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Sleep! With Andre the Hilarious Hypnotist at The Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth

Feb 24, 2020
Sleep! With Andre the Hilarious Hypnotist at The Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth - Veteran comedian and entertainer, André the Hilarious Hypnotist, is back at The Boardwalk at last. He returns to the Boardwalk Amphitheatre with his latest, eye-popping, interactive comedy hypnosis show, Sleep!, from 4 to 7 March 2020.

This production has particular sentimental value as Sleep! comes to Port Elizabeth some 25 years after André and Centrestage’s Gary Hemmings first packed the Opera House together.

Sadly, this run has been dubbed his ‘Farewell Tour’ and marks the last time that the Eastern Cape will see André in his famous multi-coloured cape before he crosses our shores to the UK to practice his hypnosis on other willing participants towards the end of the year.

“We are delighted to welcome back André the Hilarious Hypnotist at The Boardwalk. It has been a while since he last graced our stage. He has a massive following of fans in Port Elizabeth and all of his previous shows have sold out. Don’t miss Sleep!. This might be the very last time you get to see André the Hilarious Hypnotist live on stage in Port Elizabeth,” says Nqobile Qupe, Marketing Manager at The Boardwalk.

André the Hilarious Hypnotist has become a beloved household name on the South African entertainment circuit ever since his first performance at The Victory Theatre in Houghton, Johannesburg, three decades ago.

Trained by hypnosis legend Max Collie, who initially taught him the skills and techniques needed to perfect his mind-control act, André has toured regularly throughout South Africa, packing houses and ultimately expanding his act to include a number of his own signature pieces which bring the house down each night!

This is an audience participation show par excellence which is particularly well suited to families and groups who are keen to witness a very difference side to themselves or their friends!

Falling under the spell of a comedian with hypnotic powers often evokes excitement, apprehension and curiosity in audiences and volunteers alike, but André blends his talent for persuasion with wacky comedy, a sense of the unexpected and a gentle likeability, leaving his audience truly entertained.

When in full swing, it can seem as if André has his subjects controlled on strings as he convinces them to abandon their inhibitions by impersonating sprinklers, speaking foreign languages, turning into dinosaurs or even becoming fluent in Moon-speak.

André denies having mystical magical powers himself; “In reality, people actually hypnotise themselves. All I do is offer up crazy suggestions and that is when logic and self consciousness fly out the window as they convince themselves of the craziest notions. Then, the show is on!”

“It really does depend on the individual though. Some are more susceptible to preposterous propositions than others,” he laughs, “but every night we seem to unearth some extraordinarily colourful gems.!”

Sleep! is a show which will keep you wide awake and laughing hysterically throughout unless you volunteer, in which case all bets are off,” jokes André.

You can catch the final performances of Sleep! at The Boardwalk Amphitheatre from Wednesday, 4 March to Saturday, 7 March 2020. The shows are at 19h30 each evening.

Tickets cost R120 each for adults and R90 each for students and children under 18 on weekdays and R130/R100 on the weekends, with the lower price applicable throughout for 8 or more tickets purchased. Tickets can be purchased through Wendy on 082-6616921 or through Computicket.

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