January 2011 clipped from an article in the Tahoe Daily Tribune, South Lake Tahoe NV
Get Hypnotized’ returns to Horizon Casino Resort’s Golden Cabaret
Chris Cady is back for a spell.
“Get Hypnotized” will be performed in the Horizon Casino Resort’s Golden Cabaret at
Cady in December completed a two-year run at Reno’s Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. He debut in the Golden Cabaret was on Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday weekend.
“I love that room,” Cady said. “It’s perfect for me. It’s intimate and has a great vibe.”
Cady discovered hypnotism as a teenager after he witnessed a tragic event and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress. After seeing a hypnotist perform, he decided he could as well, so he enrolled in a hypnotherapy school.
He said it takes about seven minutes to hypnotize someone. The best subjects, he said, have the desire to be hypnotized, are creative and have good focus and concentration.
Cady described his two most memorable onstage participants. One man imitated Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in fluent English, Spanish and French. Afterward, he said he only knew English. Then a woman with a long-term shoulder injury was cured after she mimicked Pete Townshend’s windmill guitar playing.
"A Great Little Show That I Highly Recommend."
-Jack Neal, KUNR Radio and
Night Club Reviews
Mar 1, 2009 - "Get Hypnotized" with comedian-hypnotist Chris Cady is a great little show at Reno's Pioneer Center Underground
By Jack Neal, KUNR
At one time Pat Collins, the Hip Hypnotist, called Reno home. Collins remains the biggest name in nightclub hypnotist show business. After her death in the late 90s glazed-eye nightclub acts just haven't existed in Northern Nevada.
Now that has changed. Comedian-hypnotist Chris Cady is performing weekends at Reno's Pioneer Center Underground. In the right hands and under the right spell, on-stage hypnosis can be great fun. And so it was Saturday night (2/21/09), when I saw Cady's show.
There's nothing to fear about Cady's brand of humor, nor his way of entertaining folks by featuring as stars those under his transfixing demeanor. He does nothing in the least bit off color or embarrassing. As produced by Jeff Leep, who also operates the lights and sound for this shoestring production, Cady's droll approach to that old-black-hypnotic magic keeps an audience very neatly under his spell.
To his credit and the entertainment value of "Get Hypnotized," the thinning of audience volunteers - the painfully slow part of most of these kinds of acts - is done quickly, is lightly tongue-in-cheek and clicks along without interrupting the show's rhythm.
Since "Get Hypnotized" depends on who's in the audience for its humor, every show is different. Repeat business boils down to long runs and that's what Cady and Leep are hoping for. And that's what this nicely-packaged show deserves.
The Pioneer Center Underground, formerly the Magic Underground, is a beautifully designed and inviting space that's perfect for the mysterious art and science of hypnosis.
But ultimately it's the easy charm of Chris Cady, his good manners and ethics, and his upbeat humor that makes "Get Hypnotized" a nightclub act suitable for families and just about anybody who wants a slightly-more-than-one-hour of good, clean amusement. "Get Hypnotized" is a solid new addition for Reno's nightclub scene. It's a great little show for the World's Biggest Little City that's a pleasure to recommend.
"This Show Has Every Possible Embodiment Of Hilarity
Found In Humanity Today."
- Jen Schmidt, Tahoe World Magazine
This article is from the Sparks Daily Tribune in Sparks Nevada published on January 21 2009
by Krystal BickJan 21, 2009 |
Hypnotist Chris Cady performs January weekend shows at the Pioneer Center in downtown Reno.
slideshow Look deep into his eyes and you will become very sleepy …
OK, perhaps Chris Cady, renowned Reno-area hypnotist, doesn’t use a swinging watch or a crystal ball. But he does know a thing or two about making audience members act like they are former President George W. Bush, pop princess Britney Spears or even the “governator” himself, Aah-nuld Schwarzeneg-ger.
“I get them to do a variety of fun things,” Cady said, with a laugh. “Every show is a different show.”
Different is perhaps an understatement. Cady, who has been practicing and performing hypnotic inductions for more than 20 years and has a January weekend series at the Pioneer Theater, got his start in a rather odd way.
In 1986, when Cady was working at a shopping mall in the Bay Area, a commercial airplane crashed into the main building, leaving Cady with significant post traumatic stress.
Several friends suggested he explore hypnosis as a form of therapy, which in the end helped with his stress. It also sparked an interest in hypnosis that Cady had harbored since he was young.
“The human brain is very complex,” Cady said of his fascination with the untapped power of the human mind. “(With hypnosis) you’re always learning.”
