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Hypnotist Tina Marie performs two shows every night of the Monterey County Fair.

MONTEREY >> She'll pull you up on stage, send you into the deepest relaxation state you can be in, then set you free — and you may feel a little different than when you first arrived.

She's Tina Marie, "fun hypnotist," and she will be performing throughout the run of this week's Monterey County Fair.

"I love it, it's a passion. I'll always do it," Marie said.

Marie is just one face of the fair's entertainment, which also includes a rodeo and a concert by the classic punk band War, as well as Journey, Queen and Santana tribute bands.

A Community Stage showcases local talent, from musicians to dancers. There's wine tasting and a cooking show every day. The Children's Area has plenty to keep the young ones entertained, including a juggling pirate, a circus that gets the kids involved and racing pigs.

The fair opened Wednesday at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center and lasts through Labor Day. The days are themed — Seniors' Day, Fiesta Day — and some of the sights and sounds come through just once. But no matter which day you go, Marie will be there, opening your mind twice a night.

Marie was hypnotized 20 years ago in her home state of Texas and found it "amazing." She started learning everything she could about the practice by taking courses and hypnotizing people on her own.

"People used to come to me to tell me their problems," she said. "I feel it was a natural gift that I have. People need someone to believe in them."


Marie believes anyone can enter a hypnotic state. You may not realize it, she said, but "your analytical mind goes into a suspended state" every 90 minutes throughout the day.

"An example of this is when you're driving down the freeway and you come up to your exit and think, 'I'm here already.' That's a form of hypnosis," she said.

In a video from Marie's 2011 appearance at the fair, she makes volunteers echo the moves of a sock monkey, say "Who's your daddy" in multiple languages and ballet dance across the stage. But she calls herself the "fun" hypnotist, she said, because in life "everything is so hectic and stressful." She wants her audiences to let it all go.

Marie had several jobs before becoming a hypnotist. According to her website, she is a former model, actress, motivational speaker and life coach. She said she has helped people overcome phobias, stop smoking and sleep through the night.

"I just did a talk on becoming a better you," she said. "You shift your state of mind and get out of your comfort zone. We can change where we are with words put into action. With hypnosis the mind is actually so powerful."

Marie performs every night on the Payton Garden Stage, but times vary so check the fair's schedule at For more information on Marie, visit

Jennie Tezak is a Herald correspondent.

If you go

What: Monterey County Fair

When: Through Sept. 1

Where: Monterey County Fair and Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey

Tickets: Admission $3-$9

Information: 372-5863,