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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Stage Hypnosis - Lesson One - What is Hypnosis?

1.0 Introduction
1.1 The Basic Principles of Hypnosis
1.2 Having Fun with Hypnosis 
1.3 The Dangers of Hypnosis  
1.4 Exercises  
1.5 Summary  

1.0 Introduction by Wayne Perkins, Stage Hypnotist
Greetings and welcome to the wonderful world of professional stage hypnotism. My name is Wayne Perkins and I will be your instructor for these classes.  I have been hypnotizing people of over 25 years and I am going to teach you the secrets and shortcuts involving stage hypnotism as well as the basic fundamentals.

You can learn how to hypnotize other people to satisfy your curiosity, create a new income stream or learn a new fulltime profession.  Regardless of your reason of downloading this class, I can help you achieve success in a very short time.

The majority of stage hypnotists learned from reading a book and just trying the stuff out for themselves. Books are great and they will help you, however the quickest and easiest way is to get some great instructions and dive right into the material.

Based upon the success habits of successful stage hypnotism students, here is the single most important tip that I can give you...

Get off to a FAST and ORGANIZED start.

To really organize you class, please print this E-mail and keep it in a 3-ring binder. When you are ready, e-mail the rest of the class in numerical order and place that in your binder as well.

Make sure you write notes where you feel notes are appropriate.

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1.1 The Basic Principles of Hypnosis
Question: What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis refers to the extraordinary power words have when surrounded by our complete attention.  When you are hypnotized you are actually in a very focused state of concentration.
Many people think a hypnotized person is asleep because of all the relaxation. But this is not true. As a person goes deeper and deeper into hypnosis the concentration gets more and more pronounced.

Back in the 1970s a professional boxer named Ken Norton would hypnotize himself before and while he was in the boxing ring. He became the heavyweight champion of the world by using hypnosis for concentration.

Dolly Parton, the country singer/song-writer used hypnosis to improve her song writing ability.

Lilly Tomlin used hypnosis to become more creative in her comedy writing and performing.

Sylvester Stallone used hypnosis to become more self-confident when he was selling the idea of the "Rocky" movies to Hollywood movie producers.

Many sports figures use hypnosis to help them improve their sports performances.

Think of hypnosis as super concentration because that is exactly what it is.

Question: What are the conscious mind and the subconscious mind?
Answer: The conscious mind is the part of the mind that we use to analyze and make decisions regarding movement or activities to engage in. We use our conscious mind all day long.

Question: What is the sub-conscious mind?
The sub-conscious mind is the part of the mind that is always active but operates behind the scenes unless we call upon it through meditation or hypnosis.  By operating behind the scenes I mean whenever we engage in an automatic activity such as singing a song we "know by heart," drive a car, run on a treadmill or listen to music we have heard over and over again.

Those all would be conscious activities if we were learning the song for the first time, learning how to drive for the first few times, getting on a treadmill for the first time or listening carefully to a new song.

Our subconscious mind is like a computer. Once it is programmed it works on its own. In order to change the activity you must change the program.  A hypnotist is successful to the degree he can temporarily change the program, (with stage hypnosis) or permanently affect the program through hypnotherapy.

For more information regarding frequently asked questions regarding hypnosis, go to the following URL when you are connected to the Internet.

1.2 Having Fun with Hypnosis
Hypnosis is fun. It is fun for the hypnotist and it is fun for the person being hypnotized. It is also a great deal of fun for people watching your performance.

Since most hypnotic inductions suggest relaxation of all of the muscle groups, most of your hypnotic subjects, also known as hypnotees, really enjoy the process.

Question: Do people remember everything that happens to them when they are hypnotized?
Answer: People will remember everything that happens to them when they are hypnotized, unless you instruct them to forget. Many stage hypnotists like to tell them they will forget everything that happened to them on stage.

The reason for this is because it will be proof to that individual that he/she was really hypnotized as other people will ask that person what happened, or why did you ask so strange when you were on-stage?  It will also prove to that person's friends that something strange really did happen.

When I hypnotize on stage, sometimes I ask for "amnesia" and sometimes I don't.

Remember that whenever you are hypnotizing an individual, keep in mind that they want to have fun and keep their interests and safety in the forefront of your mind.

1.3 The Dangers of Hypnosis
When you hypnotize an individual or a group, you will be developing a very deep rapport with that individual or group. You can count on people following every suggestion you give them and following it to the letter.

With that in mind, you need to give suggestions to people that will not harm them physically or emotionally.

You would never want to hypnotize a stranger, lay that stranger between two chairs with his head resting on one end and his feet resting on the opposite chair and then walk across his/her stomach.

Many hypnotists still do that bit, and you have no idea if that person just came out of stomach surgery or has a serious physical problem.

Always keep the safety and well being of the subject foremost in your mine.

Question: What is so dangerous about hypnosis other than standing on someone's stomach?
Answer: If you are taking a person back in time, for example, you may trigger a very traumatic experience that doesn't lend itself to entertainment. You NEVER want to suggest that a person is getting an electric shock or that he is going to be physically burned.  Very suggestible subjects will not only feel the burns but also have physical burns appear on their bodies.

There is no place for physical harm in a hypnotism show.

There are thousands of hypnosis phenomena you can produce that are funny and will not harm anyone.

Question: What about removing the affects of the show?
Answer: You must always remove the affects of the show. If you made the hypnotic subject hot or cold, happy or sad, or affected any of the senses, you have to always make sure you suggest that all of the affects will be removed when the subject awakens from hypnosis.  Otherwise the person may carry those affects into his conscious, waking state of mind.

We will go into this further as you learn how to hypnotize your first subjects.

1.4 Hypnosis Exercises
In order to get to know what hypnosis is really like I have created an exercise especially for you. During the exercise I want you to read the directions, memorize them and then follow the procedure.

Exercise: Try Hypnosis on for Size

1. Put on some soft music.
2. Light a candle and place it on a table in such a way that you will be able to see the flickering flame of the candle at about eye level when you are sitting comfortably in the chair.
3. Write down on a piece of paper that you want to focus on a wonderful even that you experienced some time ago.
4. Then sit down in the chair, read the words that you just have written and close your eyes when they begin to water or feel tired.
5. Listen to the music and think about that time in your life when you had a very wonderful experience.

Memorize the steps above and then complete the exercise.

After the exercise is over write down answers to these questions. You can write them down on this page.
1. How did you feel during the exercise?
2. How did your eyes feel staring at the flickering flame?
3. Did you feel peaceful and relaxed during the exercise?
4. How vividly did you remember the experience of the past?

1.5 Summary  
In this lesson you learned how to get a quick and organized start by creating a binder for each lesson. You include your own personal notes as you progress through the course.  You learned the hypnosis is focused concentration. It is not sleep.

Many movie and sports celebrities use hypnosis to improve their performance.

In hypnosis you are communicating with your powerful subconscious mind, which acts as a computer.

Although hypnosis is fun it can be dangerous. Make sure you always give suggestions that will not cause any harm.

You will learn more about that in future lessons.

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