Hypnotized Girls Caught in Trance for Five Hours
Imagine falling under the trance of a hypnotist...and not waking up for over five hours!
That’s exactly what happened to several girls at Quebec’s private school, Collège du Sacré-Coeur.
Maxime Nadeau, a young hypnotist, performed a typical show for the school's students, but instead of simply entrancing his subjects, it affected several 12 and 13-year-old audience members as well. He had some trouble waking the girls up, and was reported that one girl was stuck in a trance for over five hours.
He said that he was not concerned about the girls when they would not wake up because a trance is a state of well-being, and the girls were not in any danger. In fact, one affected student later called the entire experience “cool” and said that she would do it again, even knowing about its unexpected consequences.
After hours of unsuccessfully attempting to bring the girls out of their trances, Nadeau called for backup. His mentor and trainer, Richard Whitbread, was able to wake the girls up by telling them he was going to re-hypnotize them and then counting to five in a stern voice.
Strangely, Whitbread claims that the girls may have been especially vulnerable to Nadeau’s hypnotism because of his youth and good looks. What’s more, the school’s principal did not know before the performance that hypnotism is not suggested for children under age 14 because of their increased susceptibility to its effects.
Have you ever been hypnotized?