After the opening statements it is now time to request for volunteers. A hypnotic show or demonstration is working under the premise of odds.
As a rule of thumb the hypnotist should anticipate that about 30% of the audience will have the ability to go into a deep level of hypnosis extremely quickly.
Approximately another 30% will enter a deep level hypnosis after one or two deepening techniques.
Another 20% of the audience would experience too high of anxiety about being stage in order to allow themselves experience hypnosis.
With 10% of an average audience still holding onto a strong fear of hypnosis.
The remaining 10% can be divided up into the individuals that do not believe in the existence of hypnosis and the people who have come to prove that they can not be hypnotized.
After understanding the percentages in a show or demonstration the hypnotist may make several decision. The type of hypnotic induction to use, (slow pace) or a rapid induction.
The ideal type of person to volunteer is the 30% that can go into hypnosis quickly, or the second 30% that will achieve a deep level of hypnosis after a few deepening techniques.
Needless to say, these individuals will not be sitting in the audience with a sign around there neck advising you of how they will respond.
Out of each 100 people in the audience the hypnotist will have 30 individuals that would be perfect for his show.
The key is turning those 30 individuals from spectators into participants.
It is also easy to see that a larger audience will tend to put the odds more in your favor, while a smaller audience will decrease your odds of attracting the ideal subjects.
Imagine a show with 1000 people in the audience. That would mean that there are 300 ideal subjects waiting to be convinced to volunteer. There are several ways of putting the odds in your favor that you will have more than enough ideal subjects for your show, and thus ensuring a successful presentation.
Be certain that there are plenty of chairs on stage prior to beginning the show. Ten chairs is sending the signal that you only wish to have ten volunteers. Even if ten is the number that you prefer to work with it is advisable to double the amount of chairs from the number that you would like on stage. If ten is your number have at least 20 chairs available.
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For anyone concerned that this is a report designed to teach readers how to convince crowds of people to act like chickens or dance to an unheard song just with a carefully placed keyword - relax. While hypnosis is often paraded in that form with large crowds visiting celebrity hypnosis experts to see what wonders they can perform, the majority of hypnosis used is to aid people seeking a solution to a problem they cannot resolve easily with any other method.