Having spent several years studying at hypnosis institutes and with individual teachers, Cady has built his own reputation around town, performing what he calls an “all-ages, family-friendly show.”
“My show is a combination of magic and comedy,” Cady said. “It’s sort of like an ‘American Idol’ meets with an audience-participation hypnosis show.”
Depending heavily on audience participation, Cady performs a variety of stage antics from celebrity impersonations (hopefully with a Gov. Sarah Palin stint coming soon, Cady said) to having men go into labor.
“It’s very funny,” Cady said, mentioning that male child-bearing is one of his favorite hypnotic inductions. “Sometimes when they give birth, they’ll cry and tell me how beautiful their baby is. They actually believe they gave birth.”
But just how does one man make another man believe he did something as painful as having a baby?
By tapping into the subconscious part of the brain, “which makes all this fun stuff happen,” Cady said. He uses a combination of certain words, sounds and motions to make his volunteer extremely relaxed.
Complete hypnotic induction can occur within anywhere from one second to 15 minutes. Hypnosis can affect everyone differently: the person might remember what he or she has just done or think it was all a dream.
And for the brave of heart or just those who want to test out the waters of hypnosis, Cady described his perfect volunteer as being open minded and ready for a good time.
But also be prepared to be amazed, Cady said.
Past volunteer experiences, Cady said, have left audience members and himself a little shaken up. He recalled one woman who after numerous shoulder surgeries, was still unable to use the full rotation of her arms. After volunteering at one of Cady’s shows, however, this woman, in true Pete Townshend style, played the electric guitar with full-arm swinging and all.
“She told me (after the show) that she felt she had the best physical therapy of her life,” Cady said. “She really tapped into the more powerful part of her brain and she healed herself.”
More often than not, Cady’s volunteers, who usually are doing something outlandish like Irish line dancing or giving a speech as President Barack Obama, typically are not the outgoing type.
“That’s part of the comedy,” Cady said, explaining he often gets comments after his show from friends of the volunteer saying that the volunteer is normally a reserved, quiet person. “This person is doing something so unusual for them.”
Unusual or not, Cady’s performance guarantees some laughter. And after all, who knows, perhaps your inner rock star/tango dancer/Gov. Jim Gibbons is calling?
For more information or to book your own hypnosis party, visit Chris Cady’s Web site at www.chriscady.com.
The Friday, Saturday and Sunday series begins each night at 8 p.m. Tickets for “Get Hypnotized!” are $25 and can be purchased online at www.pioneercenter.com.
This article appeared in the Sacramento Bee on March 22, 2009
Written by Mel Shields
Volunteers sleep through this show
ShareThisPublished: Sunday, Mar. 22, 2009 - 12:00 am | Page 14EXPLORE
Just as hypnotism has gained more respect in the field of psychotherapy, so it has in entertainment. Long gone are the hokey artists in flowing robes who swing medallions as they repeat, "You are getting sleepier and sleepier." They've been replaced by "professional hypnotists" who tend to wear business suits and pepper their presentations with humor.
Today's hypnotists are more honest about what they can and cannot do. This makes audience members feel more at ease volunteering to be hypnotized.
Hypnotism shows tend to attract a dedicated following, and that is the hope of Chris Cady, who has taken over Reno's Magic Underground as founder Mark Kalin has moved on. The space on Virginia Street, or rather under Virginia Street, is part of the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, and its entrance is on the Pioneer's plaza. It is an intimate setting with tiered seating, the seats rescued from a movie theater.
It's a fun space and Cady is having fun in it. He calls it "perfect, and that's not because of its darkness. I could do hypnotism in broad daylight. The stage is the right size. I've done shows in comedy clubs and the stages are built for one or two comedians. There's not enough room for the volunteers. And I can see the audience. That is essential because around one to three people fall into hypnosis during the show and I can see if they've fallen asleep in their chairs."
There are, of course, other reasons audience members fall asleep during shows, but boredom is not likely in a Cady evening. He doesn't take an inordinate amount of time explaining his background or what happens under hypnosis. A certain amount of the latter is necessary, but he is brisk with it and involves everybody, having the audience perform a few feats with their hands and arms, putting them into a relaxed and receptive state.
When the volunteers are hypnotized, Cady treats them with respect and humor. They play air guitar and air piano, conduct an imaginary symphony orchestra, become James Bond, become Martians and their translators, and perform Irish step dancing, but they never are put into any suggestive situations.
