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Topic: Mentor in a Book
Message: Posted by: dmkraig (May 17, 2011 07:42PM)
One of the deepest challenges of a person learning entertainment hypnosis is putting it all together. You can take trainings, read books, watch videos, etc., but how do you turn all of that information into a coherent goal?

The solution may be in a book published last year by John Cressman entitled "Zero to Stage Hypnotist in 30 Days." I would consider this book to be an ideal guidebook to all of your other resources.

Before giving you the positives, I want to get the negatives out of the way. The book is obviously self-published, with poor layout, numerous typos, grammar errors, too-thin cover stock, and all of the errors commonly found in self-published books. His "modified Elman" induction begins with an Ericksonian permissive introduction which is unneeded. If stuff like that bothers you, get over it. It should be the information that draws you to this book.

Sometimes, concepts are thrown in unexplained. But that's a good thing. This book, in spite of its grandiose title and comments on the cover ("The beginners[sic] guide to Stage Hypnosis" and "BE A STAGE HYPNOTIST") is totally incomplete. But in my opinion, that was the plan. The book provides 16 very brief chapters, explaining what you need to do to become a stage hypnotist. For example, chapter 1 is about why a person might want to become a stage hypnotist. Chapter 4 is about types of training. Chapter 6 is about why you might want to use a stage name. Chapter 8 is about booking shows. Chapter 14 is about BOR sales.

Each chapter is highly incomplete, but it points you in the direction of what to do. You are shown, step-by-step, how to get your first booking. But the skits are only hinted at. You're not told how to bring out your personality. Safety is stressed, but not what to do to assure safety other than tape down microphone wires.

If you remember the play or movie, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," you'll remember that the main character had a little book which had key ideas for how to get ahead. For someone starting out in stage hypnosis, this is a similar type of book.

Oh, and the author admits that the 30 days in the title doesn't mean 30 CONSECUTIVE days.

In summary: If you're looking for a mentor to tell you what to do next in trying to learn to be a stage hypnotist, this book scores a 5 out of 5. If you're looking for a full explanation of how to do stage hypnosis, this book scores a 2 out of 5. Once you know what this book is (and what it is not), it becomes a valuable tool. Whether you choose to learn by watching videos (he recommends some), taking trainings or reading books (he recommends the same 2 books I'd recommend), the is the ideal book to guide your training and study.