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Michael Peterson
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Can anyone recommend any books or videos. I bought a video on stage hypnotism and it was pretty useless.Any help is appreciated.



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Have you read "The How to Book of Hypnotism" by Tom Silver and Ormond McGill? I have it, Tom was kind enough to send me a copy but I have not read it. But I hear nothing but good things about it.



BTW, how the heck do you pronounce "Ichazod"?
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Michael Peterson
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Thanx John! You pronounce it "ikazod"
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I'd recommend not only the How To Book by Tom and Ormond but also "The New Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism" also by Ormond McGill. I've just cracked into this huge book and it is great so far. He starts off with history and background in Hypnotism and then the second half is about how-to. It is a huge book. Highly recommended. I got mine from Amazon.com.

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Michael Peterson
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Thanx Doug, much appreciated.

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Start with the "tricks" that seem like hypnosis. You must convince people that you have the power. Once they believe, you can talk them into anything. Last Christmas my wife's office had a professional stage hypnotist perform at the Christmas party. He bombed because no one believed he could do it to them.
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Many years ago I studied hypnotism and received my certification as a Relaxologist (Fancy way of saying Hypnotist) and even built and sold galvonic skin responders.



It does not belong in the field of Magic. It’s not what people think it is, "The Power to Control Others!"



It’s only a form of subconscience suggestions, that dream state just before you go to sleep and just before you wake up. It has it's medical purposes and behavior control uses (Smoking, Drinking, Weight Loss Control, etc.) but it is not magic!



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Alright, I'll ask. What's a galavonic skin thingy and does it have a fetzer valve? Smile Smile Smile
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Opps, A galvonic skin responder is an electronic device which you connect to your fingers. It measures the resistance between your fingers and converts the resistance into sound. The more relaxed you get the greater change in resistance the lower pitch in sound. By listening to the sound you get an indication if your relaxing or not. It trains your body to know how to relax. Kind of like tuning a guitar. After a while the device is not needed. On command you can go into a total relaxation mode.



Radio Shack sold them as biofeedback monitors. They also worked well. For a practicing Hypnotist, they are a must. For an entertaining Hypnotist, well that’s another story.

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DenDowhy,



I'm interested in why you think that hypnotism does not belong in magic. I am aware that some therapeutic hypnotists are opposed to stage hyponosis, but I am not clear on the arguments against it.



Not long ago I saw Kreskin perform. He mixed magic effects (linking rings and card effects) with mentalism and hyponosis. Pretty darn effective show, though it crosses the boundaries that some magic theorists put up.



Two years ago I attended a stage hypnotist show on a university campus in NY, The house was packed and the audience loved it.



So, I ask again, what is the objection to stage hypnotism?



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Jon,



Hypnotism is not Magic. It is an art form which can be used for good. The hardest thing I have to do is convince people hypnosis is real and it is not what people have preconceived ideas about from stage performances. (Hence, the dislike from Professional Hypnotists.)



I am not opposed to stage humor, I am opposed to those who claim they have "the power" (Miss Cleo, Edwards, Kreskin-at one time) and bilk others on that claim.



Once one believes Hypnosis is a "trick" to make others act like ducks, lovers, dogs, etc., they cease to believe hypnosis can do good in many areas, especially in the motivational area. It's like telling people penicillian is Magic.



There is a big difference in what is real and what is humor, especially when a known medical usage of Hypnosis is destroyed by those who play with it as a joke.



Please don't take offense, I personally think it is wrong to use it in this way. It's almost like me going back in time over two thousand years with my bag of modern tools, medicine, magic and pretending I am a miracle worker. One might believe me to be a "God".



When it comes to making money, I refuse to use my talents as Hypnotist for entertainment purposes, that is my choice. I just know if anyone of them were asked if they would like to use hypnosis to correct a problem or habit, or for motivational training, they would think of your show.

It would be hard to convince them otherwise of the value of Hypnosis.



It's a difference of opinion, and that's all it is, an opinion.
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Hi,

I was interested to read that you had certification in hypnotism. How did you get this? In our country (UK) and I thought it was the same there in the US, there is no official qualification (goverment accredited)

only non-accredited by self appointed organizations which are not really a qualification at all just a Scam. You might just as well make up an organization and print the certificate yourself, in much the same way you can buy doctorates in virtually any subject you like for a few pounds/dollars.



