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I recently had a stage hypnosis show at a boarding school.  It was a gorgeous campus, made up of classic federal style buildings from the 1800's and newer contemporary buildings that glistened with glass that allowed the warm light of the interior to spill out into the cold January evening.  The campus was nicer than many colleges I perform at, which is often the case when I do shows at private schools.  They are places of great privilege and means.
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Have you thought about getting into stage hypnotism?  What would you leave behind in order to fulfill that desire?  If you had told me when I was 18 years old that one day I would learn to hypnotize people and make a career of it, I would have laughed at you.  Well, I'm not laughing now.

In this video, I tell my story of how I came to hypnotism as a career.

Stage hypnotism is an art form.

When asked to speak at a conference for stage hypnotists in 2018, I framed my presentation right away from a perspective that was bound to make some people in the room uncomfortable, but it's important that we be honest about what's going on in our profession: there's a serious lack of innovation.
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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.

get more stage hypnosis bookings

Hands down, my favorite market to work in as a stage hypnotist is the college market.  If you are a stage hypnotist who is new to the profession, and you want to get more stage hypnosis bookings in the college market, there are some essential things you need to know.
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Stage hypnosis is still questioned by many.

Stage hypnosis has been my career since 2004, and in that span of time I've hypnotized approximately 25,000 people.  High school students, college students, and adults at corporate events and theater shows have shared the experience with me.  My audiences have been as small as 25 people, and as large as 1600.  Throughout it all, there have always been, and always will be, naysayers and skeptics.  And that's okay.

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Wendy Merron trains consulting hypnotists in Pennsylvania.  She's a great person, and a dedicated professional.  She wanted her students to get some perspective from another practicing hypnotist, so she was kind enough to invite me to a Q&A with her class.

When I speak with people about my profession, I think it's important to be honest and open about all the different aspects of the work we do.  I think there's too much secret keeping and question dodging in our community, so when I get these opportunities to speak with students, I don't hold back.

is hypnosis real

When people ask me, "Is hypnosis real?" I point them to The Stroop Test.  The premise is pretty simple.

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Hypnotists are just people, and all people have challenges.  When I created my reality web series, I wanted to show people that hypnosis is something we can all benefit from, so I figured I should model that myself.

There's a creative process to being a stage hypnotist.  Part of the job is creating content that will entertain your audience and set you apart from other stage hypnotists.  How do you do that?

Hypnotizing people requires one set of skills.  Creating a stage show that is entertaining requires an additional set of skills.  Most stage hypnosis trainers teach you to hypnotize people, and they touch every so briefly on the the business aspects and entertainment aspects of the business.  They will often leave you to fend for yourself, in those areas.  It's a big part of why so many people who have been trained and certified in stage hypnotism aren't actually out there doing shows.