That’s exactly what happened when a mass hypnosis in Sherbrooke, Quebec went wrong. The hypnotist, Maxime Nadeau, was hired as a performer as part of an end-of-the-school-year event at an all-girls private high school (you can see video of the performance below). Nadeau found himself in a bit of a predicament when he couldn’t seem to revive a number of the students he had put under hypnosis. Even when the show had concluded, he was unable to bring the girls back to consciousness.
Some of the girls were left in “mass hypnosis” limbo for up to five hours before Nadeau’s mentor, Richard Whitbread, could make it over to the school to take control and save the day.
When he arrived, Whitbread noted that a couple of students had their heads lying on the table and there were others in a trance. “The eyes were open and there was nobody home,” he said. The girls, however, were never in harm’s way and eventually came to in good spirits. Whitbread simply had to make the girls think they were being hypnotized all over again and then talk them out of the trance with a stern voice.
Don’t feel bad for Nadeau though. Despite the mishap, word on the street is that there are plenty of parents out there who would be more than willing to hire him to knock out their children in five-hour increments.