A group of FC Barcelona super fans were unable to recognise their footballing heroes as hypnotist Jeff Toussaint made the world's most recognisable footballers - Iniesta, Rakitić, Paulinho, Ter Stegen and Coutinho - unrecognisable...
They're among the biggest names in world football, so you wouldn't think that a group of Barcelona super fans could be stood face-to-face with Iniesta, Rakitić, Paulinho, Ter Stegen and Coutinho and not recognise them.
But that's exactly what happened when Betfair, the Official Betting Partner of FC Barcelona, invited renowned hypnotist, Jeff Toussaint to the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper training ground where fans were hypnotised NOT to recognise the players, instead believing that an imposter was their football idol, while the real stars looked on in disbelief.
The fans, who were looking forward to witnessing the famous FC Barcelona 'Rondo' training session and meeting their footballing heroes, were ushered into the players' changing room where they met Jeff Toussaint for the very first time.
Jeff used various forms of hypnosis and relaxation techniques on the fans and as time passed, the fans could be seen falling into a hypnotic state. The players then entered the room one-by-one and were positioned alongside the imposter who looked nothing like a professional footballer.
Then the moment the fans were waiting for arrived, their chance to meet and takes selfies with their heroes, however Jeff had distorted the minds of the fans making it impossible for them to recognise the Barcelona players who were stood directly in front of them. The Barça players were left gob-smacked and couldn't believe what they were witnessing.
Not wanting to let them leave the training ground without remembering meeting their real idols, the fans were brought out of their hypnotic state with the players on hand to meet them properly for the first time and were also rewarded with VIP tickets to El Clásico.
'Under the Spell shows' the importance of mental strength and mind control within football and follows on from last season's 'Magic of Barça' campaign featuring magician, Dynamo, who demonstrated the power of magic to improve the players' strength and connectivity.
Win a trip to El Clásico
Both Betfair and FC Barcelona are global brands with a global fan base and it's great that we are able to invite fans from around the world to take part in our competition for their chance to win an ultimate El Clásico trip.
The competition which launches today (Thursday 5th April) is open to FC Barcelona fans who are looking to enjoy an all-inclusive trip to watch FC Barcelona take on Real Madrid in the world famous El Clásico fixture at Camp Nou.
To celebrate the 2018 'Under The Spell' campaign, Betfair is giving fans the opportunity to win the #UltimateElClásico experience which includes an official coaching clinic with FC Barcelona Academy coaches, exclusive Camp Nou tour, personalized FC Barcelona home kit, VIP tickets to El Clásico for FCB vs Real Madrid (TBC Sunday 6th May) plus flights and accommodation for each winning fan and their guest.
To enter, visit www.ultimateelclasico.com and fill in your details to be in with a chance of securing your place for a once in a lifetime experience. Entries will only be accepted between Thursday 5th April and Sunday 15th April when the competition closes. T&C's apply.