"Get Hypnotized" with comedian-hypnotist Chris Cady is a great little show at (location has been moved)
By Jack Neal, KUNR
At one time Pat Collins, the Hip Hypnotist, called Reno home. Collins remains the biggest name in nightclub hypnotist show business. After her death in the late 90s glazed-eye nightclub acts just haven't existed in Northern Nevada.
Now that has changed. Comedian-hypnotist Chris Cady is performing weekends at (location has been moved). In the right hands and under the right spell, on-stage hypnosis can be great fun. And so it was Saturday night, when I saw Cady's show.
There's nothing to fear about Cady's brand of humor, nor his way of entertaining folks by featuring as stars those under his transfixing demeanor. He does nothing in the least bit off color or embarrassing. Cady's droll approach to that old-black-hypnotic magic keeps an audience very neatly under his spell.
To his credit and the entertainment value of "Get Hypnotized," the thinning of audience volunteers - the painfully slow part of most of these kinds of acts - is done quickly, is lightly tongue-in-cheek and clicks along without interrupting the show's rhythm.
Since "Get Hypnotized" depends on who's in the audience for its humor, every show is different. Repeat business boils down to long runs and that's what Cady and Leep are hoping for. And that's what this nicely-packaged show deserves.
The theater, is a beautifully designed and inviting space that's perfect for the mysterious art and science of hypnosis.
But ultimately it's the easy charm of Chris Cady, his good manners and ethics, and his upbeat humor that makes "Get Hypnotized" a nightclub act suitable for families and just about anybody who wants a slightly-more-than-one-hour of good, clean amusement. "Get Hypnotized" is a solid new addition for Reno's nightclub scene. It's a great little show for the World's Biggest Little City that's a pleasure to recommend.
"This Show Has Every Possible Embodiment Of Hilarity
Found In Humanity Today."
- Jen Schmidt, Tahoe World Magazine
This article is from the Sparks Daily Tribune in Sparks Nevada published on January 21 2009
by Krystal BickJan 21, 2009 |
Hypnotist Chris Cady performs January weekend shows at(location has been moved)downtown Reno.
slideshow Look deep into his eyes and you will become very sleepy …
OK, perhaps Chris Cady, renowned Reno-area hypnotist, doesn’t use a swinging watch or a crystal ball. But he does know a thing or two about making audience members act like they are former President George W. Bush, pop princess Britney Spears or even the “governator” himself, Aah-nuld Schwarzeneg-ger.
“I get them to do a variety of fun things,” Cady said, with a laugh. “Every show is a different show.”
Different is perhaps an understatement. Cady, who has been practicing and performing hypnotic inductions for more than 20 years and has a January weekend series at the (location has been moved), got his start in a rather odd way.
In 1986, when Cady was working at a shopping mall in the Bay Area, a commercial airplane crashed into the main building, leaving Cady with significant post traumatic stress.
Several friends suggested he explore hypnosis as a form of therapy, which in the end helped with his stress. It also sparked an interest in hypnosis that Cady had harbored since he was young.
“The human brain is very complex,” Cady said of his fascination with the untapped power of the human mind. “(With hypnosis) you’re always learning.”
Having spent several years studying at hypnosis institutes and with individual teachers, Cady has built his own reputation around town, performing what he calls an “all-ages, family-friendly show.”
“My show is a combination of magic and comedy,” Cady said. “It’s sort of like an ‘American Idol’ meets with an audience-participation hypnosis show.”
Depending heavily on audience participation, Cady performs a variety of stage antics from celebrity impersonations (hopefully with a Gov. Sarah Palin stint coming soon, Cady said) to having men go into labor.
“It’s very funny,” Cady said, mentioning that male child-bearing is one of his favorite hypnotic inductions. “Sometimes when they give birth, they’ll cry and tell me how beautiful their baby is. They actually believe they gave birth.”
But just how does one man make another man believe he did something as painful as having a baby?
By tapping into the subconscious part of the brain, “which makes all this fun stuff happen,” Cady said. He uses a combination of certain words, sounds and motions to make his volunteer extremely relaxed.
Complete hypnotic induction can occur within anywhere from one second to 15 minutes. Hypnosis can affect everyone differently: the person might remember what he or she has just done or think it was all a dream.
And for the brave of heart or just those who want to test out the waters of hypnosis, Cady described his perfect volunteer as being open minded and ready for a good time.
But also be prepared to be amazed, Cady said.
Past volunteer experiences, Cady said, have left audience members and himself a little shaken up. He recalled one woman who after numerous shoulder surgeries, was still unable to use the full rotation of her arms. After volunteering at one of Cady’s shows, however, this woman, in true Pete Townshend style, played the electric guitar with full-arm swinging and all.
