What is hypnosis?
People always come up to me and ask if the stuff I do is real or if the people I bring up on stage are faking it. This article will help you understand that everyone can be hypnotized, and the ones who REALLY want to participate are not faking it but are having the time of their lives!
Is Hypnosis Real or Fake?
I'm not talking about hypnotherapy. I'm talking about hypnosis with a live audience.
I recently saw a live show at my school on hypnosis and I personally am not a believer but I
can't wrap my head around as to how it was done. Most hypnotist like the one I saw didn't claim
to have magical powers. But said its more of suggestions and people willing to do it BUT it takes
a lot of willingness to get a guy to act like a girl and another to bounce like kangaroo and put
watermelon down there pants which happened in the show. I can't wrap my finger as to how this
happened. To me theres no way in under two minutes you can get someone to do stuff like that.
And before the show ended he told one of the guys who did the kangaroo deal to deny that
watermelon was in his pants after the show and sure enough I saw the guy in the bathroom and
asked Is there watermelon down your pants? And he said no (however it did seem like he was
acting). But I do not think this was staged for the fact that some of these people are my
And the thing that baffled me the most was the fact that as the entire audience was dieing of
laughter I rarely saw one of these kids laughing on stage unless that moment was an act to do
so. Like seriously I made sure of that.
For example: There was a part when guys where pulling up there shirts dancing to music like a
boy band and instead of watching that I looked closely at everyone else on stage and none of
them had any expression. Like next to never I saw smiling. I mean if your on stage one little
barely funny thing can make anyone blush up a little at least.
Sure maybe the last resort was that it was staged but I don't think so but I do not believe it was
because they where open to suggestion and all that crap. To me there's no way you can
subconsciously suggest people to do most of that. Even if there "willing". But so far I have been
completely like wtf how did that happen. Anyone want to clear this up to is how this could have
happened? Because I'm clueless.
Best Answer: Hypnosis is real. Stage hypnosis, like you are talking about, is for the purpose of
entertainment. The first thing that the stage hypnotist does is some suggestibility testing, to see
who is willing to play along and have fun. Those volunteers who will not follow instructions are
usually dismissed and told to return to the audience. People who volunteer to be hypnotized on
stage are people who would like to have that kind of fun -- to perform on stage and make people
laugh. Sometimes, they are folks who always wanted to be gregarious and entertain others, but
are normally a little shy to do it. When they have a context like hypnosis, they feel comfortable
to act out in public. It's like the folks at the office party who drink too much, and put the
lampshade on their heads and act a little foolish. Usually, they're known for being shy, but when
they have the context of a few too many cocktails, they can express themselves in a way they
won't normally allow. Nothing wrong with that, it's a very human thing. And the ones who do it
usually have a lot of fun.
I think that most people who say they were not hypnotized, or say they can not be hypnotized,
just really do not understand what hypnosis is. It's a very comfortable, natural state that we all
go into and out of every day. It can be as light as daydreaming and much, much deeper. It's not
mind control, and doesn't come over you like a drug. It feels very pleasant to be in hypnosis --
light and drifty and peaceful. And you can not be hypnotized if you do not want to be hypnotized.
If you are willing, the hypnotist can induce hypnosis in a matter of seconds quite easily. People
can do fantastic things in the state of hypnosis, and have lots of fun, too. I'd suggest that you
give it a try sometime, and see what you think from the inside. And remember, if you do not want
to cluck like a chicken, you won't. I'm a Certified Hypnotherapist and Master Hypnotist myself,
and you won't make me cluck like a chicken! :-) Go ahead, next time. Have a little fun.
Take good care,
-Patricia Reynolds Sorbye CHT