there is something to this after all!

  • Tabby_TwoTone
  • Mc

    Have to feel Crystal City is unfortunately named to attract such a character.

  • son of sunflower

    I heard his optometrist lived to 110 years old!

    • sunflower

      late to the party, but not bad!

  • Say it Ain’t So

    I’ll pay to have novasteve gazed at!

  • Brown Eye

    If I have a hemorrhoid, and it needs to be healed, and I show up at a Braco session–well, you can guess what my question is.


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