I love hypnosis but it took me a long time to realise the truth behind all the hype about how to actually hypnotize someone.
This article is mostly for the novice in hypnosis, someone who has possibly read a little bit about it, maybe even tried an induction or two but wants to know a few tips and tricks for how to do it properly.
The 3 things that will really help you when hypnotizing someone are:
1) Believe in your abilities – This is an absolute must if you want to truly hypnotise someone. If you don't believe you are a hypnotist, they won't believe either. You must be utterly confident it will work and not waver at any signs of it not working. The main job of the hypnotist is to convince the subject that they are going to be hypnotised. Not maybe, they ARE.
2) Pick the right subject – Any good hypnosis book will mention the best ways to pick the right subject. This will involve 'tests' you perform on a group of people so you can judge who is most susceptible to hypnosis. Not only that but if you are going to try hypnotising your best mate who thinks it's a load of old rubbish, you're going to find that harder than hypnotising a friend of a friend who has been hypnotised before and believes in faries.
3) Don't get bogged down with the exact wording – Many novice hypnotists think they have to learn scripts off by heart in order for it to work. The words ARE important, but it's your confidence and actions that are most important. All 3 should work together with each other in order to take someone into a trance.
These 3 things will help you a hell of a lot I can promise you. Just remember to get a good hypnosis course like Covert Hypnosis so you can literally make people bow down to your every command.. just kidding.. or am I.? You'll be like Derren Brown in no time
I recently re-read a modern day classic on mind reading and mentalism. The book is by Paul Brook and is called The Alchemical tools. The book is essentially a must have for any mind reader or mentalist - novice and professional. Google 'Paul Brook Mind Reading' for more information.
Anyway, after reading the book again I re-read the true story about how one day he had a disagreement with one of his pupils. Being a great mind reader Paul occasionally took on people to teach his secrets to. Paul gives the impression this particular pupil was a bit of an idiot and an argument ensued.
In the argument the pupil basically claimed he was now better than Paul and knew everything he needed to know and left Paul to go out on his own. He soon returned with his tail between his legs claiming he could only get a handful of bookings and needed Paul's help. Paul took pity on the poor fellow and said he would watch him at his next gig to see if there were any problems in his performance and why people didn't seem to recommend him.
After his gig Paul said he knew the problem, he said he was throwing too many tricks at the crowd in quick succession and not giving each trick a chance to build in the mind of the audience. The pupil wasn't convinced so Paul asked him to one of his own gigs in a couple of days time.
Paul's gig was table hopping at a private function and it was split into 3 sections – before seating entertainment, after desert entertainment and a final section after the other acts had performed. Anyway, Paul said that he would perform in the first section and the pupil in the second. Then, they would ask the guests to vote on who they wanted to see on the final section. The pupil looked smug and agreed to the challenge.
They each performed their bits and a vote was taken. Every single guest voted for Paul. The pupil was stunned..
The pupil asked the individual guests why they didn't choose him. They all replied along the lines of, “It's because Paul really got into our minds and gave us all goosebumps.”
How did he do it? Well, the pupil was busy throwing 100 tricks at the guests in quick succession barely giving them time to appreciate it. Paul only performed ONE trick on each table. That trick got everyone involved and lasted 15 minutes, building up the suspense each time.
The moral of the story – I'll say it again, take your time and don't worry about learning 100 tricks, just learn 5 or 6 REALLY well and make it special. That's the difference between good mind reading and great mind reading.
NLP has been a bit of a buzz word for a good few years in relation to mind reading and mentalism tricks due to the likes of Derren Brown and Cris Angel.
The actual limits of NLP is only known to people who have actually studied it extensively, like myself. Limited is the key word, as people claim to use NLP for just about everything, but us people in the know, understand what you can and cannot do don't we?
That doesn't stop us saying we're using NLP when we're not, but sometimes it's nice to use some real NLP skills to perform our mind reading and mentalism.
So what NLP mind reading tricks are possible? Well I've already talked about how anchors can be used, but there are a few others too.
