Hypnotism includes hypnotism, mesmerism and any similar act or process which produces or is intended to produce in any person any form of induced sleep or trance in which the susceptibility of the mind of that person to suggestion or direction is increased or intended to be increased.
Summary of legislation
The legislation concerned, Section 2 of the Hypnotism Act 1952, can be found here.
Conditions which may be attached to any notification can be found here.
Who needs to notify/apply
The person who proposes to give the performance needs to apply. Applicants must not have been previously been previously refused, or had withdrawn, a consent by any licensing authority or been convicted of an offence under the Hypnotism Act 1952 or of an offence involving the breach of a condition regulating or prohibiting the giving of a performance of hypnotism on any person at a place licensed for public entertainment.
Refusal of consent by another authority does not necessarily indicate that the particular hypnotist is unacceptable and will not of itself prejudice the application.
How do I apply?
You can complete and return the on-line notification form here. Alternatively you can download and complete the form here and send it to the address given below.
Applications should be made not less than 28 days in advance of the performance concerned. In cases where a hypnotist has performed at the same venue within the last three years without any problems occurring, this period may be reduced.
On making application, the applicant must at the same time forward a copy of the application to the Chief Officer of Police. The Council may also copy it to the local Fire Authority where necessary.
How long will it take to consider the notification/application?
We will aim to determine an application within 14 days; less where the hypnotist has previously performed at the same venue.
If you have not heard from us in this time period please check to ensure that your application was correctly made and received.
Authorisation will last for the period of performance or performances at that given venue.
How much will it cost to notify/apply?
There is no charge for this notification
Will tacit consent apply?If we fail to determine your application within the 14 days period, your authorisation will not be deemed to be granted automatically for reasons of public safety.
If my application is refused, how do I appeal?
There is no provision in the legislation for refusal.
What if I have a complaint or concern?
There is no public register.
For further information
For further information please contact the Licensing Team at the address given below.
Environmental Health Service
Richmondshire District Council
Telephone: 01748 829100
Fax: 01748 826186