Section 1: New Style + Update
After over 3 years of publishing free hypnosis lessons weekly, I was surprised to realize I’ve never done a Q&A-style blog.
While a plethora of HypnoKick’s lessons are inspired by questions I’ve received from both HypnoKick students as well as general hobbyists, I wanted to make a lesson focused solely on the questions you had.
Knowing how many follow me on social media, I asked people on certain platforms to give me their most pressing hypnosis-related questions.
Before we jump into the actual Q&A however, I feel a sense of responsibility to keep any/all actual performing Hypnotists up-to-date regarding the novel coronavirus situation.
If you’re a Professional Hypnotist in the United States, like myself, you have officially been included in the new $2 million stimulus package.
This means you should received a lump sum check of $1,200 if your annual earnings last year were $75,000 or less. This also applies to other gig workers as well, whether you’re a:
- Fire Breather/Spinner
If you’re just doing hypnosis as a hobby, you’re married, have any children and/or made more than $75,000 last year, you can see how much your lump sum check should be by visiting the New York Times.
With the dreadful topic of COVID-19 out of the way, let’s jump into your questions…
Section 2: Q&A
Q: How do you hypnotize someone? In essence, you (as the Hypnotist) are merely guiding someone through the natural process of relaxation. Since hypnosis, in/of itself, is merely a state of mental/physical relaxation, it’s usually rather easy to hypnotize someone by having them focus breathing exercises alone. While guided imagery can help and is a technique I’ve included in the past, I’ve personally stepped away from it in recent years. Reason being, while I myself have been able to use my creative mind to sometimes create vivid imagery with my eyes closed, I’ve learned not everyone has mastered this practice. Therefore, I now primarily focus on specific breathing techniques and simultaneously help them relieve their physical tension. As far as specifics go, I teach you exactly how to hypnotize in anyone in HypnoKick’s free eBook 4 Steps To Hypnotize Anyone.
Q: How long have you been on your path as a Professional Hypnotist? I started performing stage hypnosis shortly after my Vegas training 9 years ago. I was a teenager attending University and only weeks after my Vegas training I was hired to entertain a house party graduation. Shortly after that I was hired for my first festival performance. Both events were self booked since I had little clue what I was doing and no agent to help me. After getting into my 20’s, I finally did my first High School After Prom Hypnosis Show. Few years after that I began performing at Universities. Long-story-short, I’ve now been touring from coast-to-coast to both entertain private events, public gatherings and to record YouTube episodes.
Q: What does it mean if someone is easily hypnotized? Short answer: They’re a somnambulist. A somnambulist is someone that’s (1) naturally engaged with their creative minds and (2) has a higher than average IQ. I know many people will self deprecate or make fun of a family member/ friend/ colleague regarding that last part. Truth is, in comparison to someone who’s actually diagnosed with an intellectual disability, people who claim to be “too smart/strong minded” can be the easiest to hypnotize. Reason being is that when I say you need a “higher than average IQ”, I simply mean you need to be able to follow and not divert from simple instructions. You’d be surprised the amount of people I’ve encountered that will open their eyes after I’ve said, “Alright now, close yours eyes and take a deep breath in”. Some people open their eyes immediately after closing them and I’m thinking, “Seriously? Did I ask you to open them? *mental face palm*”. Some of those with intellectual disabilities literally can’t make sense of the purpose of such a process. That’s understandable and excusable. This is why, unless they approach me with a genuine interest in and willingness to follow my guidance, I ignore those ignorant enough to say they’re “too smart/mentally strong”. I’ve hypnotized people from the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. Now those individuals are heavily disciplined and conditioned. Granted, some of them by nature have a guard up and won’t immediately drop into hypnosis like others I’ve worked with. This isn’t an issue. Just like going to the gym has the potential to help you improve your physical image, multiple hypnosis sessions has the potential to help you achieve somnambulism. This is why Hypnotherapists, for example, will suggest several sessions. Either you drop into hypnosis effortlessly and can be helped quickly or you need a few sessions to condition yourself to do so.
