Sept 24th, 2016 – The Harlequin Hypnosis Show Returns To Vancouver!


We’re fast coming up to the Vancouver 2016 performance of The Harlequin Hypnosis Show, with live music from Persons Of Interest. We’re at The Orpheum Annex Theatre, at 823 Seymour Street, in downtown Vancouver. Doors open at 6.15 pm and the band starts at 6.30 pm.

If you don’t already have tickets this is a really good time to buy them. As we get down to the last 15% of tickets the price will be going up!

We look forward to seeing you on September 24th, and if you want to dress for the evening we’d love to see all our friends in their steampunk gear.




It’s happening again… And we’re looking for volunteers!

That’s right, we’ve been unleashed on the public once more. We’ve got the Orpheum Annex booked for Sept 24th, 2016 and we’re looking for volunteers to help us put on The Harlequin Hypnosis Show 2016.

You’d be amazed where our volunteers have gone on to. The skills you get from this production will help you as you develop your career, as they have our former volunteers. This year we are looking for:

  • Photographers – Should be competent and able to edit/photoshop with confidence.
  • Models – You will be part of what makes Harlequin the visual master piece it has become.
  • Admin Assistant – Supporting the cast and crew with all aspects of admin.
  • Front Of House Team – Sale of tickets and ushering.
  • Back Stage Team – Making sure everything goes smoothly on photshoots and performance nights.
  • Gorillas – For heavy lifting and getting gear in and out fast. Supporting both stage and music teams.
  • Hair and Make Up Team – Our models need to look beyond incredible. So do Rob and Sharlene.
  • Costume Design and Creation – For the design or repair of costumes of your own or others design.
  • Street Team for publicity and ticket promotion – This year we are doing more on street promotion of Harlequin.
  • Social Media Expert – Help us get the word out.
  • Copy Writer – In the beginning was the word.
  • Generalists – You should be ready for anything!

If you are interested, available and have more talent than a one legged man on a pogo stick, you should be part of this. The first part of applying for a volunteer position with us is to sign up for the ‘Volunteers mailing list’ below.


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Harlequin Hypnosis Show 2015 – The Video.

A great video from Sam Luk, one of the creative minds behind The Harlequin Hypnosis Show. The music is from our friends at Persons Of Interest who were a magnificent addition to the show for 2015. If you think this is wild, wait till you see what we’ve got in store fpr you in 2016! Tickets are already selling.

Anything can happen at The Harlequin Hypnosis Show- Oct 2nd 3rd.

Join us for a night of hilarious hypnosis, music and intrigue. The Harlequin Hypnosis Show returns to The Orpheum Annex Theatre on October 2nd and 3rd. Doors open at 6.15.


Get your tickets right away, they’re selling fast!

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October 2nd and 3rd – The Harlequin Hypnosis Show comes to Vancouver.

We’re fast coming up to the Vancouver performance of The Harlequin Hypnosis Show. We’re at The Orpheum Annex Theatre, at 823 Seymour Street, in downtown Vancouver. Doors open at 6.15 pm and the band starts at 6.30 pm.

If you don’t already have tickets this is a really good time to buy them. As we get down to the last 15% of tickets the price will be going up!

We look forward to seeing you on October 2nd and 3rd, and if you want to dress for the evening we’d love to see all our friends in their steampunk gear.

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What happens if…

You let loose a bunch of girls and make up, a killer corseteer, and Persons Of Interest in The Orpheum Annex? The Harlequin Hypnosis Show photoshoot, that’s what!

Music: Persons Of Interest. Video: Sum Luk, of Parafauna.

“You’ll never fit in THAT!”

“Yes, I will.”

“Pull the laces a little tighter!”

“I swear this thing was never meant for a man!”

In this video you can see Alona Kuzyk and Zoe Savage working on makeup and hair for Damara Kiceniuk, Natalia Filonenko, Sharlene Canning and Anne Moonan-Woods. Jennifer Bond is squeezing the girls expertly into the amazing corsets they are wearing. Sharleen is also directing a lot of the photoshoot, and demonstrating her on stage commanding presence in making sure everything rolls along smoothly.

The music in this video is Persons Of Interest, who are also in the shoot. The singer is the beautiful Anne Moonan-Woods, and fits perfectly the video which Sam Luk shot. If you’re interested in hiring either Persons of Interest or Sam Luk feel free to contact us at – we’re always happy to put you in touch with our people.

We used four different photographers on this shoot, including Alexander Velásquez García, Jarret McKenna and Lukas Maier and myself, all working together and collaborating to get some amazing results. As ever had great collaboration from our friends at The Orpheum Annex, particularly Levi Pease on stage lighting.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for either October 2nd or 3rd, 2015. They’re sure to sell out, so get them here and get them soon!





Getting ready for our October 2nd/3rd show.



Pic by Lukas Maier.
We recently did a photoshoot at The Orpheum Annex with some of the team getting ready for The Harlequin Hypnosis Show, 2015. When we do a shoot like this we pull together a great deal of resources, including hair and makeup skills, corsetry, video and photography.There’s quite a lot to putting on a show like Harlequin. Sharlene and I are central to it, but as the crew in this image shows, and keep in mind this is not the whole team by any means, there are a lot of people involved. We’re working with a live band this year, Persons Of Interest, who are turning out to be a great bunch of characters to tie up with. This shoot does not include the dance team.As can be seen from the images that will start to come out over the coming weeks Jennifer Bond’s magnificent corsets add a great deal to these shoots. Jennifer has been a great help, and is an absolute professional in all she does. She personally works with each subject and ensures they are well presented and can wear the garment to good effect.

