I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: coeliacfamily.blogspot.com.au
I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
Comedy Hypnosis is not something I've ever seen before and must admit approaching this event with trepidation, and with tales of people pretending to be chickens floating around in my head. My main concern was a desire not to be embarrassed!
Fortunately the hypnotist "Dizzy", was on hand to allay my fears and to explain what he does in a pre-show chat. He explained is philosophy of not asking people to do anything with which they would be uncomfortable or embarrassed about at a later date - definitely no eating onions in the belief that they are apples in Dizzy's show. He explained how you first need to be receptive for hypnotism to work and explained that he has a few tricks up his sleeve to help get the audience relaxed and in the right frame of mind. These were taught to him by his mentor in Las Vegas, where he learnt much of his technique.
The evening began with us all reciting an affirmation that we were going to allow ourselves to have fun and a bit of a boogie to help us feel a bit more at ease and a bit less self-conscious. A number of people then volunteered to head up on stage in order to be hypnotised. The rest of us all had to close our eyes in an attempt to see if we were also good candidates for hypnotism - after a visualisation we were supposed to be unable to open our eyes without Dizzy giving us a signal. Unfortunately I had trouble keeping the picture in my mind - so obviously I was not in the right state of mind.
Those on stage proceeded to go through a number of trust exercises, with Dizzy sending them all off to sleep. Convincing them that their co-stars were pillows led to much hilarity in the audience as they all tried to find a comfortable sleeping position with their "pillow".
Throughout the evening we were entertained by the hypnotised audience members going through a number of activities, from pretending they were on the catwalk, being in a body building show, pretending audience members were their favourite film star to whom they had to give a sexy dance in order to find their way to an exclusive after-show party and unwrapping their favourite Christmas Present. Having them moving around the audience looking for their lost belly button was also a source of amusement. At no time was anyone asked to do something which they would regret at a later date, and videos were available for purchase so that participants could look back and see their shenanigans.
Putting on sunscreen ...
The show was fast-paced and ran for an hour, with Dizzy keeping the audience engaged at all times. I'm still not sure if I believe in hypnotism, but as he said, it doesn't work if you're not receptive. It was certainly a fun show and worth a few laughs with your friends. Dizzy is also available for corporate team building and has a series of mp3 recordings for sale for those looking for help with weight loss, quitting smoking and other issues. Again he stresses that these won't work for you unless you are receptive and have a strong desire to achieve your goal, as hypnosis only works if you are open and willing.
Dizzy has a website which lists his upcoming appearances, with performances on the Gold Coast and Cairns in planning for later this year. Tickets to his show cost $20 pre-paid, $30 at the door, which is not too bad for a fun night out - just remember that you need an open mind and you're there to have some fun.