Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Source: The Daily Telegraph
A newly trained hypnotist accidentally put himself into a trance for five hours while practising in front of a mirror.

Helmut Kichmeier, 27, was found by wife, Joanna, staring into thin air in their north London home. Kichmeier, whose stage name is Hannibal Helmurto, learned to put himself into a trance to help him swallow swords on stage.

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."

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