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19th May '16 5:03:48 PM nombretomado
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* Happened on ''GilligansIsland''. Mary Ann thought she was Ginger, and hypnosis was tried to cure her and make her think she's Mary Ann again. The hypnosis failed, but worked on Gilligan, who was listening.

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* Happened on ''GilligansIsland''.''Series/GilligansIsland''. Mary Ann thought she was Ginger, and hypnosis was tried to cure her and make her think she's Mary Ann again. The hypnosis failed, but worked on Gilligan, who was listening.



* In a particularly silly episode of ''MurderSheWrote'', a hypnotist is killed in front of several eyewitnesses, all of whom he's just commanded to forget everything they've experienced. [[spoiler: And also showed why you ''have'' to want to be hypnotised...]]
* An episode of ''KateAndAllie'' had a character visiting a hypnotist to handle stage fright, as she was to appear on television later. The hypnotist is interrupted by a phone call from the hypnotist's daughter. The hypnotist takes the call in the other room, but his client can still hear him. His daughter[[spoiler: is disappointed because she tried out for the cheerleading squad and got picked as the mascot: a chicken. The hypnotist's advice to his daughter, overheard by his client, is to "cluck like a chicken for all you're worth!"]] On stage later, she did exactly that.

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* In a particularly silly episode of ''MurderSheWrote'', ''Series/MurderSheWrote'', a hypnotist is killed in front of several eyewitnesses, all of whom he's just commanded to forget everything they've experienced. [[spoiler: And also showed why you ''have'' to want to be hypnotised...]]
* An episode of ''KateAndAllie'' ''Series/KateAndAllie'' had a character visiting a hypnotist to handle stage fright, as she was to appear on television later. The hypnotist is interrupted by a phone call from the hypnotist's daughter. The hypnotist takes the call in the other room, but his client can still hear him. His daughter[[spoiler: is disappointed because she tried out for the cheerleading squad and got picked as the mascot: a chicken. The hypnotist's advice to his daughter, overheard by his client, is to "cluck like a chicken for all you're worth!"]] On stage later, she did exactly that.
19th Mar '16 3:37:20 PM BobTanaka
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* In one early ''ComicStrip/Dilbert'', Dilbert sees a notice for "Free Hypnotism Lessons" and decides to try it. The last panel shows him in his underwear walking zombie-style:

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* In one early ''ComicStrip/Dilbert'', ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', Dilbert sees a notice for "Free Hypnotism Lessons" and decides to try it. The last panel shows him in his underwear walking zombie-style:
19th Mar '16 3:36:36 PM BobTanaka
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* In one early ''ComicStrip/Dilbert'', Dilbert sees a notice for "Free Hypnotism Lessons" and decides to try it. The last panel shows him in his underwear walking zombie-style:
-->'''Dilbert:''' "A wonderful class. I must tell my friends."
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9th Mar '16 9:21:30 AM Hossmeister
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* In ''Series/StarkRavingMad'', to research ideas for a book, [[Series/{{Monk}} Tony Shaloub's]] character and [[DoogieHowserMD Neil]] [[Series/HowIMetYourMother Patrick]] [[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Harris']] character hypnotize two of their friends into believing they're Romeo and Juliet. Y'know, those two lovers that ended up killing themselves!

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* In ''Series/StarkRavingMad'', to research ideas for a book, [[Series/{{Monk}} Tony Shaloub's]] character and [[DoogieHowserMD [[Series/DoogieHowserMD Neil]] [[Series/HowIMetYourMother Patrick]] [[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Harris']] character hypnotize two of their friends into believing they're Romeo and Juliet. Y'know, those two lovers that ended up killing themselves!
22nd Feb '16 7:12:32 AM Knight20
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* In WesternAnimation/TeenTitans in the episode "Mad Mod" Mad Mod uses hypnoscreens to try and hypnotize the Titans which works best on Beast Boy. He drools a lot and becomes rather mindless when this happens.
6th Feb '16 8:32:46 PM nombretomado
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* On ''FamilyMatters'', Steve Urkel claims he's so smart he can't be hypnotized. The hypnotist claims that smarter people are actually ''easier'' to hypnotize. Urkel scoffs... and is entranced the instant the watch drops. (Comedic aspects aside, and disregarding the "instant" aspects of the gag, this is actually a rare case of TruthInTelevision being applied to hypnotism).
* Frasier on ''{{Cheers}}'' hypnotizes Woody to like the vegetable drink he endorsed in a commercial, so he wouldn't have been lying. Unfortunately, the product is discontinued, but Woody is now an addict.

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* On ''FamilyMatters'', ''Series/FamilyMatters'', Steve Urkel claims he's so smart he can't be hypnotized. The hypnotist claims that smarter people are actually ''easier'' to hypnotize. Urkel scoffs... and is entranced the instant the watch drops. (Comedic aspects aside, and disregarding the "instant" aspects of the gag, this is actually a rare case of TruthInTelevision being applied to hypnotism).
* Frasier on ''{{Cheers}}'' ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' hypnotizes Woody to like the vegetable drink he endorsed in a commercial, so he wouldn't have been lying. Unfortunately, the product is discontinued, but Woody is now an addict.



