Any demonstration or performance of hypnotism (as defined in the Hypnotism Act 1952) on any person requires the express written consent of the council as the Licensing Authority and must comply with the adopted conditions.
An application for consent must be in writing (application form below) 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. The council will normally respond within 7 to 14 days, less where the hypnotist has previously performed in the same venue.
The applicant must at the same time forward a copy of the application to the Chief Officer of Police and the Fire Authority (please view address details under responsible authorities).
The application shall contain the following information:
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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.'
This page was last updated on 30/07/2012