Fringe Festival: Hypnotist Matt Hale to return with a new bag of tricks

Matt Hale will be back at Fringe with his comedy show.        d463716
Matt Hale will be back at Fringe with his comedy show.        d463716

COMEDY hypnotist Matt Hale will return to Fringe World Festival this year with a new set of tricks he has been practising on unsuspecting audiences around the world.

The Scarborough resident sold out 20 shows at last year’s festival and has since toured the UK and most recently did a stint in New Zealand.

Speaking to Community Newspaper Group the day after his return from New Zealand, Hale said he was keen to unveil his new show Serving Suggestions, which will be performed in Northbridge, Scarborough and Mandurah.

“I’m excited to bring a new show back to where I live,” he said.

“I travel the world doing this during the year; it’s been a big year since Fringe last year.

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“I start to test out new ideas in the existing show so by the end of the year I’ve got all these nice little ideas that work and become the new show.”

Hale said he tried to steer his show away from the cliches of old-school hypnosis shows.

“I have a nice problem where I never have enough room on the stage for all the people who want to take part,” he said.

“I try to modernise it; in the past hypnotists tried to make it mysterious and talk about special powers, whereas I break it down to basic psychology and how we do this every day under different names. We’re a generation which involves itself more in mindfulness and yoga meditation every day; that’s what I’m using, that state of mind, in a different form.”