This week’s free hypnosis training explains how to keep your stage hypnosis fresh & clients re-booking.
Host an awesome hypnosis show.
I know, some of you may already be rolling your eyes but bear with me.
Many hypnotists I’ve trained with/meet today are performing the some of the EXACT same routines as other hypnotists.
Just to name a few:
- Name/Age Amnesia
- Name/Age Change
- Butt stuck to the chair
- Forgetting how to drink water
- Making volunteers speak alien (gibberish)
- Making someone translate the alien (gibberish)
- Making volunteers forget everything as the finale
If you’re brand new to performing hypnosis, these are probably great routines for you to start with. These are considered “classic” for a reason, they’ve worked throughout the history of comedy stage hypnosis.
However, there’s a reason I reference classic hypnosis shows as “cliche”, because they are. Decades later, many hypnotists still perform the same cliche routines with little variety to their act.
To any non-hypnotists or newbies reading this blog, this would be the equivalent of a car whose only technology was a radio/cassette player. Despite the car company giving the car a sleek new paint job/exterior, none of its internal features will have been upgraded.
It’s for this reason that clients who loved booking a certain hypnotist for their annual event, begin booking a new hypnotist.
While I present my performance as a “New-Age Comedy Stage Hypnosis Show”, what I’m actually doing is mixing up what the client is used to. Now the real lesson begins.
CHANGE YOUR APPROACH!
If you’ve hosted a quality hypnosis show that made the client re-book you, that’s awesome.
However, if you’re not changing your performance for your regular/ annual clients, you’re risking your next contract with them.
One of the first big successful shows I hosted was in Iowa. I still remember the venue and audience. They were energetic, enthusiastic, fully engaged & demanded my return.
The catch: I had to perform something new/fresh for them.
This request did two things: (1) It spawned my New-Age Hypnosis phase while simultaneously (2) Helping me understand how to stay relevant to/get re-booked by my current clients.
I became that client’s go-to hypnotist for 3 years. Likewise, I became the annual hypnotist for a festival in IL a few years ago.
As you read this lesson, I’ve already constructed a new show for my biggest High School Prom Hypnosis client of 2019. After their students raved about my 2018 performance, they re-booked me within 30 days for 2019.
To ensure students loved this show just as much (if not more), this week I have:
- Kept the pre-show the same to generate more volunteers in a process I’m calling my “Trinduction”.
- Inserted a simple demo to both educate the audience & deter hecklers/jokers
- Decided how I plan to integrate the audience’s phones throughout the show to build interest, create higher retention & gain more organic followers.
- Had my producer create a new custom track with “new” audio technology I’ve not personally seen/heard other hypnotists use to relax volunteers.
- Kept my 2-in-1 formula for successfully:
- Weeding out those who are not fully engaged
- Finding my best volunteers (somnambulists)
- Included a psychological induction (introduced to me years ago & placed on the back burner) that takes place in the volunteers’ minds.
- Figured out how to safely provide my audience with greater control of my show to have more fun (making the show more personalized).
- Chosen to stuck with two specific routines that will simultaneously:
- Help me “outperform” myself in the sense of impressiveness through routine framing
- Get volunteers AND audience members engaged
- Increase the public’s awareness of me & my brand
- Provide volunteers with a take-away
- Created a finale that will help volunteers improve their lives in various ways
Granted, after remembering what worked best/got the best reactions, it was easy for me to develop the above game plan in the last week. For those new to hypnosis, here’s the general process I used to create one of my popular routines:
- Step 1: Brainstorm. An example I’ve used many times is my mixed martial arts routine. The idea was sparked when initially trying to develop my own unique super hero routine.
- Step 2: Research. I researched a few key word variations on YouTube (and did so again recently) to see if anyone had already used/filmed this idea. At the time of writing this, I appear to be the only [recorded] hypnotist performing my martial arts comedy routine the way I’ve structured it.
- Step 3: Execute. I quickly threw together the routine idea and where I’d put it. It’s been years since I’ve first premiered it but if my memory serves me well, it worked despite the volunteers quickly rushing me on the staged area.
- Step 4: Tweak. While it was generally successful, I knew I had to make it safer for everyone involved. I decided to instruct my volunteers they could only move in “super slow motion”. This is all the routine needed to become safe and hilarious to the audience. Through time, I’ve developed additional nuances that make this routine even more engaging for the audience (while further boosting my brand at times).
Please understand, however, I don’t always stick to the game plan. Sometimes a volunteer takes a command in a random direction.
It’s your responsibility to improv and safely guide the new direction of the show. I remember this used to irritate me. I wanted the show to progress my way.
After numerous shows where routines went far off script, I realized it’s more beneficial to let your volunteers do their thing. The perks to this may include:
- You having to put less effort into thinking/keeping track of the next routine. As long as that volunteer can milk what they’re doing (and the audience is digging it), cheer them on.
- When I first started doing professional High School shows, the idea of having to fill an entire 60-90 block of time was intimidating. Once I realized certain volunteers would milk a routine, I understood the potential for them to help me. There would be shows I lost track of time because the audience & I were so engrossed in what direction the volunteer was taking things, that it was hilarious to watch it escalate.
- Because your volunteer may end up steering the show in a new direction, they may open your ideas to future possibilities. They may head down a funnier or more meaningful path that you feel inspired to incorporate in your next show. Especially when hosting High School or University shows, let the volunteers’ imaginations run wild. You may discover a new routine that blows yours out of the water.
This week’s video demonstrates how to keep your show fresh & in-demand…
Just like a personal relationship, you’ll eventually want to switch things up to keep the show interesting/ the audience entertained/ the client re-booking.
What are your thoughts? What would you like covered in a future hypnokick blog? Would love to read your responses/ideas in the comments below 🙂
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