Section 1: Magic
The art of deception in the name of entertainment. Magic has been around for 1000’s of years and, thanks to the internet, has become a feasible source of income for many who’d rather entertain than “join the system”.
For those new to HypnoKick, I started HypnoKick explaining how I went from aspiring Professional Magician to the New-Age Hypnotist most venues now recognize me as.
Having grown up learning, performing and eventually developing my own magic tricks, there’s an interesting link between magic and hypnosis.
While magic is about patter (dialogue/story telling) combined with presentation (theatrically performing at the right angles), hypnosis is purely psychological and backed by science.
To make sure your magic show is on-point and the audience doesn’t figure out the secrets to your tricks, you want to practice, practice, practice.
Now comes my time to confess: I spent last week stressed over a magic show I was hired to perform that I didn’t properly plan or practice for. As a result, I failed to upload HypnoKick’s regular free weekly hypnosis lesson last Friday.
As per this week’s video demonstration below, I performed a variety of magic, mentalism and almost psychic-like effects for a High School After Prom event in Iowa.
The challenge came when I learned they wanted a 90 minute show. To-date, my “magic” show (primarily consisting of mentalism-based effects), have only been up to 60 minutes long AND follow a strict story line.
Since I was on vacation the week leading up to the show, I was stressed figuring out how to extend the show an additional 30 minutes. This meant:
- Finding new tricks that work well on stage
- Deciding where to incorporate said new tricks in the show
- Making sure the show’s story still made sense with those tricks
Longer-story-short, I ended up performing a nearly 80 minute magic show, incorporated 3 of the 4 new tricks I invested in for the show and pleased the principle, staff and main organizer enough to get paid.
If you’re reading this wondering how this relates to hypnosis, let me explain…
Section 2: Hypnosis
Want to host a great quality hypnosis performance? Here’s an applicable pro tip for anyone at any level: Map it out and rehearse!
Step 1 (Mapping it out): While on vacation, I made notes in my phone regarding what trick I wanted to start the show with and what trick I wanted to wrap the show up with.
You can take this same approach by taking 30-60 minutes to map out what hypnosis routines you’d like to start and end your show with. Start with some classics that you’re familiar with and comfortable enough to perform.
Example: Start with some classic suggestibility tests. Once you’ve found and invited your most responsive volunteers on stage, re-induce them and command them to react to either (1) a sad/happy/scary movie or (2) a fart that the person next to them let out.
Once you have these first few ideas mapped out, let your imagination run wild and see what you can’t branch off of. One of HypnoKick’s earlier lessons provides a great example of command stacking. Use this concept to build upon whatever routines you’ve already mapped out.
Step 2 (Cheat sheet): This is something that I really wish I would’ve done the evening before my show. This would have helped me better solidify Step 1 in my mind AND kept me on track mid-performance.
Personally, my mind often derails from one main topic into countless subtopics that may eventually have little (if anything) to do with the main topic. Needless to say, I was still ill-prepped, stressed and still didn’t have a physical cheat sheet to reference for my show…so I had to improv.
If, however, you’re wiser than myself, you’ll create a cheat sheet after finishing Step 1. It’s said that writing down your aspirations/goals/to-do lists helps solidify them in your mind and manifest them in your life. For the sake of this lesson, it will at least help you remember the routines you wanted to perform and in what order to perform them.
Best way to create a cheat sheet is to use a small piece of paper and write down a summarized version of what you mapped out.
Here’s an example…
- (Performance Map): Perform Suggestibility Tests. (Cheat Sheet): Tests.
- (Performance Map): Sad/happy/scary movies. (Cheat Sheet): Movies.
- (Performance Map): React to a fart mid-movie. (Cheat Sheet): Fart.
That cheat sheet helps you to simultaneously remember what routines you want to perform, in what order to perform them and naturally integrates command stacking (3 birds with one stone).
For anyone wondering why I wouldn’t just use the same phone I mapped my show out on as my cheat sheet, the answer is simple: My phone is my camera.
Since this was more of a last minute show, getting my regular Videographer to tag along was much more difficult. As a result, I had to make sure my phone was available and charged to record the performance start-to-finish.
Step 3 (Rehearsal): After completing steps 1 and 2, you can take extra precaution by rehearsing your mapped out show with the help of your cheat sheet.
Start with the very beginning (suggestibility tests) and move onto your first routine or two. See how far you can rehears before you need your cheat sheet. After reviewing your cheat sheet, start from the very beginning again and rehearse as much of your show as you can again.
Similar to how practicing a magic trick will help you master it and impress others, practicing your hypnosis approach, patter and transitions from one routine to another will help you feel more confident on the day of the show.
Still, don’t be afraid to bring your cheat sheet along. Should nerves get the best of you on the day-of, having your summarized bullet points ordered out for you will help keep you on track to host a great quality show.
Lastly, don’t feel bad, down, less than or like an amateur if you feel more comfortable bringing a cheat sheet to your first (or first few) shows. As long as you stick to your cheat sheet and your volunteers enjoy their experience (and the client/audience) laughs, everyone will be happy.
The client just wants to ensure you provide their guests with a positive and joy-filled experience. They won’t judge you (or care) that you referenced a cheat sheet a few times to stay on course and ensure their enjoyment.
In this week’s video demonstration, you’ll see me walk behind and around the table that my tricks laid on as well as hear me rambling between tricks. This was because I was constantly wondering:
- What trick I should do next since I lacked a cheat sheet
- How do I verbally connect what I just did to what I’ll do next
- Which tricks am I forgetting that I could do instead
- Will this story line make sense or will they even care
Section 3: Conclusion
Map it out, create a cheat sheet and (for extra measure) rehearse. Doing the first two will set you up for success. Doing the third will help solidify it.
I’ll admit, I’ve become a hypocrite to this specific lesson. I stopped planning so much and realized it’s more fun to give the audience some power to steer the show with their ideas/suggestions. I’ve since doubled down on this approach and have a brand new show that consists of the audience steering the show and me incorporating my personal improv where I see fit.
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