QuakeCon 2006 (Page 3) - Magic and Hypnosis
You don't even
have to be a gamer to enjoy QuakeCon. They had a number of
entertainers come in to kill the (practically nonexistent) time.
wish I remembered this guy's name. I really need to write some of
this stuff down. He was in the BYOC area doing card tricks and
informed us that we had to go see him at 6:00 along with the hypnotist
following him. I took some videos of the card tricks, but the
BYOC area was too dark to see them well, so I won't bother
sharing. I will, however, post lots of pictures of the show.
He started off
with some typical magic tricks. Here he's "using chi" to
determine if the card holder is lying or telling the truth about the
card he's holding against his side.
The above trick
was new to me, but another magician performed it later, so I guess it's
somewhat standard routine. He "hammered" a large nail into his
... then had an
audience member pull it out. Something sprayed out.
"Oh! It's blood!"
(dramatic pause), "No, it'snot."
demonstrates how to remove an inflamed appendix. The guy was a
riot, but the magic tricks were just a warmup for the main event:
hypnosis. After a while he finally introduced the amazing
hypnotist he had talked so much about...
... himself, with a
different jacket. He started off by demonstrating the power of suggestion. The premise was, if
puckered up along with him when he took a bite out of that juicy
lemon, you were a good candidate for hypnosis. As he was cutting
open the lemon, somebody from t he crowed yelled out, "Lemon
party!" He just stopped in his tracks and laughed, then said,
"You need to get out more."
He then requested
volunteers. It was a mad rush, and there were far more volunteers
than seats available on stage.
Some of the
volunteers didn't give up so easily.
The lights were
turned down low and the hypnosis began.
everybody into a state of relaxation, the hypnotist began manipulating
his subjects, lifting each of their arms and telling them it was stiff
as steel; immovable.
Some of the
participants were a little more relaxed than others.
convinced that there's something funny on television. I might as
well point out, if you haven't noticed already, that these two people
were the "stars" of the show. They were the hypnotic equivalent
of being wasted. As you'll see later, they believed pretty much
everything they were told.
Now it's a more
Now it's something hilarious.
A horror movie! She's hiding in the closet and something's coming
to get her! OH CRAP!
As you've no doubt guessed, not everybody fell under hypnosis.
This poor kid here was constantly subjected to the grabbing and
cuddling of those who did. Sorry for the blur. I was
laughing too hard to hold the camera steady.
Of course it's all well and good if they're both hypnotized.
Here he "gave" everybody a nice drink and pointed out an interesting
fact: you can't make somebody do something under hypnosis that they
wouldn't normally do. Thus, if they didn't drink, they wouldn't
hold out their glass.
Hypnosis can even increase people's
perception of gravity or make them feel they're stuck to the ground and
can't get up.
Now he tells everybody that there's an awful smell coming from the
person sitting next to them. Then he went around and asked people
what was wrong. About all he could get out of them was,
"Gak," or "Ghagch," as seen in the above picture. The only
two intelligible response he got were, "You're supposed to shower at
QuakeCon!" and, "I think this kid $#!% his pants!"
Next he told them the smell was worse, and it was coming from them. "Why didn't anybody
tell me I smelled this bad?!"
This was the best part. He assigned people different occupations
and various other nonsensical things. The guy holding the chair
is a superhero. I didn't catch what name he gave himself, but his
self-proclaimed superpower was that he could hear everything. The girl to his
right just received a new shoe phone. Every time the hypnotist
said "stuck", it would ring. She didn't try to take it off
before answering it.
This fellow was a dancer and showed off his killer new dance move.
I don't have a picture of it, but the look on one girl's face when
somebody walked through the cement she just spent the past several
minutes smoothing was priceless. It was the same girl who pulled
the nail from the entertainer's nose earlier.
Here the hypnotist tells his subjects that they've bet their entire
life savings in a horse race, and the louder they yell and harder they
stomp, the better their horse does.
It was pretty chaotic.
Some people were on the verge of tears when their horse lost. "It
can't be that bad, can it?" All she could do was whimper.
This guy dropped to his knees and started pulling out his last few
dollars from his wallet. "But wait, you don't have a
ticket! If you placed a bet, you'd have a ticket in your
hand. You forgot to place your bet!" It took a lot of
convincing for some people. One poor kid had a piece of paper in
his hand and started freaking out.
"When I turn around, you'll notice the strangest thing. The back
of my suit has completely fallen off."
Now when he said this, I was just imagining the back of the suit jacket
falling off, but judging from the reactions, most people pictured a lot
more than that!
Some people even tried to cover him up with sheets of paper, jackets,
whatever they could find.
The real kicker was when the hypnotist said that the back of his suit
repaired itself and the front
had fallen off. This guy totally flipped out. I wish I had
a better picture, but the other one was just a big blur. At that
point, the hypnotist decided to really mess with them and started doing
this little dance. Step, step, hop hop hop.
When it was all said and done, several people had completely turned
their chairs around so they wouldn't have to look at his frontless suit.
Last picture! The participants are convinced that they're glued
to their seats and can't get up until the hypnotist shakes their
hands. Some people were rather eager to go. One guy about
walked off the stage with his chair.
There were several other things that happened that I simply was not
able to capture on solid state storage. He had the hypnotized
people (hypnotees?) go back into the audience for a bit and say/do
different things when he said certain words. Some examples are,
"Somebody stole my belly button and I want it back!", "I've got on my
leather underpants and I'm looking for a date!", and the two "stars"
acting as Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.
One thing I seemed to have missed was when the hypnotist dropped pieces
of paper on the ground saying they were large sums of money, and that
whoever picked it up had the option of keeping it or returning
it. Most of the people opted to return it. He was rather
impressed and stated that he had never had that many people return it
before. I think it's just a testament to the fact that gamers are
generally good people.
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