By John Hubert
The art of learning stage hypnosis begins with an understanding of hypnosis itself. You see hypnosis has its roots in ancient times, back to the ancient Indians and eastern mantra practices, and understanding how it relates to the world in a modern form is a must for any stage hypnotist.
The true trick to making stage hypnosis work is by making the audience believe in something. Whether or not this thing they're believing in is real, or a story that you made up, is irrelevant, however once they have that belief in something, it then comes down to the individual person to act upon that belief and to confirm to themselves that it is real.
As we learn to accept suggestions in life, be it from our parents, our teachers or from any other authority figure, we become accustomed to doing as they say. Believe it or not, this is actually a subconscious process, a process we're not even really consciously aware of. We're so used to this process that when someone acts as an authority figure in our lives, even if we don't consciously accept them as an authority figure, we'll subconsciously do as they say. This is the fundamental principle that stage hypnotists play upon.
You see when you attend a stage hypnosis show, you have the expectation that you're going to be hypnotized. You look at the stage hypnotist as being an authority figure, someone who is going to hypnotize you no matter what you do. It's this preconception, this belief, that automatically hypnotizes you to begin with, believe it or not! It then simply comes down to the stage hypnotist to play upon this state of hypnosis that you're already in, and cause you to develop a preconditioned belief that whatever they say, you will act upon, and sure enough you do.
If on the rare chance you don't plan on being hypnotized when you go to a stage hypnosis show, then the hypnotist quite simply won't pick you. How can they tell that you're not going to play their game? They quite simply undertake a number of prehypnotic exercises for the audience to sort of 'wet their appetite' before the real part of the show starts. It's in this time that the hypnotist is screening the audience, looking for members that are receptive to his suggestions. If you're there and you're not paying much attention to what's going on, then the hypnotist quite simply won't pick you.
So understand that learning stage hypnosis is no easy task, and can take many years to master. But most importantly of all, understanding the principle that the thing that separates stage hypnosis from other forms of hypnosis is that the hypnotist can select people from a large crowd. The odds are that at least one person in any crowd will be a somnambulist, somebody that is naturally suggestible.
The author is a researcher of various aspects of hypnosis and has written an article covering ways of Learning Stage Hypnosis. He also runs a website on ways to Learn Hypnosis Online.