"I want to avoid any of 'Oh, God, why did you make me do that?' I want it to be 'Oh, that was a good time.' A lot of shows embarrass people sexually and I will not do that."
Cady is a certified clinical hypnotherapist with a practice in Reno. He has 53 hypnosis CDs, works with athletes, business people and others on overcoming fear, and helps with smoking cessation, weight loss, and other problems. Now is a time when his services are more needed; now is also a time when new entertainment ventures are big risks.
"Why did I go into this in this horrible, scary economy? I like a good challenge. I spent the past several years flying all over the place. It seemed the work was always somewhere else. Then it dawned on me that I live in a place where people come for entertainment, the magicians have moved out, and despite the fact the economy has issues, we have a chance."
Cady was fascinated by a book on hypnosis when he was a child but it was far beyond him. Then when he was in high school and working in a record store in Sun Valley Mall in Concord, a plane crashed through the building. He suffered from post-traumatic stress and nothing took the nightmares away.
"I heard hypnosis could help, so I went to Tower Books and got the self- hypnosis tapes and subliminal suggestion tapes. I listened and practiced and stopped being uncomfortable. I didn't think this would turn into a career, but then I saw a stage hypnotist perform and saw amazing things happen. This man, however, was not a performer but more like a guy giving a lecture and I thought I could do better, so I underwent training and built a career."
If you volunteer at a Cady show, you are given the opportunity afterward for a free "empowering suggestion," which Cady calls a part he loves, a chance to "give myself a great reward by helping people become less stressed, quit smoking, even become a better bowler."
More Information ( note as of December 11th this show is no longer at the Pioneer Center please see the home page of this site for current location)
OF NOTE: Typical of Cady's humor is this note in his program for those who are afraid of getting hypnotized while watching: "Relax, he can't hypnotize you against your will. But if you are really worried, ask your waiter for a sheet of aluminum foil. Wrap it around your head so that it blocks out the hypnotic signals. It will also keep space aliens, the CIA and the KGB from reading your thoughts. Also be sure to chant 'I will not get hypnotized' while wiggling your hands next to your ears. We don't guarantee it will work. But we do guarantee that the people around you will find it amusing, and it's a great way to get yourself on YouTube."
Here's a lovely
Press article from the Reno Gazette Journal
Local stage hypnotist brings out volunteers creative sides
This is an article originally appeared in the Reno Gazette Journal
on July 9, 2007
This was retyped from the Reno Gazette Journal newspaper.
By Siobhan McAndrew
Monday July 9, 2007
Dominic Gentile acted out giving birth on stage in front of 200 laughing business associates. He also imitated Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Chinese dictator and President George Bush.
"I remember everything I did but was in a really relaxed, almost sleeping state," said Gentile of Reno, who agreed to be hypnotized on stage during a Builders Association of Northern Nevada dinner held at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks.
He was one of 15 volunteers who were hypnotized by Chris Cady, a Reno stage hypnotist.
" I guess its something I wouldn't normally do (when) not under hypnosis, like the giving birth part but it was funny. I knew what I was doing but seemed more willing to do it." said Gentile, "but I can do a good Arnold accent under or not under."
Cady, who has hypnotized thousands, performs his family friendly show for high schools, colleges, conventions, business groups and private parties. He is one of two stage hypnotists performing in Northern Nevada.
Life of fascination
"When I was a kid, I read a book on it and it was intriguing." said Cady, who has been hypnotizing people for 10 years.
He said that after being in a mall that was hit by an airplane in Concord California in 1986 he went to a hypnotist to deal with the stress of helping with the rescue efforts.
"I realized it was something that still interested me," said Cady.
"Then I went to a show and saw a stage hypnotist do it and he just didn't have an entertaining personality. It was like he was doing a lecture, a long stuffy lecture."
Cady said he knew being a stage hypnotist and having an entertaining act would do well.
He went to a hypnotist school then worked with a hypno-therapist who had 25 years experience.
Finally , he developed an act. He performs his show several nights a week.
Cady usually can hypnotize a group in less then 10 minutes. He then taps on hypnotized participants and induces them to act out different personalities or characters raging from Elvis to aliens. Those who are not hypnotized, he excuses form the stage.
He will vary the show depending on the group. "Usually you can tie in something to the group you are performing for and make each performance original,"
Finding volunteers for the act is easy.
Cady said the best people for hypnotism are creative types who can block out distractions.
"When you are hypnotized, you are in a sleep-like state where you are just using the imagination side of your brain," he said, He said more analytical types such as engineers, are harder to hypnotize.
