Jim Wand’s hypnotist stage show returned to EC’s campus on Sept. 6 for its 17th year, nailing down another year of interesting talent and performance. Students attending the presentation created a full house in Founders’ Lounge to witness their peers be put in a trance.
Wand has performed for over 900 college campuses across the country over the course of a 30 year career.
Brave volunteers sat anxiously in a row of chairs before the crowd as Wand explained the benefits of exposing young adults to what he does. “Hypnosis takes you to the next level... one hour of being hypnotized is equal to eight hours of sleep.”
The show aimed at an overall comedic and lighthearted tone, and throughout the night Wand mentioned how learning hypnosis for oneself could be utilized as a stress relieving tool for school, work or extracurricular responsibilities.
Nonetheless, the audience still laughed, gasped, and was left in awe by the performer’s abilities to control his subjects onstage.
One volunteer who had been hypnotized at Wand’s EC appearance last year was made spellbound in a matter of four seconds. Wand explained that this was the result of still possessing a mindset that facilitates hypnosis.
A handful of volunteers were sent back due to a lack of focus, but the ones who were able to fall into a trance provided a spectacle for the room.
Volunteers believed they were on a motorcycle joyride, background dancers in a music video for Justin Bieber’s “Despacito,” and zombies from “The Walking Dead” all within the course of an hour and a half. Some even went as far as flirting with each other, cursing, or wandering into the audience from being so absorbed in their given prompts.
Once the show concluded, audience members ambushed students who were hypnotized with questions and comments on what it was like to slip out of their own consciousness and into Wand’s trance.