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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Stage Hypnosis - Lesson Two - How to Select Your First Hypnotic Subject?

2.0 How to Select Your First Subject
2.1 Exercise 1: Making a List and checking it twice
2.2 How to guarantee success with your first subject
2.3 Pre-hypnosis Your Guarantee for Success!
2.4 Hypnosis Experiments in the Waking State
2.5 Exercises for Further Learning
2.6 Summary

2.0 How to Select Your First Hypnotic Subject
Questions: How do I select my very first subject? Why are you asking me before I have learned how to hypnotize?
Answers: You need to begin thinking of who you would like to hypnotize. In the next lesson you will learn how to hypnotize and that lesson is coming quick.
Who makes a good first subject?

Everyone wants to be hypnotized!

Yes, even your biggest skeptics want to be hypnotized. However, it's best to find a willing subject first. Even though the temptation is to ask a close friend or relative if they want to be hypnotized, I would wait until you have had many successes under your belt.

Hypnosis is a very subjective state of mind. Belief in your abilities as a hypnotist is the key.  Your close friends may know that you are just starting out and may fail only because they are trying too hard to please you. Or they may fail because deep down inside, they don't believe in your abilities to hypnotize.

On the other hand, complete strangers make the best hypnotic subjects when starting out. If they have never been hypnotized before, even if you have a little knowledge, you are way ahead of them.

You begin by finding strangers in social clubs you may belong to, or people that overhear you talking about hypnosis. Maybe you join a night class at a community college and when someone asks you what you do, you tell them, I am a hypnotist.

Usually the inquiring person will say, "I have never been hypnotized before, will you hypnotize me?"

Then they will ask, "How much do you charge?"

Since you are new and don't really know how to hypnotize much less fix something that is wrong with them, you respond with.  "I will work with you for free.  I have a new technique I am trying out and I need volunteers to work with until I feel more comfortable with it.  When would you like to be hypnotized?"
Then off you go. You have your first willing subject. Since you are not going to charge the person for your service, you will have someone who will work with you.

If you ever decide to become a professional hypnotist and charge money for your services, you have someone that will praise your services, because of the successful experience he had with you.

Keys to Success
Hypnosis involves credibility. Subjects have to believe you have the skill to hypnotize.

Hypnosis involves belief. The person has to believe that something will go on as a result of your personal intervention.

Hypnosis requires rapport with your subjects. They have to trust you and like you. Even if they respond as a great hypnotic subject for someone else, they may not respond to you because they don't like you.   Because all of this is happening at a subconscious level, they may not demonstrate the fact that they like or don't like you.

2.1 Exercise 1: Making a List and checking it Twice
Make a list of places you go to on a regular basis where you may engage in conversation with a stranger.  Remember that strangers will make some of the best hypnotic subjects because they have no reason to doubt your abilities.  Hypnotizing personal friends will work much better once you establish a reputation as a hypnotist.

Along side the list of places you may find your first hypnotic subject, include names of people you meet that will be interested in becoming your first hypnotic subjects.  Make a list of places you will find your first hypnotic subject and add to the list as you proceed through the stage hypnotism course.

1. Work
2. Social organizations
3. Church
4.  Other

2.2 How to Guarantee Success with Your First Subject
Once you have completed the exercises in this lesson on hypnotizing you will be coming back to this page to remind yourself how to guarantee success for your first subject.

After completing the exercise in part 2.1 of this lesson, I want you to ask one of the above individuals to engage in a hypnosis experiment with you. Remember to say that you are trying out a new technique and you would appreciate the help in conducting the experiment.  The subject will usually be excited about helping out and may share some previous hypnosis experiences with you.

Make sure you listen to the person very carefully for he/she will give you some very good feedback on what worked and what didn't work during the previous session.

If the person has had no previous experience being hypnotized, then your chances of success improve, as you will not be compared with somebody else.

2.3 Pre-hypnosis: Your Guarantee for Success!
What is pre-hypnosis?
Pre-hypnosis involves everything you say to a subject prior to the actual hypnotism ceremony.  What you are trying to accomplish with pre-hypnosis is setting up favorable conditions for you and your subject to operate.

