3 Types of Hypnosis Inductions

Section 1: Purpose

Fun Fact: This week’s free hypnosis training lesson is partially influenced by my need to challenge myself.

When rehired for a venue, I do what I challenge myself to develop new material. As anyone who’s seen my Cliche Hypnosis Tour knows, I pride myself on creating what I call “New-Age” hypnosis shows.

These consist of elements that twist the cliche routines many Hypnotists are known for performing into fresh material few (if any) Hypnotists are doing.

Since this week’s lesson covers inductions, I’ll provide the example of my FaceTime induction. While the average Hypnotist may temporarily use the help of an audience member to hypnotize their volunteers, I modernize the process.

As taught in HypnoKick’s “How To Hypnotize With FaceTime” lesson, I invite someone from the audience to FaceTime someone they know that’s not at the show. I then have the person on FaceTime help me hypnotize my volunteers with simple instructions.

Since audiences are used to the cliche methods Hypnotists have used through the years, the rarely expect technology to be incorporated (let alone in this manner).

As a result, this was one of many factors that led High Schools and Universities across the United States to rehire me for years. With hours of market research, some brainstorming & a bit of tweaking later, I eventually manifested Cliche (the “New-Age Hypnosis Show”).

I am, yet again, in the process of developing my next “New-Age Hypnosis Show” after getting rehired for a High School Prom in Minnesota for the third consecutive year. I’ll cover some of the details in this lesson shortly.

The other reason this week’s free hypnosis training lesson is important is because I remembered a discrepancy between HypnoKick’s “Why Your Inductions Don’t Matter” and “How To Hypnotize Jewish Parties” lessons.

Section 2: Induction Types

Induction Type 1 (Verbal): This induction is where you use nothing other than your words to induce someone into relaxation (aka hypnotize them). This was also the main influence to the discrepancy mentioned above. While the “Why Your Inductions Don’t Matter” is technically true, I realized it may send conflicting messages to amateur Hypnotists in comparison to “How To Hypnotize Jewish Parties”. In short, the Jewish community is very devout and they have a strict rule in which men are not allowed to touch women. After conversation with a client (who put me through a 3 or 4 phase interview process before choosing me to entertain his community’s Hanukkah event), I learned two things. The first was that to remain fully safe in the eyes of the community, he wanted me to focus on primarily hypnotizing the boys and men at the party (not the women). If I recall correctly, this was because they didn’t like the idea of putting girls or women in a situation in which they could be seen as anything other than lady-like figures to be respected and not thought of in any inappropriate manner. The second thing was that men are not allowed to touch women (unless they’re married). Needless to say, having grown up taught it was polite to shake hands with the elders I encounter and call them “Sir” and “Ma’am”, I continuously felt out-of-place every time I forgot I shouldn’t offer my hand when greeting women and them leaning back in subtle shock. With this in mind, I was instructed to construct a show primarily for the boys in the audience and keep things as verbal (versus physical) as possible with the boys that would end up on stage. Interestingly, there was a young girl (may between the ages of 10 and 14) who was hypnotized during my verbal induction. To play it safe, I woke her out of trance, thanked her for taking part but mentioned it was best if she didn’t take part. All this to say, when performing for a certain group of people with specific religious or community-based beliefs/rules, you should absolutely tailor your inductions to those details. It’s in those scenarios your inductions matter and can be the difference between conducting a great comedy hypnosis show for all to enjoy and performing in a manner that may insult or conflict with someone’s/people’s religious or community-based lifestyle.

Religious restrictions aside, verbal inductions are also a great way to start your journey as a Hypnotist in general. It automatically eliminates the fear so many aspiring Hypnotists have, which is to figure out which inductions to use in which situations. By default, you’re left with the task of doing your job as a Hypnotist (aka guiding them through a relaxing experience). This was the main reason I wrote the “Why Your Inductions Don’t Matter” lesson. It was to help growing Hypnotists realize that the induction is just theatrics. Unless it’s verbal, it’s purpose is entertainment-based because it’s not truly needed for your volunteer(s) to achieve the experience they’re striving for. Your volunteer(s) want to be relaxed, possibly even experience hypnotic phenomena. To achieve either, all you’re required to do is guide them with your voice. This is partially why HypnoKick teaches THIS technique in its free book “4 Steps To Hypnotize Anyone”. It’s to help you begin mastering the basics, so if/when you choose to elevate your knowledge/skills, you have a solid foundation you can build upon. You’re not required to immediately perform a flawless shock/instant/rapid induction to create a successful (and memorable) experience for your volunteer(s). Remember that!

This also eventually became my go-to induction for my Cliche tour. Instead of getting a few people on stage, I’d use my voice to hypnotize and relax the whole room before testing who was actually hypnotized. This approach actually helped me:

  1. Immediately spot who desired the experience (because they’d be slumped over in the audience).
  2. Psychologically weed out the fakers and jokers (by psychologically tricking them without their conscious awareness).
  3. Ensure who ever ended up on stage stayed on stage (versus most Hypnotists who invite people up and then kick the non-response off).

Induction Type 2 (Physical)

If you’re naturally comfortable jumping into physical inductions (or are ready to progress from the verbal inductions), then hands-on inductions may be for you.

