Week 1:  Orientation

Since this is an online course, the first week will be focused on getting all the necessary tech support in place so that you are prepared to learn.

  • Students will set up a Google account.
  • We will explore Google Hangouts as our means of live classroom time.
  • Students will set up folders in Google Drive.
  • Students will set up their own YouTube channels.

Week 2:  Defining Hypnosis and Exploring the History of Hypnotism

  • Acquire a working definition of hypnosis.
  • Be able to identify key figures in the history of hypnotism.
  • Understand how those figures contributed to the develop of hypnotism as a scientific practice.

Week 3:  The Pre-Talk

  • Understand the three key functions that a pre-talk serves.
  • Identify the key components of a functional pre-talk.
  • Draft your own pre-talk, in writing.

Week 4:  Suggestibility Testing

  • Be able to distinguish between hypnotizability and suggestibility.
  • Demonstrate at least four suggestibility tests.
  • Identify the key elements of suggestibility tests so that you know how they actually function.

Week 5:  Inductions

  • Know the difference between authoritative and permissive styles.
  • Identify the most common components of inductions.
  • Develop competence with at least one rapid induction.
  • Develop competence with at least one instant induction.
  • Develop competence with the Elman induction.
  • Know the signs of hypnotic hysteria, and how to handle it.

Week 6: Depth and Fractionation

  • Understand what is really meant by "depth."
  • Be familiar with Arons' scale for measuring depth.
  • Know the concept of fractionation.
  • Know the concept of pyramidding.
  • Identify subjective criteria for assessing depth.
  • Identify objective criteria for assessing depth.

Week 7: Utilization

  • Understand utilization as a hypnosis concept.
  • Know the difference between direct and indirect suggestions.
  • Develop a concept for your stage show.
  • Find entertainment models that support your concept.
  • Explore your brand identity as a hypnotist.

Week 8:  Balancing Hypnosis with Entertainment

  • Know how to balance functional hypnosis activities with entertainment elements of a show.
  • Develop a "story arc" or linear plan for your stage show.
  • Know how to emerge volunteers from the hypnotic state.
  • Know what to do when a volunteer gets "stuck" in hypnosis.
  • Know how to capture business leads from your audience so you can make more money after the show is over.

Week 9:  Safety on Stage

  • Know the difference between performer liability and participant liability.
  • Know how to safely set up the physical space of your stage for a show.
  • Develop a pre-show safety checklist.
  • Draft a release form for shows that would involve minors.
  • Draft a public notice about the inherent risks of stage hypnotism for display at your shows.

Week 10:  The Business of Stage Hypnotism

  • Know the difference between a contract and a rider.
  • Draft your own contract.
  • Draft your own rider to accompany your contract.
  • Know your state's requirements and regulations regarding hypnotism.
  • Identify your business model.
  • Draft a small business plan for the first twelve months of your new career.

Week 11:  Modern Marketing for Hypnotists

  • Know the concept of branding.
  • Define your brand identity.
  • Explore five key marketing platforms.
  • Determine a marketing strategy that supports your strengths.
  • Outline that strategy, with implementation objectives you can act on.

Week 12:  Practical Assessment of Skills

  • Submission of final show outline.
  • Submission of recorded pre-talk.
  • Submission of three recorded suggestibility tests.
  • Submission of three recorded inductions.
  • Submission of three performing bits that demonstrate hypnotic phenomena.

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