What Makes A Good Stage Hypnotist

Can you sell a freezer to an Eskimo Then you could probably make a reasonably good hypnotist. However if you can sell one to a Polar Bear while at the same time selling a Seal the all new, but untested, Polar Bear detector then you'll make a really good one. The two things are virtually the same. You are selling two things 1) one of the most feared and likewise wanted experiences there is 2) you are selling yourself. The way you do this is entirely up to you, although I'll give you a few...

How To Recognise Hypnosis

Often the easiest way to see if they believe they are hypnotised is to watch their reactions to your suggestions, but in many cases there are autonomic reactions to the state, some that cannot be faked, others that the majority of people are not aware of. The muscles around the face look relaxed and the mouth opens slightly. Shoulders slump and if you've used the hand lock their hands will separate very easily if not automatically. We know they don't need this relaxation but they don't So it...

Is It Dangerous

This is the number one question 'THE Hypnotist' is asked. Because we are discussing STAGE hypnosis you can have the answer in one word Yes. It can be - maybe not in the way you are thinking - but yes, but never tell your public this. I know of one performer who told a three hundred-pound truck driver that he, the performer, had just trodden on the trucker's pet pixie. He neglected to tell the man that under no circumstances would he get angry or hit the hypnotist. I now know a hypnotist whose...

The Initial Patter

Your introduction music fades, your audience greets you with a spattering of palm music and you are standing on an empty stage. Every word you say from now on in is a suggestion. You are talking not only to their logical ego based mind but also (especially in your eventual subjects) their creative mind. Everything you say should be clear and concise. This is without doubt the most important part of your whole show. Get this wrong and you will not have volunteers. No volunteers, no show. There...

This Thing Called Hypnosis

My dictionary describes hypnosis as A state like sleep in which the subject acts only on external suggestion an artificially produced sleep. In a 'real' sense this is not entirely accurate, in fact it isn't even close. It does describe what the average person perceives the state to be, however. This definition describes exactly what hypnosis is not. Hypnosis is not sleep and apart from the fact that, generally speaking, most people close their eyes in the state and the fact that I and every...

The Handlock

By far the most common 'test' is the hand lock. Always use this when you have a big audience. It is undeniably the most common because it is the simplest way of convincing them. It's tried tested and, the reason we all use it it works Basically you will 'stick' their hands together, fingers interlocked, using simple suggestion. There is only one way of doing this effectively. Begin by explaining exactly what you are going to do and what the outcome will be. Most importantly, show them. Tell...

What Is Stage Hypnosis

Stage Hypnosis is the public demonstration of the effects of hypnotic suggestion on an individual. According to British law that is. This is never more obvious than when accepting suggestions given by the stage hypnotist. I have seen homophobes quite happily trying to seduce members of their own sex. Introverted and normally self-conscious people, who wouldn't take their Mac off on a beach, quite happily stripping to their underwear and sometimes, although never deliberately in my shows, beyond...