But It’s Not Top Secret That the Christmas Party — Oh, Wait!
Dr. Jon Taylor gets the guys to let loose at the Christmas party.
This year, what happened
at the East District Christmas
Party stayed at the East District
Christmas Party. But I can tell you
Dr. Jon Taylor, a fifth-generation
provided the evening’s
entertainment. Now Dr. Taylor
has many credentials — an
undergraduate degree from West Texas State, a master of divinity
from Perkins School of Theology,
a doctorate from Drew University
in New Jersey. He has served UM
churches in Texas and Arkansas,
and was a missionary to the Congo.
But none of these is what qualified
Dr. Taylor to headline the night.
No, it was because Dr. Taylor
is a professional
and certified. After
seeing a hypnotist
show in Las Vegas
and laughing so hard
his sides hurt, he
became a stage hypnotist and now
does laughter therapy. Seriously,
According to Dr. Taylor:
“Hypnosis is a heightened state
of suggestibility that relaxes your
conscious mind and allows your
subconscious to be re-tuned so that
positive changes can happen. It’s
fun and relaxing. At no time are
you unconscious or asleep. It’s
not mind control. You don’t do
anything against your will or reveal
secrets. You cannot get stuck in
hypnosis, and you are aware of
everything that is said and done.
Hypnosis is a highly focused state
of imagination and concentration.”
didn’t know that
the East District
is home to so
So at the Christmas party, he
asked for volunteers, specifically
anyone intelligent, creative, and
willing to play along. About 20
clergy and spouses volunteered.
Dr. Taylor turned on some dreamy
music and began to guide the
volunteers into a state of relaxation
Then he told his volunteers
they were famous world-class
pianists playing a solo concerto in
a grand performance hall. “Now,
begin playing,” he commanded.
Half the group began playing
their imaginary pianos. Dr.
Taylor knew instantly who was
under and who was not. The
non-compliant, including the
district superintendent, were gently
sent back to their seats.
For the next hour, Dr. Taylor
had the entranced 10 dancing
hip-hop and doing ballet. He had
one forgetting the number 3. Every
time the volunteer tried to count to
10, he could never say 3.
Excuse me, but my
shoe phone is ringing,
Jay Henderson says.
He suggested to a clergy
spouse that she was the world’s
only Martian-to-English translator,
to a clergy member that he was
the funniest comedian on Mars
but only spoke Martian, and to
another clergy member that she
was an interpreter to the deaf
who could sign in Martian. The
alien comedian began speaking in
Martian gibberish, the translator
interpreted instantly, while the deaf
signer flailed around in Martian.
Names have not been used to
protect the innocent. So don’t ask
the Rev. Jack Wallace of Mount Vernon UMC what it’s like being a
CIA operative or Jay Henderson of
Celeste/Kingston UMC where he
got those Elvis moves.
If you want to learn more
about Dr. Taylor, see drjoncomedy.com. “AWESOME!” Excuse me, a
post-hypnotic impulse just slipped