Ever wanted to be hypnotized or wanted to see a Hypnotist in action? Beware you might stay in a trance like state for life.
Hypnosis is “a trance state characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination.” It is a mental state or imaginative role-enactment. It is usually induced by a procedure known as a hypnotic induction, which is commonly composed of a long series of preliminary instructions and suggestions. Hypnotic suggestions may be delivered by a hypnotist in the presence of the subject, or may be self-administered. The use of hypnotism has become popular as a form of entertainment for an audience is known as “stage hypnosis”.
While “stage hypnosis” is very entertaining it does not come without its occasional problems as one young hypnotist in Sherbooke, Quebec Canada found out. When he had completed his show he tried bringing his young subjects out of a trance. It all seemed to go perfectly well until he realized, he had left several students in a state of “mass hypnosis” limbo. Realizing this after and after many repeated attempts to release them he had no other option but to call in his mentor to snap them out of it.
One of these students at the College du Sacré-Coeur was reportedly left hypnotized for five hours. until his mentor and trainer, Richard Whitbread, made the hour-long trek to the school from his home in the town of Danville. Once there he found there were a couple of students who had their heads lying on the table and there were others he could tell still in a trance. He was quite shocked to find out that there eyes were open but it was obvious that there was nobody at home.”
Mr Whitbread said that his young protégé was a young,very attractive man, so he thought the girls could have been particularly influenced when they were being hypnotized because they were keen to follow his directions.
The only thing Mr Whitbread could do was to re-hypnotized them after he had done this he brought them out by using a stern voice. It was only after he had accomplished this that the school found out that hypnosis isn’t recommended for people under the age of 14, since young people are particularly sensitive to the experience. It was also found out that the young hypnotize had only received about 14 hours of instruction prior to the show. When they questioned Mr Whitehead about this he said that this was the basic amount of intensive training most people receive for basic hypnotism techniques.
The school principal Daniel Leveillé said the staff didn’t know the show could produce side-effects like those experienced by students in the audience but even if the show effects lingered, everyone still enjoyed it. She went on to say I’d do it all over again again.”