A French TV program (Stars sous hypnose) shows celebrities who are hypnotized by an (apparently) famous hypnotizer (Mesmer).

They then proceed to do incredible things (believing to be vampires, forgetting the number 7, ...).

This looks very much fake to me, as if they were acting.

On the other hand, most comments I got from a few Google searches do not debunk this show, which is quite surprising when looking at the enormity of what these stars are doing.

Were such actions actually scientifically measured/checked, under some reasonable conditions? (the definition of hypnosis is not that important, it can be any stated induced by someone in a typical TV environment - so no day-long dances which bring in some kind of trance, or drugs, or starvation, ...)

Note: a similar question mentioned participants being or not staged - in my case the ones under hypnosis are well-know celebrities, some of them actors, some not. They all claim being genuinely hypnotized.

  • Why is the similar question not a duplicate?
    – Tim
    Jan 13, 2018 at 21:24
  • Please edit this to a more specific claim, because it may be able to do some things (encourage shy people to play-act and improvise in front of a crowd) and not others (actually forget a number).
    – Oddthinking
    Jan 13, 2018 at 23:40
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    Existing questions [many unanswered] about specific claims : making items disappear, causing blisters, increase breast size, enhancing memory, etc.
    – Oddthinking
    Jan 13, 2018 at 23:41
  • @Oddthinking: I will update my question to make it more precise. I am not interested in paranormal activities (I have a PhD in physics and hatred towards them) but rather in that special state of the brain (hypnosis) and specifically whether it allows people who are wiling to be put in that state to make very bizarre things (and remember them or not).
    – WoJ
    Jan 14, 2018 at 11:10


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