Again, this is where additional theatrics come into play. Due to some of the risks involved with the different hands-on inductions, it’s best for a beginner to either study a thorough home-training program or (best option) learn directly from a Professional Hypnotist.

One of the first hands-on inductions I learned was called ZAP. It’s also known as a handshake induction. It’s where, by the shake of someone’s hand, you can hypnotize them. This does, however, come with some physiological concerns that put you, the Hypnotist, at risk. For example, if the person has wrist joint issues, arthritis or was recently in an accident, any of those factors could cause them to have a negative reaction to your tugging their hand/arm during a handshake induction.

This is one of the many reasons my go-to induction for people I don’t know is the handshake interrupt (taught in HypnoKick’s Members Area). This method is like the handshake, minus the tugging of their hand/arm. In this case, you simply bring their hands up and hypnotize them. One of the only issues I’ve experienced with this is people sometimes think you’re going to hit them in the face with their own hand. Simply reassure them you won’t.

The Cross is a classic (not sure what its actual name is off the top of my head). It’s like an eye test in the sense of pointing in the direction you want your volunteer to look, telling them to look in that direct and then immediately changing direction when they do. This is done having them look right, left, up and down. Progressively getting faster until you finally give them the quick command to look down (while pointing down) and then snapping your fingers while commanding “Sleep!” Unlike this inductions above, this would work better as a re-induction versus an initial induction. Unless you conditioned them before hand to accept whatever inductions you plan to use, my experience has been that people will become hesitant/confused if commanded to “Sleep!” without having initially experienced the full process. Best executed in most situations, in my opinion, via the handshake interruption induction described above.

Hand drop is a classic in which you have the person press the palm of their hand down on your face up palm. Instruct them to push harder and harder down second by second until you can tell they’re putting real effort in. When you feel yourself having to resist a good amount of their downward pushing, quickly dropping your hand down and commanding “Sleep!”. Due to the built up pressure from their hand push, their hand and arm will drop for a moment, causing their body to move forward/slump. This physical reaction to your hand drop, in combination with your command, will cause them to immediately drop into the famous slumped over position people are used to seeing volunteers in when hypnotized. Much like The Cross technique, however, this is another induction best used as a re-induction unless you’ve already conditioned the person to react accordingly.

Induction Type 3 (Technical)

After a few years of tweaking Cliche, I incorporated audience’s cellphones into my show as a test. Would I be able to use someone else’s cellphone to hypnotize one of my volunteers mid-show?

My friend/colleague Hypnotist Chris Jones had already been using a variation of this idea for years. He would take someone’s phone, type “Sleep” into it and show it to his volunteer on stage. People would gasp in amazement when the volunteers would re-enter hypnosis.

Since the typical Hypnotist gives an audience member the temporary “power” to hypnotize a volunteer, I thought it would be more interesting for someone who wasn’t at my show to hypnotize all my volunteers. I brainstormed and soon tested my FaceTime induction idea & it worked flawlessly!

I’ve have since incorporated technology (mainly phones) as a way to both hypnotize people as well as dictate what they’ll do during the show. While all these methods have proven successful (and interesting to my clients and their guests), it’s time for me to walk my talk again. By that, I mean do my market research to ensure my new upcoming tour is truly unique compared to what other Hypnotists are doing.

To provide some insight into my creative process, I’ve already incorporated certain social media apps into my Cliche tour. I’m labeling my next tour “Limitless”, with the goal of simultaneously breaking free of the limits most Hypnotists have placed on their own shows as well as challenging myself to expand my New-Age performance even further. Some examples being:

  1. Perform a mass induction (Mass Hypnosis). I already do this but am now brainstorming an approach that would utilize social media in a manner I’ve not yet seen.
  2. Utilize more venue space (room-wide hypnosis show). I’m already a Hypnotist that starts and ends their show within the audience, which throws most audiences a curve ball. Additionally, I bring the show directly into the audience at times to break the old-fashioned ideology that stage hypnosis is meant to stay on stage. While audiences in the past several years have loved this aspect of my show, I’d like to expand upon it.
  3. Audience-controlled performances. While I have already tested a slew of methods to give my audiences the rare opportunity to control a live show they’re watching, I’ve recently thought about tapping into a technological service that enables countless people to personally interact with you simultaneously. I’ve not seen or heard another Hypnotist using this technique and am hoping it will become a seamless addition to the Limitless tour!

This week’s video demonstration exemplifies the effectiveness of (and audience’s reaction to) a technical inductions during a corporate show…

Section 3: Conclusion

At the end of the day, make sure whatever induction type you use is (in fact) appropriate for the situation you’ll be using it in. Also, don’t be afraid to challenge yourself on your hypnosis journey to improve on your fundamentals and/or to develop new/safe approaches to your already polished routines/shows.

Because many students express an interest in starting hypnosis or hypnotherapy without knowing the first steps to take, I can’t recommend HypnoKick’s Members Area enough. It helps answer most of the frequently asked questions beginners have while simultaneously helping you over the mental blocks you’ll likely encounter!

Regardless of your goals with hypnosis, our training tab will help you begin achieving all of them when you click HERE 🙂

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