Thursday, August 11, 2005

Some Hypnotized Folks Just Acting

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – People under hypnosis in stage shows do all kinds of funny things like barking like a dog at the request of a hypnotist, but don’t believe everything you see – some of them are just acting.

According to hypnotist Travis Fox, some folks fake it because they figure that they’re on stage and “need to give a performance” whether they are actually hypnotized or not.

He says the “tell-tale” signs of someone not truly hypnotized is if they’re acting “way over the top” in whatever they’re requested to do and also, they lack glazed-over eyes – one of the key signs that someone is in a hypnotic state.

Folks “faking it” may be more common than you think. Fox says he has a 70 to 80 percent success rate for truly putting someone under within three minutes leaving the rest to decide if they want to go along with a dog barking-like request or not.

Fox won’t be faking it when he appears on the ABC soap opera One Life To Live today (Aug. 11) and tomorrow. He plays – what else? – a hypnotist.

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