Hypnotist Denies Involvement With Italian Bank Robber Known as the "Hypno-Thief"

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A Philadelphia hypnotist has announced that hypnosis is most likely not a factor in a string of Italian robberies.

A Philadelphia hypnotist has announced that hypnosis is most likely not a factor in a string of Italian robberies.

News agencies around the world are reporting that a criminal in Italy is using hypnosis in order to steal money from retail clerks and a bank teller. The thief allegedly hypnotizes his victims and then coaxes them into handing over cash. Victims report that they have no memory of the incidents.

Steve Roh, owner and operator of Center City Hypnosis in Philadelphia, says that using hypnosis does not give someone magical powers of persuasion or mind control. He says, "Hypnosis is a natural state of mind where you're open and receptive to new information. But a hypnotized person cannot be forced into doing something against their will, or something that they think is morally wrong."

Steve also says, "From the news reports about this so-called hypno-thief, it sounds more like he is just doing something to distract the clerk, in order to quietly get away with the crime. Just like a pickpocket would distract someone in order to steal a wallet. But that's not really hypnosis."

He points out that if the alleged hypnotist had superpowers, he would be better off hitting more lucrative targets than a grocery store and a small bank for a few hundred dollars. "At least that's what I would do," says Steve.

However, Steve says that there is one area where hypnosis may have played a role in these crimes. "Hypnosis can help people build self-confidence and make them resistant to fear. It takes a lot of nerve to do what this thief is doing. He may be using certain hypnosis techniques on himself to 'psych himself up' before a job, just like many athletes and performers do."

Bio - Steve Roh is owner and operator of Center City Hypnosis. Steve has been featured on the Comcast Network and KYW 1060 Newsradio as an expert on hypnosis. He has helped hundreds of Philadelphia-area residents take back control of their lives.

Contact - For further information or to schedule an interview, call Steve Roh at 267-303-0036, or visit http://www.centercityhypnosis.com.

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