The department of student affairs at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) is hosting a comedy hypnosis show featuring Mike Reeves Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at 9 p.m. in Commons Hall. The event is free to NEO students.
“The first person that I hypnotized was at the age of 12,” Reeves said. “I surprised myself on how fast I was able to hypnotize him. It was probably a little more frightening than interesting.”
According to Reeves, that first experience hypnotizing someone increased his interest in hypnosis and helped him realize he had a talent that was unique, as well as fun.
Hypnosis comes second nature to Reeves. His grandmother learned hypnosis at the University of Oklahoma for a varsity show. His father and his uncle first learned about hypnosis techniques from her and passed the techniques on to him.
Reeves has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Tulsa. With more than 20 years of experience, Reeves has hypnotized more than 100,000 volunteers. He travels at least two weekends per month and some weekdays. He performs shows at high schools, proms, parties for universities, fraternities, sororities, sports teams, charitable organizations, corporate parties, clubs and many other venues.
“We are excited to have Mike back on campus,” said Amy Ishmael, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management. “Our students really enjoyed his presentation last year. We had a packed house in the Commons Recital Hall and hope to have a repeat this year.”
During the show, volunteers will become famous people, movie stars, singers, presidents, etc.
“We will even have exotic people from other planets who speak only their own language,” Reeves said. “Fortunately, we always have a local person who is fluent in their language who will translate.”
And the laughter doesn't stop there. Some of the volunteers may become a Hawaiian king or queen who teach other participants the hula and how to surf.
“We will have people lose names, numbers, bellybuttons and other things,” Reeves said. “They may become very warm or very cold. They will sleep on command and will feel great after the show.”