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Flip Orley will make you forget your name. Alcohol is not needed in the process.

Fiserv Forum welcomes first hypnotist-comedian

In sixth grade, Flip Orley bought a book called "How to Pick Up Girls Through Hypnotism." Apparently, after reading the book Orley still didn't learn the secrets to luring 11-year-old ladies, but he became obsessed with the subject.

Orley went on to study psychology at the University of Arizona to become a clinical hypnotist and during this time he discovered stand-up comedy. Orley honed his comedic skills in small clubs around the country and eventually merged his two passions. Today, he is one of the only comedian-hypnotists in show business.

Unlike past generations of hypnotists, Orley does not humiliate his subjects for comic effect, but entertains by enlightening his audiences. After making them forget their own names, having them regress to age 5, or pledge undying love to complete strangers in a highly original version of "The Newlywed Game," Orley's subjects sometimes awaken from their hypnotic trance reporting less stress, sleep better, have more energy and a renewed libido.

"This is the purest form of improvisational entertainment you will ever see as the show rewrites itself every night, and the volunteers are my partners, not my victims," Orley said. "Each subject is treated with respect and gentility."

Orley will perform the first-ever comedy show in the Panorama Club at Fiserv Forum on Saturday, June 29. An all-ages show will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and another show for adults aged 21 an older from 9 to 11 p.m.

Tickets for the shows at Milwaukee's new world-class arena are on sale now at

"We are very excited to welcome Flip Orley to Fiserv Forum," said Fiserv Forum Event Programming Manager T.J. Sagen. "We look forward to offering a wide variety of events, such as comedy, in the Panorama Club and in other unique, intimate spaces in the arena."


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