On Thursday, Oct 13 hypnotist Eric Mina performed in the Mitchell Auditorium. Whenever he said "sleep," hypnotized students instantly fell asleep in their chairs, or became so relaxed they fell out of their chair. (Cable Photo/Josie Steller)

REVIEW: Homecoming Hypnotist Makes for Fun Night

Josie Steller

After Chris Jones, the Drake-look-alike hypnotist performed for students during Welcome Weekend, I thought that Eric Mina, who performed Oct 14 in the Mitchell Auditorium, wouldn’t be able to compare. I was very wrong. Mina’s hypnosis abilities blew me away — and I’ve never laughed so much in my life.

What I first liked about Mina’s strategy was that he asked people if they wanted to come on stage and try to be hypnotized. There were only two simple rules to be a part of the show: you couldn’t be injured or pregnant, and you had to be a fun person. In order to be hypnotized, according to Mina, you have to be willing. Then, if anyone else in the audience became hypnotized during the show, they were welcome to come on stage.

To transition between each hypnotic act, Mina would say “Sleep!” and those that were hypnotized would instantly fall limp. At first I thought this was staged because of how each hypnotized student so quickly went to sleep, but seeing how some of the hypnotized students went into a very relaxed position, with their arms and neck completely limp, I was convinced by the end of the show. Some were even so relaxed at his command they fell out of their chair.

Not only does Mina have amazing hypnosis capabilities, but he also includes very clever and subtle jokes within his hypnosis. For example, to begin, Mina asked students to hold their hands out six inches apart from each other, then made a remark to one man, “Dude, that isn’t six inches, she lied.” But that was only the beginning.

For the first segment of the show Mina convinced all of those that were hypnotized that they were dogs. Students followed Mina on all fours or ran after imaginary balls for him. But once again, at Eric Mina’s command, the hypnotized would instantly fall asleep, no matter where they were. Mina then asked the hypnotized students to model on a runway, and some men were feeling so sexy during the hypnosis that leg was being shown! By this time, anyone who was not fully hypnotized was asked to leave the stage, and those that were in deep hypnosis continued. I thought this was good judgement of Mina because it made the performance very real — the audience wasn’t distracted by some students who were giggling under their breath — and it allowed Mina to guide the hypnotized into even more outrageous acts.

Next, Mina chose three people who were hypnotized the most to play judges on the television show “America’s Got Talent.” One female student was asked to be super nice, one male was asked to be random, and the other male was asked to be as critically mean as possible. When one contest, Rachel Rees, showed her talent, the “Chin Guitar,” the mean judge Caleb Greseth commented that it was “the worst shit I’ve ever seen.”

Afterwards each student was made to believe they were a part of “Dancing with the Stars”. Each of those that were hypnotized had to make up a charity they were sponsoring for the night. Charities picked by students included “Jellyfish Without Jelly,” “Nuns That Need Booze,” and “The Underage Drinking Foundation.” After presenting their foundation, the dancing contest began.

Because Mina thought that all the contestants danced so good, he granted each person a good night sleep and the determination to accomplish a change each of them wanted in their lives. Along with that blessing, before exiting the auditorium, Mina granted each of the hypnotized students, “the best orgasm they’ve ever had in their lives” when someone shook their hand, and it could be multiple times.

As the performance ended, students were entertained by frequently shaking hands with those that were hypnotized. Overall, Eric Mina’s hypnosis was a night that myself and many won’t forget, as well as a great preface to Clean’s Casino Night.