WAYNE Donnelly used to be an accountant. He walked across a fire pit in 1996, recovered from a spinal injury in 2005 and was made redundant at the height of the financial crisis in 2008. He started to wonder.
"I thought how do you talk to people in a way that changes their state of mind, that is very powerful,” Mr Donnelly said.
The father of three now travels the country as a Master Hypnotist and Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner.
His children thought he had gone crazy and laughed, but have been convinced by their father change of lifestyle and even assist at shows.
"I have to laugh when people say they are scared of hypnosis because they're worried that they will lose control of their mind,” Mr Donnelly said.
"Nothing could be further from the truth. Hypnosis is not voodoo, black magic or mind control.
"It is a natural state that we all experience every day.
"I am helping people get in touch with the power of their unconscious mind so that we get in alignment with the life that we really want to have.”
He said hypnotherapy was widely used by professional athletes and high profile corporate figures.
After working as a therapist for several years Mr Donnelly expanded his business into shows because "laughter is such a good medicine” and the comedy hypnosis show was born.
"This is not the type of show where you will end up clucking like a chicken or barking like a dog” Mr Donnelly said.
"That's a cliché from the old days, although some audience members ask for it still.”
Mr Donnelly received help by a hypnotherapist himself after sustaining a serious spinal injury.
"I ruptured the disc between L4 and L5 and I didn't think I was going to walk again,” he said.
"I couldn't do much and I went into depression. "A friend rang up and I got referred to a hypnotherapist and he got me back to a place where I was embracing life instead of trying to end it.”
If you are curious and would like to volunteer to be hypnotised before the show, be at Mackay Northern Beaches Bowls Club at 6pm.
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In addition to the show Wayne is a qualified hypnotherapist and also helps people to change behaviour.
He helps smokers to quit the habit and overweight people to begin looking after themselves in a healthier way. He will be conducting group hypnosis workshops for this purpose on Sunday, September 17.
The Burleigh Waters resident and father of three said his aim was to provide an entertaining and encouraging look at how we can harness the power of the mind for good - as well as for comedy.
If you are curious and would like to volunteer to be hypnotised before the show be at Mackay Northern Beaches Bowls Club at 6pm.
Donnelly is a master hypnotist and NLP Master Practitioner.
You can see Wayne at Mackay Northern Beaches Bowls Club Saturday 16th September.
Doors open at 7.30pm , show starts 8pm
Tickets are available at the club now by calling 07 4954 8677
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