If the idea of people on stage in
hypnotic trances brings to mind a quiet,
sedate scene, then you need to get a new
outlook on hypnosis shows. There's
nothing quite like attending an "Anthony
Cools – The Uncensored Hypnotist" show
to break preconceived or outdated
Anthony Cools' show is off-the-hook, out
there and totally outrageous. Oh yes,
it's absolutely uncensored and downright
and gleefully dirty-minded. That's what
people are paying for. If you don't like
overtly racy comedy, this is not a show
for you. Clothing stays on, but internal
inhibitions completely disappear in
Cools' Paris Las Vegas showroom.
After being induced into a hypnotic
state on stage by Cools, roughly 15
participants might become orangutans,
very friendly orangutans that want to
mingle in the audience. They might swap
genders. They might forget numbers and
their names. They might make cell phone
calls home with extra special messages.
They might express their affection for a
specific genre of adult movie-making.
We're talking around what actually
happens in Anthony Cools' performances,
obviously. It's too crazy and explicit
for print. But it's absolutely funny.
Cools' shows are loud, rocking events as
party people are apt to indulge in. Joe
Garcia of San Antonio, Texas, attended a
recent Anthony Cools show with friends.
It was his first hypnosis show.
"This sounded like an only-in-Vegas kind
of show to see," said Garcia.
After the show, Casey Allen of
Philadelphia was astonished by Cools and
"I've never seen anything like that,"
said Allen. "A hypnotist came to my high
school, but it was totally different."
A native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada,
Cools was drawn to the phenomenon of
hypnosis as a young teen.
"I was fascinated by (hypnosis) when I
was fourteen years old. I started
reading about it, but I never thought it
would be a career," said Cools.
As a young adult, Cools managed
nightclubs and hotels. That penchant for
hypnotism never went away, though. He
eventually hit the stage.
"I'm a ham and a bit of a goof, it just
seemed like a natural evolution to take
(hypnotism) to the next level," he said.
"I was able to hire myself at a
nightclub I managed in Calgary. I did a
free show and had about 550 people show
up for this thing and it was
off-the-wall," said Cools. "I quit my
job of eight years the next day."
Already in the door of the entertainment
world, Cools' nascent career developed
"I was never ever a starving entertainer
which is something you rarely hear these
days. My career took off right out of
the gate. I never looked back," said
Cools' shows can go in a multitude of
naughty, comedic directions, depending
on the night and crowds.
"They're all different; I never know
what's going to happen. Really it's
written on the fly. I read the audience
when I get up on stage and just take it
from there," said Cools. "I have about
eight-and-a-half, nine hours of material
I can pull from. I customize my material
for whoever happens to get up on stage."
Cools said that speed is part of his
"I think one of my biggest fortÚs as a
hypnotist is being able to read people
very, very rapidly," he said.
"There's an orchestra piece at the
beginning of the show. I use that as
part of my introduction. I'm writing the
show during that piece. I'm saying
‘Okay, this person is not reacting
really well – I'm going to use them for
this piece and this piece. This (other
person) will be great for this piece,
this piece.' I make a lot of decisions
during that time," said Cools.
Cools readily admits that some people
are incredulous when it comes to
hypnosis, especially with his show and
its extreme antics.
"It's funny, but so many people still
don't believe in it. I have to laugh. If
you think of it from a logical point of
view, producing a show like that –
getting ten to fifteen people up there
every night, getting them to do the
things I do," said Cools. "How could you
cast something like that, change the
cast nightly and afford to pay them in
any form or fashion, and control them?
It's just never going to happen."
"It's just common sense. It's easier to
be real," he said. "It's a very powerful
tool, and it is science. It's not hocus
pocus. It's like gravity – whether you
believe in it or not, it's there."
