Hypnotist returns to NMU

Anna Lang

Described by MTV Europe as “the best hypnotist on the planet,” Sailesh promises to amaze an audience of Wildcats through hypnosis, improvisation, music and interactivity at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 in JXJ Room 102.

Sailesh’s show is about two hours long, and he has been nominated for America’s Best Campus Live Novelty Act and America’s Best Campus Entertainer of the Year, according to his website.

“He’s younger than most of the people we saw at the conference where we go to get our acts, and he’s been on MTV before,” said Alex Nye, senior English writing major and Primetime Productions president. “So there’s more energy to his show than other hypnotists.”

Sailesh last performed at NMU in fall 2011, and the venue has changed from the Great Lakes Room of the University Center to Jamrich to provide a better experience, Nye said.

“[The Great Lakes Room] was bad because everyone was on the same level so it was hard to see what people were doing,” Nye said. “We wanted it at a big venue again but we wanted it to be more accessible for people.”

The show sold out last time, so Nye said to get there early to get good seats and added that the people most likely to get hypnotized will be in the front.

“He pretty much says ‘I need 20 volunteers: rush up to the front,’” Nye said. “So if you’re there early and in the front already, then you have a better chance of getting hypnotized.”

Nye said even if you aren’t one of the 20 people, you still have a chance at being hypnotized.

“He does his whole hypnosis thing and some people get hypnotized or fall asleep or however you want to believe” he said. “But there’s some audience members who pay really close attention and also fall asleep.”

Students who saw the show two years ago can still expect a different experience,  junior biochemistry major Casey Ross said. She attended the last show and plans to go again.

“[Sailesh] gets new people, so he doesn’t know what to expect,” Ross said. “He doesn’t know how people are going to react to what he is telling them.”

Ross said last time she cried from laughing so hard.

“He told them it was the last dance of prom and they were dancing with their dream person,” she said. “It was really funny to see how the people acted when it was their last dance.”

For every show, Sailesh provides 1,000 children with essential nutrients, according to his website. He donates to Vitamin Angels, a group that addresses malnutrition and problems associated with vitamin deficiencies.

This event is sponsored by Primetime Productions. Admission is free. For more information, email Nye at [email protected]