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Hypnosis doesn’t work for everyone

Apparently, I’m too stubborn to be hypnotized, but maybe the third time is the charm.

Apparently, I’m too stubborn to be hypnotized, but maybe the third time is the charm.

After watching the Terry Stokes live hypnotism show on the Coca-Cola Stage, I decided I wanted to be put under the trance, but my mind had other plans for me.

As nervous as I was before getting onto the stage, once I was there, Stokes made me feel at ease, alongside the other 11 chosen to be hypnotized. As I raised my arms and relaxed I couldn’t help but think, “Is this really going to work?”

But as I relaxed and drifted to the words of Stokes, I started feeling light and in a daze, but one by one Stokes put the others to sleep and when he commanded me to sleep — it didn’t work.

“About 80 per cent of people are hypnotized,” Stokes tells me afterwards. He thinks if I wasn’t writing a story it may have worked.

“You were borderline, so close,” he said, adding we could try again.

But maybe it’s a good thing it didn’t work as a few of the other ladies were singing their hearts out, thinking they were Shania Twain and Britney Spears. That could have been me.

“It’s just a lot of fun, I love coming to Calgary for the Stampede and it’s like a vacation for me,” Stokes said.

I’m a little jealous it worked on everyone else, but I think I might try again and again, until it does.

Katelyn Bryan, 15, was one of the lucky ones hypnotized and said she was aware of what she was doing but couldn’t stop herself.

“I’m sure I will be embarrassed when I watch the tape, but it was fun. I don’t think I would normally do that stuff,” she said, after kissing her best friend on command.

“That was a little awkward.”