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Encyclopedia > Chicken hypnotism

A chicken can be hypnotized, or put into a trance by holding its head down against the ground, and continuously drawing a line along the ground with a stick or a finger, starting at its beak and extending straight outward in front of the chicken. If the chicken is hypnotized in this manner, it will remain immobile for somewhere between 15 seconds to 30 minutes, continuing to stare at the line. Trinomial name Gallus gallus domesticus A chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) is a type of domesticated bird which is often raised as a type of poultry. ... Hypnotic Seance, by Richard Bergh Hypnosis is understood to be a psychological condition in which an individual may be induced to show apparent differences in behavior and thinking. ... An altered state of consciousness is any state which is significantly different from a normative waking beta wave state. ...

This technique is useful for farmers who need to slaughter a chicken and do not have help immediately available. It is also useful in feeding large pet reptiles who are too slow to catch a moving chicken. Orders  Crocodilia - Crocodilians scary crocodiles. ...

The first known written reference for this method came in 1646, in Mirabile Experimentum de Imaginatione Gallinae by Athanasius Kircher. Athanasius Kircher (sometimes spelt Kirchner) (May 2, 1601?–27 November 1680) was a 17th century German Jesuit scholar who published around 40 works, most notably in the fields of oriental studies, geology and medicine. ...

H B Gibson, in his book Hypnosis - its Nature and Therapeutic Uses, states that the record period for a chicken remaining in hypnosis is 3 hours 47 minutes. [1]


Notable people who have discussed their hypnotizing of chickens

  • Helmut Kohl, German statesman. Herr Kohl's preferred method remains uncertain. (Stern magazine, 13 September 1996)
  • Al Gore, former U.S. vice-president. Mr Gore appears to have a non-orthodox technique, consisting of drawing imaginary circles around the chicken's head [2].

Dr. Helmut Josef Michael Kohl (born April 3, 1930) is a Catholic German conservative politician and statesman. ... Stern (English Star) is a weekly news magazine published in Germany. ... Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. ...

Cultural references

  • Fellini's 1984 And the Ship Sails On features a scene in which a male opera singer hypnotises a chicken in his cabin.
  • Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" includes the line "I've been hurting since I bought the gimmick/About something called love ... Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens."
  • In E. Nesbit's book The House of Arden an old woman says that she has left a chicken in this state.
  • In Bryce Courtenay's book The Power of One the witch-doctor Inkosi Inkosikasi uses this trick, though it is viewed as magic, and not as hypnotism. Inkosi Inkosikasi makes it clear to the protagonist, Peekay, that it is a simple trick and not magic.

Federico Fellini (January 20, 1920 – October 31, 1993) was a famous Italian film-maker and director. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... E la Nave Va (English:And the ship sails on) is a 1983 film by Federico Fellini. ... James Newell Osterberg, Jr. ... Lust for Life is a 1977 (see 1977 in music) album by early punk musician Iggy Pop. ... Edith Nesbit (August 15, 1858 - May 4, 1924) was an English author and poet whose childrens works were published under the androgynous name of E. Nesbit. ...

See also

A snake Charmer in Kochi, India Snake charming is the practice of apparently hypnotising a snake by simply playing an instrument. ... The art of rubbing the underbelly of a trout using your fingers. ...

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