OR DEATH AND
SHARRON TABARN and the dangers of hypnosis
Towards the end of 1993
the tabloids in Great Britain were full of the story of the death
of Sharron Tabarn who died several hours after participating in
a hypnotic show presented by a young hypnotist by the name of Andrew
Sharron, a 24-year-old mother of two daughters had felt that inner
compulsion to put herself forward into the hands of Vincent when
the call was made asking for volunteers.
Sharron was obviously one of the main stars of the show as Vincent
through a Madonna routine and other bizarre post-hypnotic suggestions.
As the show came to a close he told her, "I'm going to count
from one to three and clap my hands. And as I clap my hands you
will feel 10,000 volts of electricity shoot through your chair,
and it will hurt!" The next morning Sharron was found dead
in her bed.
Of course there was an inquest and pathologist Edmund Tapp said
the cause of death was from fluid in the lungs and inhaled vomit.
It was also stated that Sharron’s blood contained extremely
high levels of a hormone called Prolactin. It was thought that due
to the Prolactin and a low level of alcohol in her blood that she
had experienced a fit while in her sleep. However, the coroner recorded
a verdict of death by natural causes.
According to Sharron’s mother, Margaret Harper, Sharron had
had a great fear of electricity ever since she received a bad electric
shock as a child.
It is my own personal opinion that due to Sharron’s fear or
phobia about electricity, the fact that she was a deep-trance subject,
and the crazy, mean and nasty suggestion of experiencing a 10,000-volt
electric shock which would really hurt, this was the cause of the
release of the hormone Prolactin, which in turn prevented her from
awakening when she vomited in her sleep. Possibly the concoction
of alcohol, endorphins and Prolactin could be classed as a way of
death through natural causes, even though, in my opinion, hypnosis
was the trigger which caused this tragic accident.
As a point of interest, Prolactin is a hormone released from the
pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is situated behind and above
the bridge of the nose. The location of the mystical "Third
Eye". It is my own personal opinion that it is this area that
is stunned during a hypnotic state, although there is no scientific
evidence to support this, or around the potential dangers of hypnosis.
The fact of the matter is, in my mind, and I trust that now also
in the reader's mind, stage hypnosis is extremely dangerous. Not
only are there the dangers of hypnosis, but it is morally degrading
for the participants involved, many of whom will have no memory
recall, but it can, and has, led to the death of a young mother,
and also has been the trigger for possibly dozens or even hundreds
of people entering into emotional and mental imbalance, leading
eventually to the mental hospital.
from Pat Tack
1 - Sharron had
very little alcohol in her bloodstream. The pathologist exaggerated,
in fact doubled, the actual amount at the inquest. He also failed
to describe her position in death correctly - I know this as I found
The specific command that Vincent used was that he would count to
three, clap his hands and the subjects would wake up after the hand
clap. The suggestion of 10,000 volts on the seat of the chair was
to be felt just after the count of three and before the hand clap.
He also stressed that it would really hurt. As Sharron knew what
a shock felt like she must have felt a great deal of pain. I believe
that the command to 'awaken' was possibly overridden by the trauma
(she was terrified of electricity). Afterwards she displayed all
the symptoms of not being fully brought out of hypnosis - automism/headache
you hear of any more deaths or psychological damage, please let
Tack (Patricia Andrew)
NOW DIAGNOSED AS SCHIZOPHRENIC
Chris Gates was one such person who began
behaving like child days after having been hypnotized by former
BBC Radio One disc jockey turned hypnotist, Paul McKenna.
Gates unsuccessfully tried to sue Paul McKenna for damages. According
to the BBC news report Mr McKenna told the court he would never
subject stage volunteers to a "traumatic, frightening and
Yet the show I saw by Paul McKenna, he suggested to people they
were in a straight jacket and a ferret was inside that jacket. I
feel that is a traumatic, frightening and a humiliating experience
- don’t you? Also, by suggesting you are in a straight jacket,
in my mind suggests that you are a mental patient?
Following the above-mentioned casualties, in 1996 the Home Office
published a ten-page report after an eleven-month investigation
into the dangers of stage hypnotism.
The report declared that many other popular activities or pursuits
"clearly carry far greater risks", and that stage
hypnosis "posed no serious risk to the public and that
all indications are that there is not a significant problem directly
associated with stage hypnotism". The Health and Safety
Executive also carried out their own study into the claims of alleged
dangers. Their report states, "it should be made clear
to all authorities that [the] HSE has no evidence to suggest that
stage hypnotism poses a general risk to the public if it is carried
out according to the Home Office guidelines".
A closer look at the recent 1996 Home Office report, it clearly
states the following. “The review of medical evidence
and available research literature was carried out by a panel of
experts who were nominated by the British Psychological Society
and Royal College of Psychiatrists. The panel members were not experts
My comment to that is if they were
not experts in hypnosis, then how could they correctly evaluate
the evidence. Further into the Home
Office report under “Prohibited actions”, it
clearly reads, “any suggestion involving age regression
of a subject (ie, asking the subject to revert to an earlier age
in their life; this does not prohibit the hypnotist from asking
subjects to act as if they were a child etc).”
The Collins definition of regression is:
"Psychol. The adoption by an adult
of behaviour more appropriate to a child"(my
the show I saw of Paul McKenna’s his suggestion to members
of the audience on stage partaking in his show, was something on
the lines of, "In a moment, when you open your eyes you are
all going to be 5-year-old schoolchildren, and you’re going
to muck around, play around, and be so naughty, naughty, naughty,
and I am your teacher and you don’t like me because I am very
strict, but as soon as my back is turned you're going to play around,
muck around because you are so naughty, naughty, naughty."
In the court cases both Andrew Vincent and Paul McKenna were found
innocent of any form of negligence based around the dangers of hypnosis.
Hypnosis was found not the cause of death for Sharron Tabarn , and
also not the cause of Chris Gates schizophrenia.