Com­edy hyp­no­tist is sure to work his magic again

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS - Pre­view and pic­tures Han­nah O’Han­lon ed­i­tor@camp­bel­town­courier.co.uk

A com­edy hyp­no­tist who made peo­ple be­lieve they were on a trop­i­cal beach will re­turn to cast his spell over Camp­bel­town. Richard Roberts in­vites peo­ple to ‘see the show or be the show’ in­di­cat­ing that au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion should be ex­pected at the Camp­bel­town Ma­sonic Lodge St John’s No 141 event. Mr Roberts be­gan his pre­vi­ous show by ex­plain­ing that no one would be hyp­no­tised against their will and that not ev­ery­body would be sus­cep­ti­ble to his in­flu­ences. He quickly weeded out those who failed to fall un­der his spell un­til he was left with a fi­nal six, who obeyed his ev­ery com­mand. The magic word ‘sleep’ ren­dered the ‘vic­tims’ seem­ingly un­con­scious in their chairs, and even worked when they were stand­ing, the par­tic­i­pants de­scend­ing to the floor un­til Mr Roberts caught them. Un­der his di­rec­tion, the par­tic­i­pants be­lieved they were on a hot hol­i­day, ‘an­swered’ their shoes as though they were their mo­bile phones, and played an imag­i­nary pi­ano with their hands and feet. Ev­ery time they were ‘awo­ken’, they won­dered how on earth they had ended up in each sit­u­a­tion. The grand fi­nale was when Mr Roberts pre­sented each per­son un­der his spell with ‘magic en­gi­neer­ing from Amer­ica’ which al­lowed them to ‘see’ the au­di­ence naked. Great hi­lar­ity en­sued as wide-eyed and open­mouthed par­tic­i­pants gazed out into the crowd, through a beer mat with a hole in the mid­dle. When asked by Mr Roberts if he had been able to hyp­no­tise them through­out the evening, the par­tic­i­pants in­vari­ably an­swered: ‘No!’ Per­form­ing his knockout stage show since 1995, Richard is a mem­ber of the Pro­fes­sional Stage Hyp­no­tists As­so­ci­a­tion, and is a fully qual­i­fied hyp­no­tist. He is sure to en­ter­tain, whether or not those on stage are as fully un­der his spell as it may seem. Even the scep­tics in the au­di­ence will strug­gle not to be­lieve in the magic of hypnotism. To ‘see the show or be the show’ head to Lodge St John’s No 141 on Septem­ber 22 at 7pm.

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Those on stage were con­vinced their shoes had be­come mo­bile phones.

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