ROTIMI BOLONDURO ’16, UNDER THE TRANCE OF HYPNOTIST KERRY SHARP, SLEEPS during Sharp’s show, Friday, in the Rensselaer Union’s McNeil Room. Bolonduro was one of seven final volunteers for the event, which was well-received by the audience. Stage hypnosis (also known as comedy hypnosis) commonly incorporates putting volunteers into a hypnotic state and directing them to perform tasks and react to non-existent stimuli. At one point during the show, volunteers were directed to sit on ice cubes, and, likewise, they began to act as though that was actually true. After that, volunteers were told to go into the audience and read the palms of audience members, which they then told to the audience as a whole. It is debated whether stage hypnosis is genuine, as volunteers have reported various accounts. Some sources say that stage hypnotists often whisper commands in the ears of contestants, out of range of their microphone. Legitimate hypnosis or not, at the end of the show, Sharp released the volunteers by counting to five, instructing them to gradually come out of the trance.