Thursday, July 31, 2008 f The Gazette’s guide to arts and entertainment Page B- 1
How to hypnotize a Moose
For his next trick, Jason Linett will entrance Frederick
BY NICOLE BELANGER He started reading every book
he could find on the subject and THE JASON LINETT
A local comedic hypnotist is took some classes from the
hoping to shed a little light on his National Guild of Hypnotists, the COMEDY HYPNOSIS
craft during his premiere show most recognized organization on SHOW
this weekend at Frederick’s the subject, before becoming cer-
Moose Lodge. tified. n When: 8 p.m. Saturday
“A lot of people have miscon- He still attends trainings n Where: Moose Lodge 371,
ceptions about hypnosis because every year or so and believes it is 828 E. Patrick St.,
they have fears based on movies important to remain up to date Frederick
and television shows,” said Jason on a field that is still progressing.
Linett, of Baltimore, who has “This field demands a lot of n Tickets: $10 (A portion of
respect. It’s a lot of work and a lot the proceeds will benefit
been practicing the ancient art
since he was a teenager. of responsibility,” he said.
Benefiting the Moose Heart One of the recent improve- n For information:
Charities for children and the eld- ments made to the field is how 301-662-1640
erly, the show is open to Moose long it takes to put people under.
members, of which there are Years ago, it could take almost 30
about 1,600, said organizer Lloyd minutes to hypnotize someone, dance or sing, or speak in
Snyder. but now Linett and others can do dialects, but everyone will
After seeing Linett perform at it in just five minutes. remember what happened when
another lodge, a member sug- Although his shows are they were under, he said.
gested bringing the hypnotist to humorous, Linett said he always “It’s a state of mind many
Frederick to entertain its mem- makes sure people are safe. Only people don’t know about or
bers, said Snyder. those who want to be hypnotized understand,” he explained.
His first time performing in participate, since it doesn’t work In fact, anyone under hypno-
the area, Linett said he is looking for those who are unwilling, he sis can reject a suggestion by the
forward to coming to Frederick said. hypnotist, he said.
and meeting the audience here. Often, Linett discovers cre- Coming from a family of
Linett was initially spell- ativity and hidden talents in audi- entertainers, the hypnotist said
bound when he received his first ence members and will have he is having fun practicing his
magic kit at the age of 5. At 14, he them doing things even they did- craft and taking his family friend-
branched into mind reading, and n’t know they could do. ly show on the road. PHOTO COURTESY OF JASON LINETT
then into hypnotism. “It’s always interesting to see “I went to college for theater Baltimore hypnotist Jason Linett will bring his comedic show to
“I saw people doing stage what people will do,” Linett said. and that background has helped
hypnotist shows and knew I Some will sign autographs me to be prepared for anything,” Frederick for a special engagement at the Frederick Moose Lodge on
wanted to do that,” he said. and act like celebrities, others will he said. Saturday.