Before the discovery of swinging pocket watches, hypnotists induced a deep sleep in audiences by showing French films without subtitles or forcing patients to take notes on a five-hour family vacation slideshow. Watch modern day hypnotism at work with today's Groupon: for $15, you get one general-admission ticket to comedy hypnotist Marc Savard at the V Theater, located in the Miracle Mile Shops inside of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip (up to a $45 value). Shows run Saturdays through Thursdays at 10:00 p.m.
Marc Savard, cofounder of the International Institute of Hypnosis, mystifies audiences of his stage show through a unique blend of comedy and hypnotism. Savard begins his 75-minute interactive performance by bringing volunteer audience members to the stage and using his combined powers of hypnosis, suggestion, and sad puppy-dog face to seduce subjects into following his comedic whims. Funny bones and laugh ligaments get a full workout as Savard leads volunteers through a series of gags; past bits have included making the subjects think their belts are live snakes, having them pose for an 'adult' photo shoot, and even having them slow dance with a mop. For those not brought on stage, the V Theater irrigates thirsty audiences with a full bar and cocktail service, as well as an obliging team of Super Soaker–armed ushers.
Producer and V Theater owner David Saxe was born into Vegas show business, raised by a mother who danced at Les Folies Bergere and a father who led the band for the Rat Pack. Saxe’s V Theater runs its nine concurrent shows in a 40,000-square-foot space divided into four showrooms on multiple floors, each retaining an intimate feeling with seating that brings the audience closer to performers. The V Theater’s current shows range from a seven-act, family-friendly Ultimate Variety Show to Marc Savard’s Comedy Hypnosis, an entertaining act where Savard persuades audience members to hilariously dance, act like animals, and ghostwrite his autobiography.
3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109