WHETHER IT'S SCIENCE or a parlor trick is debatable. But, without a doubt, hypnotism is entertainment.
The student Business Club at North Carroll High School is tapping into this form of entertainment by sponsoring "The Skylr Experience Comedy Hypnosis Show" as a fund-raiser March 8.
The show has been performed at middle and high schools along the East Coast. Tom Davidson, a teacher who advises the Business Club, said he checked with other principals and schools about the show and everyone agreed "it was hilarious, clean and fun."
"I'm not too sure how he does it," he said. "There are skeptics."
The show is billed as educating about the "powers of the mind and the truth about hypnosis." The emphasis is on fun entertainment, but hypnosis is also said to boost study skills, memory and self-confidence.
At least 25 volunteers, including students, teachers and others in the audience, will be invited to be part of show. Davidson doesn't plan to volunteer as a subject but hopes fellow teachers will.
The Business Club seeks unusual avenues to raise money to upgrade the business department's computer lab. For nine years, the club has sponsored a professional wrestling match at the school. When members decided to add a spring fund-raiser, they turned to the Internet and chose the "Skylr Experience" because it was something new for the area.
Tickets are on sale at the school and Country Sunshine gift shop in North Carroll Shopping Center. Tickets are $6, or $8 at the door. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the school, 1400 Panther Drive, Hampstead, off Route 482. Information: 410-751-3450.
Auction to benefit Scouts
The annual auction to benefit Boy Scout Troop 380 offers surprises. Items to help the Scouts are donated from friends and local merchants. They range from the eclectic to the necessary.
Included this year is an Early American chandelier, gift certificates, a birdfeeder, a stereo system, two color televisions, a gas grill, a dining room table with chairs and passes for area swimming and golf.
Many businesses have donated services and gifts, including rugs, mountain bikes, workout videos, stuffed animals, roses and certificates for oil changes and dinners. Also offered are tickets to Orioles, Ravens and Blast games.
The auction will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Snyder's Auction, 4112 E. Mott Ave., Hampstead. Refreshments have been donated by Weis Markets, Miller's Market, Snyder's Auction and Sweetheart Cup.
Wesley United Methodist Church sponsors the Scout troop.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.