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home : news : north central illinois   April 29, 2016

7/1/2014 5:28:00 PM
Volunteers undergo 'Comedy Hypnosis'


NewsTribune photo/Chris YucusHypnotized volunteers show off their piano-playing chops during Victoria Michaels’ comedy hypnotism act Saturday at Illinois Valley Super Bowl, Peru. All tickets available for $15 each were sold before the charity benefit for Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living.
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Hypnotized volunteers show off their piano-playing chops during Victoria Michaels’ comedy hypnotism act Saturday at Illinois Valley Super Bowl, Peru. All tickets available for $15 each were sold before the charity benefit for Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living.
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Victoria Michaels had control of the crowd and helped Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living in the process during her Comedy Hypnosis show at Illinois Valley Super Bowl.

Well, actually, she had 13 out of 15 people she tried to hypnotize under control, said Steve Staab, a member of the board of directors for IVCIL.

All the tickets that were available at $15 apiece were sold, which will help IVCIL purchase equipment and supplies for clients, such as specialized telephone equipment and walking devices. As of midday Tuesday, Staab did not know how much money the show had raised.

“The tickets were all sold out; all the chairs weren’t full,” Staab said. “It was great for us and it was good for the Super Bowl.”

Staab said the Super Bowl allowed the center for independent living to use the banquet facilities free of charge.

“We couldn’t have done anything like this without our sponsors,” Staab added.

Michaels is a certified hypnotist. She has performed at shows around the country and appeared on Jerry Springer’s show.

Staab said, at one point, Michaels had a prim and proper woman searching under a chair for a fictitiously lost beagle puppy. Whenever a certain piece of music played, the people who had been hypnotized stood up and danced — even when they had left the stage and gone back to their tables.










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