It was opening night at the Orpheum and the Amazing Claude was topping the
bill. People came from miles around to see the famed hypnotist do his stuff.
As Claude took to the stage, he announced, "Unlike most stage hypnotists
who invite two or three people up onto the stage to be put into a trance, I
intend to hypnotize each and every member of the audience." The excitement
was almost electric as Claude withdrew a beautiful antique pocket watch from
I want you each to keep your eye on this antique watch. It's a very
special watch. Its been in my family for six generations. He began to swing
the watch gently back and forth while quietly chanting, "Watch the watch,
watch the watch, watch the watch..."0
The crowd became mesmerized as the watch swayed back and forth, light
gleaming off its polished surface. Hundreds of pairs of eyes followed the
swaying watch, until suddenly it slipped from the hypnotist's fingers and
fell to the floor, breaking into a hundred pieces.
".........." said the hypnotist.
It took three weeks to clean up the theater.