Q: Are there any risks when hypnotizing someone with autism/adhd? Not if the Hypnotist in question has a good practice. For example, years ago when I was practicing hypnotherapy, I spoke with one of my friends who was in university about doing hypnotherapy session with them. My goal was to help them with their ADHD. Since we had already known each other for years, I knew their health history well enough to know she wouldn’t have an abreaction. Weeks after the hypnotherapy session I learned they temporarily stopped taking their medication because they felt balanced. While this wasn’t something I told them to do, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t impressed with the results. I’d later find out they were a somnambulist. It’s my personal theory that, had he scheduled more sessions together, I may have been able to help them live a regular life without having to take medication every single day. However, I was still young. learning and hadn’t spoken with their doctor, so I had no issue with their choice to start using their medication again. Had I not known them so well, I would’ve treated the situation with the same advice I would give any Hypnotist approached by someone with autism/ ADHD/ ADD/ PTSD/ OCD/ Etc, get direct permission from the individual’s personal doctor to hypnotize them. On the other hand, if the person wanting to get hypnotized and is underage, their guardian’s permission should suffice. I had one situation at a wedding I was entertaining in August 2019 where an older boy wanted to get hypnotize but had a condition he took medication for. After receiving permission from both his parents to fulfill his wish, his hypnosis experience was successful. In the past, I used to collaborate with a local Psychiatrist. If they worked with individuals that wanted help with stress, anxiety, happiness and such on top of what they were seeing the Psychiatrist for, they Psychiatrist would refer them to me. This is an example of only working with individuals you don’t know if their personal doctor gives you the “OK” to do so. If you choose to ignore these safety measures, then you may end up hypnotizing someone with a pre-existing condition. They may experience any number of abreactions as a result, which may potentially lead to a lawsuit against you.
Q: What’s the difference between hypnosis and meditation? In summary, hypnosis is conducted by a Hypnotist while meditation is conducted by you. I’d suggest reading the HypnoKick lesson “Hypnosis vs Meditation“. It was published nearly two years ago but answers this question in great detail.
Q: What are your tips for successfully asking people if they want to volunteer for street hypnosis? Honestly, just ask. At the end of the day, even if everyone rejects you, you still legitimately succeeded. Why? Because you asked. I understand, you want people to say yes because you want to provide them with an amazing experience. However, this is a bit like the dating game in the sense that not everyone wants the experience you have to offer them. I can see how getting rejected to hypnotize someone can be as hard to deal with, at first, as getting rejected to date someone. Truth is, it’s usually the experience they’re unsure of and saying no to, not you. Approaching the person you’d like to have volunteer with confidence (and a sense of understanding) will help. People are attracted (if not at least look up to) confident individuals. It makes them feel they can trust those individuals. Almost as if they have a plan and things will be alright. While HypnoKick has already published on a lesson on rejection, I cover exactly how to approach people, what to say, a psychological pep talk to improve your confidence/success and more in HypnoKick’s Members Area.
Q: What’s your favorite suggestion/routine? Years ago, when I first started showcasing my New-Age Hypnosis Show “Cliche”, I would mention how Hypnotists did a cliche routine of hypnotizing people to speak alien (which was just gibberish). I found a way to make it look like I could hypnotize anyone to seemingly translate any language into flawless English. Needless to say, this quickly become my most talked about routine post-show. It also became controversial enough after including it on my hypnosis promo reel that some university event organizers admitted to hiring me just to see if I could pull it off with their students (which I would). Another funny memory I have is when I incorporated martial arts into my show for the first time. I believe I was hosting a High School After Prom show and hypnotized the students to attack me with their best martial arts moves. That wording was my mistake. Upon waking, they swarmed to me as fast as people recently swarmed stores for toilet paper. It’s admittedly funny to think back to now but in the moment I thought, “Oh shit!”. While I considered it too dangerous after that to keep in the show, I was influenced during a business dinner to incorporate a command phrase that would simultaneously keep everyone safe and generate laughter from the audience. After years of tweaking the routine’s multiple nuances, it’s become (by what I’ve seen) one of the most unique comedy hypnosis skits on the market. After now having hosted Cliche at a plethora of Universities and High Schools throughout the United States, I’m crafting my next New-Age Hypnosis Show. I’ve begun concentrating on new innovative ways to connect with my audiences while providing my volunteers a fresh experience with hypnosis. After including a few pieces of the new production into my “Cliche”, I’m confident in saying the new tour should be fun for everyone.
Q: What’s the most fun scenario you’ve ever done? There’s no one particular scenario that comes to mind. Usually, it’s more so the reactions of my volunteers (or the audience’s reactions to the volunteers’ reactions) that I remember most. For example, when I was still in university, having recently received my hypnosis training, I was invited to hypnotize one of the campus models who did’t believe they could be hypnotized. After only a few minutes, I had her fully hypnotized. When she woke, she was convinced that we had been engaged/married for years. After some talk, she eventually leaned in for a kiss. I snapped my fingers, causing her head to immediately droop down. Her friend was sitting on the couch across from us laughing in disbelief. Understandably, I’m sure that stands out to me since it was the first model I hypnotized (let alone as a teenager) since my training and it was a routine I wasn’t fully confident would work. Someone recently asked me what keeps Hypnotists like myself from using hypnosis to simply get someone like that to be with me. Morals and ethics. Neither, unfortunately, are taken seriously by some as discussed in a past HypnoKick lesson.
