Section 1: Purpose of Tests
Preface: This lesson is meant to provide insight into a classic suggestibility test for growing Hypnotists, not discourage them from practicing it. While this lesson explains why it’s not my go-to test, it also covers the benefit it still serves practicing Hypnotists.
Now, for those who haven’t reviewed HypnoKick’s lesson on suggestibility tests, a suggestibility test is what Hypnotists use to determine how naturally in-tune with your creative mind you are.
The more in-tune with your creative mind you naturally are, the more likely you will experience the commands a Hypnotist gives you during a show.
Needless to say, I’ve met my fair share of those who say they have little (or no) imagination. However, think about when you were a child and you created your own realities using an imaginative mind.
Granted, whether or not we’ve chosen to suppress said imagination through the years because we viewed it as childish, became jaded by life or forgot about it as we aged, it’s still there (somewhere).
That’s where suggestibility tests come in. They help Hypnotists see just how in-tune (or out of touch) each individual is at that moment in time.
Those who respond well (if not immediately), are likely to be naturally in-tune with that part of themselves frequently & may enjoy expressing themselves abstractly. Those who respond very little (if at all) are likely to be analytical over-thinkers, who dislike the notion of being hypnotized either for fear of judgement from their peers or fear of losing control during the experience.
At the end of the day, comedy stage hypnosis is done in the name of comedy, which involves having fun and allowing individuals to express themselves without the same worry, fear or inhibition many of us allow ourselves to be held back by. This can be the case for street hypnosis and virtual hypnosis.
All that said, it’s my belief that a suggestibility test should strictly test one’s natural ability to tune into their creative mind. After all, that’s going to help me best understand whose mind is most open to being guided through a temporary “alternate reality”, via verbal guidance, for fun.
So the question becomes: What’s a quality suggestibility test to test one’s imagination?
Section 2: Magnetic Hands
Magnetic Hands, while one of the most classic suggestibility tests, is one of the best for testing a person’s imagination.
As a professionally touring Hypnotist, I’d go so far as to say it’s better than Magnetic Fingers.
The primary reason being when anyone does Magnetic Fingers, they’re literally straining their fingers to keep them separated. With all their other fingers tightly interlaced, it’s only natural for their two forefingers to want to be in the same interlaced (“laying down”) position. Thus, by pointing them up and separating them, the person is straining the muscles/tendons/etc in their fingers to keep them separated.
This strain creates a physical stress that:
- Makes their fingers want to physically touch each other again
- Alleviates itself when the fingers finally touch again/“lay back down”
It’s because of this physiological fact that I mentally (if not physically depending on a volunteer’s tone/attitude) roll my eyes when people say either hypnosis doesn’t exist and/or that I must be a phony because their fingers aren’t coming together.
What’s really happening is that person either:
- Doesn’t actually have their other fingers tightly interlaced (which creates the natural tension that makes the forefingers want to touch) or…
- Is purposely focusing on keeping them separated (despite their body’s desire to bring them together), trying to make themselves look “cool” & stealing the Hypnotist’s spotlight to feed their own ego
Despite all the apparent shade I appear to be throwing at Magnetic Fingers, I’ll admit it still serves a purpose as a “convincer”.
For those not well-verses with hypnosis lingo, a “convincer” is something the Hypnotist says in hopes of provoking a reaction out of a potential volunteer. In terms of Magnetic Hands, the Hypnotist can still guide potential volunteers through the demonstration and, using their words alone, try to get some people’s fingers to touch quicker than they typically would without the Hypnotist’s guidance.
Those whose fingers touch quickest/first are likely natural somnambulists and have the greatest chance at being picked by the Hypnotist for the actual hypnosis show.
That said, it’s not uncommon for Hypnotists to follow up Magnetic Fingers with Magnetic Hands (my preferred go to in recent past). Unlike Magnetic Fingers, Magnetic Hands requires potential volunteers to stretch their arms out in front of themselves, palms facing each other, inches away from each other.
The idea is for potential volunteers to tap into their creative mind and vividly imagine their palms being so magnetically attracted to one another that they actually physically touch. Since this test is purely imagination-based, if someone’s hands actually touch, it’s because their creative mind convinced them that their hands were actually magnetized.
Keeping in mind, of course, everyone is born with their own unique psychology and ability to tune into their imaginations. These factors will greatly dictate whose hands feel most magnetized and touch quickest and who is more of an analytical over-thinker.
This isn’t to say those who over analyze or have controlling personalities can’t be hypnotized. They can. My educated guess (based on my personal in-field experience and speaking with others) is they’d best experience hypnosis 1-on-1 with a professional Hypnotist who could tailor the session to their needs & adjust it accordingly (as it progresses) to ensure the best results.
This week’s video interview explains why Elayna & myself prefer magnetic hands but why I chose to do neither for our Omegle collab…
Section 3: Conclusion
If you want a fun/quick party trick to perform as a “convincer”, jump on the Magnetic Fingers wagon. Otherwise, use Magnetic Hands to truly test how naturally in-tune with their imagination your potential volunteer(s) is/are.
As stated in the interview, I’ve become very comfortable with my “induce first and make them laugh afterwards” process. While many Hypnotists are still performing in the classic fashion of suggestibility tests first & induction second, I enjoy operating in reverse.
This approach helps me (1) see who’s most interested in the experience and (2) who’s most naturally in-tune with their creative minds. If I’m dealing with a group of people, virtually or in-person, I’ll incorporate an additional technique (taught in the Members Area) to help me weed out those genuinely hypnotized vs those faking/ joking/ Etc.
If you want to learn that additional technique, some cool party tricks, how to help others or how to become a Professional Hypnotist virtually/in-person, it’s all here 🙂