Cady also does private sessions to help people quit smoking, lose weight or improve sports performance.
Brooke Mills, who was also hypnotized at the builders association event was eager to try it out for fun.
"The things people told me I did were things I could never do in front of 100 people," said Brooke, who acted out being an alien while hypnotized,. She somehow even knew an alien language while hypnotized.
"I mean ( I can't believe I was) dancing and singing, I have stage fright," she said. " I get nervous about anything, but remembering back, it was like no one was there, I remember seeing everyone, but nothing mattered, I was so relaxed."
To book a stage hypnotist for your next party, group or convention
Retyped Article from Reno GAzette Journal December 2008
Hypnotist zones in on Pioneer Underground
Show will be on indefinite run at theater
BY FORREST HARTMAN DECEMBER 19, 2008
Less than two months after magicians Mark Kalin and Jinger Leigh left the Magic Underground theater, the venue is springing back to life with a new name and new headline act.
Now dubbed Pioneer Underground, the small theater at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts will reopen tonight with the first of many performances by hypnotist Chris Cady. The Spanish Springs-based performer is partnering with Jeff Leep, owner of Leep Entertainment, to provide regular programming at the theater, all of it anchored by his show, "Get Hypnotized!"
Currently, Cady plans to perform Fridays through Sundays each week, and he may add Thursdays. To get things started, he'll deliver eight shows through the remainder of December, including three this weekend for the benefit of Toys for Tots.
Is he worried about attracting an audience night after night in the same venue? Not a bit.
"Every show is completely different," Cady said. "I have over 200 routines that I draw from, and in the show there's maybe 20 different routines done. It changes constantly based on who the audience is, who the volunteers are, their ages, what kind of vibe I'm getting from them. There's a lot of improv involved as well."
Cady said he starts his performances by explaining the basics of hypnosis. Then he takes volunteers from the audience and performs a mass hypnosis.
"We do a real hypnotic induction," he said. "There's nothing planned, there's nothing scripted. Sometimes people think that there are stooges involved, and that's not the case at all. It's completely real."
Cady said he doesn't have trouble getting volunteers once he eases the initial concerns of audience members.
"The number-one fears are revealing secrets, loss of control and fear of exiting," he said. "They're not going to lose control, I'm not going to ask them anything personal and they can't get stuck in hypnosis. That's impossible. Once they understand that and they see I've got a friendly face, I don't look spooky, they'll go, 'OK, I feel comfortable now.' Then people will come up."
Although Cady doesn't ask hypnotized subjects personal questions, he does ask them to do funny things that the audience can enjoy.
"Men will give birth," he said. "I'll make somebody Britney Spears. I'll make somebody Elvis. "" I'll make them sing a song about their favorite food. I make somebody the Governator, and they'll imitate Arnold Schwarzenegger."
Cady said volunteers not only star in the show, they enjoy the experience.
"They have a great time," he said. "Most people are not super-creative and they're not super-outgoing. Or, maybe they are but they just don't get a chance to get up on stage and perform "" Now is their opportunity to explore this creative side of their brain that's called the subconscious mind. And the feeling of hypnosis is profoundly relaxing."
Cady said he first tried hypnosis while struggling with terrible memories of a tragedy he witnessed. In 1985, when he was 17, he was working in a record store at Sun Valley Mall in Concord, Calif., and a small plane crashed into the building, killing seven people.
"I ended up with post-traumatic stress, and in order to get rid of my post-traumatic stress I ended up using hypnosis," he said. "I went to the library and I read about it. Then, I went to Tower Books and they had some hypnosis tapes. I bought them and things started working for me because I learned it was all about refocusing your mind."
After years of self-training, Cady decided to get more serious in 2000 when he went to school and was certified as a clinical hypnotherapist. He also trained with a private teacher in Moscow, and he now makes his living entertaining and working with private hypnotherapy clients.
"Therapy is not full-time," he said. "I work mostly with people who are interested in sports. I work with bowlers who are serious amateurs and pros, and I have a hypnosis-for-bowling product that helps them with focus and confidence."
Cady said he also has 53 hypnosis CDS designed to help people with everything from weight loss to stress reduction. All will be available for sale at his Pioneer Underground shows.
When Cady isn't performing at the Underground, the venue will be available to other organizations who want to rent it. And Cady and Leep plan on booking other performers into the venue on occasion. But that's later. First, they're trying to get the word out that "Get Hypnotized!" is going to be a regular feature.
