A trainee hypnotist has accidently put himself into a trance for five hours by practising in front of a mirror.
Helmut Kichmeier, aged 27 and stage name Hannibal Helmurt, was practising for his sword-swallowing act at the 'Circus of Horrors' when he put himself into a hypnotic trance at 10am and was not found by his wife until 3pm. It wasn't until his teacher, Dr Ray Roberts, talked to him on the phone, that he was able to come out of the trance.
His intention was to learn to go into a trance on the stage in order to be able to swallow multiple swords at one time.
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