Thursday, January 07, 2010

Hypnotist Hypnotizes Himself

Trainee hypnotist puts himself into a trance

A newly trained hypnotist accidentally put himself into a trance for five hours while practising in front of a mirror.

Matt Lucas as hypnotist Kenny Craig /PA

Helmut Kichmeier, 27, was found by wife, Joanna, staring into thin air in their north London home, reports the Daily Telegraph. Mr Kichmeier, whose stage name is Hannibal Helmurto, had learned to put himself into a trance to help him swallow swords on stage. He had been taught the skill by hypnotherapist Dr Ray Roberts to assist in a new act for the Circus of Horrors show. But as he practiced the skill in front of the mirror at 10am he set himself into a deep sleep until 3pm, when he was found by his wife. It was only after she phoned Dr Roberts and put the receiver to Mr Kichmeier's head that he was able to be talked out of the trance. Mrs Kichmeier said her husband had looked just like a zombie when she came into the room to find him. She said: "I tried to ask him what was wrong but he didn't answer and it was then I looked at the sofa behind him and saw a book named Hypnosis Medicine of the Mind. "It was opened on page 45 and a chapter named hypnotic anaesthesia and I realised there was something wrong. "It was only then I noticed a letter next to the book a letter from his mentor, Dr Roberts, and I knew what I had to do."


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