Here is an interesting short ( about 4 or 5 minute ) video of Derren Brown using conversational hypnosis to make people forget what train station they are getting off at.
(By the way, if I typed it wrong, you can find it by putting in Derren Brown, Train and youtube in google search; this video has an ad at the end; sorry; with a quick look, could not find a "clean" one..)
Maybe Anticult or someone else can add whatever I missed, but generally what he is doing it seems is this;
A version of "Hi where are you getting off, this is a nice safe documentary;is it OKAY if " ie:make the victim feel comfortable," I'm a harmless nice guy sitting next to you"
then a gentle prattle which includes a description of : "how easily trains of thought can be confused" or
"When you Think about it, it can be confused, so Thinking about it now"
or Ever had that experience 'tip of your tongue and when you think about it it just goes"
So he gets them to remember being confused.
And he is "anchoring" a "wave across the face"gesture with the feeling of being confused or "not knowing something but having it on the tip of your tongue"
and emphasizing that it happens when you "THINK" about it;
So he waves his hand across their face while asking them to "think" about it, having anchored the hand across the face wave,and the word "think " to forgetting.
(Am not sure if the wave across the face is also trying to direct the eyes to the place they go when a person is remembering being confused??)
Anyway, sure enough, most of the people have no clue where they are getting off. Feel sorry for the poor guy who missed his stop.
( The above small infomercial is dedicated to all those who believe that persuasion does not exist and that all decisions made are always entirely voluntary..)
Now if you want something really scary...put in google derren brown youtube mall arm.
But of course there is no such thing as group persuasion....Really.Uh Huh.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07/25/2009 01:50PM by yasmin.