FAIRMONT - Call him the King of Comedy Hypnosis, or call it "The Most Hilarious Show You Might Sleep Through."
The Elvis-loving hypnotist who calls himself "Mikenosis" takes the stage at Green Mill in Fairmont on Friday and Saturday nights.
Born Michael Colucci, Mikenosis always had a flare for entertaining.
"I'd hold benefits every year, for the Cancer Society, Kidney Foundation, the food shelves," he said. "We'd have a party and raise funds, but somehow, I would end up being the center of attention; I'd always do something entertaining."
When his brother was encouraging Mikenosis to check out a hypnotist show in the late 1990s, he admits he was hesitant.
"I watched the Gilligan's Island episode where Gilligan gets hypnotized by the skipper with the watch," Mikenosis said. "I thought the whole thing was fake. But I ended up going to the show and I was in disbelief. That's when I knew what I wanted to do."
He also knew he wanted to be one of the best, and different from the rest.
"A lot of the hypnotist shows I saw did the same thing," Mikenosis said. "I always had to be different; how would I stand out?"
First was the adopting the stage name "Mikenosis." Then he channeled his love for Elvis.
"I've always been a big Elvis fan," he said. "I incorporate that theme into a part of my act ... It's like a history lesson for those who've never seen an Elvis show, and it's also a tribute."
By 2001, Mikenosis was taking the stage.
"What people need to understand, they ask me if I can make people do anything and the answer is no," Mikenosis said. "They won't do anything that's beyond their values, morals or beliefs. I just give them a subconscious suggestion. They're also not asleep; they're conscious through the whole thing, although some get in deep enough that they can't remember doing it."
And as to how Mikenosis gets his volunteers is simple: He asks.
"Some have done suggestibility tests to see what people will go in easier, but I don't. I just ask for volunteers," he said. "It's all about their will, not mine. There needs to be cooperation, a willing state of mind. There is nothing that is set up or fake about the show."
As part of the New Year's Eve show, Mikenosis is adding a special event after the Saturday show.
"Anyone who wants to close the night out with us can," he said. "We're going to play the music and my audio-video tech guy is willing to become a DJ."
Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show.
For more information, call (507) 238-4700, or visit mikenosis.com