I have a had a life-long love of the arts; enjoying theatre, ballet, art and movies. We are all time poor and have limits to our entertainment budget so I hope an honest review will help make your choices easier.
Delivering all your hypnotic dreams and an evening filled with belly laughs
Following a record-breaking season in 2017, the Wonderland Festival returns with 25 spectacular shows over 11 nights. Brisbane Powerhouse's Artistic Director Kris Stewart said, 'the whole venue has been filled with weird and wonderful experiences' including burlesque, circus, music, theatre, comedy and more.
As a comedic stage hypnotist, Isaac Lomman proved to be a sensational opening act for the festival. Lomman became a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with Masters in Neuro Linguistic Programming and Time Dynamics in 2010, making him well qualified to turn you into a clucking pigeon or sensational river dancer in front of all your friends and a bunch of very appreciative strangers.
Despite all those serious qualifications, Lomman also appears to be a master entertainer, drawing the best from his audience through his boyish charm and delightful love of the ridiculous.
If you have ever seen a hypnotist live on stage, the format of this show will be familiar. Inviting volunteers from the audience, Lomman gently and respectfully takes these curious souls on a journey through their own minds. The volunteers, in varying levels of hypnosis, respond to his suggestions with hilarious outcomes. Of course, my favourite part was when one young fellow became convinced I was the most beautiful woman in the world. What can I say? I signed up to hypnosis 101 as soon as I got home!
While those who were totally susceptible to Lomman's suggestions and therefore totally committed to their given delusion, for me the resisters were equally entertaining. With one or two volunteers, not fully hypnotised, we watched their conscious and unconscious minds battled to dominate. As Lomman made a ridiculous suggestion, every part of their physical being wanted to comply and yet a small part of their conscious mind would try to stop them. While not as hilarious as their gyrating and clucking co-volunteers, these resisters had a charm and fascination all of their own.
This show was just good clean fun; the audience spent most of the time either in nervous anticipation or laughing out loud. In a festival that leans toward the titillating, this show stands out as one for the entire family.