Hypnotist Colin Adamson Tricks Kent Students Into Thinking They've Been Sexually Assaulted

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A hypnotist who tricked students into performing erotic dances and thinking they had been sexually assaulted has dismissed complaints, calling his show "comedy".

Colin Adamson's Hypnosis Experience reportedly left one girl in tears and another telling a member of the audience she would castrate him with a spoon.

Adamson, who advertises himself as providing "unique, interactive entertainment", was recruited by the Universities at Medway Societies Association (UMSA), which is part of Kent University, as entertainment for new students attending Freshers' Week.

The show, which took place at Coopers bar on the Medway campus, was touted as "a chance to watch your new friends transform into aliens and superheroes, one to remember!".

But instead of engaging in innocent fun, volunteers found themselves performing risque lap dances and imagining fellow students naked.

University of Kent feminist society president Natasha Sadaeva expressed her shock at the event.

"He shows a lack of empathy towards rape victims and all women, and a lack of basic human decency – he has no place at a student union," she said.

Following the hypnosis session, which was filmed and made into DVDs, Adamson was banned from returning to the union.

One student, who wished to remain anonymous, told local news site Kent Online: "We had no idea it was going to be filmed and ironically when the show started he said participants wouldn't have to do anything they weren't comfortable with.

"Some were so disgusted by it they walked out and one participant cursed at the hypnotist for some of the things he made people do.

"Some girls were clearly upset by what happened, but no one put a stop to it and just let it carry on."

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A spokesperson for the union said: "Following the hypnotist event we investigated it thoroughly and have since reviewed our due diligence procedures for booking of acts.

"As a result of this event, we will not be booking this particular act again and we have tightened up our procedures."

The union added it had not yet received any complaints regarding the event and no-one left during the session.

Adamson added it was the first time he had received such a negative reaction to his show.

"I've performing it for 10 years and when I was performing in Coopers the laughter was very loud. The majority of the audience got what it was intended to be - comedy."

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