Hyponotist Sailesh is ready to let the students of Pennsylvania College of Technology take part in his side-splitting, edgy show Aug. 18, beginning at 9 p.m. on the Professional Development Center lawn.
Sailesh, originally from Canada and now living in California, has been performing his show for 18 years all around the world and has been named by MTV Europe as "The best hypnotist on the planet." He's taken his act to 19 countries, and performs three to four shows per week, sometimes more than one show a day.
With such a popular show with college students, Sailesh believes his audience is the biggest part of the show. "First off, I'm a bit edgy. I also integrated music into my show, and there's a lot of comedy and improv," he said. "I'm just the show, the real stars are the people on stage."
Hyponotist Sailesh is ready to let the students of Pennsylvania College of Technology take part in his side-splitting, edgy show Aug. 18, which begins at 9 p.m. on the Professional Development Center lawn.
Sailesh began his journey with hypnotism after apprenticing with a hypnotist as his road manager. Sailesh also has his bachelor's degree in hypnotherapy. He ended up doing a show at a bar, and it took off from there.
Sailesh said that relaxation is the key element in hypnotism.
"Depending on how deeply under you are, some people have no clue what's going on, other people know exactly what's going on but have no control over it," he said.
Sailesh also said hypnotism may not work on someone if they are not relaxed enough or if something else is on their mind. "Hypnotism can work on everybody, but it will not work on everyone at the same time," he said.
Part of his show is making audience volunteers do hilarious things. He's had people think they are world famous dancers from "River Dance", on a "Jerry Springer" show and even the male Russian ballet. He also is known worldwide for having one of the audience members have an orgasm onstage while under hypnosis.
One look at his promotional video and the audience can expect to laugh, as volunteers are hypnotized into thinking they are animals, professional dancers and even that the roof is on fire.
"Things still - after 18 years - make me laugh. That's the fun part of it," Sailesh said. He said he finds material for his show from current media and happening events.
Sailesh also uses his talents for other purposes, including helping people with smoking cessation, weight loss and stress relief. He has had audience volunteers come up to him after the show and tell him how relaxed they feel.
This will be Sailesh's sixth year performing at Penn College, and he has a message for his audience. "If they're watching the show, they will be absolutely amazed. They'll be so sore from laughing, their cheeks will hurt," he said. "And if they volunteer, it will be the most fun they will have with their clothes on." You can find Sailesh on YouTube under Sailesh Jiawan or at Sailesh.com.