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The Insiders: Get hypnotized and wind up at Mardi Gras, right here in Concord

We’ve never been hypnotized before, as far as we know. We do have this recurring thing where we bark whenever someone claps their hands, but a hypnotist friend of ours says that’s totally normal and not the likely result of a sneaky hypnotism he may or may not have performed. So we can’t provide that much perspective on the experience. But you could, at least if you head to Concord High School tonight at 7 for hypnotist Paul Ramsay’s Mind Games. Don’t expect to bark like a dog, though. Ramsay advertises that his show “breaks the mold of stage hypnotism” with interactive polling software and remote controls that allow the audience to “steer the course of the show” by voting on what they’d like to see next. Regardless of the process, just make sure to give him a big hand when it’s all over (woof!).

What else is there to do on this wonderful Saturday night? We’re glad you asked. Oh, and we’ll also answer. Does Mardi Gras do it for you? Tonight will be the 9th annual Mardi Gras Gala put on by the New Hampshire Catholic Charities at the Grappone Center, with doors opening at 6. There’s no shortage of reasons to attend – good food, live music, dancing, silent and live auctions and the opportunity to fall asleep on the streets of New Orleans (last item not real). The auction is no joke, either: According to Lisa Merrill-Burzak of NHCC, attendees can bid on prizes that include “vacations and luxury items.” Like a free subscription to the Insider, probably! The silent auction also includes ski and golf packages, getaways and wine tastings, to name a few. For tickets, call 669-3030 or email

But wait, there’s more! Ben Bradlee Jr., author of The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams, will be at Gibson’s Bookstore at 11 a.m. This surprise appearance was booked only weeks ago, and the book was Gibson’s owner Michael Herrmann’s pick of the holiday season. Given Williams’s notorious dislike for the media, we were hoping there would be a journalist voodoo doll giveaway – we even offered to model for it – but no such luck.

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