The Amazing Claude was topping the bill. People came from miles
around to see the famed hypnotist do his stuff. As Claude took to the
stage, he announced, "Unlike most stage hypnotists who invite two or
three people up onto the stage to be put into a trance, I intend to
hypnotize each and every member of this audience."
The excitement was almost electric as Claude withdrew a beautiful
antique pocket watch from his coat. "I want you each to keep your eye
on this antique watch. It's a very special watch. It has been in my
family for six generations."
He began to swing the watch gently back and forth while quietly
chanting, "Watch the watch, watch the watch, watch the watch...." The
crowd became mesmerized as the watch swayed back and forth, light
gleaming off its polished surface.
Hundreds of pairs of eyes followed the swaying watch, until
suddenly it slipped from the hypnotist's fingers and fell to the
floor, breaking into a hundred pieces.
"SHIT!" exclaimed the hypnotist.
It took three weeks to clean up the theater.