Some students at a private all girls school in Quebec, Canada were locked in a trance for almost 5 hours when a mass hypnosis demonstration went wrong.
Maxime Nadeau was hired by the school to perform a hypnotism show for a group of 12 and 13 year-old girls at an end of school year event at the Collège du Sacré-Coeur. However, when the young hypnotists prepared to end the event, several girls in the audience remained mesmerized.
When Nadeau was unable snap the student’s out of their trance, he had to call his mentor and trainer Richard Whitbread to reverse the effects in an emergency intervention.
“Being in a trance is a state of well-being,” Nadeau said. “I wasn’t stressed. I knew they would get out of it.”
Whitbread said that he had to re-hypnotize the girls in order to help them, and brought them out of their state using a stern voice.
“There were a couple of students who had their heads lying on the table and there were (others) who, you could tell, were in trance,” Whitbread said. “The eyes were open and there was nobody home.”
When the students were asked about the hypnosis experience, one of the students described her trance as being “cool,” and that she would do it again.
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