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.