Seeing as this is your 5th Stage Hypnosis lesson, I think it’s important for you to rewire your psychological perception and understand having only a few volunteers on stage is OK!
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***What To Do***
In the big scheme of things, the one thing you should do if you only have a few volunteers for your stage show is PERFORM!
Seriously, that’s what people came to see you do in the first place. Not to mention there’s no rule anywhere in hypnosis saying you have to have every seat on stage occupied by someone who came to see the show. Think about it like this, would you prefer:
- A full stage of 15-20 people, only 25% of which were actually hypnotized and the rest faking/messing with you
2. A stage of 4-10 people who were all genuinely, deeply hypnotized and thus truly enjoying themselves
Personally, I’ll go with #2 every time because I always want those on stage to have the genuine experience but most of all, have the most fun of anyone in the room!
You might be wondering how I got so few volunteers for both the Penn State & bar show, the answer for each is simple.
Penn State: I was originally requested to do two different shows. While I have yet to fully develop my newest tour (coming in 2018), I knew I wouldn’t do it justice in the half-assed formation it was currently in. Thus, I chose to start the show as I normally would have (with students in their chairs). I think it’s important to mention here that I used different music for these shows compared to my Spring tour for High School After Proms. Reason being I got a new phone and apparently had yet to properly organize everything playlist-wise. Needless to say, in combination with each students’ genuine willingness (or lack their of) to take part, the short 4 minute induction clip I think failed to accomplish the same task my previous 7 minute clip had. For those wondering, you’d be surprised the impact an extra couple of minutes can have on a group of people for a situation like this. Thus, in the end, we only had a few people on stage. As you can see from this week’s video demonstration, it didn’t have many negative effects seeing as the volunteers were highly reactive and the audience loved watching the show. Having to perform 2 different shows also explains my performing the classing “I’m naked” routine versus something new I’d normally replace such a skit with.
Bar Show: I often relate these types of venues to corporate events. Reason being, many corporate events are filled with older men and women who are intrigued to see some comedic entertainment of some variety, yet very few often volunteer themselves to take part. Needless to say, a bar show can be similar in that many may be aware of & want to witness your Comedy Stage Hypnosis show but in my experience, a very limited number of guests are willing to take part. I remember my bar client in Star City, Indiana was upset with me because I spent 1/5 hours doing magic and people were leaving the bar due to the lack of hypnosis being performed. What they weren’t aware of was that I was going table-to-table performing close-up magic to reach individuals and see who might be willing/make an awesome volunteer for hypnosis. After all, it’s difficult to host a show everyone wants to see yet no one wishes to partake in. Much like that show, my recent bar show had a total of 2 volunteers that got hypnotized and made the show what it was (which according to most at the bar who watched, was cool).
Keep in mind that many are still hesitant to let you give them their first Hypnotist-induced experience because of their misunderstanding of what will happen. While performing is the most fun, I always tell my advanced students that over 50% of your job will be to educated your audiences and then perform for them.
This week’s video demonstration shows how a show with limited volunteers can still have a humorous turout…
At the end of the day, your job is to entertain whoever shows up to see your performance. As long as the volunteers and audience enjoy themselves at no one’s expense, I’d call it a successful performance.
Comment below letting me know how many people YOU have hypnotized up-to-date & your favorite performance memory. I’ll pick one person’s comment & next Friday will send that lucky person a consultation email ($400 value) 🙂
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