Your opening statements can easily make or break the entire show. When deciding the type of opening statements to make the performer must chose one of two approaches.
With hypnosis there are two different ways of delivering suggestions, and thus there are also two ways of presenting the performer.
The permissive type of approach is letting the audience know that everything that takes place with hypnosis is accomplished through the subjects ability to concentrate, and the hypnotists is simply delivering appropriate suggestions.
The permissive approach is putting some of the responsibility of success onto the volunteers, while removing the old thought that the hypnotist is controlling their actions.
The authoritarian approach is the complete opposite of the permissive approach. The hypnotist is presenting himself as being the controlling force, and for the subjects to turn control over hypnotist on control to him. The authoritarian approach puts the hypnotist on a pedestal for his great abilities of mind control.
As with any choices, there are both positive and negative qualities in both.
Once the performer has decided what type of approach is best suited for their personality they are ready to establish a working opening statement.
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Hypnosis has been defined as a state of heightened suggestibility in which the subject is able to uncritically accept ideas for self-improvement and act on them appropriately. When a hypnotist hypnotizes his subject, it is known as hetero-hypnosis. When an individual puts himself into a state of hypnosis, it is known as self-hypnosis.