Q: Is it dangerous to fall asleep while hypnotized? As mentioned earlier, hypnosis is just mental/physical relaxation at it’s core. With that in mind, one must be mentally/physically relaxed to even fall asleep. By default, it’s only natural if someone becomes so mentally and physically relaxed by a Hypnotist that they fall asleep. So, does that mean it’s dangerous? Of course not. No more dangerous that falling asleep after a long hard day would be. Again, it’s a natural occurrence for your mind and body. Many at this point ask, “What happens if you fall asleep during hypnosis?”. One of two things, both of which I’m willing to guess everyone’s experienced at some point. Either you’ll wake up on your own just as you normally would after sleeping or taking a nap or the Hypnotist will wake you up, just as you may have been woken up by a parent, friend or significant other at some point. That’s really it. There’s nothing to be scared of. When it comes to hypnotherapy, people have asked if it will still be effective should they fall asleep. The answer is yes. Think about it, if you’ve ever fallen asleep with the TV, Netflix, Hulu or another streaming service on, you may have dreamed about what was playing on the screen. That’s because your subconscious mind is always listening to the outside world. Even if you don’t have any dreams, your subconscious is still listening. After all, they say we usually dream multiple times every night but rarely remember them all. Same thing goes for hypnotherapy. Even if you fall asleep, your subconscious mind is still absorbing everything the Hypnotist says.
Q: Is it normal to forget being hypnotized/how does amnesia work? Yes, just as normal as it is for you to forget certain parts of your every day life. We live our day-to-day lives with certain objectives in mind. We remember at the end of each day if we completed a primary objective or not. We may not, however, remember all the details that led up to completing said objective. Say you had to drive to a meeting for example, you may remember how the traffic was, what it was like to find parking and how the meeting itself was. On the other hand, you may not remember the squirrel the ran across the road several car lengths in front of your vehicle while you drove to said meeting. This is because our minds file primary goals and the major stress of beating rush hour traffic to attend that last meeting, for example, in the long-term memory. This is especially true if something occurred in traffic or at the meeting that provoked a strong emotional response within you. Yet, a squirrel running across the road and provoking no emotional reaction from you will likely be stored in your short-term memory to be quickly forgotten. A cliche of comedy stage hypnosis is for the Hypnotist to command full amnesia of the entire show, until you walk off stage. This command tells your mind to create a temporary block for itself so that, upon you waking, you won’t remember anything. Natural somnambulists may naturally experience this phenomena. That’s why it’s important that the Hypnotist, should they incorporate amnesia into their show, leave a trigger for you to “regain” your “lost” memories. Again, the command is usually to remember everything when you walk off stage meaning that the floor leading up to the stage is your trigger. This means when you finally step off stage on to the floor, your mind will use the floor as a trigger to remove the temporary mental block the Hypnotist told it to create and your memories will “flood” back in. The practice of induced amnesia is also used in hypnotherapy to help “scramble” the client’s recollection of the session. This helps ensure they don’t try reverse engineering the session, making it’s purpose moot.
Q: Who was the best person you’ve hypnotized? I’m not sure there’s any one specific person that I can label the “best” I’ve hypnotized. Generally speaking, I’m always looking for the somnambulists in the room, as they’re most likely to let loose, have fun and make the show a positive and memorable experience for everyone attending. As far as famous people I’ve hypnotist, so far I can only claim my friend Hypnotist Chris Jones. For those unaware, he was the one who hypnotized Howie during their season 10 premier of America’s Got Talent. I’ve also hypnotized TikTok Psychology Girl and YouTuber OnlyJayus several times now. It’s bumming because I’m literally supposed to be in Los Angeles, California right now filming a major project with her and other influencers. Alas, as has been the social media parody phrase for weeks now…it’s corona time!
Q: Is it easier to hypnotize someone standing up or sitting down? If you’re just starting out in hypnosis, i’d highly advise hypnotizing people while they’re sitting down. As far as exactly what you should do and say to ensure a well-rounded experience for your volunteer, I’d again advise reading HypnoKick’s 4 Steps To Hypnotize Anyone. If, however, you’re ready for professional guidance in understanding how to hypnotize anyone, anywhere, anytime for relaxation or as a party trick, it’s the first thing you’ll learn inside the Members Area.
Q: Have you ever hypnotized yourself as a famous idol? Not entirely sure what this question is asking. If you’re asking if I’ve hypnotized myself to become my own idol, no. If asking if I’ve hypnotized myself to become a celebrity I admire, no. I’m not much into self hypnosis for comedy purposes. I was hypnotize a lot (especially during my Vegas and San Diego trainings), so I prefer to do the hypnotizing now versus getting hypnotized. If, however, you’re asking if I’ve hypnotized others to believe I’m their idol, yes I have. Not so much in my recent tours since I prefer to provide my volunteers and audiences with an experience they’ve not had before.
