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Special to the Daily Hypno-hipster Rusty Z brings out people's hidden talents at his comedy show at 8 p.m. Friday at the Silverthorne Pavilion.
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SILVERTHORNE – Would you trust a hypnotist who also happened to be a comedian?Plenty of people do, and that’s how Rusty Z gets his laughs. He conjures up Elvis’ gyrating hips and all kinds of other wild phenomena in willing audience members with his comedic hypnosis act.Rusty Z – otherwise known as James R. Zingleman when he’s not coaxing men to flit across the stage like ballerinas – has been hypnotizing audience members and persuading them to show their hidden talents across the nation. He’s not a typical stage hypnotist – he’s a beatnik at heart and has a home filled with bongo drums and bean bags. On stage, it’s as if he’s under a spell himself. He transforms into the hip host of a swingin’ party the minute he steps on stage.

Rusty Z became a hypno-hipster after a 14-year career as a stand-up comedian that led to appearances on “The Dennis Miller Show” and A&E’s “Evening at the Improv.” He traded in his stand-up routine for a groovy beret and an Austin Powers-esque male-symbol necklace because he grew tired of listening to his monologue.”I have more fun doing this than I ever did doing stand-up,” Rusty Z said. “Stand-up is more predictable. This is unpredictable. It is the ultimate improv show because it stars regular people, not trained actors doing improv.”He guarantees volunteers on stage will have a lot more fun than the people who sit back and watch, and he also promises volunteers will return to their seat unscathed.

“I’ve never heard of anyone being harmed by (my hypnosis), except for me – I’ve been slugged, but that’s because I forgot to tell the guy not to hit me,” he said. “No one ever got stuck in hypnosis. It’s all just a light hypnotic trance. It takes away the inhibition, just like having a couple of drinks.”And there’s no morning hangover.Rusty Z studied stage hypnosis for six months, then studied hypnotherapy more formally, learning how to read people and put them under more quickly. He may be a comedian, but he takes the mind-altering technique seriously enough to have joined the National Guild of Hypnotists.

He looks for people who aren’t necessarily outgoing but who have a good imagination and can concentrate.He finds people who want to play along, and the next thing they know, they’re returning to their seat – with a vague recollection of singing “You Ain’t Nothing But a Hound Dog” or showing off their twinkletoes. Rusty Z sells tapes of the show if they want to see their performance.”Our comedy shows are already very popular, but we believe that the Rusty Z will attract the true ‘dare devils’ in our audience,” said Maggie Butler, Silverthorne Pavilion Coordinator. The show starts at 8 p.m. Friday at the Silverthorne Pavilion. For tickets, call (970) 262-7370.


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