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"In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy."
-J. Paul Getty

Human beings love certainty.  Our need for certainty is encoded within us.  It's a survival instinct.  The more we stick with what we know, what consistently works, the more likely we are to survive.  Unfortunately, no survival instinct is perfect for all situations in which there is a threat.
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There has long been a division in the profession of hypnotism between consulting (or clinical) hypnotists and stage hypnotists.  Many consulting hypnotists believe that stage hypnotists misrepresent the true value of hypnotism, and some would even say that stage hypnotists hurt the profession with their playful use of a skill set that can help people change their lives.  As a hypnotist who keeps a foot in each circle of hypnotism, I believe that there is tremendous value in the work stage hypnotists do, when they do it well.  In fact, I would argue that besides the internet, stage hypnotists are the greatest asset that the profession of hypnotism has today.
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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.

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