Thursday, May 28, 2009

Stage Hypnosis Show

This Saturday, I'll be visiting a friend in Columbia Missouri, and taking in a stage hypnosis show.

We'll be going to DejaVu and seeing Tony Lucero, MoJo Master. While the 8:00 pm show is apparently straight comedy, the 10:15 show is the "Erotic Hypnotic XXX show."

The late show is of a lot more interest to me, because it fuels one of the big questions about stage hypnosis: Are they faking?

Ignoring the people who say "Of course they are, it's one big practical joke by everyone who's ever gone up on stage," people tend to fall into two main camps: those who think people are going along with what's expected of them, and people who think the volunteers really are helpless to the whims of the hypnotist.

My answer to the question tends to be that in the context of stage hypnosis, it doesn't matter. The people on stage aren't looking for theraputic help, and anyone who goes to the show is merely looking for enjoyment. The people in the crowd should get that regardless, and the people on stage knew what they were getting into when they volunteered. When people follow the suggestions of the hypnotist, it has the same result regardless of the reason why they did it.

Erotic stage shows give weight to both sides of the arguement, though. The 'power' side says that of course the hypnotist is in control, because there's no way someone would give a random person a lap dance or hump a blow up doll in front of hundreds of people. The 'expectations' side says that there are a lot of things people will do when given an excuse that they wouldn't otherwise consider, and the context of being on stage provides that excuse and is a powerful influence all it's own.

Of course, with hypnosis being one of the closest things you can get to a placebo, it's difficult to give a firm answer to this. My experience is that no matter how real and legit you try to be with your hypnosis, pre-concieved notions and expectations will always have an effect.

What I really want to know: disregarding the showmanship aspect, is stage hypnosis easier than private sessions? That's one of the things I'll be watching for.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Bit About Me

As I said in my last post, I've been hypnotizing people for about four years now.

I've recently started up a website,, in order to offer downloadable hypnosis inductions and files written by me and based on what I've learned over the past few years.

I prefer to hypnotize people in person and one on one, but the internet allows people to communicate in ways never seen before. This has lead to a lot of information about hypnosis finding its way to the internet, much of which is utter crap, especially a lot of the products floating around claiming to teach you hypnosis or how to control peoples' minds.

If it were all really that easy, wouldn't they just convince people to buy worthless crap for enormous sums of money? Wait a second....

That's not hypnosis. It's marketing playing to the fact that nobody wants to work for anything when they could simply have it handed to them.

This is one of the reasons I've decided to speak up here, and start I'd like to provide useful, factual information to anyone out there interested in hypnosis.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

What is Hypnosis?

When you ask someone what hypnosis is, you might get a wide variety of responses.

Some people might think of what they've seen on TV or in the movies, of swinging watches and people staring into space saying "Yes Master". One of my first enocounters with hypnosis was an episode of Scooby Doo I saw as a kid, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Other people think of a stage show, with people clucking like chickens and forgetting the number four.

You might run into someone who has done some research who throws out terms like 'state theory' or likens it to 'being in the zone'.

But what better way is there to learn more about something than through experience? I have set out to do just that over the last four years, and I'll share some of the experiences I've had along the way with you here.