People that are getting ready to become hypnotized for the first time have several issues you want to address before the session. This will help guarantee your success as a hypnotist.

Here are the issues or questions the subject will be thinking about.
1. Will I remember everything that happened during the hypnotic session?
2. Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
3. Will I tell you something I don't want to tell you about my past?
4. How long will I be under?
5. Can I hear other things going on in the room while I am hypnotized?
6. Can you make me do something I don't want to do?

Your Pre-hypnosis Briefing
For your first subject as well as when you will be presenting stage hypnosis shows, you will want to use a pre-hypnosis briefing for all of your subjects and clients.

I will give you a briefing that will include all six elements. Feel free to use this briefing word for word or re-design it any way you seem necessary.

Make sure you include all six elements. This will be good practice for all of you future sessions with hypnotizing individuals and well as hypnotizing groups.

This is going to be fun!

Many people have concerns about hypnosis. At any time feel free to ask any questions but let me go over a few things most people are curious about.

Many people wonder, if they will remember everything that happens during the hypnosis session.  You will remember anything you wish to remember and forget anything you wish to forget.   When subjects volunteer to do stage shows, many times they will forget most of the things going on because the things they do may be embarrassing to discuss with their friends attending the show.  However, if they wish to remember everything that happens, they will remember everything that happens while under hypnosis.

Another concern many people have is if they can get stuck in hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a state of awareness and a state of total concentration. It takes a great deal of effort to concentrate intently. It is physically impossible to keep that concentration up for a very long time.

Another concern many people have is if they will tell me something that they would never tell another person. For example, this may be a secret you don't want to reveal to anyone.

Make sure you tell your subject the following. "I can assure you that you will not reveal anything to me that you don't wish to reveal." "In hypnosis you always retain the freedom of choice."

"You may also wonder, how long will you be under hypnosis?"

"You will be under hypnosis for just a couple of minutes."

Another question everyone has is, "will I hear everything that is going on in the room?"

"Many hypnotic subjects will hear every sound that is going on since hypnosis is a heightened state of consciousness." "Other people will only hear my voice." "They will tune out the normal sounds going on around them."
"The last concern people have is if I will make them do something they don't want to do."

"The answer is no." "You always do what you wish to do." "I may ask you to do 10 things and you only do 8." "You may do all 10 things." "You determine how deeply and to what degree you will be hypnotized."

"Do you have any other questions?"

"If not, let us proceed."

2.4 Hypnosis Experiments In the Waking State
Now that you have answered all of the questions your subject may ask you are ready to proceed in experiments in the waking state.

The waking state of hypnosis is actually a very light state of hypnosis.
Many times this state is good enough for a stage show; however it is your goal to learn stage hypnosis in a very short period of time. Success at waking hypnosis helps you achieve success very quickly.

It is also fun for the subject!

We will work with three experiments in the state of waking hypnosis.

We will not work with a specific hypnosis induction during this lesson.  However, as you learn how to effectively deliver suggestions in the waking state, you can use this state to develop very rapid inductions where the subject will be deeply hypnotized in just a few seconds.

So let's get started.

Waking Hypnosis Experiment 1. Hands Raising and Lowering

The purpose of this exercise is to get your subject cooperating with you and the hypnotizing process. You are going to create subconscious activity and have a visual guide as to how effective you are giving suggestions.

Hands Raising and Lowering
For this exercise have the subject stand facing you. Tell the subject that you are going to test his/her imagination.

Have the subject stand in front of you with arms outstretched, palms facing toward the ground.  His legs will be spread apart about to shoulder width. Ask the subject to look at his arms as they push out towards you to make sure they are perfectly level and perfectly straight.  The subject's arms should be stretched out toward you and be parallel with the floor.  This will make the subject appear as if he/she is sleepwalking.

As the subject is standing, facing you with his/her arms outstretched toward you, say the following:

"Look at your arms and make sure they are perfectly level, perfectly straight."

"Now that you are assured that they are perfectly level, perfectly straight close your eyes down tight, shutting out the light."