"I'm very excited about it," Cady said. "We think we've got something very different."
Hypnotist Chris Cady is kicking off his show at Pioneer Underground with eight performances in December. The first three shows are benefits for Toys for Tots, and will run at 8 tonight, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to all shows is free with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy.
Admission to all shows is $25 general and $20 for seniors and children. Members of the U.S. military, veterans and military family members admitted free with advance reservations. Military I.D. required. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.pioneercenter.com. Details: 775-425-5847 or visit www.renohypnotist.com
If you are looking for a family activity when you are in Reno this is the best thing show to do in Reno Nevada
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 3, 2009
HYPNOTIST GIVES FREE SHOW TICKETS
TO FEED HUNGRY CHILDREN IN NORTHERN NEVADA
RENO, NV AUGUST 3, 2009: On August 14 and 15 2009 The Pioneer Underground Theater in downtown Reno which currently features the show, "Chris Cady's Get Hypnotized" will give one FREE show ticket to anyone who donates 5 large cans of chicken soup to The Food Bank of Northern Nevada.
According to Hypnotist Chris Cady, "My grandmother grew up in poverty and told me stories about going hungry for days. Also during the second world war my mother in law was a slave to the German Army and was later sent to Siberia during Stalin's forced famine regime. Most of her family died of starvation. Both women often spoke of chronic lack of food and as adults had challenges that I believe are all related to trauma associated with starvation. I find it ironic that we live in a state where over 50% of the people are clinically obese because they have too much food and one third of our children don't have enough. So I decided to be part of the solution."
"Just come to our theater between 7pm and 8pm on August 14 or 15 with 5 large cans of pre-packaged chicken soup and we will give you one FREE ticket to the show. It's a $25.00 value. I want people to bring us chicken soup because everyone thinks we turn people into chickens so this is a fun way to get people involved."
About The Show
Get Hypnotized is an all ages comedy hypnosis show featuring volunteers from the audience. It's a non-stop roller coaster ride of laughs as Master Hypnotist Chris Cady takes you on a mind-blowing tour of "fast-trance hypnosis." He combines comedy, music, drama & the power of the mind to bring you a unique entertainment experience where audience volunteers are the stars of the show. (Don't worry, he won't turn you into a chicken…)
Ticket Information and Show Times
To get your FREE tickets just bring down 5 large cans of any kind of prepackaged chicken soup between
7 pm and 8pm on August 14 and 15 and you will receive 1 FREE ticket to that nights show.
Volunteers from The Food Bank of Northern Nevada will be on hand to accept the food
You may also purchase tickets at the door.
The show plays every Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Call 775-324-7474 in advance to make reservations or get them at the door. Prices are $25.00 for adults and $20.00 for seniors and kids under 18. Military with ID are always FREE. More information on this show can also be found at www.renohypnotist.com tickets may also be purchased at www.pioneercenter.com or at the Pioneer Box Office 11a-6p Monday-Friday, and by phone at 775-324-7474
The Pioneer Underground Theater is located under The Pioneer Center For The Performing Arts at 100 S Virginia street Reno NV 89501 -End-
Contact: Chris Cady
Phone: (775) 425-5847
Press note: for a digital photograph to accompany this story please email above address.
Someone 2 Know: Chris Cady
Posted: Aug 6, 2009 01:34 PM PDT
Channel 2 News
Chris Cady doesn't put people to sleep for a living. "Just allow yourself to drift on down...relaxing every nerve, muscle, every fiber in your body."
It's more like extreme relaxation, a state of heightened imagination. "When I snap my fingers you'll be playing the piano with great animation."
This musical interlude is just one example he can manipulate volunteers who've fallen into a trance at his family-friendly show called ‘Get Hypnotized' at Pioneer Underground.
Some people walk into the theater believing hypnosis is fake and they leave unconvinced. "Other times at the end of the show they'll tell me out in the lobby, ‘I was completely skeptical but because my spouse went up there, now I know it's real because they would never do that.'"
Like Cheri Rich, who before hypnosis only recalled owning her own house cleaning business, but her professional changed with just a snap of Chris' fingers. "I'm Cheri Rich. Kristen Remington is on vacation...."
Chris got into hypnosis 20 years ago and is dedicated to helping the community in which he entertains. Most recently he started a campaign to feed our area's hungry children. "When I found that a third of the children in our area are hungry everyday I just thought, ‘I'm so blessed to have this theater. I can do something to help out.'"
So he's inviting you to ‘Get Hypnotized' later this month with five cans of any type of chicken soup for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.