A local preacher was dissatisfied with the small amount
in the collection plates each Sunday.
Someone suggested to him that perhaps he might be able
to hypnotize the congregation into giving more. "And just
how would I go about doing that?" he asked.
"It is very simple. First you turn up the air conditioner
so that the auditorium is warmer than usual. Then you
preach in a monotone. Meanwhile, you dangle a watch on a
chain and swing it in a slow arc above the lectern and
suggest they put 20 dollars in the collection plate."
So the very next Sunday, the reverend did as suggested, and
lo and behold the plates were full of 20 dollar bills.
Now, the preacher did not want to take advantage of this
technique each and every Sunday. So therefore, he waited
for a couple of weeks and then tried his mass hypnosis again.
Just as the last of the congregation was becoming mesmerized,
the chain on the watch broke and the watch hit the lectern
with a loud thud and springs and parts flew everywhere.
"Crap!" exclaimed the pastor.
It took them a week to clean up the church.