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Mandy Moore hypnotized on stage in Los Angeles


Mandy Moore was so nervous about premiering the tunes from her upcoming album at an intimate Los Angeles club that she sought help from a hypnotist.

The trick seemed to work, although the former teen idol did not take it to the next logical step and munch on an onion or remove any clothing.

“It is the most bizarre situation you can imagine,” a clearly relaxed Moore recounted at the beginning of her show on Saturday. “It’s almost like therapy.”

mm_coverfinalMusic fans might have found the show bizarre — in a good way. The one-time Britney Spears wannabe took to the stage at the 280-seat Largo at the Coronet theater accompanied by a rootsy band that included a pedal-steel player. A string quartet also appeared.