To many, Cools' raunchy format might
seem far from the austere hypnosis acts
of the past. That's by Cools' informal,
"In my very first show in 1994, I knew
that I didn't want to be the goateed,
tuxedoed, stare into my eyes or look at
my pocket watch kind of hypnotist," said
Cools. "I want to bring it to the new
During that fateful show, Cools went
before his audience wearing flip flops
and drinking a beer. Success was far
"I pulled it off. An hour later I walked
off saying ‘this is what I'm supposed to
be doing,'" he said.
"I'm having a blast. I'm living the
dream," said Cools.
WHAT’S ON - The Las Vegas Guide
RAW Get Down And Dirty With Anthony
The powers of hypnotist Anthony Cools,
now appearing at Excalibur, are so
awesome and far-reaching that on
occasion he even ensnares volunteers
among audience members who didn’t intend
People sitting in the audience watching
Cools lull his real volunteers into a
hypnotic state are sometimes seduced by
the performer’s gentle voice, relaxing
patter about soft, fluffy white clouds
in a blue sky and New Age background
music and find themselves falling under
During one recent show, a women sitting
in the second row succumbed. The lady, a
35-years-old schools teacher named
Diane, later said all she could remember
was feeling very relaxed, like I was
getting a massage, as Cools placed his
onstage volunteers under hypnosis-a
process that takes about 10 minutes.
From the stage, Cools glanced out at the
audience and noticed Diane looking
Come on up. I have a much better seat
for you up here, the hypnotist
instructed the woman, who immediately
stood up and walked onstage without
protest. She went on to become one of
Cools best volunteers of the evening.
Such are the powers of Mr. Cools, whose
show is raw, uncensored and just a
little dirty at times.
Getting back to Diane, the teacher
unwittingly became one of the stars of
the show after show was caught in Cools
web. The hypnotist told a What’s On
writer that someone in the audience
becomes hypnotized at least once a week
while watching him work with volunteers
in the part of the show known as the
Cools paces his 90-minute show by
putting most of his volunteers asleep at
any given time while supplying wacky
suggestions to the others in groups of
one or two. The sleeping volunteers, he
explains, are not really asleep but
instead in a state of deep relaxation
with a keen focus on his voice. Cools
can put his volunteers to sleep or wake
them up at any time, making them
instantly alert and responsive with the
snap of his fingers.
Whatever suggestion is given by Cools is
unquestioningly accepted, no matter how
goofy or ludicrous. Cools caused Diane
to forget her own name, play phone sex
operator, audition for a porno movie
using a chair as her partner and react
to an imaginary fart (a very dirty,
smelly, stinky fart-possibly wet, the
hypnotist described it).
At one point, Cools asked Diane to take
a deep breath and then gave a directive
that she would fall asleep the minute
any air escapes. The language arts
teacher held her breath for a moment and
then, as she began to exhale, seemed to
lose consciousness and slump over in her
In another recent show, a young woman
named Juri volunteered to be hypnotized
but later refused to accept that she was
under hypnosis-although it was obvious
to the audience that she was.
I don’t think I’m hypnotized, a defiant
Juri told Cools about 20 minutes after
he has placed her under his spell.
Of course, you don’t, answered Cools,
who touched her forehead with the palm
of his hand and said the word sleep
causing her to shut her eyes and slump
over like a dead woman.
Over the next 45 minutes, Juri would
make the audience laugh numerous times.
She counted 11 fingers on her two hands,
the result of Cools planting a hypnotic
suggestions that made her completely
forget the number 2 (The number 2 does
not exist, he told her). Stripped of her
ability to remember the number 2, Juri
was also asked to count her own breasts,
which she did- 1, 3 - to the delight of
For the remainder of that show, Cools
addressed Juri using a nickname that
rhymes with 3 Bits.
Every Cools show is recorded and offered
for sale immediately after the final
curtain, in DVD or VHS format. Fans can
also purchase The Best of Anthony Cools,
Vol. 1, which shows, among other
greatest bits, a hypnotized man in
Mississippi taking off his prosthetic
limb and, according to Cools
stump-humping a chair.
LAS VEGAS WEEKLY
Readers Choice Awards
Best Local Villain
Hypnotist Anthony Cools thinks being
names this year’s Best Local Villain is
a matter of jealousy, pure and simple.
