So then…I take my two teens and their three pals on an educational Spring Break trip to Washington DC to learn more about our nation’s politics.
Are you kidding me?
I take ‘em to Vegas!
You can click here for Part 1 of our shenanigans –
And now for Part 2 –
My teens, Chloe and Tucker, and their pals want to see a Hypnotist Show, so we head over to the Marc Savard show at the V Theater.
I glance about skeptically as we file in and sit down.
The hypnotist starts speaking. I cross my arms.
I don’t believe in hypnotism.
The hypnotist tells the audience that lots of people think they don’t believe in hypnotism.
(Well, he’s psychic at least! That’s exactly what I’m thinking!)
The hypnotist says that’s like saying, “I don’t believe in gravity,” but it still exists. “Hypnotism exists whether you believe or not.”
I smirk. No such thing. His “volunteers” will obviously be plants – people he hired to pretend to be hypnotized.
He calls for volunteers from the audience. My son’s friend Marco stands up. WHAT!?
Marco goes on stage, gets hypnotized with the other volunteers — and starts following the commands of the hypnotist — tapping, standing, snoring, squirming, making funny faces, reacting to imaginary snakes, and RIVER DANCING!
Yes – RIVER DANCING! – 18-year-old tall, cool Marco is kicking his Irish Jig legs all akimbo, enthusiastically strutting and popping heel-toe-heel-toe, sideways kick!
So unless Marco is secretly on this hypnotist’s payroll, I guess hypnotism IS real?
We’re all laughing hysterically at the antics on stage.
The hypnotist convinces one volunteer that she’s wildly in love with him – and convinces another that she’s repulsed by him.
He hypnotizes a huge muscular guy to respond to every shoulder tap by breaking down into sobs and hugging whoever’s closest to him!
He tells them all that a belt is a snake, so when he approaches with the belt and a hiss, they all flip the flip out!
Then the hypnotist brings out a STRIPPER POLE and invites the volunteers to AUDITION!
My son and I exchange a look. A look that says, “This is about to get REALLY awkward.”
Nothing like watching your guy friend attempt sultry stripper moves in front of your Mom. Not to mention the rest of the audience.
If he performs really badly – it’s embarrassing.
If he performs really well – it’s even more disturbing!
Should I storm the stage and rescue my teen charge? Should I just avert my eyes?
Who suggested this damn show? Why aren’t we doing something respectable like visiting the MGM lions?
Fortunately, the hypnotist is playing the scene for laughs – so he quickly taps the “strippers” if they start to take their audition a little too seriously.
And believe me, some of these volunteers tackle this task with a gusto and passion that’ll make your eyes bleed!
The audience is dying laughing – Marco’s looking like he’s having a great time – and yes OF COURSE we pay the $20 bucks for the DVD of tonight’s show so that we have Marco Blackmail Material for many years to come!
(Perfect wedding reception video, don’t ya think?)
All in all, we have an absolute blast swimming, sightseeing, dining, and enjoying shows. We love us some Vegas!
Of course, about 3 hours into the drive home to LA, Marco realizes that the $120 cash he put in the room safe for safekeeping was still safely IN the safe!!
As we call Lost & Found, I can’t help wondering if the hypnotist hypnotized Marco to leave the money there — and secretly extracted the safe code from Marco so he could recover the money himself!
Hmm…googling “How to become a hypnotist” right now!
— Darcy Perdu
UPDATE! Because the internet is a miraculous place, my blogging friend Jessica Ziegler of hilarious Science of Parenthood saw this story and said she KNOWS hypnotist Marc Savard – then HE commented too!
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