WATERLOO - Deception, lulling them into a false sense of security and laughing at their expense?
All great ways to treat your date on Valentine's Day.
That's because a hypnotist is the hottest way to spend a night out with a significant other in the Cedar Valley this weekend.
The Sandman returns to Joker's Comedy Night Club in Cedar Falls today, Saturday and Sunday, while Jim Wand makes his first appearance at the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo today and Saturday.
It turns out that watching people you know and love be humiliated on stage is pretty popular for the holiday better known for chocolates, wine and roses.
"Bring your date and watch each other do fun things with the hypnotist," said Kelly Heth, spokesperson for the Isle.
Seats are still available at both locations for the shows, but not many.
"Any time we have a hypnotist come into the Cedar Valley, he does really well," said Lori McConville, spokesperson for Barmuda Corp., which owns Joker's.
Of course, there are more traditional ways to show your lover you care this weekend.
Looking for a unique Valentine's dinner? The Cedar Valley has plenty.
Jameson's Public House in Waterloo has a 12-ounce prime rib, baked potato, dinner salad, a homemade scone and dessert for $14 on Saturday.
The Isle buffet, at $18, features champagne and a chocolate fountain. Guests of the casino also receive a bejeweled keychain, some with cash prizes inside.
At Roux Orleans in Waterloo and Bourbon Street in Cedar Falls, dinner for two is $50 and includes a beef tenderloin filet, grilled lemon pepper shrimp, rosemary red potatoes, asparagus and tiramisu.
Ferrari's $55 dinner for two includes a grilled 8-ounce steak, arugula salad, cedar-smoked jumbo scallops and a choice of side.
Reservations are necessary Sunday at the Stuffed Olive, where dinner for two includes twin filet medallions, garlic smashed potatoes, a vegetable medley and dessert for $50.
Snowden House will hold a Valentine Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Indulgence in Cedar Falls has a ValenWINE tasting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for $25, with a reservation.
If Valentine's Day gives you a case of the blues, you can stop by the Blues Blowout at the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo. The Saturday night show is a fundraiser for Iowa Public Radio featuring Janiva Magness and Iowa City's the Tornadoes for $30 at the door.
For a nonalcoholic comedy option, try Mocktails and Mayhem: A Comedy Game Show Night at The Lampost in Cedar Falls. The Saturday show starts at 7 p.m.
Entertainment Sunday night includes Adam Beck at 10 p.m. at Voodoo Lounge in Cedar Falls, the Ashanti String Quartet at 5 p.m. at Bourbon Street in Grinnell and Zachary Thoma, Bourré Lounge's bartender, appearing there at 10 p.m.
"It's one of our busiest (holidays) for the year," McConville said. "We really count on this weekend to really do well for us in the month of February."