She continued the spell for a few more moments, waiting to get him completely in her thrall. It would be no good to only get him part way there and then flick out of it when she was trying to accomplish anything important. While Maleficent didn't doubt she could start over and still finish what she'd set out to do, hypnotizing him all over again would take up time she wasn't in the mood to waste. There were far more important tasks to complete. Such as finding a better place of residence.
She materialized behind him, keeping the light glowing by focusing her staff on the space he was watching. "Now tell me, Magician, what is it that you fear the most?" she whispered near his ear, wondering what could keep someone who's sole life was to entertain others so twisted and teetering on the edge. What could possibly have been the traumatic trigger to cause such deep rooted emotions?