As you learn to think like a hypnotist, you will integrate what you learn much more easily into what you actually do.

Have you thought about getting into stage hypnotism?  What would you leave behind in order to fulfill that desire?  In this video, Paul talks about his own journey to a new career as a hypnotist.

I was fortunate to spend time discussing entrepreneurship in hypnotism with Helen Mitas and Jason Linett.  Besides being fantastic human beings, Helen and Jason are great hypnotists and savvy business people.  Each of them has built a hypnotism practice in less than a decade that generates nearly half a million dollars per year.  That puts them in the top 5% of hypnotism practitioners worldwide.

Forgive the rawness of the video, but I wanted to show the real process I go through when I'm generating content for my show.  No fancy lighting, no effects.  This is me in my living room grinding through the creative process.

In this video, Paul briefly explains how some of the less popular, or less common, markets for stage hypnotists operate.  Each market has different pay levels, buyers, and time commitments.

From holiday parties to national sales meetings and major branding events, the corporate market can be a lucrative one for stage hypnotists.

There are approximately 4,000 colleges in the United States.  How do you get work with them as a stage hypnotist?

The high school market is a great market to work with!  In this video Paul shares some of the key features you need to know about when working with the high school market.

Take some time to think about the markets you might be working in if you get into stage hypnotism.  Some will fit your lifestyle better than others.  Some are more lucrative than others.

Let's clarify "long demonstration" to mean any presentation you give that is longer than 30 minutes.  You might be a guest speaker at a psychology class, or presenting at a MeetUp group.  In a long demonstration, you are the invited speaker, and you will be holding the group's attention for the majority of the meeting.  The outline that follows is organized so that you will both entertain and educate your audience.

Start with a Pre-Talk

  • Show them you are knowledgeable.
    • Share some of the facts and the science behind hypnosis.
    • Tell them about what you've done in the world of hypnotism.
  • Show them you are trustworthy.
    • Talk about what you love about the work you do.
    • Use humor to deflect their fears about hypnosis.
  • Dangle the carrot.
    • Present a clear reward they would get from experiencing hypnosis today.

II.  Warm up their brains with an exercise.

  • Whole group is best.  Less pressure on individuals, yet more peer pressure to participate if everyone is involved.
    • The "magnetic fingers" suggestibility test is great for this.
    • Do not frame it as a test!
      • People fear failing tests.  Frame it as an exercise, and craft language that everybody has some level of suggestibility.
  • Use your observational skills.
    • This is not something to just go through routinely.  You are working the crowd and looking for higher suggestibility candidates.

III.  Select a working group of volunteers.

  • Use the "arms rising and falling" or the Hand Clasp method.
  • You can even use BOTH methods, if you have time.
  • If you have GREAT subjects, take advantage of it and convert the suggestibility tests into inductions, which lets you transition into your main demonstration.

IV.  Give your main demonstration.

  • This is where it really gets fun!
    • By now you should have some sense of who your best potential subjects are.
  • Induce and deepen, then demonstrate some simple hypnotic phenomena that work them through the stages of depth.
  • Finish with a Gift
    • Give your volunteers a pleasing experience to end on.  They deserve it for volunteering, and it makes you look great with the rest of the audience.

V.  Q & A

  • Take questions from the audience, help them better understand what they saw.
    • You can quickly re-induce with your best subject to demonstrate something, if an audience member asks a question that would benefit from that.
      • This also makes you look impressive, when you quickly re-induce someone, looking so casual as you do it.
  • Finish with a Call to Action
    • Make an offer to them, that they can take action on, which will connect you to them after the presentation.
    • Free consultation, free hypnosis audio download, etc.
      • This gives you a way to fully cultivate the lead, by getting an email or having a conversation in which you can close with them.