Man sues hypnotist for trance-induced dance injury: Lawsuit

Popular hypnotist Messmer is pictured in Montreal in this April 1, 2014 file photo....

Popular hypnotist Messmer is pictured in Montreal in this April 1, 2014 file photo. (PHILIPPE-OLIVIER CONTANT/QMI Agency)

Valerie Gonthier, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:59 PM ET

MONTREAL — A man is suing a hypnotist for $456,692 because he claims he hurt his knee while dancing in a deep trance that didn't end when he left the stage.

Eric Morneau blames the popular hypnotist Messmer and the Entourage production company for injuries he allegedly suffered during a May 28, 2011, show at a Montreal theatre.

The complainant, who works as an exterminator in Granby, Que., claims he was in "deep hypnosis and...had no control of his movements" after agreeing to go onstage.

The lawsuit says Messmer asked the volunteers to dance the French Cancan, which involves suggestive moves and high leg kicks.

Morneau says he remained spellbound after the volunteers were sent off the stage.

"The plaintiff could not help but start dancing again," the lawsuit says.

Morneau claims he suddenly felt a "sharp pain in his right knee that caused him to fall on the people around him and prevented him from continuing to dance."

He said his injury was so unbearable that he had difficulty walking.


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