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hypnofande
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Anyone seen any of the recent Robert Temple stage hypnosis shows? Reviews have been somewhat mixed that I could find. Quite a few venues either got cancelled at short notice (due to poor ticket sales) or the shows themselves were abandoned when either he couldn't hypnotise people, or people didn't return to the stage after the interval. I was due to see him at a couple of shows in the midlands (friday and saturday nights at two different venues) but they both got cancelled last minute. Apparently, when he does manage to do a show with suitable volunteers reviews have been very good but other than "I never laughed so much" or "had tears running down my cheeks with laughter" type comments nobody has said what his shows are like. I did see him a few years ago in Newcastle but he didn't have much in the way of material and seemed to pad out the show with repeated inductions. That was a family show though I gather the current tour is adults only. Anyone heard any reports? I do try to see stage hypnosis shows whenever I can but mainly it's Peter Powers at the Pavilion in Glasgow as it's so hard to track down shows in theatres anywhere else.
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Hey Hypnofande! Smile

A friend just told me about this post, so I figured I'd pop over and personally say 'Hello!'.

Yeah, we did have a couple of hard nights on the tour this time around, but have learned a lot of valuable lessons from them. This was my first major UK tour (and the biggest project we've ever done), so there were likely to be some teething problems.

(Any hypnotist who says they haven't ever cancelled a show or had a rough night with the volunteers simply hasn't done enough shows... or is lying, lol).

The reviews on my FB page are overwhelmingly positive, if you were to look there (Avg of 4.6 stars out of 5).

Honestly, I'm incredibly proud of the show that Kennedy and I have put together here, although I can't expect everyone to like it (that's life, ey?!).

We had a couple of complaints or bad reviews about swearing and the adult nature of the material - so they clearly hadn't read the advertising... so I don't consider those to be valid ;-).

Oddly the only cancellations we had were in the midlands - it's almost as though there just isn't an audience for hypnosis shows there!

With all of that said, we're back out in the Autumn with a slightly bigger tour and I'm looking forward to it and dates for 2019 are already being scheduled too, for a new show.

Happy to answer any questions Smile

Thanks,
Robert

PS. Sorry you found the Newcastle show to be lacking in material. As I recall there weren't any 'repeated inductions', though. I do my See-Saw at the beginning and nothing else (other than popping people back to sleep between routines). I take ALL feedback on-board though! Smile
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I have a lot of respect for Robert. I know how difficult it is to set up shows. And its true everybody has off nights. I'm impressed he is going for it. I hope he kills it in his next tour.
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Robert I know nothing of you or of your show. But GOOD on you for getting out and getting it done. Few know the trials and tribulations of getting something like this done and I respect anyone out there doing it.

ANY hypnotist who says he does not have off nights (And one shows up here from time to time.) either has a casual relationship with the truth or a bad memory or laughing ears. Bad nights HAPPEN TO EVERYONE. I do hundreds of shows a year, yes hundreds. And even if I hit 95% of them that is 10 a year that just go BADLY. Once a month about. WOW. So there are considerable numbers of people who have seen me have an off night.

Ticket selling can be a NIGHTMARE.

Maybe the show is great, maybe not so much. I have no clue. But I respect ya doing it.
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Hi Robert, good luck with the rest of your tour. I know it's a different style of show from the one I saw you do in Newcastle a number of years ago. To be honest, there wasn't much in the way of material at that show and you did pad it out with a lot of deepeners in the first half. I've seen a few UKhypnotists and they do seem to make the induction the main part of the show. I saw Chris Caress a few years ago and he did 3 very long inductions that took up the full length of the show. I also saw Andrew Newton who also uses very long inductions that take up the bulk of show time (despite boasting he's the master of the rapid induction in his publicity material).

The only UK hypnotists I've seen so far who do a reasonably short induction flowed by an actual show with material have been Peter Powers and Ken Webster. Nearly every other UK hypnotist I've tried to see have cancelled their shows at short notice. Even Keith Barry from You're Back In The Room cancelled his UK tour. Twice.

Anyway, I know reviews have been positive when you actually do a show so I'll try to catch you in the Autumn.
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Thanks guys Smile Appreciate the kind words.

With my show, we always try to keep the time from me walking on-stage to the first comedy routine down to 25 minutes, but about 6 minutes of that is my pre-talk introduction at the beginning and 4 minutes is getting the volunteers, so the actual induction/deepener is around 15 minutes, which I think is okay. The public actually find it interesting to watch, if you do it right.

That leaves us a good 30 minutes for routines/suggestions in the first half to take it to 55 minutes and then a full 55-minute second half (including 10 mins to re-awaken and end the show).

For me, that's my favourite 'balance' for the show. It means they are actually seeing a total of 1 hr 20 of comedy routines + the interval shenanigans.

We hit that almost every night of the tour, give or take... there were a few nights where getting volunteers took a bit longer.

But I honestly take all feedback on-board and see how I can improve the show, even after 13 years of doing it!
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The show takes what it takes.
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The UK is a tough market. I'm not surprised many top hypnotists cancel some shows. Its a miracle they are still going. Hypnosis shows seem to work in only a few places in the UK. They aren't anywhere near as popular as they used to be.
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