Don't ask me how I found this. Criminal Minds fans will recognize Mathew Gray Gubler who plays the geeky/brainy Dr. Spencer Reid. 'Hypnotizing' a chicken.
As an aside Criminal Minds has been on t.v. since 2005 but I only just discovered it maybe 6-8 months ago when I found that they play old episodes for hours on end, sometimes on 2 channels at the same time. It's seriously twisted for network television. You can witness many dark and disturbing atrocities like a taxidermist killing people and scooping out their eyeballs so his handiwork will be more life like or a psychopath who chops off his victims fingers then force feeds them back to his victim or Gavin Rossdale trying to sing 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' while dressed as a vampire. It's not quite as good as Dexter but a reasonable substitute for those of us who don't want to pay for Showtime and if you go turn your t.v. on it's probably playing on some channel.
Anyway, back to the chicken. Speaking from the point of view of a hypnotist I wouldn't exactly call that hypnosis but then what is it? The best explanation I've been able to find is tonic immobility, basically a 'deer in the headlights' type of response. But the explanation doesn't totally fit. Why does the chicken snap out of it when Mathew snaps his fingers? And why doesn't the chicken snap out of it when the rooster crows in the background before Mathew snaps his fingers? And how is it that a Hollywood actor type can catch a chicken so easily let alone hypnotize it? And will Jonny finally change his mind about keeping chickens so I can hypnotize them? We need an animal behaviorist here. Where's Patricia McConnell when you need her?
There are many other ways to hypnotize a chicken but I'll let you have the fun of investigating that yourself. Who knows what celebrity chicken hypnotists you may find?