By: Megan Pasche

Sometimes, when you got it, you just got it. And Jason Cyrus, well, he definitely has it. He has been called “the most electrifying hypnotist on the planet” and his show has been referred to as “the most entertaining hypnosis show you will ever see”. And now, Niagara Falls is getting the distinct pleasure of hosting Cyrus for a string of shows in December and January. But how did a kid from small town New Brunswick come to be one of the best hypnotists in the world? Let’s go back a bit.

Cyrus notes that “even as a young child, I always loved magic. I loved the power of the mind and the control that people can have over it.” His father would often bring him to see hypnotists and magicians, leaving him impressed with what they could do, and fascinated with the world of magic. He began putting on his own magic acts, and was entertaining people from a very young age. Even as a kid, he was always a huge hit at parties.

Like many Canadian children, he was also involved in hockey, and he possessed enough talent to make a Junior A hockey team in Ontario. One night at a private party, he saw a hypnotist perform, and he just knew it was something he wanted to do. Subsequently, all of his free time was soon taken up either learning all about hypnosis or playing hockey.

He eventually went to college for business and marketing, but the jobs he found after graduating were less then fulfilling. He decided to go with his gut and pursue a life long dream of becoming certified as a hypnotist. He completed the program through the International Hypnosis Association, and after finishing his hours of study, he became a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists.

He began to tour theatres in Atlantic Canada, and everyone was soon all a buzz about his unique act.

In addition to his live shows, Cyrus also opened a clinical hypnotherapy office, which offers a variety of services to his clients, including helping to eliminate bad habits, promote physical and emotional wellness and develop new skills, among many other things.

And that brings us to the present, where Cyrus has become one of the most popular hypnotists in the world. His live shows leave audiences amazed and with sore sides from laughing so much. Cyrus notes that his show “is not a typical hypnosis show. It’s very theatrical, enthusiastic, mystical and magical. There is non-stop laughter.” And not only that, but Cyrus says that the whole show is also very educational. It gives people “an understanding of what hypnotism is, and makes them aware of what a hypnotized person looks like.”

His isn’t a hypnotism show where participants are made to do embarrassing or degrading things while on stage. As Cyrus says, the whole show is “very family friendly, and no volunteer is left being disrespected.” As a result, people are often clamoring to be on stage at Cyrus’s live shows. And if you think you can’t be hypnotized, think again, as Cyrus notes, “if you wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night, you can be hypnotized.” It’s all just a matter of trust.

In the summer of 2013, Cyrus performed a show in Niagara Falls and received rave reviews. Seeing how Niagara Falls doesn’t have that many theatrical shows, Cyrus thought it was the perfect place to set up shop. He says that he thinks a show like his is something that Niagara Falls really needs, and that it is well worth the price of admission. That price by the way, Cyrus says, is going to be “exceptionally fair, so that everybody can have the Cyrus experience.”

Shows will be starting up in Niagara Falls in December of 2013, and will be happening every weekend. From December 27 to January 3, there will be a show every day, with a special show on New Years Eve. And if all goes well, then Niagara Falls might just have a new permanent resident, one that becomes a mainstay on the stage at the Scotiabank Centre. This is a great opportunity for not only tourists, but also residents, to get a taste of Cyrus’s theatrical showmanship, as well as experience the sheer joy that his show seems to bring to everybody who gets the chance to witness it live.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.hypnotistcyrus.com or call the box office at 905-357-7008.

**Photo credit: Mark Laflamme