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Preview and photographs by Hannah O’Hanlon
A comedy hypnotist who made people believe they were on a tropical beach will return to cast his spell over Campbeltown.
Richard Roberts invites people to ‘see the show or be the show’ indicating that audience participation should be expected at the Campbeltown Masonic Lodge St John’s No 141 event.
Mr Roberts began his previous show by explaining that no one would be hypnotised against their will and that not everybody would be susceptible to his influences.
He quickly weeded out those who failed to fall under his spell until he was left with a final six, who obeyed his every command.
The magic word ‘sleep’ rendered the ‘victims’ seemingly unconscious in their chairs, and even worked when they were standing, the participants descending to the floor until Mr Roberts caught them.
Under his direction, the participants believed they were on a hot holiday, ‘answered’ their shoes as though they were their mobile phones, and played an imaginary piano with their hands and feet.
Every time they were ‘awoken’, they wondered how on earth they had ended up in each situation.
The grand finale was when Mr Roberts presented each person under his spell with ‘magic engineering from America’ which allowed them to ‘see’ the audience naked.
Great hilarity ensued as audience wide-eyed and open-mouthed participants gazed out into the crowd, through a beer mat with a hole in the middle.
When asked by Mr Roberts if he had been able to hypnotise them throughout the evening, the participants invariably answered: ‘No!’
Performing his knock-out stage show since 1995, Richard is a member of the Professional Stage Hypnotists Association, and is a fully qualified hypnotist.
He is sure to entertain, whether or not those on stage are as fully under his spell as it may seem.
Even the sceptics in the audience will struggle not to believe in the magic of hypnotism.
To ‘see the show or be the show’ head to Lodge St John’s No 141 on September 22 at 7pm.
Richard Roberts ensured participants were under his spell last time he visited. 50_c39hypnotist01
Those on stage were convinced their shoes had become mobile phones. 50_c39hypnotist02
‘Magic engineering from America’, AKA beer mats with a hole, allowed those under Mr Roberts’ spell to ‘see’ the audience naked. 50_c39hypnotist03