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You’ve seen them before; stage hypnotists who hold the power to hypnotize a bunch of strangers and entertain the crowd. There are multiple shows (both TV and events) where stage hypnotists charm the audience, pick a few spectators, and use them as their hypnotic subjects.
My favorites include making the participants eat something like an onion they believe is a fruit or making them perform funny actions!
It all makes you wonder, why would someone do something like that? Are they being mind-controlled by the hypnotist? The answer is no.
Many factors come together for hypnosis to be successful.
Though there’s a lot of online information on stage hypnosis you can access in the comfort of your home, the theory part is the first; and very important.
Other than that, consider enrolling in hypnosis course from an expert. The same way reading about swimming isn’t the same as getting in the water and practicing, getting hypnosis practice can help you hone your skills a lot more.
Other than that, this will help you understand how the whole hypnosis concept works!
Before you’re confused about all the aspects involving stage hypnosis, let’s get down to what hypnosis is, and how you can achieve it.
Getting someone in a hypnotic trance may seem like the person is asleep. In reality, the individual is hyper-aware when they are under hypnosis.
A hypnotic trance is nothing new since we all go through different types of trances every day.
When you’re daydreaming or fantasizing, your conscious mind slips away while the subconscious comes to play. This way, you lose track of time or miss out on activities that happened while you were in that trance.
While the conscious mind processes the information relayed to our minds, the subconscious doesn’t put much thought behind the actions. For example, say you have a routine every morning that involve picking your coat, the keys, and then locking the door.
You’re so used to completing the three actions every morning that you don’t remember doing it sometimes – that is the subconscious’ work.
In hypnosis, the trance state is intended to dull your conscious mind and leave the subconscious open to suggestions.
Though the participant appears sleepy, they are focused, very aware, and dissociated from the intense thought process that the conscious mind is capable.
Once you have put an individual in a hypnotic trance, you can proceed to suggest that they perform the various actions you see in popular hypnotic shows.
However, though it seems like the individual has no control over their actions, the hypnotist cannot force them to do something that goes against their will. The subconscious still goes by the individual’s conscience.
You want to market yourself as a true hypnotist should – confident, and able to hypnotize anyone in the audience.
Setting the mood starts with the lighting, music, and the overall introductory tone.
The music can be energetic, and the spotlights can dance around for an exciting and captivating start; once the hypnotic session begins, the lights can be dimmed and the music a bit more ominous.
Already, the audience is captivated before you step on to the stage and are a lot more receptive to the show.
Once you take the stage, it’s time to put psychology into use.
Here, you need to know how to read the crowd and establish a rapport. You can do this by telling stories about your hypnosis experience and how you got into it; charm them with your words, smile, and let the audience have a good time.
You can also engage with them by asking questions – make them questions that involve raising the hands. It’s all about the audience. Engage the audience and have them lose their inhibitions.
Other factors to consider for stage performance:
- Multitasking. Talking in front of a crowd, you need to be fast on your feet and a quick thinker. This also includes a lot of creativity to answer any questions and respond quickly to any unplanned moments
- Confidence. Do you have trouble being the center of attraction? You’ll need to learn how to concentrate and get comfortable up there!
- Presence. It goes hand in hand with confidence. Be articulate and precise – learn how to have that undeniable stage presence
- Attention. While the eyes will be on you for a while, shift the attention occasionally to the audience and then to the volunteers. Again, it is not all about you!
Depending on the amount of work you put into it, stage hypnosis can be rewarding or be a tough experience. Don’t be disappointed when you can’t hypnotize or get some volunteers to focus, thank them for participating, ask them to return to their seats, and try next time.
If you’d learn more about one-on-one hypnosis, check out this Conversational Hypnosis Course that can make it even much easier!