In this BBC Earth video documentary, you'll see some amazing tricks you can perform with alligators and chickens. You'll see the exact process to put alligators and chickens into a trance-like state.
The trance is a bizarre condition that effects many different animals. Alligators are easily mesmerized, mostly by Florida showmen, by making it react as if it were grabbed by another predator.
A chicken can be hypnotized by flipping it over and focusing its attention. It's that easy. These strange states probably originated as a defense.
They don't show how to put a pigeon into a trance, but all you have to do is grab the pigeon, turn it upside down and start to wave it back and forth in a circle, then gently put it on the ground upside down. Clap your hands to wake it up.