LISBON - Volunteers on stage tonight in the Lisbon Central School auditorium will believe in invisibility, that they are walking on the surface of Mars, and, when prompted by the word popcorn, will act like theyve smelled something worse than rotten eggs.
The Senior Class Parents of 2012 will host the Terry Parrett Comedy Hypnosis Show at 7:30 p.m., a fundraiser that will help send the senior class to Virginia Beach over Memorial weekend, said Tina M. Martin, event organizer.
Ive been at similar shows and with all of the audience participation, its hilarious, Mrs. Martin said. It should be a really fun and family-oriented evening.
Terry J. Parrett, Long Island, said Thursday his interest in hypnotism began when he received a book on the subject for his 12th birthday.
I invited a friend over and tranced him out the first try, he said.
Before performing for a living, he earned a masters of business administration degree.
Then I decided I wanted to be an entertainer, and thats been it for the past 20 years, he said.
Mr. Parrett defined hypnosis as the unconscious following of instruction.
Its hard to explain. Basically what happens is I invite folks on stage and put them in a hypnotic trance and alter their reality so we can have fun, Mr. Parrett said. I tap into your subconscious mind and lead you to do things youre not aware of. Not sleep, but very focused attention.
In providing examples of what one can expect from his show, Mr. Parrett described a scenario in which he talks a volunteer into smelling something that isnt there.
When entranced, they think what I tell them is real. I put them in what they think is the worlds funniest movie and theyre laughing and laughing, he said. Then I say popcorn, and they act like its the worst smell in their lives. That gets a lot of laughs.
During the 90 minute show, 15 to 20 volunteers are called on stage, but Mr. Parrett uses only six to eight of them.
Whoever goes the deepest (in trance) in the shortest amount of time, he said.
Half of the people who volunteer for his show remember about half of what happened, Mr. Parrett said. A third dont remember anything. Theyre up there for 90 minutes, but they think theyve only been there for 10. That, to me, is the funny part.
He said high school crowds are ideal subjects.
They all want to be up there. Theyre knocking each other out of the way to get up on stage. If I put 40 chairs up Id fill em. Thats great for me, he said.
Admission for tonights show is $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and children at the door. Refreshments will be for sale during intermission, during which, Mr. Parrett said, the show continues.
Ill hypnotize someone into being a shoelace monitor during intermission and another to stand by the refreshment counter and cheer every time someone makes a purchase, he said.