This one in particular isn't strictly NLP, but it involved reading subtle body language cues so I suppose it counts.
So here's the trick..
You show a spectator 5 playing cards, 4 of them are black number cards and one card is the queen of hearts. There are 2 versions of the trick you can use depending on who you perform it on. To one type of person you say that when they see the queen of hearts they are to think about SEX. To other people you just tell them to think about MONEY.
What you do is show them the queen of hearts first, tell them to think about sex/money. Get them to really think about it while they are staring at the queen of hearts. What this does is anchor the queen of hearts to that emotion.. I'll explain why in a moment.
What you do them is mix the cards face down and one after another show them each card and tell them to think about sex/money when they see the queen of hearts. When you show them each card, make sure you can't see the cards you show, but you need to be able to see their eyes.
Just by looking into their eyes, you can tell which card is the queen of hearts.. how?
Not by the reflection in their eyes. You can tell by their pupils dilating. When people think about sex or money. Their pupils dilate. When I say sex, I mean they need to really think of the act, and when they think about money, they need to imagine they have loads of it around them and to get excited.
So when you show them each card, watch their pupils and you will be able to tell which is the queen of hearts by when their pupils dilate (get bigger).
Try it out, it's a pretty decent little trick and you can even explain how you did it after. It's a good way to use as a build up to a really proper, stronger trick and to make them think you're a real body language expert.
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I don't usually talk about hypnosis but I think when you're into mind reading and mentalism, hypnosis is something you eventually dabble in.
The first port of call when you first learn a few inductions is going straight to friends and family to try your new techniques on. To the budding hypnotist this is usually make or break as to whether you ever hypnotise someone ever again – depending on if it works.
The problem with hypnotising friends and family or people who have known you for a while is the fact that it generally won't work.
Hypnosis works mostly due to the fact that the person being induced BELIEVES in your hypnosis abilities. It's all about convincing someone to follow your directions and help put them into a trance like state. I'm not going to go into depth about what a trance actually is, but it's generally when someone takes directions off you and when brought back – they will claim to have been 'under'.
So, why shouldn't you hypnotise friends and family?
Because they won't believe you. They won't believe you have the 'power' to put them under, are unlikely to take you seriously and will usually fight you the whole way.
This is why so many novice hypnotists soon give up after failing miserably to put their friends under. At the end of the day, most people will have to try it on their friends and family first through lack of confidence and not wanting to look like a total fool to a complete stranger.
What I suggest is using a friend who is open minded and doing it away from everyone else in a quiet room to start with. Take it slowly too, don't panic and rush, just slowly lead them into a trance.
If you have a good book or DVD course to learn from then you should also know good 'tests' you can use on your friend before going ahead and really taking them under. That way, if your friends 'fail' the test, you can stop right there and tell them it won't work on them.
Remember to be confident in your abilities and believe they will go under. If You Believe, THEY will believe.
You'll be putting people under like Derren Brown in no time!
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If I could give an aspiring mind reader or mentalist one tip whether you have dreams of being famous or just want to know some killer tricks to amaze your friends - it would be to take your time.
You should take your time in more ways than one as well. The first way is to take your time while learning mind reading tricks. The urge to go straight out and perform to your friends as soon as you learn a method of a trick is sometimes hard to suppress but it's one you will not regret taking your time with. Mind reading and mentalism is all in the performance and the actual method is really not important.
Make sure you have a rough script for a trick, have the method down to a tee – which includes the misdirection that's needed to pull it off – and ensure everything is smooth and fits with your persona and claim of special ability.
Secondly, once you have taken your time learning the trick – take your time performing it. This isn't quick fire visual magic tricks which are a dime a dozen and are thrown at spectators til they're bored. This is suspense building, mind boggling, emotionally charged mind reading.
Take your time and lead the audience as you pace them slowly and get involved in the trick, until the final revelation.
So here are two ways to take your time:
- Take your time learning the tricks
- Take your time executing the tricks
So if you want to create a truly marvellous experience for your audience so they really believe you have some incredible abilities – take your time.