Stage hypnosis lives in a strange middle ground between pseudoscience and the surreal.
Skeptics abound, detailing alleged trade secrets that performers use to trick the audience — including planting actors as participants and or whispering instructions into their ears.
Yet first-hand participants often recall a strange altered state in which they follow every instruction, and some have even criticized hypnotists for putting them in embarrassing situations.
Whether it’s placebo, trickery, meditation, manipulation or some other method, it’s a stage act that’s been around for more than a century.
Hypnotist Erick Kand took Ohio State students through that strange trip Monday night in a comedy hypnotism show sponsored by the Ohio… Read more