by Joe Lynn
Many students had the chance to experience Jim Wand at RUSH a couple of weeks ago. For those that didn’t, Jim Wand is a Ph.D. in Psychology and has been practicing hypnotism for over 25 years. He’s appeared on multiple television shows and has been entertaining audiences for years. Each year since I can remember he has come to Freed-Hardeman in September and done a show for the RUSH crowd and then another show the next night for the FHU students. Of any performer that comes to Freed’s campus, I dare say Jim Wand draws the biggest crowd, and if you’ve seen his show, there’s no question as to why that is.
As he always says at the beginning of his shows, you can only get hypnotized if you want to, so the whole ‘villain with the spinning pinwheel forcefully hypnotizing his victims’ thing is total fiction. Even with that explanation, sometimes it’s hard to believe that these people aren’t just messing with us as part of some elaborate entertainment scheme. Then I decided to try it.
I will say that there was no specific ‘snap-of-the-fingers’ moment where I blacked out and woke up an hour later to friends telling me the shenanigans I had done. I was conscious the whole time, kind of in a hazy dream like state thinking ‘this is kind of weird but it feels pretty good so whatever.’ I asked him about it after the show and he told me that it’s perfectly normal. Even he himself responds to hypnotism in that way. Some people on the other hand do experience the ‘what just happened’ feeling when they come out of it, which I think would be terrifying. With all that being said though, I can vouch for it. The stuff is awesome. I have never felt so rested and energized as when I came off that stage those nights.
To all the skeptics thinking that it’s just an excuse to act a fool up on stage, I’ll leave you with this. My voice gets shaky and I think about throwing up any time I’m asked to make an announcement or speak in front of a big crowd but on those two nights, I acted like a gorilla, participated in a fashion show, pretended to be Buckbeak the Hippogriff and did the ‘All the Single Ladies’ dance in front of about 2,000 onlookers without batting an eye so I’ve got to tell you; I’m a believer. Make sure to check out Dr. Wand’s show next September on campus at FHU!