Last Friday night the Harold Park Hotel in Glebe was the venue for my comedy hypnosis show - Hypnosis Downunder. It was a fun filled evening with some great volunteers doing strange, fun and wonderful things which provided a lot of entertainment for the audience.
The final routine for the evening was taking a volunteer into full catalepsy and then laying them across two cheers. ie the heels on one cheer and the shoulders on the other. They lay there as stiff as a board, like a plank.
Just to make certain you know catalepsy is, the official definition is as follows:-
n.pl.cat·a·lep·sies A condition characterized by lack of response to external stimuli and by muscular rigidity, so that the limbs remain in whatever position they are placed. It is known to occur in a variety of physical and psychological disorders, such as epilepsy and schizophrenia, and can be induced by hypnosis.
After laying the volunteer between the chairs, I instructed him to relax and wake up from the neck up (that's why it is absolutely essential to ensure the shoulders are on the chair).
He looked up in amazement at the rest of his body which was just laying there like a plank between the chairs.
When he was stood back up, given the ability to relax again and in a lucid state I then asked him to repeat the feat without catalepsy. He couldn't do it. He was forcing his body to arch up so that he could maintain keeping his body off the ground. This tired him out. Yet, while in a hypnotic state, he could easily maintain that rigidity.
Wouldn't it be powerful if we could do things easily and effortlessly instead of fighting to achieve goals in life? That is exactly what hypnosis can do for you!
It is a force for good. One day you might get the chance for me to show you.
Have a great evening and Go Downunder - inTrance :)