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This Drake Lookalike Hypnotized Howie Mandel on 'America's Got Talent' Season 10 Premiere! (Video)

This Drake Lookalike Hypnotized Howie Mandel on 'America's Got Talent' Season 10 Premiere! (Video)

Howie Mandel gets hypnotized by Drake lookalike Chris Jones during the season ten premiere of America’s Got Talent, which aired on Tuesday (May 26).

As many people know, the 59-year-old comedian is a germophobe and will not shake hands with anyone. During the performance, he was hypnotized and willingly shook hands with the contestant and all three of the other judges – Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howard Stern.

After getting a big red X from Howard, he eventually received four “yes” votes after Howie willingly shook his hand. Watch the full audition below!

Pictured inside: Howie and Mel watching the season premiere during a pajama party at the Ritz Carlton hotel that night in New York City.


Chris Jones: Howie Mandel Gets Hypnotized to Shake Hands
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Credit: Kristina Bumphrey; Photos: Starpix/Just Jared
Posted to: America's Got Talent, Howie Mandel, Melanie Brown

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  • Gracey

    OMG!
    Was that for real? Amazing. I wondered at first if Howie was faking but I don’t think he was.

  • THE MET GALA™

    I would have been angry too. I feel Howie was taken advantage of by this Drake look alike.

  • Sarah

    This is so wrong. He has diagnosed OCD which is not a joke or something to be toyed with for entertainment. This experience has caused more problems to his mental health, but as long as it’s entertaining that’s okay, right? Disgusting.

  • Toby Jensen

    Hypnosis is so fascinating and so much fun. I have seen some of the most incredible things done by people but as soon as they come out of it all the change, most often, just melts away.

    For example, I was just watching the new season of America’s Got Talent. A hypnotist came out and hypnotized Howie Mandel. I got my hopes up when they had a disclaimer and cut away so we, the audience, did not see what he did to hypnotize Howie. Was it good TV or really necessary?

    I would say probably both. Very smart.

    The meat of it though? The hypnotist delivered. And quite well. For those who don’t know Howie Mandel suffers from OCD (something I could certainly get him through given the chance but that’s another conversation for later). With this OCD I believe he’s also a germaphobe? (Yep, could get him through that too.) Anyway, under hypnosis Howie shakes the guy’s hand. Amazing! Absolutely incredible. Plus the hypnotist even demonstrated before that Howie doesn’t like shaking hands. Asked him about. All the other judges saying, “Yep, he never
    does it.” Pretty well known. Only does fist bumps.

    But the hypnosis didn’t deal with the issue of OCD or germaphobe directly. It was only a misdirection. The power of suggestion that distracted people. People love distraction. It is so much fun. I love it too. And even just talking about it I want to go off on some camping trip rant right now. Stop. Stop it Toby.

    Ok, I’m back. Howie was shaking this guy’s hand. Amazing. He comes out of it and does not even remember he was shaking hands. Not a good sign for long lasting results.

    .

    Then MelB asks the most profound question.

    Simply shocking.

    She was moved. Plus she also believes in psychics and stuff like that too. She desperately asked the hypnotist to make it permanent. If he can do it under hypnosis please make it last when he comes out.

    The hypnotist could not do it. He did not even try. What he did was put Howie back under and had him shake hands with the other judges. It was such good showmanship. Really well done. An attempt at appeasement but again when Howie came back out he didn’t remember. And he still would shake hands with the other judges.

    Oh, how I wish I could see the look on Howie’s face when he watches the playback. But I truly do feel bad for him though. He is also going to be so hurt too. Why couldn’t he shake hands now when he so easily did it under hypnosis?

    Too bad he didn’t come to see me. I could have gotten him through it. And not with hypnosis either. This is exactly why Gutap was created. How to change any programming all the way to our core.

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