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Comic stage hypnotist brings show to Conyers

Comic stage hypnotist Doc Holiday, standing to the right in front, leads a group of hypnotized people in a cheer during one of his performances.

Comic stage hypnotist Doc Holiday, standing to the right in front, leads a group of hypnotized people in a cheer during one of his performances.

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Hypnotized audience members imagine they're surfing after being instructed to do so by Doc Holiday, third from left in back.

Think you're too reserved to do the chicken dance in front of an audience? What about play some air guitar or pretend to ride a race horse?

Fall under the spell of Doc Holiday, and you just might find you can do all of these things and more amidst the cheers, guffaws and applause of your friends and other audience members.

Billing himself as the Hilarious Hypnotist, Holiday, who refused to give his real name, performs his comic stage hypnotist show at the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts at 7 p.m. Nov. 17. Tickets for the show are $15 in advance or $17 at the door.

During the show, audience members volunteer to become hypnotized on stage by Holiday and he proceeds to have them go on what he calls a "vacation" where they will do all sorts of tricks at his behest. Didn't think you could belly dance? Holiday will help you.

Hypnotized people in the show drive a car, do the hula dance, cheer for a touch down, perform the moon walk and surf some waves.

It's all in good fun, as he talks participants into a deep trance in which he supplies the activities they perform.

"It's a dream state. I'm guiding the dream, so I want them to have a happy dream," Holiday said.

Holiday said for the show in Conyers he'll call about 16 people up to the stage and keep those who truly appear as if they want to be hypnotized in the show.

Based in the Atlanta area, Holiday said he's been working in the hypnotism field for 50 years and performing for about 30. For decades, he taught self-hypnosis and worked as a motivational speaker. In 1980, he moved to Atlanta and began his own entertainment business.

Holiday travels throughout the U.S., but primarily in the Southeast, to perform for corporate events, schools, civic groups, chambers of commerce, fraternities and sororities, comedy clubs, parties and fundraisers.

Holiday said he makes an impression on those for whom he performs. Even years after having seen his show, audience members come up to him in public and recall their memories of watching friends get hypnotized on stage.

"They will remember it," Holiday said.