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Shrubsole
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On Mar 11, 2014, mindpunisher wrote:
You just don't know who you have in front of you when it comes to the public.


Exactly my point above, but only hypnotists have been singled out to have a whole act about them and forced upon them.

Lots of acts where things could go wrong and lots of weird audience members: yet it's just us that need keeping an eye on.
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The view is hypnosis is open to abuse more than most other acts. It was reviewed only a few years back so its not really an old view point its relatively up to date. Although I think any magician that performs the spike risking a spectator should be prosecuted will certainly be sued if it goes wrong. I wonder if their insurance would cover such a moronic thing to do? I wouldn't be surprised if there were loop holes the insurance companies would use to get out of paying.
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Well of course doing 'spike' with an audience members hand is totally moronic, but it does and has happened. And of course, insurance for any act is the very height of common sense, but you don't see page after page of people talking about insurance for magic acts, simply because they are not forced into having it if they wish to perform their act legally.

Decades ago I even ran a karaoke for a couple of years and had PLI which covered me for a million or so. They couldn't even get electrocuted on the mics as they were wireless!

"open to abuse more than most other acts" - Whilst I agree that is what they think, it's a funny view to have. I mean we've had decades of musicians sleeping with intoxicated underage girls after the gig, so are we really the biggest audience abusers around. still?
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At least the girls were "conscious" of the fact they had slept with them.Smile I actually once went out with a girl during the start of the witch hunt in the 90s. her friends warned her about hypnotists and she actually believed that I had hypnotized her to sleep with her!

There is a belief and some expert opinion that hypnosis can cause psychological and emotional problems or make existing ones much worse as well as the dangers of someone hurting themselves because of not being in control.

Ive tested hypnosis after shows in small clubs many years ago when I was starting out leaving in suggestions that the hypnotist was really attractive and that they would buy me drinks hang around me and idolize me after the show. And they did! and Im pretty sure they would have taken it to the next step if I hadn't removed the suggestions. ( then again maybe they did idolize me)

Hypnosis is different from other types of shows. Whether to license it or not is a decision made by the government I doubt it will change anytime soon.

On the other hand its becoming so easy to get a license and many councils won't even bother and insurance is now a lot more affordable so its not really a big problem anymore The big problem is there's no money in it anymore. Its hardly worthwhile doing shows if you want to make a living from it. And the real dangers if there are any are from those dabble so I think the license is not totally a bad thing. If you are doing it professionally and making money then its all good? And you no longer have to pay nearly a grand to get insured you can get it from around £200 which you would get back on your first show or gig.
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My worry with the government withdrawing the 1952 Hypnosis act is that they replace it with something else equally silly.
e.g.
All hypnotists must be licencened.
All hypnotists must have attended a 10 week training course.
All hypnotists must be registered professional medical practitioners.
Hypnosis for entertainment purposes must have the full written consent of the participants and be coutersigned by their GP.
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Possessing a great interest and enthusiasm in hypnotherapy, I was in the process of studying to become a professional hypnotherapist in the UK.
However, in this modern-day "who-to-blame" and sue culture, I decided not to go ahead.
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You will be fine for hypnotherapy that's not an issue. Finding enough clients to keep you going will be though. Most therapists struggle to get clients don't be fooled by claims of big earnings by those teaching courses. Its mostly Bs.At least in the UK.
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