Stage hypnosis


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Stage hypnosis

  1. 1. Stage Hypnosis
  2. 2. Ok, we’ve posted plenty abouthypnosis and hypnotherapy andsome of the reasons why people turn to it for help. But whatabout stage hypnosis? How is it similar to “real” hypnosis or clinical hypnosis and how is it different?
  3. 3. Stage hypnosis comes in two main types. The first sort is the best known sort – where youhave a hypnotist up on the stagewho calls up volunteers from the audience to be put into what isreferred to as a trance. Once the volunteers are put into a trance
  4. 4. they are given a series of commands, usually to do something ridiculous orhilarious, though usually within the bounds of good taste anddecency. The volunteer might be told that when they put on a huge pair of sunglasses,
  5. 5. they will see everyone in the audience with no clothes on;they will not be instructed to take their clothes off… or at least not in any of the stage hypnosis shows I’ve seen or heard of.
  6. 6. The second type of stage hypnosis was used as part of atraditional magic show. In these old shows, the conjurer’s assistant was put into a trance (or appeared to be put into a trance, anyway) before beingused for illusions such as being sawn in half,
  7. 7. levitated up off a table coveredin a sheet, put into a cabinet to have sabres seemingly thrust through them and more.
  8. 8. This writer recently saw an old Laurel and Hardy black and white film (“A Haunting We WillGo”) where the comic duo act asassistants to the conjurer Dante, and Dante seemed to use this form of stage hypnosis quite frequently.
  9. 9. (At one point, he tries to putStanley into a trance, and when Dante wiggles his fingers,Stanley wiggles his ears… but I’m getting distracted and I’dbetter stop before I tell you the whole plot.)
  10. 10. The main thing that stage hypnosis of both types has in common with clinical hypnosisis the trance. The trance state isconsidered to be the hallmark of hypnosis and is what gave hypnosis its name (it comes from the Greek word for sleep and a trance state looks like sleep to the outsider).
  11. 11. In both types of stage hypnosis,the subject (the volunteer or theassistant) is told to stare into the hypnotist’s eyes. This mimics what happens in clinicalhypnosis, where the subject (the client seeking help from hypnotherapy) stares at a focal point. the trance.
  12. 12. In stage hypnosis, it appears tobe the eyes of the hypnotist andhis/her personal energy or power that puts the subject into
  13. 13. However, in clinical hypnosis, it isn’t so much the eyes of the hypnotist as the voice. Thesubject of clinical hypnosis can stare at any focal point theywish, even their hands or a pin on the ceiling.
  14. 14. In stage hypnosis of both kinds,all the power seems to be in the hands of the hypnotist and the subject seems to fall into the trance against their will. Inclinical hypnosis, it is frequently stressed that nobody can be hypnotized against their will.
  15. 15. The get-volunteers-to-do-silly- things type of stage hypnosishas another parallel with clinical hypnosis: suggestions. Suggestions implanted by thehypnotist while the subject is in the trance affect the actions ofthe subject once he/she comes out of the trance,
  16. 16. with the altered subconscious (where the suggestions have been implanted) producing the change in behavior. Thishappens in clinical hypnosis and is how hypnotherapy works, to put it very briefly. This principleof suggestion is exaggerated for effect in stage hypnosis.
  17. 17. There a number of other waysthat stage hypnosis differs from clinical hypnosis. Firstly, stage hypnosis is always very public. It’s a show and everything is made to be as dramatic a spectacle as possible. Clinical hypnosis, on the other hand, is very private,
  18. 18. especially as it is usually done to help someone with a problem that can be quite intimate and personal. And the sort of tranceinduced in stage hypnosis isn’t a real trance at all, as any clinical hypnotherapist will tell you.
  19. 19. The subject is not in a relaxedstate and the trance appears tobe induced almost instantly – areal trance requires relaxation and takes time.
  20. 20. So what is going on really withstage hypnosis if the subject isn’t in a real trance? Why do you see that staid person from the accounting department rushingaround the room squawking like achicken when they’re normally as dull and quiet as a calculator?
  21. 21. Why does the conjurer have to put the lady in the sparkling leotard into a trance before sawing her in half?
  22. 22. It’s easy to explain what’s going on with the conjurer’s type of hypnosis. Here, it’s part of the atmosphere of mystery andillusion. There’s something a little uncanny about even clinical hypnosis, and it is no secret thateven clinical hypnosis has drawn on the techniques of the yogis and gurus and has a touch of mysticism about it.
  23. 23. Stage conjurers draw on this to give a sense of mystery and supernatural power as part of their act – and the assistant isfaking it as part of that act. What’s more, the actions of the “hypnotized” subject and the actions of the conjurer as
  24. 24. he/she puts the assistant into the trance also serve to distract theaudience from the mechanism of the trick. Not all conjurers usefake hypnosis as part of their act and plenty of professionals get on just fine without it.
  25. 25. But what about the other sort of stage hypnosis? What’s goingon here is more complex. When a person volunteers to be thesubject of a stage hypnotist, heor she probably knows the sortof thing that they’ll be asked to do
  26. 26. It is highly likely that the volunteer actually wants to dothese crazy things in public. Yes – even the staid, boring types. The hypnotist gives the subject an excuse to act like an idiot inpublic and get away with it – afterall they “can’t help it” because “I was under the power of the hypnotist”.
  27. 27. In the case of the dull accountant described above, probably he/she has been itching to break out of that professional role and get out of the rut but without endangering their business image. Humans are funny creatures…
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