In a community where so many of us have
to kiss the asses of tourists, Cools
says, I make tourists hump furniture and
get paid for it. Then they thank me. The
Canadian Cools markets his adult-only
show as good, clean, dirty fun, and has
his own devoted fans to prove his
popularity. Called hypno-hos, they’re
addicted to the orgasms Cools delivers
via handshake at the end of each
performance and reappear at show after
show, hoping to sneak past his keen eye
and get another. Wait a minute shouldn’t
that make him Best Local Hero?
LAS VEGAS SUN
Two warnings should be placed at the
entry to the 250-seat theater where
hypnotist Anthony Cools performs
First, leave your inhibitions at the
door or you will surely be offended by
something that is said or done during
the performance. You could even be
offended by this review.
Second, don't fall asleep, because you
may miss something hilarious, or you
might wake up to find out you are part
of the act.
"The Anthony Cools Experience" at Paris
Las Vegas is an adult show centered on
sex and sexual innuendo, fart jokes and
other social taboos.
From the moment he puts his dozen or so
volunteers into a dreamlike state until
the show's end, when he awakens them
with the instructions to go home and
have the best sex they have ever had,
Cools keeps his audience in stitches.
While he might be a top-notch hypnotist,
Cools is first and foremost a
fast-thinking comedian who milks humor
out of every situation that arises
He works the hypnotized volunteers like
an orchestra conductor, creating a sort
of harmony out of diversified bits he
creates for the individuals.
One person may find his bottom on fire
whenever he hears the Johnny Cash tune,
"Ring of Fire" -- to put out the flame
he scoots across stage.
A woman suddenly finds her private parts
talking to her -- and to the audience --
whenever her name is mentioned.
Cools orders a subject to perform an
embarrassing act on cue, and then moves
on to another subject who is told to
perform another embarrassing act -- and
then he returns to each subject
throughout the evening, like a
performance artist who can keep several
plates spinning at the same time.
A volunteer is told whenever he hears a
cue he will use his cell phone to call a
friend and offer to perform oral sex for
"Do not call a family member," Cools
Throughout the night the subject
propositioned friends over the phone --
and at the end of the evening, after
being brought out of his hypnotic state,
quickly began re-calling everyone and
Another volunteer is told the numeral 2
does not exist and then is asked to
count her fingers, ending up with six on
While the slowest part of any hypnosis
show is putting the volunteers into the
state in which they are willing to do
the hypnotist's bidding, Cools has a
talent for moving through the process
quickly and effortlessly.
He brings the cast of volunteers onstage
and begins weeding them out, until he
has the most susceptible subjects. If a
female volunteer has an extremely short
skirt, he gives her a blanket and tells
her to cover up.
"The show is uncensored, but not
X-rated," he says. "Keep this on your
Once the process is complete and the
final subjects have been chosen, Cools
warms up the act by convincing them they
are in an orchestra playing an
instrument to "The William Tell
And then he tells them that, when he
touches his own forehead, they will be
convinced that the person sitting next
to them has passed gas.
One subject becomes Garth Brooks,
roaming through the audience,
lip-syncing to fans.
Another has lost his dog and must wander
around the room calling its name -- an
unprintable phrase that has everyone
"The dog is lost in this room," Cools
tells him. "Don't go out into the
The volunteers are convinced they are
naked at an audition for a pornographic
movie and that they must have sex with a
"This is not a chair," Cools says. "It
will be the best-looking person you have
ever seen in your life."
Girls with bras are told to go offstage
and return wearing them outside of their
"If you're not wearing a bra tonight,
you will find yourself stuck to your
chair," he says.
The men are told they are gay and that
their penises are growing out of their
"I have to think of this (expletive
deleted)," Cools deadpans to the
While not everyone may like the way
Cools thinks, if you are in the right
frame of mind you will enjoy the evening
with the hypnotist.
Just don't fall asleep or you may wake
up with your privates talking to the
By Jerry Fink