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World-renowned hypnotist Andrew Newton will
make his first visit to Te Anau next weekend.
More accustomed to playing large theatres in big
cities, Mr Newton said he was looking forward to
the more intimate setting of the Te Anau Club.
In communities where everybody knew each
other, people felt more comfortable in a smaller
venue with the added advantage that they could
get up and get a drink if they wanted to. It also
encouraged greater interaction between the
hypnotist and the audience and members of the
audience with each other.
“Because it’s a people show it does work very
well,” he said.
He’d also found people more willing to allow
themselves to be hypnotised at shows where the
audience was smaller because knowing those
around them created a safe environment to try
British-born, Mr Newton was one of the first
hypnotists to take to the world stage. Now there
are more than 200 but many were doing the
same old gags that had tended to stereotype
entertainment hypnosis, Mr Newton said.
“Getting someone to run round like a chicken is
no longer funny.”
His shows had developed from such suggestive
techniques to getting volunteers to use their
imaginations more. For example, he set a scene
where participants were taking part in a popular
television talk show with an absurd topic such
as male pregnancy and whether men should
have babies. The kind of discussion and debate
that came out was hilarious and not in any way
directed by the hypnotist.
“I’m not running the routine, they are,” he said.
“It’s really funny because it’s spontaneous.”
Over the years he had also had to develop
faster methods of hypnotising people on stage
brings show to town
The Te Anau and Te Anau Kepler
Lions Clubs welcomed incoming
office bearers at a joint changeover
dinner last week.
Te Anau club president Doug
Ramsay is succeeded by Gary
Kirkman, while new Kepler
president Bronwyn Eason replaces
In his report Mr Ramsay said a key
focus had been, and would continue
to be, on growing membership,
particularly young people.
“The age of our members is such
that when we deliver wood to our
old folk, at least two members cart
their own,” he said.
Despite that, the past year had seen
a renewed enthusiasm from existing
members and he was confident the
club was on the right path.
“International president Al Brandel
suggests that when you are getting
sick of Lions that you should sit
back and reflect on what would
not happen in your town if there
were no Lions Clubs and then pat
yourself on the back,” he said.
In Te Anau events like the flower
shows and the book sale would
be harder to organise, there would
be no garden competition, no
firewood for the oldies or their
annual barbecue and a wide
range of causes would miss out on
donations if Lions ceased to exist,
Mr Ramsay said.
Mrs Cournane cited a similar list
of achievements – boat show,
stock taking, street collections,
New Zealand Ballet, Santa Parade,
catering, cheese rolls and the
annual horse trek.
“Highlights for me were the handing
over of a yacht at the local club and
sending 35 young people to a magic
show in Invercargill,” she said.
The Kepler club had made
donations of about $7500 during
the year, the bulk of this being to
and for the benefit of local youth.
Both clubs had members
recognised with Lloyd Morgan
awards during the year – Lynne
Reid and Gordon Donald.
Lions welcomes new members.
Contact Pam at 03-249-8862 or
Bronwyn at 03-249-9110. The
Kepler club is also always interested
in catering projects.
because audience attention-span and tolerance
was shorter. Once it might have taken up to 30
minutes to hypnotise all of the volunteers, now
he could do it in about five minutes.
Those skills had been honed through additional
study of group behaviour – well understood
psychological tricks to manipulate an audience
and get them laughing before they get up on
stage. As well as performing, he is also in
demand as a speaker and psychology lecturer.
In 1997 Mr Newton moved to Cape Town, South
Africa, where he shares his property with two
very friendly – but, he is quick to point out,
not tame – cheetas. From there he travels the
world with his hypnosis show and to date has
hypnotised more than 60,000 people worldwide
and has more than 5500 stage and television
performances under his belt.
Outgoing Te Anau and Kepler Lions Clubs presidents (from left) Doug Ramsay and
Bernie Cournane with their replacements Bronwyn Eason and Gary Kirkman at the
changeover dinner last week.
Changing places at Lions
World-famous hypnotist Andrew Newton is looking
forward to his first performance in Te Anau.
lives in South
he shares his
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