Giraffes, Justin Bieber and roller coasters were the main attraction last Thursday at the show hosted by hypnotist Chris Jones in the Student Event Center at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. It was a night where laughter was the guest of honor and it was not going to let anyone down, including those who were up on the stage. The audience varied from mature people to a newborn baby, but age was not a barrier for the hypnotist to make everyone have a great time.
The anticipation of the night could be felt in the air while music played and people ate some of the refreshments being served in the back. But once the show started the only people to get out of their seats were the ones who were called to go on the stage.
Jones began with a demonstration with two audience members, which he called “Placebo,” and many people in the audience were impressed. Then he moved on to a different demonstration. This time he used the entire audience and at one point he played a joke on everyone, and that is where laughter really began.
Jones addressed those who were skeptics of hypnosis, letting them know that it was real, and then he went straight to business, hypnotizing 13 lucky audience members. Once the volunteers were hypnotized the audience got the best abs and facial work out ever. It was a constant stream of laughter in the Student Event Center.
Many scenarios were played on the show, and it would be hard to pick the most memorable of the night, but there were couple that made the audience laugh especially hard. Who can forget those faces that the hypnotized made when they believed they won the lottery? Priceless faces were being presented to the audience as the hypnotized started to make plans to spend their money. Some of the hypnotized wanted to buy houses, mansions, their dream cars, lakes, and islands, the usual things a person dreams of having.
Then one exclaimed, “I want a giraffe!”
Those who were hypnotized also “rode a roller coaster.” They seemed to be enjoying it while the ride was at its fun point, but when it broke down, all the screaming and scared faces made the audience go crazy with laughter.
At the end of the show Jones changed some skeptics into believers.
“I really think that this hypnosis stuff might actually be real,” said Salt Lake Community College student Sam Ortiz after the show.
“It was good, very good, but embarrassing for what I said and did up there,” said Ludmila Nicolia about her participation during the show.
But if there was an award for being the star of the night it would go to SLCC volleyball player Maddie Bushman, who cried while hugging Justin Bieber. She even got her giraffe.
“It was weird, but most definitely embarrassing now,” said Bushman after the show.
While those who were hypnotized were embarrassed, the audience left the show with a smile on their faces.
“I loved it. This is definitely a memorable night of my life,” said John Kingston.