When I get calls from clients who are looking for new and different party entertainment for events, I usually get asked, "How does a hypnotist comedy show work?"
A lot of people have seen a hypnotist show before but all they really remember is that there were people on stage who went to "sleep", then woke up and started doing funny things.
What they don't see is the psychological set-up and planning that goes into making a comedy hypnotist show successful.
There are 5 processes that must occur for a comedy hypnosis show to end with a rousing standing ovation.
Hypnotist Comedy Show Process #1 must take place starts weeks before the stage hypnotist even begins his amazing entertainment. And that is the promotion of the hypnosis show in the first place.
Since the general public still wonders if comedy hypnosis shows are real and are leary of hypnotists because they believe hypnosis is some kind of mind control, people must be informed well in advance that the entertainment at their event will be a hypnotist comedy show.
This allows people to get over the initial shock and surprise of the idea and begin to consider what it would be like to volunteer to be hypnotized in the hypnotist show.
Hypnotist Comedy Show Process #2 begins at the entertainment event where upbeat trancy music may be played to get people into the right frame of mind. The hypnosis show stage will be already set with chairs lined up waiting for volunteers and banners showing the stage hypnotist displayed nearby for the audience to get aquainted with.
Hypnotist Comedy Show Process #3 begins with the carefully worded introduction of the comedy hypnotist. The MC will be given a prewritten introduction that contains certain phrases designed to put the audience at ease and build the authority of the hypnosis performer. From there, the stage hypnotist will then take over and use humor as well as NLP (Nuero-Linguistic Langauge Patterns) to explain the hypnotist comedy show and entice the audience members to willingly volunteer to be in the comedy hypnosis show.
Hypnotist Comedy Show Process #4 is the selection of the hypnosis show audience volunteers. The comedy hypnotist will conduct several tests to discover who will make the best subjects and then invite those people to join him onstage to experience full trance hypnosis. Once enough volunteers are hypnotized, the stage hypnotist will then proceed leading them thru a number of fun experiences which will create comedy by way of their personal reactions to these hypnotic situations.
Hypnotist Comedy Show Process #5 happens at the end of the performance. This is when the hypnotist show begins to wrap up and the hypnotist will bring the volunteers out the hypnosis trance, leaving them wide awake, refreshed and feeling better than ever.
So there you have it. These are the 5 processes that must happen to make a successful hypnotist comedy show.
If any of these 5 processes are skipped, ESPECIALLY the first process on the list, the hypnosis comedy show may not be quite as exciting and amazing as it should be and could quite possibly end with no-one being hypnotized.
BUT when these 5 processes are followed, the entertainment results can be absolutely mesmerising and life changing for all people attending your hypnotist comedy show event.
Since many people always ask, "Does hypnosis work?", these real hypnosis stories may shed light on evidence of hypnotic-like phenomena that appears in many ancient cultures.
The writer of the book of Genesis seems familiar with the anaesthetic power of hypnosis when he reports that God put Adam "into a deep sleep" to take his rib to form Eve.
Other ancient records suggest hypnosis was used by the oracle at Delphi and in rites in ancient Egypt (Hughes and Rothovius, 1996).
The modern history of hypnosis begins in the late 1700s, when a French physician, Anton Mesmer, revived an interest in the practice of hypnosis.
1734-1815 Franz Anton Mesmer was born in Vienna. Mesmer is considered the father of hypnosis.
He is remembered for the term mesmerism which described a process of inducing trance through a series of passes he made with his hands and/or magnets over people. He claimed that he worked with a person’s animal magnetism (psychic and electromagnetic energies).
The medical community eventually discredited him despite his considerable success treating a variety of ailments. His successes offended the medical establishment of the time, who arranged for an official French government investigating committee.
This committee included Benjamin Franklin, then the American ambassador to France, and Joseph Guillotine, a French physician who introduced a gruesome device for physically separating the mind/head from the rest of the body.
1795-1860 James Braid, an English physician, originally opposed to mesmerism (as it had become known) who subsequently became interested.
He said that cures were not due to animal magnetism however, they were due to suggestion. He developed the eye fixation technique (also known as Braidism) of inducing relaxation and called it hypnosis (after Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep) as he thought the phenomena was a form of sleep.
Later, realizing his error, he tried to change the name to monoeidism (meaning influence of a single idea) however, the original name stuck.
1825-1893 Jean Marie Charcot a French neurologist, disagreed with the Nancy School of Hypnotism and contended that hypnosis was simply a manifestation of hysteria.
There was bitter rivalry between Charcot and the Nancy group (Liebault and Bernheim).
