The Amazing Hypnotist Redux

Featuring: King, Todd, Keech, Roche, Camper, Berman, Gemberling, Kinney, Spencer, Powell, Kula
DV Cams: Agent Powell and Agent Mark
Digital Photgraphy: Agent Kula
Mission Inspired by: Andy Kaufman and Bob Zmuda

Video edited by Josh Glaser. Produced by Agent Powell.

On October 18th, 2003 Improv Everywhere returned to Washington Square Park to stage a revival of The Amazing Hypnotist. Since the logistics of the mission are fully detailed on the report of our first conquest in July of 2002, this report will tell the story primarily though photos. Enjoy!

IE Agents meet at Astor Place

The Amazing Hypnotist (Agent King) arrives in
Washington Square Park and his assistant (Agent Todd)
draws a crowd and takes Agent Keech as the first volunteer.

Agent Keech is hypnotized into thinking he is an ostrich

Agents Roche and Camper (posing as strangers who do not know
each other) are taken from the crowd and interviewed by Agent Todd

The Amazing Hypnotist hypnotizes them into “falling in love” while the crowd grows

After their code word, “Pink”, is given by the Amazing Hypnotist,
the two begin showing signs of love

The two strangers get closer as their significant others
(Agents Kinney and Spencer) watch from the crowd

Agent Powell (far left) covertly films the crowd’s response

Agent Todd takes the next volunteer, Agent Berman

Agent Berman is hypnotized into thinking he is in a desert

The Amazing Hypnotist says Agent Berman’s code word

He takes off his sweater (it was around 50 degrees)

After drinking an entire bottle of water, he begins to chug Gatorade

Drenched in red Gatorade

The Amazing Hypnotist hands Agent Berman a towel
and brings him back to reality.

Agent Gemberling is the next volunteer. Agent Todd informs him
that he will be hypnotized into thinking he’s a stripper.

Gemberling undergoes the hypnosis

After the code word is said, he immediately sheds his jacket.

The Amazing Hypnotist begins to call the code words of
the previous volunteers.

The Amazing Hypnotist and his assistant flee the park, running as
fast as they can, leaving all of the volunteers behind, still hypnotized.

Agents Kinney and Spencer try to get their significant
others back while Agents Roche and Camper continue to kiss


Agents Todd and King sprinted away from the park, leaving behind a chaotic scene. The hypnotized agents stayed in character as shocked audience members tried to figure out how to help them. They began shouting out the code words for each individual. People were coming up to Agents Roche and Camper and yelling “Pink! Pink! Pink!” at them while they continued locking lips. One man chased down Agent Keech, shouting “Ostrich!,” hoping he could snap him out of his animal state.

Agent Gemberling continued to strut his shirtless body through the crowd as Agent Berman desperately asked crowd members for water. He nearly tackled one man who held his ice cream cone above his head out his Berman’s reach. Other members of the crowd shouted, “Give him the ice cream! He thinks he’s in a desert!” The man refused. Desperate, Agent Berman ultimately resorted to licking up water from a puddle on the ground.

Agents Kinney and Spencer eventually became fed up with their significant others and left the park exasperated and alone.

Berman, Gemberling, and Keech slowly trickled their way out of the park while Agents Roche and Camper continued to kiss. The two wound up sitting on a bench together staring at each other, lovingly. A man who had witnessed the event approached them:

Man: Do you two know each other?
Roche: We just met.
Man: Do you know you have a girlfriend?
Roche: What are you talking about?
Man: Do you two know that you are hypnotized!?!?

Pause (Roche and Camper stare at him blankly).

Man: You are going to think I’m crazy, but you have been hypnotized.
Camper: (patronizingly) Ohhh…ok. Thank you very much, sir.
Man: I know you think I’m crazy. You are hypnotized right now!
Camper: (with a smirk) Thank you very much for telling us.
Man: I’m not crazy!

(Man walks away.)

Mission Accomplished.



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40 Responses to The Amazing Hypnotist Redux

  1. Jestrada says:

    What makes this mission so great is (a) having Improv members planted in the audience; (b) having Improv members stay in character as “hypnotised” after the hypnotist flees. Brilliant! Having two Improv members apparently fall in love and start kissing, to the horror of their “actual” boyfriends/girlfriends is a great way to get the crowd upset and emotionally involved, and thinking to themselves “I can’t believe this is happening!” Brilliant! I love reading audience reactions, keep getting down as many quotes as you can, they are what make reading these accounts so priceless! Great video too – this is a must see!

  2. jason from england says:

    wow !! i started watching all the missions from the bottom and thought the 1st hypnotist one was gr8 i cant wait to see the vid for this one !!

  3. a Sheltered Town says:

    Pure genius.

  4. ian says:

    Brilliant. Thats all I have to say.

  5. B says:

    Bravo, fooling people into feeling compasionate! Hilarious but at what cost?

  6. blahface says:

    I’m curious as to how long it went on after the hypnotist left and how they went about the transition to going back to normal without giving anything away.

  7. Gael says:

    Just as good as the first one!!! (which was AWESOME!!!!) I also liked the fact that they where actual gf and bf cause otherwise i would feel realy sory for the 2 strangers that showed up to help out IE and have to make out. It was also more convincing this way. I loved the vidio and just the mission in general i guess!!


  8. IE rocks says:

    That sweet man at the end was classic.

  9. Saknika says:

    I think I just pissed myself laughing.

  10. Dionna says:

    I can’t see the first one or the video. The linkS to the first one all lead to “404 Not Found” and the YouTube video doesn’t respond to my cursor :( It looks like fun, though. I always wondered what it would be like if that happened, if the hypnotizer didn’t take them out of the spell. I can’t believe the desert guy licked a puddle! That’s dedication!

  11. mark says:

    wow this is the fith story i have read it is the best i saw the best gig ever on THIS AMERICAN LIFE and i got hooked thinks for what you do.

  12. Tom says:

    I found your website today and I’ve been addicted to it, I can’t get away. This is probably my favorite video, haha

  13. Marcela says:

    ROB! that’s the one

  14. greg says:

    Damn… You guys are making me late for work!

    Love it!

  15. Yvonne says:

    oh my god FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!! un believable, just incredibly well done. i want to try this in my town hahaha

  16. Lavastorm says:

    Haaaa this site is SO addictive, I love all your missions! I’m actually supposed to be working on homework right now ^^” I should probably do that…

    Anyways you guys are great!

  17. Lisa says:

    So far, this one is my favorite. I love it! I can’t stop laughing! Bravo!

  18. Farah says:

    LOLL thats so cool XD Can you come to Canada :D LOL

  19. I Love ImprovEverywhere says:

    “Desperate, Agent Berman ultimately resorted to licking up water from a puddle on the ground.”

    HAHAHA. I burst out laughing.

  20. Abby says:

    You guys REALLY get into your roles. I think I killed my diapragm…