[Virtual] Comedy Hypnosis Critique #3

Section 1: Critiques

Critique #1 (Pre-Show Filler): This specific detail reminds me of when I started my initial training in hypnosis.

I was a highly socially anxious teenager who was afraid to approach anyone for any reason. I also grew up naturally very introverted.

That, combined with seeing how other professionals in other fields held webinars, led me to begin hosting my own virtual events without showing myself before the official event started.

Initially, in my mind, not showing myself on screen before a virtual event started accomplished two things:

  1. It built up energy and hype for the virtual performance I would be giving. It was like forcing a live audience to wait for me to appear on stage (except on screen). This way, when I appeared, everyone knew the event was starting and would fully tune-in.
  2. It helped me avoid feeling responsible to fill any awkward silence between the audience and myself before the event actually started.

To fill this awkward window of quiet time, I started playing music in the background while letting people into the virtual meeting room.

This enabled people to show up and feel some level of energy even if I’m not immediately on screen to greet them.

In turn, I have time to wrap up any last minute pre-show tasks on my end or a few minutes to simply relax in peace without having to socially interact with anyone present for the main event.

Needless to say, if you’re a natural extrovert, this specific part of the lesson is moot. On the other hand, if you’re like me, you’re welcome in advance for my go-to time filler 😉

Critique #2 (Notes): When it comes to virtual hypnosis performances, you have a huge advantage compared to live stage demonstrations.

That advantage being your audience and volunteers have a fixed perspective of you.

This means you can create yourself notes/scripts for your safety precautions and/or routine ideas.

If you’re concerned it’ll make you appear unprofessional, think about the various authority figures in history who have given public speeches. Many of them either typed their own speech or had a professional copy writer write their speech on their behalf.

It helps them:

  1. Stay on track
  2. Avoid brain farts
  3. Sound professional
  4. Properly and thoroughly convey their primary points
  5. Fully deliver without forgetting specific details
  6. Etc

Even if you just write down summarized bullet points of what you know you need/want to cover, you’ll find you jog your memory more quickly and effectively (delivering your points more confidently as a result).

What’s more, if you’re just starting out and hosting virtual events, it’s highly unlikely anyone will walk away from the experience you provided them focused on the fact that your eyes darted to the side a few times throughout your performance.

Humans are emotional creatures who remember experiences based on how they made them feel. As long as you provide a quality and stress-relieving experience, your audience/volunteers won’t give a second thought to where your eyes darted throughout your show.

As someone who still experiences brain farts mid-performance at times, I can confirm it’s better to have back-up notes on-hand (or somewhere near by) and not need them, than to find yourself in a position where you could use them and don’t have them.

Critique #3 (Mic Configuration): This almost goes hand-in-hand with ensuring your audience and volunteers all have a solid connection to your virtual meeting space and everyone can properly see and hear each other pre-show.

I’ll sometimes call people by the name they logged on with just to ensure they can hear me but to also ensure I can hear them crystal clear.

If I’m unable to hear them as well as they seem to hear me, I’ll simply request they tweak things on their end to make sure I can properly hear them.

While this may seem like a menial detail, communication is key. If you can’t fully understand what someone is saying, that could lead to potential issues later in your performance if they have an abreaction or are trying to convey something and you’re unable to fully understand them.

It’s both a convenience and a safety factor.

Critique #4 (Number Amnesia): While a classic routine, Kendall approached it a bit differently.

She insinuated she wanted her volunteers to could from one to ten on their fingers and that they would end up missing a number in the process.

However, she didn’t reinforce the need for them to use their physical fingers as guides to help them count.

If you’re looking for an immediate reaction, you’ll want to reinforce the need for your volunteers to count using their fingers specifically. Otherwise you may receive the same lackluster reaction Kendal initially got in the video demonstration below.

This is because without a visual reference in front of their face, the volunteers may not fully process what they’re experiencing.

As seen in the second half of this specific routine, Kendall manages to provoke much stronger vocal and physical reactions from her volunteers once they physically use their hands to guide themselves through the experience.

Critique #5 (High Five Re-induction): My first ever mentor, Anthony Jacquin, said that the induction is the sexiest part of hypnosis.

It looks dramatic and therefore, from the perspective of your audience, impressive (especially when done to one of their peers).

That said, even an induction can act like a comedic story in terms of delivery. Deliver the story well and the audience immediately roars with laughter. If your deliver is off, however, some may not fully react (or get it at all).

With that in mind, I’d only make the following change to the build up of the re-induction:

“I want you to position your hands in front of you like this (position your hands with your palms facing each other inches apart). When I clap/say ‘GO’/count to 3, I want you to give yourself a high-five. The second you do, you’ll immediately re-enter hypnosis (proceed with clapping/saying ‘GO’/counting to 3).”

Trance Termination: I don’t have a critique for her using the word “up” in repetition as a way to bring volunteers out of trance.

To be frank, it simultaneously threw me for a loop and intrigued me the first time I heard her do it.

I’m actually hoping it helps inspire whatever aspiring or growing Hypnotists that follow HypnoKick to create their own unique inductions and trance terminations.

We all have our own unique personalities and ideas from which amazing things can flourish. Don’t be afraid to tap into your creativity and test things out. For all you know, you may develop an amazing (if not revolutionary) approach to something that either sets you apart from most Hypnotists and/or becomes the go-to technique more Hypnotists start utilizing!

Section 2: Conclusion

At the end of the day, no growth or improvement comes from hiding. The sooner you put yourself out there and simply try a basic induction, relaxation technique or comedy routine, the sooner you’ll reach your hypnosis-related goals.

The only person holding you back from your success is yourself. Your mind is your most powerful asset. Unfortunately, many of us allow ourselves to be held back by negative outside influences or our own fear, doubt and inhibitions. However, in the same way that it’s our decision to fear and not try, it’s also our decision to try and succeed. As one of my mentors recently told me, “You are the problem AND you are the solution”.

For more help and guidance on your path, go here 🙂

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