Charcot revived Mesmer’s theory of Animal Magnetism and identified the three stages of trance; lethargy, catalepsy and somnambulism.
1845-1947, Pierre Janet was a French neurologist and psychologist who was initially opposed to the use of hypnosis until he discovered its relaxing effects and promotion of healing. Janet was one of the few people who continued to show an interest in hypnosis during the psychoanalytical rage.
1849-1936 Ivan Petrovich Pavlov - Russian psychologist who actually was more focused on the study of the digestive process. He is known primarily for his development of the concept of the conditioned reflex (or Stimulus Response Theory). In his classic experiment, he trained hungry dogs to salivate at the sound of a bell, which was previously associated with the sight of food. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology in 1904 for his work on digestive secretions.
Though he had nothing to do with hypnosis, his Stimulus Response Theory is a cornerstone in linking and anchoring behaviours, particularly in NLP.
1857-1926 Emile Coue, a physician who formulated the Laws of Suggestion. He is also known for encouraging his patients to say to themselves 20-30 times a night before going to sleep; "Everyday in every way, I am getting better and better."
He also discovered that delivering positive suggestions when prescribing medication proved to be a more effective cure than prescribing medications alone.
He eventually abandoned the concept of hypnosis in favour of just using suggestion, feeling hypnosis and the hypnotic state impaired the efficiency of the suggestion.
Coue’s Laws of Suggestion
The Law of Concentrated Attention
"Whenever attention is concentrated on an idea over and over again, it spontaneously tends to realise itself".
The Law of Reverse Action
"The harder one tries to do something, the less chance one has of success"
The Law of Dominant Effect
"A stronger emotion tends to replace a weaker one"
1856-1939 Sigmund Freud travelled to Nancy and studied with Liebault and Bernheim, and then did additional study with Charcot.
Freud did not incorporate hypnosis in his therapeutic work however because he felt he could not hypnotise patients to a sufficient depth, felt that the cures were temporary, and that hynosis stripped patients of their defences.
Freud was considered a poor hypnotist given his paternal manner.
However, his clients often went into trance and he often, unknowingly, performed non-verbal inductions when he would place his hand on his patient’s head to signify the Doctor dominant, patient submissive roles. Because of his early dismissal of hypnosis in favour of psychoanalysis, hypnosis was almost totally ignored.
1875-1961 Carl Jung, a student and colleague of Freud’s, rejected Freud’s psychoanalytical approach and developed his own interests. He developed the concept of the collective unconscious and archetypes.
Though he did not actively use hypnosis, he encouraged his patients to use active imagination to change old memories. He often used the concept of the inner guide, in the healing work. He believed that the inner mind could be accessed through tools like the I Ching and astrology.
He was rejected by the conservative medical community as a mystic. However, many of his ideas and theories are actively embraced by healers to this day.
1932-1974 Milton Erickson, a psychologist and psychiatrist pioneered the art of indirect suggestion in hypnosis. He is considered to be the father of modern hypnosis. His methods bypassed the conscious mind through the use of both verbal and nonverbal pacing techniques including metaphor, confusion, and many others.
He was a colourful character and has immensely influenced the practice of contemporary hypnotherapy, and its official acceptance by the AMA.
His work, combined with the work of Satir and Perls, was the basis for Bandler and Grinder’s Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
Since then, there have been many new modern leaders in the field of hypnotism including Steve G. Jones, Jason Linett, Wendi Freisen as well as companies that produce hypnosis downloads audio programs for self improvement
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In fact, they are so memorable that people who have seen one as long as 20 years ago, will still remember how much fun it was to watch other people becoming hypnotized under a hypnotist's spell and doing funny things.
With that begin said, most people today still think that comedy hypnosis shows are faked.
That somehow, the hypnotist has either paid the hypnosis volunteers to do these funny things or that he brings them in by bus and has them act their way thru his or her hypnotist show.
Well, nothing could be further from the truth!
Hypnosis is a natural phenomina that each of us experience every single day and automatically when we go to bed at night.
It's called daydreaming or trance.
And all the hypnotist has to do is lead willing volunteers back into that natural state and they go into hypnosis.
So if you wonder if comedy hypnosis shows are real, it's time to set the record straight.
1ST COMEDY HYPNOSIS SHOW FACT
Some people think that the Hypnotist hires people to play along with his suggestions. Here's what would have to happen to pull that off.
The hypnotist would have to hire 10-20 people to be in his hypnotist show every night.
Even at $50 per person, that cost him $500-1000 dollars every night for wanna be actors to play along in his little hypnosis skits.
Also consider that if he had 10-20 friends to help him out at every show, he would still have to drive them from town to town, feed them and provide accommodations for everyone.
