A hypnotist is in need of permission for a performance in the Albert Halls a matter of days before it is set to go on stage.

Robert Temple applied for a licence for his show, Red Raw, around two weeks before the performance on February 10.

Under the Hypnotism Act from the 1950s, any act in which someone's "susceptibility to suggestion" is increased or intended to be increased is in need of permission from the authorities on pain of a fine of £1000.

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Mr Temple said he applied for a licence at late notice as he did not need one for a past performance in the town hall venue a year and a half ago.

If the application were to be refused at a meeting this week it would throw his show for which hundreds of tickets are sold already into jeopardy.

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The application said: "Robert Temple is a self-employed, working, comedy stage hypnotist and he has been trained by some of the UK’s top working stage hypnotists, including Dr Jonathan Royle and Adam Night, on a personal one-to-one basis; by attending seminars and shows; and through reading numerous books and watching numerous DVD recordings.

"During his training, he has studied the few incidents alleged to have occurred during or after a Stage Hypnosis performance, and he has used this information to ensure similar incidents are not associated with his act."

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The application states: "Over the last 15 years he has performed over 2500 live, paid shows around the world without accident, complication or incident.

"Mr Temple is a member of Equity and the Professional Organisation of Stage Hypnotists (POSH) and he has agreed to abide by their rules at all times."

This article was written by Jack Tooth. To contact him, email jack.tooth@newsquest.co.uk or follow @JTRTooth on Twitter.