How Does Stage Hypnotism Work?

by Raggi on May 19, 2011

Have you ever witnessed stage hypnotism before? If not, you are in for a real treat! Stage hypnotism is a form of entertainment where unsuspecting volunteers come out from the audience to be hypnotized in front of an audience.

Stage hypnotism is intended for entertainment purposes only and is very different from hypnotherapy like I practice. A stage hypnotism performer is often self-trained or has no formal training in the art whatsoever. By contrast, a person must be licensed and certified to practice hypnotherapy. In both forms of hypnosis, the individual is placed into the same state of deep relaxation and suggestibility, but what happens next is completely different.

After several minutes of stage hypnotism, the mesmerized volunteers begin to speak and act based on the hypnotist’s commands. Sometimes they’ll bark, sing, pretend they’re madly in love with another subject or believe their hand is talking every time they hear a certain trigger word. X-rated hypnotists might have guests act drunk and aroused or interact with blow up dolls and other props.

In a standard hypnotherapy setting, you will not do anything embarrassing like that. Instead, you will just relax in your comfortable chair as I ask you very serious questions about your life, your emotions and your beliefs. By the end of the session, you will make substantial progress in whichever area you choose – be it dealing with grief, overcoming a nicotine addiction or getting past a debilitating phobia.

People who are interested in learning how to perform stage hypnotism would benefit from reading the works of Ormond McGill, the “Dean of American Hypnotists.” He even offers a home study course, which has led many stage hypnotists to successful careers. On the other hand, if you would like to learn more about how hypnotherapy can help you live a more satisfying life, I’d be happy to meet with you. I’m a qualified hypnotherapist in the sw19 area.

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