No, you're not under the influence of drugs or alcohol; you're under the influence of hypnotist Tom DeLuca.
An enthusiastic Memorial Hall audience witnessed DeLuca use his powers of suggestion Tuesday night to elicit hysterical behaviors from student volunteers.
DeLuca's performance, entitled "An Evening with Tom DeLuca: Theatre of the Imagination" was sponsored by the Pop Culture Committee of the Carolina Union Activities Board.
DeLuca's hypnotic process began when he chose 20 volunteers from the audience and instructed them to sit on the black plastic chairs that were lined along the stage.
While soft, instrumental music played in the background, DeLuca turned his back to the audience and began speaking to the volunteers in a low, monotonous voice. For about five minutes, DeLuca instructed the group to breath deeply, close their eyes, relax and squeeze their hands tightly together.
After DeLuca counted to five, the volunteers woke up and the fun began.
After telling the group to perform actions like reeling in a fish and driving a Ferrari, DeLuca selected five or six members from the group and sent them offstage.
After whittling down his group to those who were most responsive to his techniques, DeLuca began to issue a series of commands.
After he instructed the volunteers to pet cows, the group began to make stroking motions in the air. Then DeLuca commanded the group to milk a cow, and the volunteers began to pull on imaginary udders.