This week I cover a safe & easy shock induction you can perform during your comedy stage hypnosis show.
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A shock induction is a theatrical technique a hypnotist can use to rapidly induce someone into hypnosis within seconds.
While flashy, you want to make sure that your execution is thought out and safely executed. The only thing worse than a demonstration you fail to execute, is one executed at the expense of your volunteer’s safety.
As you’ll notice in this week’s video demonstration, my induction procedure was the same for all volunteers. The catch was the girl on the end got freaked out and said “NO!” when I jokingly hovered over her body.
Now, while the idea of being induced might have freaked her out, let me explain why I proceeded.
Note that I had all volunteers sit themselves on the edge of the stage with their legs and feet hanging off. This was so they were in the prime position to lay down on their backs comfortably, as if preparing to sleep.
There are a few nice subtleties to this specifically organized induction:
- Laying on one’s back is a natural indicator for that person to relax/fall asleep making the position familiar enough for each volunteer to subconscious begin relaxing when induced
- Because each volunteer is laying flat on their back, versus standing up balancing on their feet, there’s no real danger of the volunteer falling or hurting themselves
- Because of points 1 & 2, this induction has the volunteer ending in a naturally safe position that is also better on their neck, back and joints versus having their head slumped over while sitting straight up in a chair or on their feet.
Because I like ending my shows with volunteers mentally, physically and emotionally comfortable, I figured performing this induction would enable them to relax and get themselves together on their own time as each of them came back when ready.
The shock part, which this entire week’s lesson revolves around, comes from the build up of everything explained above up to the very point of using said induction to put the girl back under.
The fact that she said “NO!” and then I jokingly backed off for a moment, left her under the impression she was “free” from experiencing that specific induction. Therefore, when I re-approached her so quickly and executed the induction, it caused her whole body to react out of shock (knowing something would eventually occur despite not knowing exact details).
With all the above in mind, here’s how you can execute this shock induction while on stage:
- Walk up from behind your seated volunteer and place one hand on their forehead & the other on the back of their head. You may also wish to position your hand in front of their eyes as a subtle way of influencing them to close them.
- Gently pull the hand back touching their forehead while using the hand that holds the back of their head to ensure a safe descending.
- Slowly lower your hand holding the back of their head to the stage floor and carefully remove your hand so their head lays softly down.
Note that, just like the gentleman I induce before the young lady, you can initiate the induction by also gently pulling back on the person’s shoulders. Just make sure to end the induction with your hands safely guarding the back of their head as you lay it down like I did.
As you’ll see in the demonstration below, the shock was only for a moment before she easily slipped back under. She was fine upon coming out and showed no signs of negative reactions post-show…
As this week’s video demonstration proves, a volunteer can still be “in the know” of what induction you’re using if they simply don’t how how or when you’ll execute it on them.
There are, as you can imagine, countless shock inductions. Always be careful however as, just like this induction (if not properly introduced/executed), performing a random induction you’ve seen on the internet does NOT mean you’ve been properly trained on how to execute it.
Many inductions have great potential to harm someone physically (which could lead into various other problematic scenarios). So, if starting out, concentrate more on mastering your basic delivery. Once you become comfortable with that, you can proceed onto other inductions you may have seen, heard of or experienced.
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