He had been taught the skill by hypnotherapist Dr. Ray Roberts to assist in a new act for the Circus of Horrors show. But as he practiced in front of the mirror at 10am he set himself into a deep sleep until 3pm, when he was found by his wife.
It was only after she phoned Dr. Roberts and put the receiver to Mr. Kichmeier's head that he was able to be talked out of the trance. Mrs Kichmeier said her husband had looked just like a zombie when she came into the room to find him.
She said: "I tried to ask him what was wrong but he didn't answer and it was then I looked at the sofa behind him and saw a book named Hypnosis Medicine of the Mind. It was opened on page 45 and a chapter named hypnotic anaesthesia and I realised there was something wrong."