Creating an Unforgettable Comedy Hypnosis Performance! (Part 1)

One thing is for sure – Many of our shows are like our children and no one can say anything is wrong with them. Even when that child has missing front teeth and a lazy eye they are still beautiful to us! The goal of this article is simple – to get you to look at your show in a different way. A way that has different elements, different structure, and maybe even a different outcome.

Want to create a comedy hypnosis show that leaves your audience amazed and laughing their heads off? Mixing action, mystery, drama, comedy, and storytelling can take your show to the next level. Each of these elements is a different part of – THEATER AND PERFORMANCE! I mean we are STAGE Hypnotists after all!

A year after the show is done, your volunteers may remember a few skits but what if there was a way for them to remember the whole show? What if it were formatted like a story? Like a compelling action movie or a comedy or a drama or a mystery? What if it was formatted as a story and had all of those elements?

A defined theatrical structure is important – Not all stories are theatrical, but if you do it right your show can be.

Think of the journey you go on and the story you can tell.

  1. Beginning: We begin our story.

    • Start with introducing the main characters – your volunteers (people in your story) and the setting (where the story takes place).

    • Give great descriptors to your volunteers and use that to really build your scene.

    • Tell us what the characters are like and what their situation is at the start of the story. It’s just a normal day until:

  1. Middle: This is where the stuff goes down.

    • In the middle, the characters face different obstacles and challenges as they try to solve the main problem.

    • The story should get more exciting and tense as the characters struggle to deal with the problem.

    • Show how the characters learn and change as they face these challenges.

  1. Turning Point:

    • This is the most exciting part of the story where the main problem is at its worst.

    • The main character takes action to try to solve the problem.

    • This is when things are most intense, and the character makes a big decision or discovery.

  1. Ending:

    • In the ending, the main problem is resolved.

    • The story starts to calm down, and you see how things turn out for the characters.

    • The story wraps up with a clear resolution, showing what happens to the characters in the end.

    • This is the perfect place for a grand finale or a motivational skit.

This outline helps you create a story that is well-structured and keeps your audience interested. From a theatrical point it is a 4 act play. From a movie standpoint it’s a classic 4 part story. From a comedy standpoint it is a whole different animal. In Part Two, we’ll examine how characters are essential to the story you’re telling on stage.

1 reply
  1. Colin Chapman
    Colin Chapman says:

    This article does a great job of describing the approach of those who embrace their identity of being stage hypnotists who do a theatrical stage hypnosis show.

    Those of us who run around saying we are comedians and hypnotists who do a comedy show that uses hypnosis to deliver the laughs are coming at this with a radically different approach: we embrace the chaos of a comedy show over three act story structure, destroy the sacred fourth wall and create bits we wrote driven by the interactions with the volunteers (crowd work) over character development.

    Both approaches are valid and we all get to make our artistic choices with the trade offs that come with each.

    We are all artists, so you get to do you, boo.


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