"Keep your hands and arms level outstretched and listen to the following suggestions."

"Imagine that a heavy weight is tied to your right hand pulling it down toward the floor."

"It is a very heavy weight and is pulling your hand down toward the floor."

"At the same time, pretend that a helium filled balloon is tied to your left hand pulling it high up into the air."

"Left hand going high up in the air, right hand going down, down down toward the floor."

"Left hand going up, up, up in the air, right hand moving down, down, down toward the floor.

“Your left hand is moving up, up, up in the air, right hand is moving down, down, toward the floor."

"Now at the count of three open your eyes keeping your hands and arms exactly as they are right now."

"All right, one, two, three eyes open."

"Look at your arms."

End of exercise
Hypnosis involves imagination. If your subject is very imaginative and is listening and following your directions you will find his/her arms separated by your suggestions of heavy weight and light balloon.

If the arms are separated by about a foot or more in distance of travel either up or down, (Or Both) you can be assured that your subject is following your directions correctly and is using concentration that will lead into a deeper hypnotic state later on.
Congratulate your subject for his/her concentration and ask if volunteering for another exercise would be acceptable.

Let us proceed now to the second exercise in waking hypnosis title, eyes locking.

Waking Hypnosis Experiment 2. Eyes Locking

The purpose of this experiment is to activate the subject's imagination that will take him/her into the realm of doing something that is a little frightening.

Many hypnotists do this experiment first, but I find I get a better response in stage shows if I can have the subject achieve something that is a little less frightening first.  I don't want to send many stage volunteers back to their seats during a performance.  Many subjects are afraid to give you this kind of control over them. You need to gain their confidence before challenging them in a situation that may have a high probability of failure.

You be the judge as you experiment with your subjects.

Eyes Locking
Have your subject sitting up in a chair with his feet flat on the floor, hands resting on his lap. Fingers separated so they don't touch each other.

Tell the subject that you are going to give some powerful suggestions that will lock his eyes shut temporarily. Tell him after he has tested his eyelids to make sure they are stuck you will give suggestions that will release his eyes and he will be able to open them easily.

Here is what you will say.

"Sit up in your chair with your feet flat on the floor and your hands resting in your lap. Separate your fingers so they do not touch."

"Inhale deeply and as you exhale, push any tension out of your lungs."

"Now in a moment I am going to count to three."

"When I count three you will find that your eyelids will be stuck together so tightly that you will not be able to open them no matter how hard you try."

"You will try as hard as you can to open your eyes at that time and as hard as you try, you will discover that your eyes will be locked tightly in place."
"I will then snap my finger directly by your ear.  When you hear me snap my finger by your ear your eyes will open immediately."

"To begin close your eyes down tight and fasten your eyelids down tightly."

"One, your eye lids are locking down tight, tight, tight.

"Two, your eyelids are locking down and sticking, tighter, tighter, tighter."

"Three, your eyelids are closed and stuck that way, try as hard as you can to open them, try as hard as you can. It is impossible to open your eyelids, they are firmly stuck together."

"I am now snapping my finger by your ear."  (Snap your fingers loudly behind the subject's left or right ear. When you were challenging your subject to open his eyes let your voice rise in pitch and excitement. You want to allow the subject to experience of failing to open his eyes because of your suggestions)

Once you have achieved the eye fastening technique that can be a very scary thing for your subject to go through, you can assume that your subject is ready to go deeper into hypnosis.

Your subject will be a very willing subject.

Now ask the subject how he/she feels and explain that you have one more experiment that will be fun.

End of Exercise

Waking Hypnosis Experiment 3. Altering the Sense of Balance

The purpose of this experiment is to alter the sense of balance in such a way as to prove that there is a kind of invisible force that you are able to create in the mind of the subject.

Once you are comfortable with performing this exercise, you will find it very interesting for audiences of your stage shows. Demonstrating movement is always a hit with audience.

This is a convincer to the subject that something strange and different is happening and it is a convincer to the audience that the individual is under your "control."

 Altering the Sense of Balance
For this experiment you are going to affect your subject's sense of balance to literally knock your subject off of his feet.

