Hypnosis, an often misunderstood practice, has various forms ranging from entertainment to therapeutic applications. In this exploration, I aim to shed light on the compatibility of hypnosis with Christian beliefs, emphasizing responsible usage and aligning with one’s Christian faith.
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When the bookings aren’t coming as expected, many hypnotists naturally gravitate towards the notion that enhanced marketing strategies are the silver bullet. They imagine that a better sales page, a burgeoning social media following, or the aid of a savvy agent might be the key to unlocking a flood of bookings. However, this perspective overlooks a fundamental aspect of any performance art: the uniqueness and quality of the product or service itself.
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Are you a hypnosis cover band? Or are you an artist? Here’s what I’d like you to do. I’d like you to think of some of the very top musical artists today. Taylor Swift. Miley Cyrus. Eminem. Drake.

If you were going to go see their music performed live, would you want to go see them or a cover band? Or maybe you would be okay with just going out to the local karaoke bar and seeing people do “Stairway to Heaven” badly. 

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Let me ask you a question, and think about it a moment: how safe is your hypnotist? 

What do you know about the person that is coming into your school, company event, home, club or fair?  What’s their background when it comes to dealing with your students, employees, or guests?  What is their training both in stage and consulting hypnosis? And equally important, what safety training do they have?  It doesn’t matter how long they’ve been performing, because as we know all too well, the horror stories often don’t come out until years later. Read more

Official Statement from the International Stage Hypnotists’ Association on the Human Bridge Technique in Entertainment Hypnotism Shows

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My name is Michael DeSchalit and I’m a magician and stage hypnotist… and the people sitting around the circle say, “Hi Michael.” Yup, I started my career as an entertainer as a dancer, but the music kept throwing off my rhythm, so I became a musician. But my audiences began to disappear. So, I became a magician, but then my audiences just fell asleep. So, I figured, why not just become a hypnotist?
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The field of entertainment hypnotism is as enigmatic as it is captivating. For decades stage hypnotists have enthralled audiences with their mastery of the mind and command of the stage. But behind the scenes, a different kind of performance takes place — one marked by isolation, competition, and a guarded approach to the craft. But what if this culture shifted? What if we were on the cusp of a Golden Age for entertainment hypnotism, fueled by collaboration and collective excellence?
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My journey into becoming a stage hypnotist might be a little different. I don’t come from a magic or comedy background and I never had a career before I became a hypnotist. My reason for becoming a hypnotist was to help people. During my first session something miraculous happened to me; I was able to let go of a lifelong depression. From that moment, it became my mission to go out and help as many people as possible with this incredible tool called hypnotherapy.
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Stage hypnosis performances leave a profound impression on the public. Certified Hypnotists [CH] who perform stage hypnosis, including the authors of this article, have been approached by show volunteers and audience members after performances that confessed they were skeptical about hypnosis before witnessing the demonstration of hypnotic phenomena onstage. These same audience members and show volunteers also expressed interest in learning more about how hypnotism could enhance their lives. The authors of this article enthusiastically advocate the notion that stage hypnosis performances are opportunities for the Certified Hypnotist [CH] to use entertainment to educate audiences about hypnotism and elevate the profession as a whole.
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Hypnotism is not a mystical power or ability; it’s a skill that anyone can learn. As a skill, it is not particularly complicated and can be taught relatively quickly. Here’s the catch: knowing what to do with people once you have them hypnotized is a considerably more complex issue, and requires much more learning and preparation.
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