It was opening night at the theatre and the Amazing Claude
was topping the bill. People came from miles around to see
the famed hypnotist do his stuff. As Claude took to the stage,
he announced, "Unlike most stage hypnotists who invite two
or three people up onto the stage to be put into a trance,
I intend to hypnotize each and every member of the audience."
The excitement was almost electric as Claude withdrew a
beautiful antique pocket watch from his coat. I want you each
to keep your eye on this antique watch. It's a very special watch.
It's been in my family for six generations." He began to swing
the watch gently back and forth while quietly chanting, "Watch
the watch, watch the watch, watch the watch...." The crowd
became mesmerized as the watch swayed back and forth, light
gleaming off its polished surface. Hundreds of pairs of eyes
followed the swaying watch, until suddenly it slipped from the
hypnotist's fingers and fell to the floor, breaking into a
hundred pieces. "Shit!" said the hypnotist.
It took three weeks to clean up the theatre.