By now you have achieved a level of trust and rapport on the part of the subject.

Before you begin take note that even though you will be asking the subject to fall back in your arms, every once in a while the subject will fall forward in exactly the opposite direction you are asking him/her to fall. Be on the alert. It may happen one out of a hundred times, but if it happens with your very first subject you may think that you are doing something wrong.

You are not doing anything wrong. When the subject does exactly the opposite of what you are asking, he/she is concentrating in hypnosis but is resisting you personally for some reason.

In a stage show you would just send the performer back to the audience, but since you are only working with one person in a personal experiment, you don't want to mention to your subject that he/she is resisting you.   You will just congratulate your subject on the accomplishment of altering the sense of balance through the magic of suggestion and the magic of hypnosis.

For this experiment you are going to have the subject stand about 4 feet from a wall and facing the wall.  You are going to be standing directly behind the subject and you will be giving suggestions that imply that the subject's sense of balance will change and he/she will fall directly back into your arms.

Direct the subject to stare at a spot on the wall or ceiling that is about 2 or 3 feet above his head so he has to raise his chin and look up to see the spot on the wall or ceiling. Then direct the subject to place his feet together and stand up as straight as he/she can and continue staring at the spot on the wall or ceiling.

You are behind the subject at the time and position yourself to brace against the weight of your subject's body as your subject loses balance and falls back.

Direct your subject like this:

"With your feet together stand up straight and put your head back so you can view an imaginary spot on the wall or ceiling."

"I am going to be directly behind you and will catch you as you lose your balance and fall directly back into my arms." "You will be perfectly safe as you fall back directly into my arms."

"As you stare at the imaginary spot, you will feel an invisible force drawing you back into my arms." "You are falling back, back back into my arms."
(By this time you will see a rocking back and forth motion by your subject as he/she is losing balance. If there is no movement yet, continue to repeat the above statement until the rocking motion starts. If there is a visible rocking and swaying movement by your subject then continue with the following)

"This invisible force is pulling you back, back, back into my arms." "You are falling back, back, back into my arms." "Safely falling back into my arms." "Over, over, over, back into my arms."

Continue with the above statement until your subject has fallen into your arms.

Never doubt in your mind that the subject will fall. He/she will fall as long as you give the suggestions positively and you see in your mind that the subject is falling back into your arms.

Once the subject has fallen back into your arms, ask how he/she feels?

You may notice a glazed look on the face of your subject. If you achieve that glazed look, you know you are on the right track.  This subject will work very well for you in a stage hypnotism environment.  If the subject does not have a glazed over look, that is okay as well.

As long as you achieve the falling back into your arms effect you have accomplished what some people call Waking Hypnosis and Waking Suggestion.  Even though you have not learned a single "hypnotic induction" yet, many hypnotic effects can be achieved with only the Waking Hypnosis condition present.  This is very exciting. You have accomplished a great deal today on your road to success as a professional stage hypnotist.

2.5 Exercises for Further Learning
In this lesson you learned how to find your first hypnotic subject.  You also learned how to induce Waking Hypnosis using 3 exercises.

During this week focus on getting at least 3 individuals to agree to your hypnosis experiments.

Remember to "feel" you are the expert.

Remember to practice your pre-hypnosis routine to cover the 6 questions that every subject wants answered.

Then proceed with each of your subjects, one at a time and write down your notes about what happened during each session, either in the space below or on a separate page and include it in Lesson 2, in your three ring binder.

------------==>Notes from Your 3 Subjects<==------------------
Subject #1. Name:
What happened during the session?

Subject #2. Name:
What happened during the session?

Subject #3. Name:
What happened during the session?

2.6 Summary "The Power of 3"
You have taken the big step. You have told people that you are a hypnotist and you have completed your first hypnotic experiment.

Don't go any further until you have successfully completed the 3 Waking Hypnosis Exercises on 3 individuals, during 3 separate appointments.  The confidence you will pick up during these experiments will go a long way in helping you achieve success as a professional stage hypnotist in just a few weeks.

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