TuesWE challenge, May 20, 2014, Mind Control

I once went to a convention and joined in on the evening’s live entertainment.  I say I joined in because the entertainer was a hypnotist and I was one of the 10 victims that had been volunteered as a good sport.  Not wanting to rain on the parade, I went along with the nine others, took seats on the stage (facing a rather large audience) and followed the hypnotist’s instructions.

 “You’re getting sleepy.  You no longer can keep your eyes open.  Your eyes are closing.  You’re now in a deep trance and will do as I say.  When I snap my fingers, you will awake, feeling happy and refreshed.”  I looked around and did what the others did; finally slumping down with eyes closed and I heard a voice.  His voice, saying, “You may go back to the audience.  He wasn’t very happy that I wasn’t under his control.

 I watched with the rest of the audience as he instructed one of the ladies (a beautiful young, happy lady)  to pretend she was Marilyn Monroe.  The young woman immediately went into an internal struggle; as though another was trying to possess her body and she was fighting it.  It was obvious that she liked herself and had no desire to be anyone else.  She was stressed and fighting.  I never knew if this was a cruel joke or if the hypnotist did this without thinking, but he quickly realized his mistake and brought her out of the trance.  She woke, but looked like she was going to be sick.

 He then proceeding to the other victims on stage and the rest of his act was funny.  He had a guy in the Indy 500s racing; another sailing.  My favorite one was what he did to a dear friend of mine.  He convinced her that money was falling from the sky and she’d be rich if she caught and stored this money.  At first, she caught the money and stuffed it down her bra.  It must have filled up because she started tossing it up her shirt (quite lady like).   She woke up feeling more than refreshed, but that entire evening, she continually adjusted her bra.

 You probably know now what this challenge is about – mind control.  More to the point, after hypnosis, what path did that person take?  Did the money lady accumulate real wealth or did she spend her life savings at a casino?

 You can be either the hypnotist having fun with people’s minds or the victim.  Tell us the story.

Challenge:  You are either a hypnotist having fun with people’s minds or you are the victim of a hypnotist’s whims.  What happened while under a trance and what happened after?.

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28 thoughts on “TuesWE challenge, May 20, 2014, Mind Control

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      • Just sent an e-mail regarding the new group. I don’t think I’m ready to tie myself down to a weekly format, but I have to do some writing — I’m going crazy!

        I appreciate your appreciation, but the appreciation can wait until we get the new group up and running. We have everything going for us and I see it as only a matter of figuring out how we’re going to get things going and when.

  2. Interesting tale. I’ve seen a few hypnotists but never gave volunteering a try.

    Do you join up here somewhere? I don’t know the ins and outs, but I”ll try anything twice…

  3. Pam: I think the best example of mind control is a wife with her husband. Subtle words like, “I think you look nice in that shirt” lead to days wearing the same thing. “That food isn’t good for you,” makes you change your diet, and “If we ever win the lottery I want that” depletes your bank account earlier than planned. I love my hypnotist. I’ve been married to her for 44 years.

    • I needed that laugh, Richard. Thanks. I’ve been married almost 40 years and each time I ask my hubby if my pants make my butt look big, he always has the right answer. He says, “Yes.” Gotta love that man because I’ve always been skinny. 🙂

  4. I had heard about this. Back when I was in college years ago, the college actually brought in a hypnotist to sorta break the new students in and to have a good time. I was glad I hadn’t gone to the event, cuz I sure didn’t want to be called up and get hypnotized to do stuff I didn’t wanna do. I heard one person truly thought he/she was Madonna and started dancing away. Yipes.

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