A small Maine town was looking for a way to increase attendance and
participation at their regular town hall meetings.
One member suggested bringing in a hypnotist. The officials agreed, a
famous hypnotist was hired, publicity distributed, and everyone was
A few weeks later the meeting hall was packed, and the towns people sat
fascinated as the hypnotist withdrew a pocket watch.
The hypnotist began chanting: "Watch the watch, watch the watch, watch the
The crowd became mesmerized as the watch swayed back and forth, light
gleaming off its polished surface. Hundreds of pairs of eyes followed
the swaying watch, until suddenly the hypnotist's fingers slipped and
the watch fell to the floor.
"Shit," said the hypnotist.
It took three weeks to clean up the town hall.