HOW IT WORKS
main thing with stage hypnosis is the expectation and anticipation
of the audience. Possibly the most important factor in achieving
instantaneous trance is the prestige of the operator, and his skill
to control the audience. The greater prestige the operator has,
the greater the belief of the masses in his power and influence.
This is why all performing hypnotists say they are "The World's
Number One" and so on and so forth. For me, just having the
title "Doctor" added prestige.
us imagine that a hypnotist is performing in your town or city.
Posters are displayed advertising this hypnotist to be "The
World's Number One" and other exaggerated claims such as "Master
Of The Mind". In the eyes of the general public who don't understand
mind and crowd control, the hypnotist is a person with amazingly
mysterious powers and skills. The stage hypnotist uses the ignorance
of the masses to his advantage.
People are drawn to see the show with preconceived ideas. Their
own susceptibility to suggestion already heightened, they are already
in a level of trance. Speed hypnosis, or instantaneous hypnosis
is then fairly easy to achieve by a skilled operator.
All stage hypnotists and hypnotherapists know about post-hypnotic
suggestions. The pre-hypnotic suggestion is less widely recognized
or mentioned in books on therapy, yet it is highly important, and
that cannot be stressed enough. The pre-hypnotic suggestion is vital
in both areas of hypnosis. It goes back to the old saying, "As
a man thinketh so is he". What you believe will be true for
you, especially when trance is induced. Therefore if you think that
after having experienced hypnosis you will have a headache, you
will most likely have one. If you think that it might drive you
insane, then it could. If you think it will be a good laugh, then
it will be. But remember, there is no general rule of thumb!
With a stage setting many people are drawn to see the show as if
by some compelling inner force. They are already controlled by their
own fears and anticipation. Some of the audience are already on
the verge of, or already in, a level of trance. Moods and feelings
are contagious. The more packed the audience the more likely you have a crowd. A large gathering of people does not necessarily
make a crowd. A crowd is when the gathering of people are all experiencing
similar thoughts and emotions, and this creates an element of collective
unconsciousness. Man is a gregarious animal, and his mind can and
does lose its individuality and personality when in a crowd setting.
This is of course how mobs and riots occur. This is how a skilled
politician can sway a crowd. This is how Hitler hypnotized a whole
nation. A skilled stage hypnotist will use this to his advantage.
To turn a gathering of people into a crowd you need eloquence. You
need to have everybody's attention, and as you talk to them and
they listen, by suggesting what they will or will not experience,
by adding strong emotional content, with repetition, with their
minds collectively focused on a single pointed idea, that idea being
trance, you already have most of the crowd in trance, and they don't
even know it!
In some ways it could be described as a form of telepathy. There
are numerous different types of telepathy. Most people when they
hear the word telepathy think of mental telepathy. Probably the
most common form of telepathy is emotional.
With a good crowd you have a very strong form of emotional telepathy.
This of course can work for you, or against you if you don't understand
it. It is the gut feeling, literally coming from the solar plexus
It is an invisible energy which not only do we feel, but we also
transmit and receive. It is as if the solar plexus is the main emotional
radio of the body. When we are close together as with a crowd these
feelings transmit more easily from aura to aura, from person to
person. This is why there is likely to be total panic when a fire
occurs in a public building like a nightclub or cinema. A skilled
operator can sense this, whether he is consciously aware of it or
not, and can use it to his advantage. When the call for volunteers
arises in a hypnotic show certain individuals just can't help but
put themselves forward, moved by an invisible compelling force.
That is to say, the positive pre-hypnotic suggestions of the hypnotist
have already been made, and they come forward as the post-hypnotic
suggestion is made calling for volunteers. The fact is that they
are already being controlled because they are already in an element
of trance. Their trance may have started when they first heard about
or saw a poster advertising the event. It may have occurred only
minutes beforehand. But it has already occurred.
to summarize how stage hypnosis works, it is mass hypnosis. There
is a level of collective unconsciousness, which is generally emotionally
oriented through apprehension, based on fear. A gathering of people
is transformed into a crowd. A crowd is dominated by suggestions
of which it is unconscious.