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Hypnotist unleashes bawdy behaviour

Chris Visser looks like an average guy. His hair is neat and tidy, his striped shirt is clean and unwrinkled, and his posture is relaxed and at-ease.
Until you look into his piercing gaze, you wouldn’t realize he’s a puppet-master of human marionettes.
“If I could make people do 100 per cent immoral things, I would rule the world. You would be getting me my coffee right now,” he says with a laugh.
Visser is a hypnotist. He’s been touring his comedic hypnosis show for over 10 years, bringing his production to college campuses, ski resorts, and even events in Fort McMurray.
“Those shows (in Fort Mac) were probably the most fun. There was nothing I could say they wouldn’t do.”
Hypnosis is just another state of consciousness, he says. “You can’t break free will. It all has to be voluntary.”
When  people ride the bus, for example, their thoughts can drift away from reality and before they know it, 20 minutes have gone by. In this state, analytical thinking stops and the subconscious becomes more susceptible to suggestion. “In hypnosis, we amplify that effect,” says Visser.
Subjects are still aware enough of their actions to stop themselves from doing something they feel is wrong. It’s all in good fun, he says.
“The things that people will do while being hypnotized is unbelievable, it always shocks me. I always tell myself ‘I wouldn’t do that’.
“But of course, if I was hypnotized I’d probably think it was a great idea,” says Visser.
Visser was inspired to learn hypnosis from watching Terry Stokes perform at the Stampede. He was amazed at the ease with which Stokes could make people do some of the stupidest and craziest things.
“Your imagination is a very, very powerful thing. And if you let it go crazy, you will think that your imagination is real.”
He describes his adult style show as “very raunchy,” and is catered towards the college crowd.
“If you’re offended by someone saying the word penis on stage, then don’t come to this show.”
Visser performs at the Orpheus Theatre at SAIT on Oct. 23.

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