“She told me (after the show) that she felt she had the best physical therapy of her life,” Cady said. “She really tapped into the more powerful part of her brain and she healed herself.”
More often than not, Cady’s volunteers, who usually are doing something outlandish like Irish line dancing or giving a speech as President Barack Obama, typically are not the outgoing type.
“That’s part of the comedy,” Cady said, explaining he often gets comments after his show from friends of the volunteer saying that the volunteer is normally a reserved, quiet person. “This person is doing something so unusual for them.”
Unusual or not, Cady’s performance guarantees some laughter. And after all, who knows, perhaps your inner rock star/tango dancer/Gov. Jim Gibbons is calling?
For more information or to book your own hypnosis party, visit Chris Cady’s Web site at www.chriscady.com
This article appeared in the Sacramento Bee on March 22, 2009
Written by Mel Shields
Volunteers sleep through this show
Just as hypnotism has gained more respect in the field of psychotherapy, so it has in entertainment. Long gone are the hokey artists in flowing robes who swing medallions as they repeat, "You are getting sleepier and sleepier." They've been replaced by "professional hypnotists" who tend to wear business suits and pepper their presentations with humor.
Today's hypnotists are more honest about what they can and cannot do. This makes audience members feel more at ease volunteering to be hypnotized.
Hypnotism shows tend to attract a dedicated following, and that is the hope of Chris Cady, who has taken over Reno's Magic Underground as founder Mark Kalin has moved on. The space ( location moved) . It is an intimate setting with tiered seating, the seats rescued from a movie theater.
It's a fun space and Cady is having fun in it. He calls it "perfect, and that's not because of its darkness. I could do hypnotism in broad daylight. The stage is the right size. I've done shows in comedy clubs and the stages are built for one or two comedians. There's not enough room for the volunteers. And I can see the audience. That is essential because around one to three people fall into hypnosis during the show and I can see if they've fallen asleep in their chairs."
There are, of course, other reasons audience members fall asleep during shows, but boredom is not likely in a Cady evening. He doesn't take an inordinate amount of time explaining his background or what happens under hypnosis. A certain amount of the latter is necessary, but he is brisk with it and involves everybody, having the audience perform a few feats with their hands and arms, putting them into a relaxed and receptive state.
When the volunteers are hypnotized, Cady treats them with respect and humor. They play air guitar and air piano, conduct an imaginary symphony orchestra, become James Bond, become Martians and their translators, and perform Irish step dancing, but they never are put into any suggestive situations.
"I want to avoid any of 'Oh, God, why did you make me do that?' I want it to be 'Oh, that was a good time.' A lot of shows embarrass people sexually and I will not do that."
Cady is a certified clinical hypnotherapist with a practice in Reno. He has 53 hypnosis CDs, works with athletes, business people and others on overcoming fear, and helps with smoking cessation, weight loss, and other problems. Now is a time when his services are more needed; now is also a time when new entertainment ventures are big risks.
"Why did I go into this in this horrible, scary economy? I like a good challenge. I spent the past several years flying all over the place. It seemed the work was always somewhere else. Then it dawned on me that I live in a place where people come for entertainment, the magicians have moved out, and despite the fact the economy has issues, we have a chance."
Cady was fascinated by a book on hypnosis when he was a child but it was far beyond him. Then when he was in high school and working in a record store in Sun Valley Mall in Concord, a plane crashed through the building. He suffered from post-traumatic stress and nothing took the nightmares away.
"I heard hypnosis could help, so I went to Tower Books and got the self- hypnosis tapes and subliminal suggestion tapes. I listened and practiced and stopped being uncomfortable. I didn't think this would turn into a career, but then I saw a stage hypnotist perform and saw amazing things happen. This man, however, was not a performer but more like a guy giving a lecture and I thought I could do better, so I underwent training and built a career."
If you volunteer at a Cady show, you are given the opportunity afterward for a free "empowering suggestion," which Cady calls a part he loves, a chance to "give myself a great reward by helping people become less stressed, quit smoking, even become a better bowler."
OF NOTE: Typical of Cady's humor is this note in his program for those who are afraid of getting hypnotized while watching: "Relax, he can't hypnotize you against your will. But if you are really worried, ask your waiter for a sheet of aluminum foil. Wrap it around your head so that it blocks out the hypnotic signals. It will also keep space aliens, the CIA and the KGB from reading your thoughts. Also be sure to chant 'I will not get hypnotized' while wiggling your hands next to your ears. We don't guarantee it will work. But we do guarantee that the people around you will find it amusing, and it's a great way to get yourself on YouTube."