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Topic: Are these hypnosis books any good ?
Message: Posted by: greengrass (Jan 25, 2005 05:38PM)
Hi all

id just like to know if the following books are any good for a beginner. If anyone could give a small review that would be cool :)

Fun With Hypnosis: The Complete How-To Guide (by Svengali)

The How-To Book Of Hypnotism (by Tom Silver, Ormond McGill)

Many Thanks
Message: Posted by: kcalB (Jan 25, 2005 05:44PM)
Anything by Ormond is gold so without hesitation I would recommend that you get a copy of The Encyclopedia of Hypnotism. It is generally regarded as the bible.
Message: Posted by: RickSilmser (Jan 25, 2005 05:45PM)
Try to get "Master course in hypnotism" by Harry Aarons. It's what I've based my now 23 year career in stage hypnosis on. "If" you can find a copy, your lucky. I really don't like the McGill stuff, for others, I'm sure it's fine.

~Rick~
Message: Posted by: shrink (Jan 25, 2005 05:47PM)
Mcgill is good value though a bit dated and confusing at times.
Message: Posted by: procyonrising (Jan 25, 2005 06:15PM)
Wait guys. Did you read the Tom Silver/Ormond McGill book? It truly sucked. (Which is a shame, since they're both really wonderful performers).
Message: Posted by: RickSilmser (Jan 25, 2005 06:26PM)
James...thats what I wanted to say, but didn't want to insult anyone...LOL! Good man !

~Rick~
Message: Posted by: procyonrising (Jan 25, 2005 06:36PM)
Thank goodness.

Rick, did you ever see the hypnosis book that Dunninger published?
Message: Posted by: Gede Nibo (Jan 25, 2005 06:37PM)
Go here for a good hypnosis/nlp forum:

http://forum.hypnosis.com/archive/index.php/
Message: Posted by: greengrass (Jan 26, 2005 03:11AM)
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On 2005-01-25 19:15, procyonrising wrote:
Wait guys. Did you read the Tom Silver/Ormond McGill book? It truly sucked. (Which is a shame, since they're both really wonderful performers).
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Thanks for the answers so far...

procyonrising, can you expand on what you said ?

Cheers
Message: Posted by: procyonrising (Jan 26, 2005 03:30AM)
I thought Tom Silver, instead of taking the time to produce something wonderful and worthwhile, simply slapped together some stuff and sent it out to get published. Ormond's a really nice guy and will lend his name to almost anything if he feels you're capable.

Suffice to say it's not the work of a professional.

The other book, however, is a gem.
Message: Posted by: greengrass (Jan 26, 2005 03:54AM)
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On 2005-01-26 04:30, procyonrising wrote:
The other book, however, is a gem.
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the other book being 'Fun with hypnosis' ?
Message: Posted by: PaulEverson (Jan 26, 2005 03:59AM)
"Fun with Hypnosis" looks rubbish but is in fact excellent
Message: Posted by: Alan Wright (Jan 26, 2005 05:06PM)
I don't have any other books to compare it with, but Fun With Hypnosis (although, as Paul said, it looks like some kind of children's junk) is decent for beginners.

After reading the book I hypnotized a family member the first time I ever attempted it, only a few days later.

I am eager to get The New Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism to learn more, but Fun With Hypnosis, being very cheap, is a good book, I'm sure you'd enjoy it. It seemed like an excellent introduction to hypnosis.
Message: Posted by: Ken Dyne (Jan 27, 2005 06:12AM)
I would also highly reccommend Bill O'Connell's audio set, which can be bought from Bill himself or from Steven's Magic.

Best,
Kennedy
Message: Posted by: greengrass (Jan 28, 2005 06:04AM)
Thanks for all the replies.