* Neatly subverted in an episode of ''PerfectStrangers'' in which Larry claimed to be immune to hypnosis, proceeds to go under with consummate ease -- then reveals about a minute later that he's only pretending, and he actually ''can't'' be hypnotised. Meanwhile, Balki was accidentally hypnotised just by half-listening from the next room.

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* Neatly subverted in an episode of ''PerfectStrangers'' ''Series/PerfectStrangers'' in which Larry claimed to be immune to hypnosis, proceeds to go under with consummate ease -- then reveals about a minute later that he's only pretending, and he actually ''can't'' be hypnotised. Meanwhile, Balki was accidentally hypnotised just by half-listening from the next room.
31st Dec '15 12:50:05 PM Doug86
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* The plot of one ''KenanAndKel'' episode centred around a bet that Kel couldn't survive one week without drinking orange soda. In an attempt to cure his addiction, Kel goes to a hypotherapist... except Kenan (by this point on the verge of losing the bet) switches the charts and the highly trained hypnotherapist doesn't think twice about hypnotising Kel into becoming a vicious guard dog when he hears the chime of a bell. HilarityEnsues.

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* The plot of one ''KenanAndKel'' ''Series/KenanAndKel'' episode centred around a bet that Kel couldn't survive one week without drinking orange soda. In an attempt to cure his addiction, Kel goes to a hypotherapist... except Kenan (by this point on the verge of losing the bet) switches the charts and the highly trained hypnotherapist doesn't think twice about hypnotising Kel into becoming a vicious guard dog when he hears the chime of a bell. HilarityEnsues.
16th Dec '15 8:45:11 AM skidoo23
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* On ''FamilyMatters'', Steve Urkel claims he's so smart he can't be hypnotized. The hypnotist claims that smarter people are actually ''easier'' to hypnotize. Urkel scoffs... and is entranced the instant the watch drops.

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* On ''FamilyMatters'', Steve Urkel claims he's so smart he can't be hypnotized. The hypnotist claims that smarter people are actually ''easier'' to hypnotize. Urkel scoffs... and is entranced the instant the watch drops. (Comedic aspects aside, and disregarding the "instant" aspects of the gag, this is actually a rare case of TruthInTelevision being applied to hypnotism).
16th Dec '15 8:43:28 AM skidoo23
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* As noted above, TruthInTelevision often does not apply here, as many of the effects of being hypnotized depicted in fiction (being unable to lie, being forced to do things against your will, being trapped in a hypnotic state until released, etc.) simply do not apply in real life. If you see someone during a stage show having been hypnotized and then proceeding to act the fool in front of hundreds of people, they had to be willing to do so to begin with. And people will generally come out of any hypnotic trance on their own if left to their own devices.
16th Dec '15 8:40:01 AM skidoo23
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[[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythbusters Too bad this doesn't work in real life]], according to ''Series/MythBusters''. Both hypnotherapists and stage hypnotists generally agree that in order for someone to fall for a hypnotic suggestion, they must ''want'' to do it, and will automatically reject any suggestion that goes against their "moral fiber".

Although the person must ''want'' to do it, they still will, during a stage show or other non-threatening situation, follow instructions, even embarrassing ones. The key is for the hypnotist to encourage everyone to "play along" and have fun. As long as someone feels secure, they will "bark like a dog" or other actions. However, one should still make sure that they only allow themselves to be hypnotized by someone they can trust, or in the presence of someone they can trust (someone to knock the victim out of trance if the hypnotist tries anything funny).

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[[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythbusters Too bad this doesn't work in real life]], according to ''Series/MythBusters''. Both hypnotherapists and stage hypnotists generally agree that in order for someone to fall for a hypnotic suggestion, they must ''want'' to do it, and will automatically reject any suggestion that goes against their "moral fiber".

fiber". That threshold varies from person to person, which is why during stage hypnotism some people are only comfortable with, say, quacking like a duck on cue, but will reject a suggestion to pretend to have sex with a chair.

Although the person must ''want'' to do it, they still will, during a stage show or other non-threatening situation, follow instructions, even embarrassing ones. The key is for the hypnotist to encourage everyone to "play along" and have fun. As long as someone feels secure, they will "bark like a dog" or other actions. However, one should still make sure that they only allow themselves to be hypnotized by someone they can trust, or in the presence of someone they can trust (someone to knock the victim out of trance if the hypnotist tries anything funny).
funny). Hypotist performers can tell who is more likely to follow instructions for certain things, which is why you may see people dismissed even if they appear to have fallen into a trance, or certain participants will be given more "extreme" things to do than others.
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