When Ying Ying walked up on the stage at a recent audition for the Amazing Chinese Show, the judges were not sure what to expect. After all, she is just five-years-old. So you can only imagine their surprise when the poised girl began showcasing her unique "hypnotizing" skills on some unsuspecting animals.
The audience watched in awe as Ying Ying systematically put a lizard, dog, frog, chicken, and rabbit, to sleep with her soothing touch and voice. Though the chicken was fussy, and the frog and dog did need additional cajoling, by the time she was done, all the animals were sleeping soundly! Of course like every good hypnotist, Ying Ying knew exactly what to do to get them out of their trance.
Experts say that what Ying Ying is doing is not hypnotism, but a natural animal reflex. Called "tonic immobility" or "apparent death," it is a defense mechanism used by many species when they feel physically restrained. Ying Ying discovered her natural talent a year ago when she accidentally "hypnotized" a frog in her kindergarten class. She has not stopped since!