It occurred like a scene in a Hitchcock film — a young hypnotist, apparently teetering on the amateur side of the trade, left a group of students at an all-girls school deep in hypnotic limbo before calling on a the skills of a colleague in order to bring them to.

It all started when hypnotist, Maxime Nadeau showed up to do a hypnotism showcase for a group of 12- and 13-year-old girls last week in Quebec, Canada.

During the show, the young hypnotist put a small group of girls under a trance while the others simply enjoyed the performance. But when it came time to wake the hypnotized girls up from the trance, he couldn’t — no matter how hard he tried.

One would think that putting a group of underage girls under a hypnosis and not being able to wake them up would be a relatively good reason to start panicking. However, Nadeau said there was never anything to worry about.

“Being in a trance is a state of well-being,” Nadeau explained. “I wasn’t stressed. I knew they would get out of it.”

Yet, Nadeau was never able to snap them out of it himself.

He was forced to call on the assistance of his trainer, Richard Whithead, who could not do anything to help Nadeau until after he arrived from his home an hour later.

When he got there, Whithead not only found several students under the effects of “mass hypnosis,” but also a bunch of angry parents and teachers looking to eat Nadeau alive in the event that their children were permanently zombified.

In order to bring the girls out of the trance-like state, Whithead said that he went through the process of re-hypnotizing the girls and then pulled them out of it with a stern voice.

Incidentally, school administrators learned that hypnosis is not recommended for people under the age of 14, since apparently, young people are particularly sensitive to the experience.