Why You’re Losing Hypnosis Volunteers

I “lose” volunteers basically every show I perform, however, there are multiple solutions



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***Losing Volunteers***

Every single show – that’s how often I lose volunteers!

Are you surprised by this? Don’t be, it’s normal, especially when considering my rapid approach to hypnosis in order to get the show moving.

While there are Hypnotists out there that literally spend 15-30 minutes inducing volunteers (sometimes 1-by-1), I avoid this simply because I find that long and boring (as do many performers/audience members).

I lose volunteers because I’m most interested in weeding out the somnambulists from the moment I’m on stage. The new induction process I began implementing in 2017 is typically 5-8 minutes long and helps me quickly identify who’s most mentally engaged in the process.

While I always invite a large number of audience members to take part, I lose many of them in the induction process usually due to one of the following…

  1. They over analyze the process and talk themselves out of it
  2. They get into it before their defense mechanism kicks in (often making them laugh themselves awake)
  3. They (or a friend) aren’t sure it’s working and whisper to each other
  4. They experience hypnosis before bring themselves out of it due to their friends reactions
  5. They’re having troubles concentrating due to various sounds
  6. Etc.



***Minimum Count***

Up-to-date, the least amount of volunteers I’ve had for a full 1 hour comedy stage hypnosis show has always been at least 2. Granted, this week’s video demonstration I only had 1, thought it was a short 15 minute finale to an overall charity performance I was hired to do.

While I mention in this week’s video demonstration that some people mentally talked themselves out of the experience once they saw their friends not complying, there was actually a host of things I was able to read when looking at people’s faces and body language.

  1. While I was under the impression all eyes/attention would be on my during my performance, the event had various other activities taking place. Needless to say, while it’s not difficult to hypnotize one-on-one in noisy environments as discussed in an earlier lesson, its more challenging to get a group of people on the same page mentally with so much surrounding commotion. It appeared some were having to put in extra effort to tune everything other than my voice out of their mind.
  2. The music I wasn’t sure the crew would even be able to play, came on at a random time during the beginning of my induction. This threw a few volunteers off and I could see it in their faces when they appeared confused for a second or found it humorous it randomly started playing.
  3. I saw a few people in the front row having difficulty simply relaxing and chuckling while trying to whisper to their friend next to them, therefore breaking their friend’s trance as well.
  4. Despite getting a few volunteers to relax, upon waking everyone up, several in the front row managed to sit up on the floor after being told they would feel stuck. I watched as some women had legitimate difficulty sitting up before looking at their friends, telling themselves they were the only “stuck” one out of their friends, then breaking their own trance as if to “stay connected” with their clique versus enjoying their experience.

While I read all of this within a few minutes, I realized there were numerous measures that could’ve been taken to help keep several volunteers…

  1. Request other activities be halted until the end of my show to enable an environment which volunteers could concentrate easier.
  2. Focus on certain volunteers individually that appeared to have difficulty during the induction while letting the somnambulist enjoy herself.
  3. Better prepare my music situation (and the hookups) before the official start to ensure a smooth transitioning

These are just to name a few in addition to prove that I, Jon Wayes, Professional Vegas-trained Hypnotist still make mistakes (even after performing coast-to-coast for 6 years).

Post-show demonstrations could also be provided to those who were unable to achieve a successful state of hypnotic phenomena. This helps them achieve their own personal experience (and enjoy it) on top of the big performance you just hosted for the whole audience (making everyone happy).

This week’s video demonstration shows how I still manage to rock my finale with 1 volunteer…


Always show up to your venue early to go over detailed specifics and ensure everything is in place for you to perform a successful hypnosis show. It doesn’t take long and can certainly help you avoid numerous mishaps or instances that can break the trances of even the most willing people.

Also, remember that the outcome of your job is your responsibility. In the same way that someone under hypnosis could experience an abreaction which you’d need to attend to, someone failing to achieve a state of hypnosis (let alone hypnotic phenomena) is something that lays on your shoulders. As I often say, read the situation and their body language and consider what angle may be best to re-approach the situation from.

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