‘America’s Got Talent’ star from South Side hypnotizes, impresses Howie Mandel

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Chris Jones gives a balloon animal to a boy while performing on the street. (Kelly Bauer / DNAinfo)

DOWNTOWN — Since Chris Jones was tricked into thinking he was a baby kangaroo, he became obsessed with hypnotism.

The Logan Square resident, Pill Hill native and Mount Carmel High School graduate has learned to become a professional hypnotist. He appeared last month on “America’s Got Talent,” hypnotizing celebrity judge Howie Mandel — notoriously afraid of touching others — into shaking his hand several times. Jones advanced to the second round of the national competition, which was taped in February and will air on NBC in July.

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