Damara – HHS/RH

We used four different photographers on this shoot, including Alexander Velásquez García, Jarret McKenna and Lukas Maier and myself, all working together and collaborating to get some amazing results. In this case we used a combination of stage lighting and a large white LCD flat light, which pushed out a tremendous amount of filling light. While stage lighting is great for performance, it can leave a heavier shadow than we’d like in this type of shoot, so punching in a little targeted fill is very useful. Sam Luk also worked on video and is putting together some great documentary material. Sam and Jarrett are Harlequin veterans, and both have very strong backgrounds in technical aspects of film, video and animation. One of the wonderful things about working in Vancouver is the availability of people who are multi-talented and very well trained in these fields.

Alona Kuzyk and Zoe Savage did a great job on makeup and hair for our ladies. On a project like this there will typically be about 3 hours of preparation and about 30 or 40 minutes of shooting. For those that are interested, we also have a small amount of time spent on Photoshop after the shoot. This is done in Ottawa, by Queena Li, and just adds a finishing touch.

When we do a shoot like this the primary outlet is Facebook and a few other online destinations. It’s to garner interest in the show and let people know what we’re up to. We have a great time with our photoshoots and the team at The Orpheum Annex have been very helpful to us. Peter Kendall and his staff always provide us with great support.

We’re always interested in talking to photographers and models about working with our team. We often invite photographers to our show, as we know the value of the visuals that result. If you are interested in being invited to either one of the shoots or the show, let me know and I’ll see if there’s anything that we can do. Should you be interested in working with any of the subjects, makeup and hair team, photographers or costume team, contact me at and I will do what I can to organise it.

Rob Hadley


The Amazing Corsets Of The Harlequin Hypnosis Show 2015.

As Jennifer Bond lays out a piece of fabric on the worktable, a series of complex patterns etched into a template, she surveys it not as material to be fashioned in to a product, but more as an artist surveys a blank canvas. The result will be something more than an object. It will be art.Bond1

Each corset she produces is unique. It has it’s own character and will develop its own history. From the first cut of the coutille, to the last stitch, the corset is invested with its own personality.

Some articles of clothing allow us to project our character as though through a different lens. They let us release another side of ourselves.

“I like the psychology of what I do,” says Bond. “The corset is more than a garment, it has something of the quality of a mask. Like a mask, a corset has a particular effect on the person wearing it – to the extent that it impacts how we relate to others.”

Bond goes on to explain that for some people the corset can instil a feeling of safety, of being held. For others it’s about how you project yourself and how you interact with the world around you. There are other aspects of the corset, particularly the more extreme versions.

“A highly repressed society can favour a tightly bound corset, making the woman feel like a bird in a cage. Is it constricting, or controlling and protecting?” she asks rhetorically.11328880_10153356261549269_379385167_n

The construction of each of Bonds corsets takes at least a day and a half. She works only with the finest coutille from Germany or England. There is a world of difference between this and the products sold over the counter in a store. These corsets are created to last, and to become a part of the persons life. The style and method of manufacture go back to a time when a garment was designed to last for ten years, not ten weeks.

Bond has created her own patterns for her corsets. Modern production techniques have resulted in a sacrifice of the tailored cut of a finely made corset, and the patterns used often lack the style of a more flattering silhouette. An 1864 pattern carries the formality of the era, a later one the easier look of the Edwardian period. With this in mind, Bond looked for, and then created her own original pattern that reflects the style of dress that women are familiar with.

She points out “It made little sense going back to a style and pattern which worked very well a hundred and ten years ago, but is not designed to reveal the female form in the clothes we typically wear today.”

We are very happy to offer Jennifer Bonds Hand-made Under-bust Corset, through The Harlequin Hypnosis Show website. She is also offering this with her 2015 print, a stunning Japanese Motive, reflecting the truly international flavour of Vancouver, Canada’s greatest Pacific city.

We’ll be making these fine hand made corsets available through The Harlequin Hypnosis Show website later this month.

Persons Of Interest to join The Harlequin Hypnosis Show 2015

We are thrilled to announce to our audience and friends that we are joined for 2015 by Persons Of Interest, who will be performing at The Harlequin Hypnosis Show this year, both nights – October 2nd and 3rd. They’re an awesome North Vancouver band and bring a new and exciting facet to what promises to be a great evening at The Orpheum Annex.persons1

It’s back! And it’s bigger and brassier than ever.


This years Harlequin Hypnosis Show will be taking a slightly different format with live music, and some additional features which will make the evening an even more enjoyable night out. We’ll be running for two evenings in October, and are bringing some new features to the night as well as retaining the most popular aspects of what we’ve done so far.

We love it when people come dressed for the show. If you are looking for costumes we’re always happy to point you in the right direction, and we may soon have a few bits and pieces for sale through our site. Keep checking back and you’ll see us adding bits and pieces as they are developed.

We have sold out most of our recent shows, so now is a good time to get those tickets and organise a group of friends to come and see a show that has been described as ‘the future of stage hypnosis’. We’d love to see you there.

Rob, Sharlene and Angie.