2nd Comedy Hypnosis Show Fact
When you see a comedy stage hypnotist show, you will notice that 10 to 20 people will be asked to volunteer to be in the show.
The comedy hypnotist may do a mindgame test to see who will make the best subjects.
Once this takes place, you may notice that some people refuse to participate which is fine.
Any stage hypnotist who knows what he's doing doesn't want resistant people anyway. The hypnotist will be looking for people who are genuinely interested in expereincing the phenomina of hypnosis in a comedy stage show setting.
So doesn't it make sense to realize that if everyone was "faking it", they would play along with this part of the hypnosis show too?
3rd Comedy Hypnosis Show Fact
During the show, people will slump in their chairs when the stage hypnotist says "SLEEP!"
Grown women and men are naturally reserved when it comes to physical contact in public, and especially at company Christmas party entertainment event, yet you may see them peacefully leaning up against one an other and resting their heads on the shoulder of someone beside them.
I doubt they would do this naturally for a whole 60 minute comedy hypnotist show if they weren't hypnotitzed.
4th Comedy Hypnosis Show Fact
Imagine if you were at a hypnosis show and suddenly, your meek, shy friend, neighbor or family member suddenly started flying around the stage like a super hero and saving audience members from evil villians.
Or maybe a group of people you know suddenly lost thier butts at the snap of the hypnotist's finger and could no longer sit down on their chairs.
Can you explain that?
5th Comedy Hypnosis Show Fact
Some of the top professional comedy hypnotists do what is known in the stage hypnosis show industry as a "post hypnotic suggestion"
What this means is that before the hypnotist wakes his hypnosis volunteers, he will give them a suggestion to do AFTER they are awake.
For instance, the hypnotist may say, after you awaken, if you hear someone say "Peanut Butter", you'll clap your hands 3 times and yell out "Jam".
The is proof positive that the comedy hypnosis show is real because the show is already over so there is no longer any requirement for anyone to keep "faking it". :-)
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Self improvement using hypnosis is usually thought of as a person listening to a digital audio program, mp3, or other type of personal developemnt media, which helps the listener to relax and open up to receive suggestions centered around a specific topic such as increasing your income, dating confidence, weight loss, stop smoking, etc.
Audio hypnosis programs are a great way for you to start experiencing hypnosis and improving your life to become better since you simply listen to them either while you sleep or when you relax
How do you incorporate hypnosis into your self improvement practice?
To be successful with self improvement hypnosis programs, there are certain aspects that should be addressed.
The best hypnosis program you could use for self improvement would be one you create yourself because your would be able to address the exact deeply personal issues that may be sabotaging your personal development.
Unlike general topic audio hypnosis programs, this hypnosis session would be made for the exact personal issue you want to address, including the precise words and phrases that mean the most to you so a "perfect" self hypnosis progam would have to be crafted by the person using it to suit his or her own needs.
This would entail buying recording software, a microphone, learning basic audio enginering and then writing out and recording each hypnosis program script.... And THAT'S A LOT OF WORK!
With that being said, you still can easily use the DIY method (Do It Yourself) because everytime you relax, you go into a hypnotic trance state.
Below is a quick process for using hypnosis for self improvement.
1. Write down in a positive statement ONE GOAL you want to achieve.
EXAMPLE - "I wake up everyday at 6am refreshed, energized and excited to start my day"
2. Find a quiet place to sit and be alone so you can relax without interruption AND TURN OFF ALL DEVICES (phone, computer, tv, radio, etc)
3. Make sure you are sitting NOT lying down (you may fall asleep). Take 3 deep breaths in thru nose and exhale thru your mouth. On the 3rd exhalation, close your eyes.
4. Begin repeating your statement. EXAMPLE - "I wake up everyday at 6am refreshed, energized and excited to start my day". See yourself doing it, feeling it, touching it, smelling it, hearing it.
5. Continue imagining actually expereincing what you want for at least 3-5 minutes. Then take 3 deep breaths in thru your nose and out thru your mouth while smiling and feeling proud of honoring yourself with this incredible gift of using hypnosis for self improvement.
Finally, make a promise to yourself to put the practice of self hypnosis into your daily life and schedule it daily. By doing this, it will become an automatic habit for you.
James "JimmyG" Graham ,C.Ht. is the president of MindPower Presentations Inc
He tours across Canada & the USA demonstrating the amazing powers of the mind in his fun, interactive hypnosis presentation, Hypnotist JimmyG's MindPower Comedy Show!
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And he helps people lose weight, stop smoking and more with his MindPower Programs
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