Everyone’s favourite humorously inclined mind controller, Andre the Hilarious Hypnotist, will be pulling the strings at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, from Tuesday, August 9, to Sunday the 21st.
The performer, who celebrated 21 years in showbiz last year, has become known for his ability to take members of the audience and get them to perform eccentric stunts while under his spell, the show is one that the entire family can enjoy.
Suggestions from audiences in his shows range from the strange (playing invisible instruments in a band) to the somewhat outrageous (thinking you are a bee trying to work your way into a tin) and that is just the start of two hours of orchestrated chaos, under careful control of Andre’s hypnotic talents.
With a new set, new costume and a heap of new ideas, Andre promises to have audiences rolling in the aisles.
PETER TROMP caught up with the showman.
When did you first become aware of your “powers”?
Sadly the only power I was born with was the ability to never stop talking. Hypnosis is a learned skill that anybody can acquire. Stage hypnotist is another “power” all of its own.
Your biggest inspiration in life…
The legendary Max Collie, the instant inspiration that led me away from teaching and into the world of stage hypnosis.
The most nervous you’ve ever been on stage…
I performed at a Youth Day rally a few years ago. For reasons unbeknownst to me I was the only white person at the event. The first performer managed to whip up the crowd as he marched through the history of apartheid. As he approached the end of a now very emotionally charged presentation, with everybody singing and shouting he loudly, he announced that this was the “last time the white Afrikaans speaking person dominated this country”, and there I stood; a White Afrikaans speaking hypnotist whose sole aim was to make people act in strange ways while I controlled them.
“Last night a show changed my life.” Which show?
Nataniël. We have one artist with the skill, creativity and the ability to remove you from reality while suspending disbelief and he is Nataniël.
Easiest way to your heart…
I have been single for ten years. How I wish I could find the person who solves the riddle and finds the route into my heart.
Favourite place in the world…
San Francisco. It’s Cape Town, but in dollars.
Book(s) and/or movie(s) you can read/watch over and over again.
‘Titanic’ (the Extended Edition and 3D Edition and Deleted Scenes Edition);
‘Moulin Rouge’ – one can only dream;
‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ – proof that no family is ever normal.
Performances will take place at 7.30pm nightly, as well as 3pm matinees on Sundays.
Tickets, priced at R70 and R90, can be booked by calling 031 260 2296, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.sneddontheatre.co.za for more information.
Address: Howard College Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Mazisi Kunene Road