This week’s free hypnosis lesson provides great insight to aspiring Stage Hypnotists as to what NOT to do.
Note, however, this hypnosis lesson is meant to provide a professional critique on the Hypnotist’s presentation based on my in-field experiences, not to bash them.
For the full unedited version of the hypnosis show this week’s lesson covers, click here.
- Audio: Right off the bat, any viewers of this show may be put off by their need to work at understanding what the Hypnotist is saying. After having entertained High School Proms, Graduations & Pep Rallies, I can say that some PA systems aren’t great. Even when the school I’m entertaining offers their PA system to me, I inform them I’ll test it out upon arrival but will still be bringing my personal PA just in case. This has proved useful a few times. One high school prom organizer admitted they knew practically nothing about their PA system when I arrived (and all I could tell was that it was an older model).
- Safety Precautions: This is an important detail I attempt to drill into the memories of all HypnoKick students (especially invested students). Without laying out any safety precautions before any demonstrations, you automatically set yourself up for legal trouble. I once did a graduation show in Wisconsin where one of the students, while appearing normal, had recently been in a car accident. I mentioned if anyone had been in a car accident recently, they shouldn’t participate as some of the inductions or routines I would perform may have a negative effect on their minds and/or bodies (depending on how their accident affected them personally). While the young man was bummed he couldn’t participate, his father later approached me at a gas station after the show. He thanked me for mentioning the safety precaution because he didn’t want to know what abreactions his son might have experienced had he gotten hypnotized. Since we don’t have an immediately detailed back story on every single person we’ll hypnotize (especially for stage shows), it’s always best to lay out safety precautions before each demonstration. Whether performing for one person or 100’s, the importance of this step helps keep your volunteers physiologically & psychologically safe while helping you avoid potential lawsuits!
- Introduction Time: 5 minutes…maybe 10 minutes…both of these are good time lengths for you to (1) introduce yourself to your audience (2) explain hypnosis and what your potential volunteers can expect (3) lay out your safety precautions and (4) begin your suggestibility tests or the actual show. This gentleman’s introduction speech goes on for about 15 minutes. The average client wants a 60 minute comedy stage hypnosis performance. Performance meaning watching as willing volunteers react to silly commands the Hypnotist gives them throughout the show. If your introduction/pre-talk is taking 15+ minutes, you’re officially providing the client with no more than 45 minutes of entertainment. However, there’s also about 5-10 minutes where you spend time helping your volunteers out of hypnosis and back to their seats in the audience, meaning you’ve really only given your client 35-40 minutes of entertainment. While this particular Hypnotist’s show went on for about 2 hours, the actual comedy act barely starts until 30 minutes in (about 15 minutes of introduction/pre-talk + about 15 minutes of suggestibility tests). In my mind, that’s too long. I’ve even had clients tell me they’ve hired such Hypnotists in the past and prefer the short/concise/to-the-point approach taught in HypnoKick’s Members Area.
- Suggestibility Testing: This is primarily in reference to the above (critique #3). To provide your client the most entertainment value for their buck, try compacting your suggestibility tests into a shorter time frame. This is part of why HypnoKick’s Members Area teaches a non-traditional approach to the suggestibility testing. You learn the psychological reasoning (and effectiveness) of the test I use (spontaneous laughter) before understanding the true power of command stacking with additional suggestibility tests that naturally flow together while weeding out hecklers, jokers, etc. Plus, after speaking with numerous high school students, many have become accustomed to the typical tests and comedy routines the average Hypnotist performers. This is exactly why I developed my New-Age Stage Hypnosis show. From my introduction and suggestibility tests, to the routines and flow of the show, I constructed a show on the opposite of what many audiences have come to expect (and highly advise you to do the same).
- Induction Safety: While safety prevautions help you avoid lawsuits, executing thorough induction safety does similar (while also helping volunteers avoid physiological injuries). At about 36 minutes into this Hypnotist’s performance, he finally starts the actual comedy show. He begins it by having everyone fall into a very deep relaxation (literally and figuratively). While many students are safely seated in chairs, there are a plethora of students standing up. As he induces them, he actually instructs the standing students to safely/comfortably drop to the ground. If this sounds safe to you, let me explain in one word why that’s not entirely accurate: Liability. Just like laying out safety precautions to ensure those with physiological and psychological challenges aren’t put in harms way, assuming that a group of people won’t immediately flop on the ground (potentially slamming their heads into the hard floor) is a liability. Even if one single person were to fully relax/let go of all tension in their body and bang their head on the floor, they could potentially (1) bruise themselves (2) develop a bad headache/physical bump (3) suffer a concussion. I state some of these things from experience, not as a scare tactic. There were times in my first few years of hypnotizing people I thought instructing them to safely drop where they stood would lead to a safe descent. Multiple times people were so relaxed they literally dropped like a heavy bag of sand. I’m fortunate that no volunteers in any of my shows suffered concussions or serious harm, though that doesn’t take away from the seriousness of the situation. The best way to ensure the safety of standing volunteers is to either of crash pads and pillows everywhere (which I’ve rarely ever seen offered) or, more realistically, personally induce and layout the individuals on the floor yourself. You fully ensure their overall safety this way (which is why many Hypnotists, including myself, practice it). Lastly, it looks neat to the audience & if you can incorporate any safe theatrics into your performances, go for it!
- Worn Routines: There’s nothing inherently wrong with the Hypnotist’s routines. Personally, I prefer (and enjoy) avoiding these routines because, again, many people in this day-and-age have either taken part in or seen a few live (or YouTube) hypnosis shows & are used to what I now call “cliche” routines/shows. I was even at a private party performing where someone mentioned a live comedy stage hypnosis show they watched and they nonchalantly waved their hand around while describing their viewing experience. In other words, they weren’t overly impressed with what they saw. Why? Because so many Hypnotists perform the same material (some literally copying routines word-for-word from others). This is, yet again, why I do market research annually. It helps me understand what today’s Hypnotists are doing and thus what to avoid or improve upon. For example, a classic comedy hypnosis routine is to turn people into their favorite superhero (or make one up). I found very few turning volunteers into Martial Artists. So, as a real-life Martial Artist, I began incorporating my uniform into shows and turning volunteers into Martial Artists. I’ve since compounded the routine to have a unique and awesome flow I’ve yet to see any other Hypnotist replicate (that also leaves the audience with an awesome take-away). Interestingly, I’ve noticed at least one Hypnotist adopt a version of part of my show and incorporate into their show. While it was my exact approach in my own show, it serves as proof that keeping an eye on the market and keep yourself up-to-date with it will only help you keep you sharp (if you care about appealing to high-ticket clients as a “New-Age” Hypnotist the way my students & I have).
This week’s video demonstration…
Make sure you have clear audio for both your audiences and recordings, always layout your safety precautions, keep your introduction/pre-talk concise, ensure volunteers’ safety & mix things up (it might lead to a re-booking).
At the end of the day, there’s honestly no one right way to approach your comedy stage hypnosis. There are, however, things you’ll want to avoid doing for the sake of liability and keeping your client happy (and hopefully returning).
Keep this week’s lesson in mind for any future stage shows you perform and, in combination with Stage Hypnosis Training from HypnoKick’s Members Area, you’ll be well on your way to pleasing a slew of high-ticket clients!
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