Am I wrong about this?



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On 2001-12-31 10:07, p.b.jones wrote: How did you get this?




Over 25 years ago I received my certification from an individual organization which taught hypnosis. He was well know at the time, has been on TV and is an area expert on the topic. He also had a consulting service. Yes, he was well “qualified” from my perspective.



It was called Relaxology instead of Hypnosis because of the stigma attached to the word left by stage magicians/hypnotists. At the time, the medical field did not believe in hypnosis, even though they prescribed medicine, which did exactly the same things a skilled professional hypnotist could do. Since that time hypnosis has found it’s place in the medical field, although limited.



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In our country (UK) and I thought it was the same there in the US, there is no Official qualification (government accredited), only non accredited by self appointed organizations which are not really a qualification at all just a Scam.




You are right anyone can make certifications about anything. My Certification only indicated I studied for six months on the topic of Hypnosis, and was qualified to practice this art. A Scam… not in this case, although you are right there are many scams for money. I have never regretted my knowledge learned or the many times I practiced it on myself. It put an “air” of legitimacy to what I learned.



Basically the skills I learned were controlling the autonomic system functions, which by the way at the time, the medical field said was impossible to do. Oh yes, it can be dangerous, I was controlling my heart rate in an instant increasing and decreasing it, along with my blood pressure. I could go to sleep standing up in 30 seconds. It was a trained art that if used improperly I could have done damage to my own body. It could be used to correct those items advertised by a professional hypnotist.



I do have dual college degrees in Computer and Informational sciences. My friends who thought I was full of c**p with this hypnosis stuff were amazed what I did with these skills and the computer. I wrote two programs that allowed me to use my relaxation methods to control a game program and to type on the screen without the use of a keyboard or mouse. It had great handicap potential. By controlling body tension, I could move a cursor up and down on the screen, selecting letters, numbers or firing an arrow to hit a target on command. Again, I never pursued this any further other then proving to the disbeliever what was possible.



Yes, a Certification is meaningless, it and $2.00 could get me a beer in a cheap bar, however, to me it was the self-satisfaction of an accomplishment. (learning skill) Now, in the US one could get college credits for these skills, if the organization applies for them and provides them with the proper syllabus and testing criteria.



I hope this addresses your questions, and clears up the difference of Stage Hypnotism, Certifications, Scams, Professional Relaxologists/Hypnotists.
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I will let you into a secret about hypnosis.

Shhhh! It doesn't exist!!

I do it for a living. I know.
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Check out books from Milton Erickson and Ernest L. Rossi.

Hypnosis is not a game, it is a tool and from my therapeutic background it is to say... do not underestimate it... it is an opener of souls doors.. and the more knowledge you have of it the more you will know how to handle the things that wait behind those doors..

Stage hypnosis even is forbidden by law in some countries (Israel,...)

..and now concentrate on the fine sound you hear in your computer, and as you are listening to this fine sound your eyelids start, start to...

just information.


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If you want to grasp a feel for hypnosis, get hold of a copy of They Call It Hypnosis, by Robert Baker. If you want to perform Ormond McGill would do fine.
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While the McGill works are classics. The best current [comparitively] is by Jerry Valley
The Errickson books are wonderful if you arew interested in and have a back ground in therapy.
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"Stage hypnosis even is forbidden by law in some countries (Israel,...)"

So is "creationism" by some, that doesn't make it real

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Hypnotism is restricted in Tasmania to medical practitioners, Reveen could not do his hyp here when he was here years ago. I did hear that one stage hypnotist was bringing his show down. Don't know how he will get on.
I know someone who didn't believe that hypnotism was real showed his methods to another performer who has since helped a lot of people with weight, smoking and maybe other problems.
My take is that there is a potential for helping or hurting people with the techniques - probably what we get out of it depends on our mindset when we use it.
BTW Please don't let religious themes intrude here. I respect others according to their actions, their beliefs (or lack of them) are their business.
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