Five girls from a high school in Canada were reportedly left in a trance-like state for five
hours after a trainee hypnotist failed to wake them up.
Maxime Nadeau, 20, hypnotised a group of 12- and 13-year-old girls at the College du Sacre-Coeur in Sherbrooke, Quebec, last week, CBC reports.
He was performing at an end of school assembly when five girls watching from the audience became entranced and the 20-year-old could not bring them back.
Nadeau said he was not worried.
"I wasn't stressed. I knew they would get out of it," he said.
"Being in a trance is a state of well-being."
But after trying to wake the girls unsuccessfully for five hours he enlisted the help of his mentor Richard Whitbread. The veteran hypnotist arrived at the school a short time later and was able to free the students from their trance.
"I just sat there and was more paternal with them," Mr Whitbread said suggesting that his protege's tone wasn't assertive enough.
He said that teenagers are easy to hypnotise because they are very impressionable but can be difficult to bring back because they are stubborn.
The school said it was unaware that hypnosis was not suitable for people aged under 14.
The school's principal Daniel Leveille said staff didn't know there could be side-effects to being hynotised.
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