PORTLAND, England -- A British hypnotist's subjects were temporarily left in a trance when he was knocked unconscious during a show, the Dorset Echo reported Saturday.

David Days was performing a hypnotism demonstration Friday night in Portland, in the south of England, when he tripped over an audience member's leg and was knocked unconscious by the fall.

When he fell, Days was in the process of bringing three volunteers from the audience out of a hypnotic trance.

Audience members initially believed the fall was part of the act and reportedly applauded. But they were then asked to clear the theater while the three volunteers on stage remained in a trance.

Days recovered consciousness within a few minutes and was able to bring the three audience members back to consciousness.

Days' manager said the incident "damaged his ego a bit," but he was otherwise fine Saturday.