This week’s free hypnosis training lesson covers 4 instant inductions I often use during Stage Hypnosis.
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- Foot Stomp: Tell your volunteers that the next time you stomp your foot, they will find themselves falling back asleep. As you’ll see in this week’s video demonstration, I wanted to put temporary focus on two young men during the show, so I combined the foot stomp (which put everyone sitting on stage under) with informing the two standing men they’d express their happiness of seeing each other. I’ve also utilized this as a way to wake my volunteers up.
- Eye Fixation: I’m not sure I’ve seen a hypnotist who hasn’t utilized this throughout their show at some point. You simply have your volunteer(s) focus their eyes on a specific point. In the case of this week’s video demonstration, I step behind a volunteer, wiggle my fingers in front of their face while moving my hand down. Incidentally, because we want our volunteers’ heads to lean forward when hypnotized, I’ll have them follow my fingers down with their eyes. When my fingers get below their chin level, they will often move their head down at which point I’ll simply command “Seep!”
- Eye Flutter: This is a lesson I covered last year but wanted to include the impact it can have on audiences. Since many of the inductions hypnotists utilize are physical (handshake induction) or verbal/action (foot stomp), implementing a non verbal induction can throw your spectators off. Simply walking up to your volunteer, squating down in front of them and looking them in the eyes. Being squated in front of them automatically forces their head into a down-drooping position, making the next step more fluid. Look at your volunteer in the eyes, then slowly lower your eyelids as if you’re getting tired, before fluttering them as if trying not to fall asleep. This non verbal induction acts as a visual representation of the physiological response you’re looking to provoke from your volunteer. This silent induction will cause your volunteer (especially somnambulists) to fall into hypnosis. In turn, the lack of verbal or physical instruction to your volunteer can cause audiences to gas in amazement (as if your eyes have hypnotic powers).
- Action-Anchored: For this induction, you simply instruct that your volunteer(s) will fall into hypnosis upon taking a certain action. This could be as simplistic as having them enter hypnosis when they sit in a chair on stage, give you a high five or something of the sort. I often prefer the first idea after conducting mass hypnosis in the beginning of my stage show as high school (and some college) students find it impressive that the simple act of their peer moving from their spot in the audience to a chair on stage can immediately make them look like they passed out.
***Psychology of Inductions***
In short, just about any induction can be used as a re-induction at any point throughout your show & vise versa.
I remember when beginning my studies in hypnosis, there was a hypnotist saying they induced one of their older kids while they stroked the family cat.
The kid was informed that each gentle stroke would make them more relaxed until they found themselves hypnotized.
This story blew me away and made me question, “Do we need a proper/formal induction or can we literally use anything?”
My experience-based answer eventually became, “You can use just about anything”.
Up-to-date I’ve done the classic eye fixations, finger snapping, invisible sleep bullet, the jedi wave, head/shoulder tap, eye flutter, etc.
When i first began hypnosis, I was also taught the handshake interruption induction & took that as gospel. Until I learned most hypnotists implement different techniques for stage hypnosis shows.
It was long before realizing that inductions for street hypnosis could be used in stage hypnosis and the other way around. Furthermore, it didn’t really matter what inductions you began your demonstrations/performances with and which you referred to later for re-inductions.
Truth is, there’s no one perfect induction or way you should hypnotize someone. One thing I impress upon my students (especially in consultations/mentorships/etc) is how to read people.
Reading another’s body language will tell you what is or isn’t working and what to continue doing or what methods to switch to, to further the person’s experience.
Seeing as hypnosis is relaxation and there’s no one specific way one must relax to feel relaxed, you can use just about any induction to initially hypnotize someone, let alone re-induce them into hypnosis.
This week’s video demonstration shows 4 instant inductions I use in many of my Stage Hypnosis shows…
As you may have heard at numerous point in your life until know, you’re only limited by your imagination.
Whether you’re thinking basic or fun/unique, as long as the induction is safe and your pre=talk properly conditioned them, you should be good to go.
One thing I’ve noticed is that beginners/new students get discouraged if an initial induction doesn’t work. Simple try a new approach, I’ve successfully hypnotized numerous “non hypnotizable” people by simply reading their body language and adjusting the induction accordingly.
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