Hypnosis Mind Control

This section explores how hypnosis can be used as part of a magic routine, particularly in the branch of magic known as Mentalism or Mind Control. Mind Control is the term coined by the British magician Derren Brown, and describes a form of magic that includes the apparent control, manipulation, and prediction of human behaviour. This is supposedly achieved using only a blend of psychology, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), & subliminal commands, though it does in fact also rely to some...

Subway Amnesia

This was an effect performed by Derren Brown in which he seems to make a passenger on the subway forget which is his stop simply by talking to him. In actual fact the method used employs a technique also described by Luke Jermay in his publication 7 deceptions, in which pattern interrupts are used along with the use of a technique used in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) called anchoring. Anchoring describes a way in which a person is taught to associate a particular movement, gesture, or...

The Instant Handshake Induction

The Handshake Induction is one of the instantly recognisable images of hypnosis that we have become accustomed to seeing. It seems to be a favourite with magicians and Hollywood producers alike, the notion of someone having almost supernatural powers to control other human beings is too much to resist. Although the Handshake Induction is quite tricky to master, it undoubtedly works, and is a very powerful tool in the hypnotists toolkit. The key to success is having the persona of a very...

Abreactions

The term abreaction refers to the emotional outpouring that can occur when a traumatic or emotionally painful experience is revisited during hypnosis. This occurs because the experience is relived along with the emotions and feelings that were attached to it when it happened, and can manifest itself as a sudden emotional discharge. It is believed that this release of suppressed emotion has a very beneficial therapeutic effect, allowing the subject to confront, and come to terms with buried...