This is a fun article written by Suhina Srivastav, a student journalist at The Hun School of Princeton…
Can I Be Hypnotized?
Many found out this past weekend when Erick Kand, the Comedian Hypnotist, came back to the Hun School of Princeton to provide us with another entertaining show. As a part of the residential weekend, the show attracted many students eager to experience the magic of hypnosis. When the audience was asked to participate, about 30 students volunteered. However, after a quick test from Kand, he soon narrowed it down to 10 girls and 10 boys.
Kand started off by simply telling the volunteers to calm their minds and relax. After about five minutes of relaxation, he told these twenty students that they are resting at a tropical beach. But soon enough, Kand tells them that it is really hot and the only way to keep themselves cool is by fanning themselves. In a matter of seconds, hands are frantically waving in the air as if it were 100 degrees outside. While the volunteers might have been sweating, the rest of their peers were laughing in the audience. As the show continued, Kand introduced even more bizarre scenarios involving strange characters from ballerinas to vampires.
Hypnotized Students – When Chairs Attack!
One of the most memorable points of the night was when Erick Kand hypnotized the volunteers into believing their chairs were their favorite animals. The audience witnessed multiple students stroking chairs and petting them, with some even showing the chairs off by holding the chairs up Lion King style. It became even more amusing when we found out what the animals were; Chris Sharp ’15 (class of 2015) proceeded to walk his ‘dog’ by dragging a chair around the gym, while Lily Razavi ’13 was more creative and thought of a unicorn named Sparkles. Although most chairs were puppies and dogs, some pets included reindeer and even ligers.
The audience involvement in the show made it that much better and, of course, funnier. At one point, Kand convinced the volunteers that they were secret agents on a mission to retrieve a decoder hidden in a shoe. Their objective was to go into the audience and basically take someone’s shoe! As a result, Thomas Von Davier ’15 ran to a nearby friend (Rayhan Sendhey ’15) proceeded to take his shoe and hit him with it. The show became even funnier when, Erick Kand decided to lift the hypnosis off of the volunteers right after they took the shoes, which resulted in twenty very confused students holding unknown shoes.
I Don’t Remember a Thing!
After the hypnosis show, when asked what he remembered, Thomas Von Davier ’15 replied, “I don’t remember a thing! All I remember is sitting in a chair in the gym and sleeping for a couple of hours.” When I told him about the hypnosis and the crazy things he did, he immediately denied it: “No, I was sleeping! There is no way that happened.” None of the volunteers remember being hypnotized either, instead feeling as if they had just taken an eight hour nap. But I’m sure if each of them took one look at the video, they would certainly be surprised to see their involuntary actions in these hilarious scenarios!