Girls at a private school in Canada were locked into a trance for several hours after a trainee hypnotherapist could not snap them out of it.
Maxime Nadeau, 20, hypnotised a group of 12 to 13-year-old students at College du Sacre-Coeur in Sherbooke, Quebec, for an end of year show last week.
But five students – most of whom were merely watching in the audience – got more than they bargained for when they remained in 'mass hypnosis' and could not be roused.
One student was locked into the trance for five hours, forcing the trainee hypnotist to call his mentor, Richard Whitbread, for an emergency intervention.
'There were a couple of students who had their heads lying on the table and there were [others] who, you could tell, were in trance,' Whitbread told CBC. 'The eyes were open and there was nobody home.'
After travelling for one hour, Whitbread used a stern voice to awaken the girls, blaming his trainee’s good looks for the students’ hypnotic states.
According to the Canadian Press, thirteen students also reported suffering from headaches or nausea after the incident.