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Man sues hypnotist for trance-induced dance injury
Toronto Sun ^ | April 30, 2014 | VALERIE GONTHIER

Posted on 05/01/2014 11:32:53 AM PDT by rickmichaels

MONTREAL — A man is suing a hypnotist for $456,692 because he claims he hurt his knee while dancing in a deep trance that didn't end when he left the stage.

Eric Morneau blames the popular hypnotist Messmer and the Entourage production company for injuries he allegedly suffered during a May 28, 2011, show at a Montreal theatre.

The complainant, who works as an exterminator in Granby, Que., claims he was in "deep hypnosis and...had no control of his movements" after agreeing to go onstage.

The lawsuit says Messmer asked the volunteers to dance the French Cancan, which involves suggestive moves and high leg kicks.

Morneau says he remained spellbound after the volunteers were sent off the stage.

"The plaintiff could not help but start dancing again," the lawsuit says.

Morneau claims he suddenly felt a "sharp pain in his right knee that caused him to fall on the people around him and prevented him from continuing to dance."

He said his injury was so unbearable that he had difficulty walking.

A doctor diagnosed him with a sprained knee, the suit says, and he claims he had to undergo surgery and miss months of work.

Morneau says two years later he still has trouble doing physical activity or working as a volunteer firefighter.

Morneau alleges he had no control of his actions while under hypnosis and was unable to understand the risks related to Messmer's commands.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

In an e-mail to QMI Agency, the Entourage production company said Morneau is the only person to complain from among more than 70,000 people who have been hypnotized over the past eight years.

"We are sorry to note that the defendant has chosen to bring the matter before the courts," the firm said.

"Entourage finds the current situation deplorable (but) neither Messmer, nor Entourage can be held responsible."


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1 posted on 05/01/2014 11:32:53 AM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

Note to self: When hypnotizing people always make sure they are programmed not to sue me.


2 posted on 05/01/2014 11:34:42 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: rickmichaels

If Uri Geller were to psychically fix my watch, would that void the warranty?


3 posted on 05/01/2014 11:35:12 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: DannyTN

“You will not sue me.”
“You will not ever see me as the cause of any of your problems.”
“If you ever think about suing me, you will have great anxiety and you will immediately seek me out for relief. ...And you will bring a lot of cash.”


4 posted on 05/01/2014 11:37:51 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: rickmichaels

You cannot hypnotize an unwilling person.


5 posted on 05/01/2014 11:38:13 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: rickmichaels

“I loved it. It was much better than CATS. I’m going to see it again and again.”


6 posted on 05/01/2014 11:38:34 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: rickmichaels

Three years later and he decides to sue.


7 posted on 05/01/2014 11:39:40 AM PDT by bgill
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To: rickmichaels

I’ve studied hypnosis and can hypnotize. This can’t happen.


8 posted on 05/01/2014 11:41:44 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

Good thing the hypnotist didn’t say,

“You can fly.....you can fly.....you can fly.....”

;^)


9 posted on 05/01/2014 11:52:24 AM PDT by elcid1970
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To: rickmichaels

Morneau says two years later he still has trouble doing physical activity or working as a volunteer firefighter.

His career as a Cancan dancer on the other hand is
taking off.

Canadian Idol next stop?


10 posted on 05/01/2014 11:55:30 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: rickmichaels

“Messmer” lol!

Maybe he can try suing the guy who he got the PCP from next...


11 posted on 05/01/2014 11:57:06 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: rickmichaels

” I am now in sing sing “.


12 posted on 05/01/2014 11:58:29 AM PDT by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: rickmichaels
The complainant, who works as an exterminator in Granby, Que., claims he was in "deep hypnosis and...had no control of his movements"

Well, he lost right there. Never in hypnosis can you be forced to do something you don't want or cannot do.

He can be "given" courage to be on the dance floor if that's what he wants. But after that, its all him and his abilities, or lack thereof.

13 posted on 05/01/2014 12:01:25 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: elcid1970
Good thing the hypnotist didn’t say, “You can fly.....you can fly.....you can fly.....” ;^)


14 posted on 05/01/2014 12:05:17 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: mountn man

Air Jordan wannabe.


15 posted on 05/01/2014 12:15:09 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ping.


16 posted on 05/01/2014 12:21:37 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Darksheare

Your coffee can bring folks out of a trance.


17 posted on 05/01/2014 12:22:00 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Or put them into one.


18 posted on 05/01/2014 12:26:10 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: rickmichaels

Bullwinkle: “Eenie meenie chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak.”


19 posted on 05/01/2014 12:26:52 PM PDT by dainbramaged (Don't tell me, I'll tell you.)
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To: dainbramaged

“Are they friendly spirits?”

“Friendly? Just listen!”


20 posted on 05/01/2014 1:20:43 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: elcid1970
“Are they friendly spirits?”
“Friendly? Just listen!”

No doubt about it ... I've got to get another hat.

21 posted on 05/01/2014 1:23:13 PM PDT by BlueLancer (Pachebel --- The original one-hit wonder.)
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To: Darksheare

O though it induced coma or broke trances depending on whether or not you added a touch of nuclear waste.


22 posted on 05/01/2014 1:45:41 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Focault's Pendulum
I’ve studied hypnosis and can hypnotize. This can’t happen.

I've tried hypnosis and can't be hypnotized.......does that make your claim invalid?

23 posted on 05/01/2014 1:48:56 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: Hot Tabasco

About 20% of the population is resistant to hypnosis.


24 posted on 05/01/2014 3:44:21 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: driftdiver

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.


25 posted on 05/02/2014 2:56:38 AM PDT by Rudder
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