How to Hypnotize Someone – Can You Hypnotize the Cashier?

I did once – by mistake!

If you’re thinking about how to hypnotize someone, you might see yourself sitting in a comfortable chair, swinging a pendulum to and fro, and telling the person on the nearby couch that they feel sleepy.

I can assure you that you don’t need to hypnotize someone in this way.

I know, because I once inadvertently hypnotized the cashier at my local supermarket whilst he was performing his duties at the front counter.

You can actually hypnotize a fully-awake person, even without their knowledge. It’s called “covert hypnosis” or “conversational hypnosis” and it’s an art that can be learnt by almost anyone.

Have you ever seen Derren Brown in action? This British hypnotist and magician often uses covert hypnosis to convince his ‘victims’ to do exactly what he wants them to do. On one occasion, he even made them accept blank pieces of paper believing, in fact, that it was money that he used to pay them for some goods.

But I digress! Here’s how my own story unfolded…

One day, whilst living in France, I went to the supermarket to buy some food and also a gift for my husband.
The food only cost a few euros, and I intended to use my private savings to pay

for the gift separately.

Whilst waiting in line, I spent some time in preparing the correct payment in order to speed up the buying process at the front counter.

My gift cost 11.36 euro and, since I didn’t want to end up having a large quantity of small change, I prepared by sorting out my last 20 euro note together with a 2 euro coin to pay for the gift.

Now, here’s where the cashier became confused.

When it finally came my turn to pay, the cashier registered my gift and then asked me if the food was also mine. I relied “Yes”, but I wished to pay for the items as two separate purchases.

He said “Okay” and then told me that I should first pay him 11.36 euro.

Looking slightly bored, he turned his head away to look at the people waiting in the line. However, I soon caught his attention, looked him straight in the eye and said: “Here! I have the money all ready for you!”

I then handed him the 20 euro note plus the 2 euro coin. The cashier looked surprised. He took my money, placed them in the register and gave me back 64 cents.

“Excuse me,” I said. ” But I gave you a 20 euro note.”