For many individuals the thought of actually inducing the hypnotic state seems to be a frightening experience. These fears are totally unneeded.
If we keep in mind that the ability top go into hypnosis belongs to the subject, and the hypnotist is simply saying thee correct words, at the correct time.
A better word than hypnotist or hypnotherapist would have been a hypnotic guide. If we keep in mind that you are leading a person into a state that they have the mental and physical ability to achieve the induction procedure is the easiest part of your job.
On the following pages you will see several different types of hypnotic inductions. You will discover that the only thing different from one induction to another is the speed in which an individual will enter the hypnotic state.
As one develops more experience with inducing hypnosis they learn to select the type of induction that will best suit the type of demonstration that is being conducted.
In a demonstration of hypnosis as opposed to a therapy type of session the hypnotist is limited some what on the amount of time that can be spent on the actual induction of the hypnotic state.
The hypnotist needs to keep in mind that most of the individuals in the audience will not understand the mechanism of hypnosis that are taking place as an individual leaves a fully conscious state and enters the hypnotic state. These people are there for entertainment and are not overly interested in the hypnotic process.
Prior to the hypnotic induction it is advisable to ask for the audience cooperation to be as quiet as possible under the subjects are in a hypnotic state. To hope that an audience of two or three hundred people will remain quiet for 15 to 20 minutes will never take place.
A safe rule of thumb is to try and have the induction over within five minutes.
It is not unreasonable to have the audience remain quiet for five minutes.
SPECIAL NOTE: ALTHOUGH FIVE MINUTES IS THE MOST DESIRED TIME PERIOD IF THE HYPNOTIST IS WORKING WITH A LOW NUMBER OF SUBJECTS OR HE HAS A GROUP THAT NEEDS MORE DEEPENING TO RESPOND WELL YOU WILL ALWAYS BE BETTER OFF SPENDING MORE TIME TO REACH AN ADEQUATE LEVEL THAN TO ATTEMPT A SHOW WITH THE SUBJECTS ONLY IN A LIGHT STATE.
Do not allow yourself to get rushed into the actual show until you are ready.
If you spent to long on the induction process and had a positive show the audience will be recalling the last few skits that were conducted rather than the time you spent on inducing the hypnotic state.
The audience will judge your show by the last five to ten minutes of the performance. If the hypnotist is faced with the decision of spending a longer time inducing the hypnotic state and having a wonderful show or a shorter time on the induction with the show being only adequate, spend the extra time. It will always be worth the wait.
The following is the statement that is made for the audience just prior to beginning the hypnotic induction.
This statement is designed to ask for the audience help in remaining quiet during the induction while at the same time advising the audience that they may also go into hypnosis if they would like. Make note that this statement, is also reinforcing the wonderful concentration that the subjects have.
We are now ready to allow my guests up here on stage to experience hypnosis. I need you help in the audience. It does take a lot of concentration on their part to go into a deep hypnotic state. So, I would like to ask all of you to remain as quiet as possible for the first five minutes or so. Once we have them hypnotized you can make all the noise you want. They will still hear you, but it won't disturb them at all.
However, if you make a lot of noise and distract them, we will have to stop and start all over, and that would not be fair to the people up here on stage or the people in the audience that are trying to go under. Give me about five minutes and we will have a better show for you. I'll let you know once they are under by waving my hand in the air. Thank you very much.
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