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Topic: Stage Name Suggestions?
Message: Posted by: James Hazlerig (Nov 5, 2008 09:52AM)

I'm new to stage hypnosis and considering a stage name, as my given name is not the most euphonious on top of having a confusing spelling.

So what guidelines would you use to evaluate a stage name? Where did you draw inspiration for your stage names?


James (for the moment)
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Nov 5, 2008 09:54AM)
Jimmy Haze
Message: Posted by: TheTrance-Master (Nov 5, 2008 10:25AM)
My stage name, The Trance-Master, came to me in a dream. In the dream, 2 elderly women came up to me after a show and were raving about how much they enjoyed the exxperience. One of them said, you really are a "Trance-Master."
I woke up, wrote it down and the next day, years back, called my friend Ormond McGill and his respose was, "the best stuff comes to us in dreams, I like it, go with it." To get an endorsement from a genius, is something I will be forever thankful for.
The Trance-Master
Message: Posted by: asithlord (Nov 5, 2008 02:42PM)
Jimmy Haze is brilliant I must say.
Well done Tony.
Message: Posted by: Marc Savard (Nov 5, 2008 04:44PM)
James Hazeler
James Haze
Hazeler the Hypnotist
Hypnotic Haze
J. Haze
Jim Haze
Hypnotist Jim Haze

All along the sames lines as Tony's suggestion, however my opinion is that "Jimmy" sounds a bit juvenile, and I might expect you to come out on stage on your skateboard. :-o Hence the reason why I prefer Jim Haze or James Haze instead of Jimmy. I don't hate it by any means, although it seems younger and more hip, but I don't know what your image is or what you want to portray.

Everyone has different reasonings for their stage name. I personally do not like the names like "The amazing such and such" or "the magnificent so and so", I guess I just feel that if you have to tell people you are amazing, you probably aren't. Again, like I said, it is my personal preference.

Good Luck,

Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Nov 5, 2008 10:36PM)
I said Jimmy not knowing the flavor of his work. James is more mature and more standoffish; Jimmy comes across as more friendly and approachable. Hearing a name sets up preconceptions, to me, a friendly name has the people wanting to like you before they even meet you. That is half the battle in this business.
Message: Posted by: Christo (Nov 6, 2008 01:21AM)

Message: Posted by: Miraclemakers (Nov 6, 2008 03:36AM)
On 2008-11-06 02:21, Christo wrote:

I agree with you,
"J", Sounds cool.....
or Mr. "J"
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Nov 6, 2008 05:28AM)
I say just go with...


Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Nov 6, 2008 05:36AM)
Just to add...

You "look" the part of a Hypnotist named Haze.

If you still look like that, of course...

Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Nov 6, 2008 09:08AM)
One thing to consider. Your name is going to be the very first connection they have with you.

Pick one all mysterious and aloof and such, and it may do more harm than good. Pick one which is approachable and friendly and one which is pretty "familiar" and you will be percieved as such.

You need to figure out what you are trying to accomplish.
Message: Posted by: bobser (Nov 6, 2008 11:35AM)
Hazey Jimmy
Message: Posted by: Anthony Jacquin (Nov 6, 2008 03:42PM)

Oh no he is a global rap star.
Message: Posted by: Marc Savard (Nov 6, 2008 04:21PM)
On 2008-11-06 16:42, Anthony Jacquin wrote:

Oh no he is a global rap star.

Haha. I love it! Good one Anthony! :)

Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Nov 6, 2008 06:40PM)
J Haze has a different kind of trance meaning to people of my generation. :smoke:
Message: Posted by: bobser (Nov 7, 2008 10:51AM)
That's true Tony. Also if said quickly it can sound Islamic.
Message: Posted by: James Hazlerig (Nov 8, 2008 03:57PM)
Wow, thanks for all your suggestions! I like "Haze" a lot--would you believe I hadn't thought of that?

I agree that Jim and Jimmy are more approachable than James, but at my mother's request, I've never used either nickname. They're just not me.

What about some other J-names, as many of them are variants of James anyway:

Jacob Haze
Jason Haze
Jack Haze

@Pakar--I still look a lot like that, though I have a bit more gray in my beard now. :)

Thanks, Everyone!
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Nov 8, 2008 06:45PM)
Jake or Jack. Or you can go back to your last name and be Larry or Lee.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Nov 8, 2008 07:22PM)
Jacob seems approachable to me for whatever reason.
Message: Posted by: James Hazlerig (Nov 10, 2008 05:14PM)
Thanks once again. I did Google searches for each of the options, and I found that "Jacob Haze" really isn't being used much. "Jack Haze" turns out to be the name of a strain a cannibis, though my stoner friend had never heard of it when I asked him. (Despite having long hair and a beard, I've never touched the stuff. My mind is already weird enough . . . )

I've also been toying with "The Amazing Haze." Is that too cheesy?
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Nov 10, 2008 07:17PM)
Very much so.
Message: Posted by: dcjames (Nov 10, 2008 08:42PM)
IMHO "The Amazing Haze" sounds like rush week in a Frat House. :P

I agree with Marc Savard - If you have to announce that you are amazing then you are starting off on the wrong foot.

Just my 2 cents.
Message: Posted by: James Hazlerig (Nov 11, 2008 09:10AM)
Thanks, everyone, for your input.

The more I turn it over, the more I like "Jacob Haze."
Message: Posted by: Marc Savard (Nov 11, 2008 12:08PM)
Go for it! It sounds great!

"Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome to the stage, Hypnotist Jacob Haze!"

I just bought JacobHaze.com, I will sell it to you for $10,000.00, if you are interested? Haha.

I'm just kidding of course. But now that I mention it, you better go buy it before some classless jack-ass does!

Message: Posted by: dehypno (Dec 7, 2008 08:55AM)
Go with something totally different.... like Shecky Boondoggle.

No, don't use that one. It is going to be my new moniker.
Message: Posted by: Aaron Little (Dec 7, 2008 10:57AM)
"Jacob Haze" sounds great.
Message: Posted by: briandavidphillips (Dec 7, 2008 10:08PM)
Or, perhaps . . . Hypnotist James Hazlerig.

It's up to you on how or why you take on a stage name different from your therapy name - there was a discussion of this at Hypnothoughts some time ago - but I would suggest that if you choose to go with a stage name then you should be doing so with reasons as to why that's the direction to go toward rather than trying to move away from perceived negative effects of your real name.

Personally, I don't think the euphonious nature of your name or the spelling issue should be deciders (heck, I get people misspelling my name all the time . . . it's amazing the number of folks who spell Brian as Brain on a regular basis . . . so changing your name is not going to cut out misspellings completely).

What other GOOD reasons do you have to take on your stage name?

Do note that John Cerbone's description of his stage name of Trance-Master is another thing to consider, not changing your name but taking on a stage moniker . . . Amazing and the like.

All the best,