In the fictional movie Crocodile Dundee (1986), the character Mick Dundee is seen "hypnotizing" a water buffalo with hand movements.

Is this possible in real life?

  • While the movie scene maybe be quite notable, it isn't clear that the claim being made is intended to be believed, nor that many people actually believe it. Can we add some references to people who are repeating the claim as true (or even as possibly true)?
    – Oddthinking
    Nov 14, 2019 at 3:49
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    I just want to know whether that's even possible scientifically.
    – digest
    Nov 14, 2019 at 6:34
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    Sure - but before someone sits down and spends an hour coming up with a definitive answer, with references to Asian buffalo, definitions of hypnosis, and links to experts - we just want to make it isn't just you who thinks it is more than a made-up scene in a movie.
    – Oddthinking
    Nov 14, 2019 at 8:42
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    @digest: We get your curiosity, but it's not what Skeptics.SE is about. Basically, what we're setting out to do here is debunk fraudulent claims, or provide backing for seemingly outrageous but nevertheless true claims. The point with Crocodile Dundee is that there is no real claim being made. (Consider, if you will, the boomerang scene. That antenna, lacking any aerodynamic shaping, wouldn't fly like that. It's make-believe, a bigger-than-life story being told.)
    – DevSolar
    Nov 14, 2019 at 8:45
  • I think this would be on topic at Psychology and Neuroscience. Nov 14, 2019 at 23:14


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