A Quebec all-girls high school said the activity went awry as numerous students had problems after the show — including one girl who remained stuck in a trance for four hours.
The incident occurred last week at a private school, College du Sacre-Coeur in Sherbrooke, during a lunchtime end-of-year event.
At least five students appeared to experience trouble after the show, given by a 20-year-old hypnotist.
Principal Daniel Leveille said Friday in a news release that at least one student remained in a trance for four hours — which the administrator described as a “deep sleep.” In addition, 13 other students reported having headaches or nausea.
Administrators said they learned after the fact that hypnosis isn’t recommended for people under the age of 14 because people that young are particularly susceptible to it. The school said through a spokesman Friday that it had no idea such a show could have those side effects.
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WHOA. They had “no idea” of the side effects because hypnotists CAN’T do that. What a great story — what looks like a textbook example of suggestibility. From the surface, these girls have convinced themselves that they have been severely affected.
A similar effect occurs in exorcism/possession or religious experiences. People can easily give themselves over to the moment and believe they are trapped in that condition until someone of authority frees them.
In a hilarious anecdotal side note, my 14 year daughter also had a hypnotist come to her school. She tells me it was “utter bullcrap”. It was obvious that the participants played along with the act and she even asked her friend who volunteered if she was really “hypnotized” to which she answered “NO! I was totally faking it,” because it’s an act and you want to perform as expected.
This story is utter bullcrap.