Q: Can you hypnotize one of your friends? I did when I first learned hypnosis. There was one night I hypnotized my two childhood best friends for hours in the basement. I literally demonstrated every routine I had been taught, thought of myself or brainstormed in the moment. For years I was the “monkey” who was asked to hypnotize during small hangouts or house parties. It was great practice and I often advise those getting into hypnosis to do the same.
Q: Do you ever hypnotize yourself with your words? While I’ll sometimes verbally talk to myself, especially if doing positive self affirmations, the answer’s usually no. Since I know the process of hypnosis, all hypnotizing myself (aka self hypnosis) would require is me mentally following the steps I normally guide others through.
Q: What’s the craziest thing you’ve hypnotized someone to do? I once hypnotized a friend at university to give me their debit card. I had used another technique to gain their PIN information and, once I got their card, I took money out of their account. Mind you, this was all for a YouTube episode I was shooting while still in university. That’s probably one of the edgiest things I’ve done, let alone on camera.
Q: Is it easier for adults or kids to be hypnotized? Age isn’t as much of a factor as willingness. Regardless of age, if someone isn’t willing to remain open-minded, trust me and take my guidance, their experience will be non-existent. I’ve literally hypnotized kids at festivals and adults at corporate parties. As long as they’re willing to genuinely go along with the experience, not fight my guidance, trust me and remain open-minded versus bull-headed and stubborn, they’ll have a pleasant experience. That said, many times kids, teenagers and young adults are easiest to hypnotize because they want to have fun. They want to partake in anything that allows them to enjoy themselves and not have to worry about the pressures of the world. They care very little, if at all, about the judgement of others and let me guide them through their minds for a stress-relieving, anxiety-reducing, laughter-inducing and memorable psychological journey. Older generations, on the other hand, tend to be more stand-offish. More often than not, my talks with the reveal they’re hesitant because they’re unsure what I’ll make them do. This reason means, which is natural for many, that they fear the judgement of others. I know some Hypnotists that have done skits that have embarrassed volunteers. It’s a shame because it leads many from the general public to believe those things will happen to them.
Q: Can hypnosis be dangerous? As discussed with Sister Marie Morgan in HypnoKick’s lesson Is Hypnosis Evil or Safe, it’s all about the intentions of the Hypnotist. Hypnosis, by itself, is nothing more than a natural tool. It can be used for entertainment (aka comedy stage hypnosis) or therapy (aka hypnotherapy). That said, if a Hypnotist wants to use it for comedy and therapy, they can do so without worry. If a Hypnotist chooses to use it to take advantage of people or situations, then it’s a tool being used by someone with dangerous intentions. However, in/of itself, hypnosis is neither good nor bad, it simply is.
Q: Is there a percentage of people who can/can’t go under? In terms of regular hypnosis (aka mental/physical relaxation), everyone goes “under” at some point (again, that’s how we fall asleep). In terms of comedy stage hypnosis, there’s usually a smaller percentage of any given audience that will “go under”. From that percentage, there’s usually an even smaller percentage of natural somnambulists who enter hypnosis naturally and effortlessly. As previously discussed, there are many variables to will or will not “go under”. Those who will end up on stage are likely to (1) have an interest in the experience (2) remain open-minded enough to achieve said experience (3) trust me enough to guide them through the experience (4) be naturally in-tune with their creative minds (5) easily focus on and follow instructs with ease. These individuals are often the stars of any given stage hypnosis show. I always find it interesting when people tell me they’ve never seen their family member/ friend/ colleague act the way they did during my show because “that’s not them”. What they fail to realize is that’s exactly who that person is. Hypnosis is like alcohol in the sense that it helps people come out of their shells and express their true, genuine, colorful, inner personalities without inhibition.
Q: What is one of your favorite things to do? While, as stated earlier, I’ve been a major fan of my martial arts and language translation routines, I currently enjoy creating new shows that, from beginning to end, can both incorporate and be enjoyed by audiences and volunteers alike. I most enjoy the reactions my volunteers have to new skits I create or how the audience responds to the volunteers’ reactions. Whenever I can take my volunteers on a brand new journey and invite audiences to take part in influencing that journey, I’m happy. Even if something doesn’t work out according to plan, sometimes a simple tweak or two is all that’s needed to manifest what audiences may consider to be their favorite routine.
Section 3: Conclusion
Woah… that was a lot, did you get it all? This certainly took more time than the average HypnoKick lesson but I’m also happy there were so many questions I could help answer for you.
As you may have noticed throughout this week’s blog, I did a lot of referencing to past lessons. With most of us being quarantined, I invite you to read through Hypnokick’s old lessons from 2-3 years ago. Especially if you’re new here, there are over 12 pages of free hypnosis lessons you’re bound to find the answer(s) to your question(s) in.
As always, regardless of your path with hypnosis, hobbyist or aspiring professional, HypnoKick will help you achieve your goals 🙂