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Topic: Street Hypnosis
Message: Posted by: bigplumbz (Nov 9, 2004 09:50AM)
Ok, so this may not be the right place to post this topic, if not please move me!

So, have any of you guys been lucky enought to spot street hypnosis on BRAVO? Basically the idea is that a hypnotist uses instant hypnosis in the street environment to make people do stupid things such as fishing in a water feature.

Although I thought the show would irritate the hell out of me and I constantly questioned the morality behind how the show actually works I was pleasantly suprised with several effects used and the hypnotists (I forget his name) rapport with his instant audience.

One routine was a standard 'which cup is the ball under' however, the hypnotist used glass tumblers and told the subkect that he could not see through the glass. The hypnotist now asked the subject to mix up the cups with a ball under one of them, the hypnotist could get it right everytime....however, he took it one stage further. The hypnotist bet 1 that he could guess the right cup, yet he purposely choose the wrong one. This continued until the subject had about 20 of the hypnotists money. The hypnotist said that the subject was far too good at mixing the cups, he should bet with the money he has just won with the audience. So an audience member chooses the correct cup over and over and over until all the money goes back to the hypnotist as he finally allows the subject to see through the glass tumblers.

The face on the subject was a picture as he tried to understand how everyone in the audience could guess which cup the ball was under.

Any thoughts about this show anyone?

Bryan
Message: Posted by: procyonrising (Nov 9, 2004 10:20AM)
I think that's Paul McKenna's show.
Message: Posted by: Jordan Waller (Nov 9, 2004 12:02PM)
I think the hypnotist was called Max Power, and the show was surprisingly entertaining and didn't nearly deserve the flak I have heard it's been getting.
Message: Posted by: procyonrising (Nov 9, 2004 01:07PM)
Hey, if he landed a TV gig, he's the man. If it's another british performer, however, he's going to have the same trouble breaking into the US market that McKenna did.
Message: Posted by: lawrencetreagus (Nov 9, 2004 02:11PM)
Peter Powers is the name of the hypnotist and it's great. It's actually being replayed at the moment. It was originaly on about 4 months ago. I haven't decided whether it has inspired me or given me a burning desire to rip it off. As for the morals I didn't let that concern me, I just took great pleasure in someone elses misfortune.

regards
Message: Posted by: deverett (Nov 9, 2004 04:13PM)
This is Peter Powers.

The inductions are not instant. They are done off camera.