Hypnotist lulls crowd into laughs
|By Hannah Dillon, Albert Lea Tribune, Minn.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
DaVolt started off the show explaining that hypnosis isn't like what people see in the movies. Rather, hypnosis is a type of focused relaxation, he said.
Hypnosis happens all the time, DaVolt said. He gave examples such as daydreaming or getting lost in thought while doing other tasks. Mainly, DaVolt said that hypnosis comes down to breathing and relaxation to enter a state of focus required for hypnosis.
He also said that no one can be hypnotized against his or her will, despite what popular culture might show.
After going through the basics of hypnosis with the audience, DaVolt invited volunteers to come to the front of the room for the hypnosis demonstration. There were no shortage of volunteers as both teenagers and adults got up from their seats to be hypnotized.
For the next hour, DaVolt did many hypnosis exercises. After helping the volunteers focus and relax into a state of deep hypnosis, he used vocal commands to make them act like they were on a beach, riding a horse, on a rollercoaster or at the world's funniest movie.
He even had the volunteers act like they were
The audience applauded, cheered and giggled at the volunteers' antics, and a sense of awe filled the room as the show went on.
DaVolt comes from
He has performed across the country for fairs, events and corporations and overseas in places like
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The volunteers at Terry DaVolt's hypnosis show on Wednesday at the
DaVolt holds the microphone up to one of the volunteers at his hypnosis show Wednesday. In this segment, he hypnotized the volunteers into believing they were on a roller coaster. --
DaVolt, who has been entertaining since 1983, explains that hypnosis is simply focused relaxation, not magic like in the movies. --
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