Comedy Hypnosis with Wayne Donnelly is running as part of Adelaide Fringe Festival at The Arkaba: Top of the Ark at 2:00pm on March 11th, for one-show-only. The 2018 show is all about pushing the boundaries and proving hypnosis can get people to do things they wouldn't normally do.
Donnelly convinced two talents that mops were their partners. One male, called John, had a beautiful mop called Annalise, while another female, called Claire, had a sexy male mop called John. John introduced Annalise to another volunteer on the stage, to which he replied 'it's just a mop' and John told him that he was very rude. Donnelly then convinced the volunteer that Annalise was the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen as well, and John told him to watch himself, noticing he had taken a fancy to Annalise.
As the show continued, John and Claire both received important phone calls from their shoe phones. John spoke to Sandra Bullock while Claire was planning a date with George Clooney, who asked if she had a passport because he was picking her up in his private jet.
Audience volunteer, Jan, had her name completely wiped from her memory and was overwhelmed when she thought she'd won the lottery, but was disappointed when she couldn't find the ticket. She was convinced John had stolen her winning ticket. Later, she was hypnotised to think that cigarettes tasted like dog poo, and at a halftime break, when she went out for a smoke, she said it didn't taste like dog poo but it also didn't taste as good as normal.
Donnelly's approach is humorous and inventive and has the audience having as much fun as the volunteers. Donnelly's show is quite different to other Fringe hypnosis shows because he often brings in props that add to the show's humour. The 2017 show had a live snake and he hypnotised the volunteers into not being afraid, so the snake wasn't phased and didn't sense fear.
Volunteer John lost his backside at the start of the show and spent the entire show kneeling or standing because when he went to sit down, he would slide off the chair. Donnelly hypnotised one audience member to yell out 'Bullshit' every time he mentioned the word 'Hypnosis'. This escalated dramatically when he convinced the member to pull out a cap gun and shoot them after hearing 'Hypnosis, Hypnosis'. This was a dramatic finale to the show.
5 Star reviews at the 2016 & 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival and winner of Adelaide Fringe Week 1, Best Fringe Show in 2016.
2018 show is another great review, 4.5/5 Stars
Sadly this year, he did take out 'Arkaba's Got Talent', which is my favourite part. I enjoy watching the talent dance, strut and perform their best-hidden talents. However, this show did have guests laughing throughout.