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Posted by Boghound on February 20, 2012

Magician claims mass hypnosis

A magician said he broke a world record Friday night in Montreal after reportedly hypnotizing 422 people at once.

Messmer the magician asked the crowd to keep their feet well-anchored on the floor and to cross their hands in front of them with their index fingers pointed towards the ceiling.

Messmer then asked the crowd gathered at the Bell Centre, the home arena of the Montreal Canadiens, to lift their right hand. About 40 volunteers counted how many people hypnotically listened. Messmer claimed he produced the largest collective hypnosis ever.

Next, the participants were asked to put on imaginary helmets and take a ride in the cockpit of a rocket. There, the hypnotized crowd met “Martians” – who were actually those sitting around them in the stands – and were asked to communicate with “ground control.”

Messmer warned the crowd that his show, called “Fascinateur” (Fascinator) would bring them on a “journey to the depths of their subconscious.”

Aided by his two apprentices, Sinclair and Saint-Pierre, Messmer made his audience do all kinds of silly things.

Some of them fell into his arms, others thought they were being swarmed by bees. Many cried, many others laughed. A few men acted out a Western cowboy film.

At one point in the evening audience members signalled to Messmer that some hypnotized people fell asleep in the stands.

“Let them sleep,” the magician ordered. “There is no danger; they will simply catch up on some rest.”

Audience member Marie-Chantal Brien told QMI Agency after the show that she was surprised at how easily she was hypnotized.

“My heart was hurting at the start of the show,” she said. “One of (Messmer’s) assistants came to see me and said the energy will increase and at the count of three, the pain would stop. It worked!”


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