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A chicken can be hypnotized, or put into a trance by holding its head down against the ground, and continuously drawing a line along the ground with a stick or a finger, starting at its beak and extending straight outward in front of the chicken. If the chicken is hypnotized in this manner, it will remain immobile for somewhere between 15 seconds and 30 minutes, continuing to stare at the line.
H B Gibson, in his book Hypnosis - its Nature and Therapeutic Uses, states that the record period for a chicken remaining in hypnosis is 3 hours 47 minutes.
* It's important to be fair to animals. Although I eat chickens, I have never eaten a chicken which I have hypnotised.
More drastic means of protection include removing the creature's fangs or venom glands, or even sewing the snake's mouth shut.
At home, snake charmers keep their animals in containers such as baskets, boxes, pots, or sacks. They must then train the creatures before bringing them out into public. For those charmers who do not de-fang their pets, this may include introducing the snake to a hard object similar to the punji. The snake supposedly learns that striking the object only causes pain.
Trout tickling is the art of rubbing the underbelly of a trout using fingers. The trout will go into a trance-like state after a minute or so, and can then easily be thrown onto the nearest bit of dry land.