Write because you want to, not because you have to.
Overall rating: ★★★★★ Date attended: 22/02/2019
Hypnosis is something that I've always been curious about and find it rather intriguing. However, it is something that has primarily attracted a great level of scepticism from me for the longest time...till yesterday.
Isaac Lomman is a charismatic and enigmatic individual, who welcomed us to his show Hypnosis last night. The stage was set with a generous number of chairs (around 15 or so) for the volunteers, who would soon be having us in the audience fall out of our chairs in laughter.
Given how his show primarily focused on audience participation, the real stars of the show were the ones who rushed to get on those seats and fall into a trance. The tricks that Lomman made his volunteers do is something that you simply wouldn't do by choice. He was able to articulate some of the most ingenious and downright hilarious actions and gripped the minds of the volunteers so strongly that I'm 95% convinced that they are still under his spell.
It is safe to say that no two shows will ever be the same, relying heavily on the level of (and determination) of the audience participation in the show. From the show I watched yesterday, some of the memorable moments included volunteers falling in love with someone from the audience, forgetting their own names, narrating eloquent caveman-English poetry, 'losing' certain (and well-loved body parts) and finding it with the audiences' help, reacting to sitting in front of a naked audience, and then having that flipped back on them - and that's just a fraction of the many, many tricks that Lomman made his volunteers perform (and rather well)!
A super family-friendly event that can appeal to anyone from 8 - 80 and beyond, Lomman is a keen hypnotist with a passion to show people the wonders of the human mind and how it is capable of so much more than we could have ever imagined! Given how we tend to visualize things as a way of learning and reacting to things, Lomman is able to demonstrate how well he has the power to 'put people under' with something as simple as snapping your fingers or a gentle touch on the shoulder.
Lomman is quite the savvy, who can seamlessly create a show-stopping spectacle out of his volunteers and with his calm and relaxed demeanour. He is able to instantly make everyone in the room feel at ease, whilst also being able to successfully entertain audiences to the point that they are crying from laughing too hard.
Pro tip - don't fall asleep during this show... unless you dare.
Isaac Lomman will be performing HYPNOSIS (LIVE) at Gluttony, as part of Adelaide Fringe, till March 17. Book your tix here.