Performer to provide comic relief
Flatow to hypnotize, entertain audience
by Sally Claunch
The Shorthorn staff
Students can learn to hypnotize each other and improve their memories Thursday.
Hypnotherapist and stand-up comedian Chip Flatow will perform at 7 p.m. in the University
Center Rosebud Theatre.
The event is co-sponsored by EX-CEL campus activities and the Admissions Office. The
show, which is part of orientation entertainment for incoming students, is open to the
Flatow will teach students how to hypnotize each other and will use volunteers from the
audience to participate in his improvisational comedy show.
He said hypnosis is not magic, and there is no such thing as "being under a
spell." He added that the show will teach people that hypnosis is a real and natural
state that everyone goes into and out of several times a day.
"Hypnosis is a part of the way your brain works," he said. "It helps
people maintain that state."
Flatow said knowing how to induce hypnosis can be beneficial.
"This is good for college students; it takes practice, but if they can induce a
hypnotic state before studying, they can improve their memory," he said.
Flatow said one of the most entertaining comedy sketches he does is to hypnotize
volunteers on stage and make them think their clothes are melting.
"Everyone takes it to a different degree - some people are proud of it, others
hide behind their chairs," he said.
Flatow said his show is funny but not X-rated. He describes his show as very uplifting
and said it does not degrade anyone.
"So much of comedy is only about hatred and ripping into other people," he
said. "I want people to feel good and for them to learn more about themselves."
He said that through hypnosis, people can improve their memories and learn habit
control and pain control. He said he once broke a bone in his wrist and used pain control
methods to set the bone himself.
Todd Benatovich, associate director of admissions, said Flatow's show was popular with
new students last year. However, because the show was just for new students participating
in orientation that day, only about 60 students were able to attend.
This year, he worked with EX-CEL to hold the show for everyone. He said the
entertainment during orientation helps the new students get to know each other and
introduces them to the new campus. He said it also helps new students become familiar with
"This event helps them become more relaxed on a college campus and helps them feel
more a part of campus," Benatovich said.
La Kisha Ladson, EX-CEL entertainment and arts director, said she expects 300 to 400
students to attend and that the event is a good recruitment tool for EX-CEL.
"We wanted to do something fun for the orientation kids, expose them to college
life and what kind of programs we do," she said.