Mesmerized at ILTC
Posted on 07/03/2013 @ 08:00 PM
My name is Max Byer and I hail from Northern Region East: DC Council #54, and I couldn't be having a better time here at ILTC so far!
Most nights, we participate in an evening program which ranges from speakers, to initiative-based programs, or even entertainers.
On Monday, July 1st, ILTCers welcomed Ronnie Baras, a professional hypnotizer, to Perlman. Once he had participants get up on stage, the performance began; with most of the audience feeling a sense of doubt and hesitation and expecting a gimmick or simple mind-trick, expectations were low. However, within minutes the room was filled with "oohs" and "aahs".
After beginning with a demonstration of his suave skill, Mr. Baras started to show why he is annually considered one of the highlights of ILTC.
One show-stopping moment occurred when he got people to act as if they were their peers or celebrities. The most memorable one was when he got Nick Phillips (from London, England) to believe he was current hip-hop star Macklemore. Then, Philips with the help of "backup dancers", proceeded to perform a rousing rendition of the hit single, "Can't Hold Us".
The show's "big finish" was when Mr. Baras got those on stage to believe that their own peers in the audience were celebrities. For instance, Emily Epstein (Eastern Region, Virginia Council) thought one of the audience members was Jennifer Anniston, and Jake Nitzkin (Michigan Region) dashed into the audience so that he could "meet" Lebron James.
As an audience member, I can definitely say there wasn't a single person in the audience who wasn't laughing hysterically or eager waiting to know what would happen next. I cannot think of a better way to have spent my night.
Fraternally submitted with undying love for ILTC 2013, Dorm 9, The Grand Order of the Aleph Zadik Aleph, Northern Region East: DC Council #54, and my heart and home, Thomas Lantos AZA #2539, I remain,
Aleph Max Byer
Proud ILTC 2013 Participant and Blogger