Digital Photography: Agent Meyer
DV Cam: Agents Rainswept, Butler
Edited by:Agent Winckler)
Mission Inspired by: Andy Kaufman & Bob Zmuda
Featuring: King, Arnheiter, Amigone, Berman, Kinney, Lovejoy, Todd, Rainswept, Bulter, Meyer
At around 4:15 PM, The Amazing Hypnotist (Agent King) positioned himself in front of a monument on the west side of Washington Square Park. He stood, clad in a black suit and spectacles, with his feet shoulder width apart and gazed into the distance. Meanwhile, his assistant (Agent Todd) roamed the park hyping the ensuing show.
Eight other Improv Everywhere agents were scattered around the park, blending in with others in the park. Slowly, these agents and other strangers began to crowd around The Amazing Hypnotist. Agent Todd asked for a volunteer for the first hypnotism, and Agent Arnheiter quickly raised his hand.
The Amazing Hypnotist: Can I have your name please, sir?
The Amazing Hypnotist: Carl, what is your favorite celebrity?
Arnheiter: John Travolta.
The Amazing Hypnotist: Carl, look into my eyes.
The Amazing Hypnotist put his hands on Carl’s shoulders and began to work his magic. After gently leading Carl into a hypnotic trance he explained, “When I say the word ‘blue’ you will think you are John Travolta.” The Amazing Hypnotist brought Carl out of the trance and then set him off with the code word “blue”.
The Amazing Hypnotist: What’s your name, sir?
The Amazing Hypnotist: How are you, John?
Arnheiter: Fine man.
The Amazing Hypnotist: Have you been in any movies, John?
Arnheiter: Yeah man, I was in Grease, Pulp Fiction, Battlefield Earth…
“John Travolta” (Agent Arnheiter) dances
The Amazing Hypnotist takes “Jenna” (Agent Amigone) under.
The Amazing Hypnotist: Jenna, when I say the world “orange” you will think my assistant smells really good.
The code word was said and “Jenna” quickly approached Agent Todd and began to sniff around his neck, complimenting his cologne. The Amazing Hypnotist shouted “Jenna, Orange!” to bring her back to normal. He then took her under again.
The Amazing Hypnotist: Jenna, now when I say “orange” you will become very attracted to my assistant.
Agent Lovejoy, playing Jenna’s boyfriend, began to quietly protest. The Amazing Hypnotist said the code word and immediately Jenna headed straight for Agent Todd. She began touching his chest, looking into his eyes, and complimenting his looks. Lovejoy started to complain, but was quickly silenced by The Amazing Hypnotist, “It’s all part of the show sir. No need to get upset.” Jenna got closer and closer to Todd’s face and ultimately began to kiss him. This drew a huge gasp from the crowd, and an old man standing next to Lovejoy shouted out, “She has legal rights!” The Amazing Hypnotist quickly called out “Orange” and brought Jenna back to normal. She moved over to the side of the stage with Carl.
“Jenna” (Agent Amigone) begins to touch Todd
Agent Todd claims no responsibility as “Jenna” goes in for the kiss.
Craig was taken out of the trance and the code word was given. He began to pant and indicate thirst. Agent Todd produced a small juice bottle and tossed it to The Amazing Hypnotist. Craig quickly grabbed the bottle and drained it’s contents. Agent Todd then brought out a giant lemon-lime Poweraid bottle and dangled it in front of Craig.
Kinney began to slowly grind and sway his hips to the delight of the audience. Members of the crowd began to taunt him with “take it off” cheers. Kinney expertly took his time with his strip tease, running his hands all over his body and then dramatically removing his shirt.
Audience members watch in shock as The Amazing Hypnotist and his assistant flee the scene.
“Craig” (Agent Berman) with a bottle given to him by a crowd member.
Arnheiter: The Amazing Hypnotist and his assistant bolted from the scene. The crowd wasn’t sure what was happening. There were gasps, and people were saying “where’d they go?” and “that’s not right!” A few folks started yelling out colors, trying to snap us out of our “trances.” That didn’t work. Eventually, I stopped dancing to “go get pizza or somethin’.”
As I walked away, people were calling after me, yelling “John, John!” I didn’t stop. A guy in a white T-shirt started following me. I circled the park and people from the crowd kept asking me if I was OK. I didn’t answer. A couple carrying a copy of the Sunday NY Times asked if I was OK and I asked them if they wanted my autograph, then I took out my pen and reached for their paper, leaving them with a “Love, John Travolta.”
Amigone: After they left I kept yelling at Agent Lovejoy, “He went that way. I want to go that way.” “I don’t love you anymore. I love him.” Also, “I don’t want to go with you. Let me go.” People kept looking over as I yelled to see Richard holding me back from running by my back-pack. It may have looked like a kidnapping to some. It kind of felt like one.
Berman: Two people gave me their bottled waters when I was screaming for liquids for my dehydrated throat. I ran over to a vendor after you left and grabbed a bottled water from the man and before paying I just dumped the water all over my head. My girlfriend paid the irritated vendor and around 7 people had followed me to watch how/or if I was still under and also to see if it was real. We walked 5 blocks away to get a cab and one straggler followed us. I was honestly over hydrated and began to vomit out the Poweraid. After all, I had consumed over a half gallon in about a 10 minute period. We shook the entourage of one and got into a cab. I think you will be happy to know that the Gap Oxford button down shirt that I was wearing and that was doused in green, blue, and RED Poweraid was washed yesterday and is as good as new.
Kinney: An older man in the front row asked me as I put my clothes back on if I was part of the show. I replied “What show?”, and he said, “The hypnotist show.” I said, “I don’t know anything about a hypnotist, but I strip every half hour right here in the park.”
It’s amazing what you can get people to believe sometimes. If anyone was skeptical about our act, they chose not to vocalize their doubts. The crowd just cheered and clapped along with each hypnotism, even as shirts were ruined, relationships tested, and pants removed. We’re glad they had fun. So did we.