Any exhibition, demonstration or performance of hypnotism (as defined in the Hypnotism Act 1952) on any person requires the express written consent of the Council and must comply with any attached conditions.


An application for consent must be in writing and signed by the applicant or his agent and must be made not less than 28 days before the performance concerned.

This period may be reduced in the case of a hypnotist who has performed at the same venue within the last three years without any problems occurring.

The applicant must at the same time forward a copy of the application to the Chief Officer of Police, at Romford Police Station, 19 Main Road RM1 3BJ.

The application shall contain the following information.

  1. The name (both real and stage name, if different) and address of the person who will give the performance along with details of their last three performances (where and when).
  2. A statement as to whether, and if so giving the full details, the hypnotist has previously been refused, or had withdrawn, a consent by any licensing authority or been convicted of an offence under the Hypnotism Act 1952 or of an offence involving the breach of a condition regulating or prohibiting the giving of a performance of hypnotism on any person at a place licensed under the Licensing Act 2003 or any other place.

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