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Wednesday, January 15, 2003


Maybe it's because I grew up in the age of Kreskin, but for some reason I'm strangely drawn to the new Aflac commercials featuring The Amazing Kreskin. He's hypnotizing a subject into becoming a chicken. The Aflac duck is in the background, just off stage. When the subject is clearly hypnotized, Kreskin looks at his audience in subtle surprise. As a consequence of the subject becoming hypnotized, the Aflac duck also becomes hypnotized.

I can relate. Back in 1978 I was hypnotized as part of a nightclub act. The hypnotist called for volunteers. I didn't really want to do it, but the friends I was with talked me into it. It started out with a group of about 20 on stage. The hypnotist quickly eliminated about eight of those. I was one of the remaining. When all was said and done, I walked off stage with my socks on the outside of my shoes.

Oh, I almost forgot, Aflac!

Posted by Marie at January 15, 2003 9:59 PM


So you're saying it really works? My daughter wants me to go to one on Sunday to help me quit smoking. I just don't think I can be hypnotized

Posted by: Tudy at January 17, 2003 6:12 PM

Hi Tudy. Yes, hypnosis works. That's not to say it'll work for quitting smoking. About 10 years ago, I went with my mom and our cousin to a hypnotist, who billed himself as a doctor, at the Holiday Inn. It was a group thing and the promise was that we'd quit smoking. There were about 90 people in attendance. Within hours, the three of us were puffing away. Subsequently (as in years later), the hypnotist was found not to be a doctor at all, but a scam artist, by the Illinois Attorney General and we got our money back.

Posted by: Marie at January 18, 2003 12:21 AM

I've been curious to try the stage type hypnotism out. I've always wondered if people knew what they were doing, and how it feels.

Posted by: wKen at January 18, 2003 1:00 AM

I've been hypnotized before, but fortunately the hypnotist was kind...I think in order for someone to be hypnotized to the point that they actually lose consciousness requires the subject to willingly give in.

Posted by: Divorce at June 1, 2003 3:20 AM