Any exhibition, demonstration or performance (as defined in the Hypnotism Act 1952) on any person requires the express written consent of the Council and must comply with any attached conditions.


An application for consent must be in writing and signed by the applicant or his agent and must be made not less than 28 days in advance of the performance concerned. This period may be reduced in the case of a hypnotist who has performed at the same venue within the last three years without any problems occurring. There are no prescribed forms.

The application should contain the following information:

  • The name  and address of the person who will give the performance along with their last three performances - (When and Where); and
  • A statement as to whether, and if so giving the full details, the hypnotist has previously been refused, or had withdrawn, a consent by any licensing authority or been convicted of an offence under the Hypnotism Act 1952 or of an offence involving breach of a condition regulating or prohibiting the giving of a performance of hypnotism on any person at a place licensed under the Licensing Act 2003.

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No poster, advertisement or programme for performance of hypnotism which is likely to cause public offence shall be displayed, sold or supplied by or on behalf of the licensee either at the premises or elsewhere;

Every poster, advertisement or programme for the performance which is displayed, sold or supplied shall include, clearly and legibly, the following statement:

"Volunteers, who must be aged 18 or over, can refuse at any point to continue taking part in the performance".


Last updated on: 27/04/2016 - 12:47