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Topic: Hypnosis and Mentalism
Message: Posted by: Dream2Me (Feb 6, 2004 02:57PM)
Does anyone know any excellent teachers to learn from?
Message: Posted by: Johnny Quest (Feb 6, 2004 03:59PM)
Start with books and videos on Hypnosis and Mentalism.

Also The Magic Café Forum Index should have a list of places where you can purchase these books and videos. You can learn a great deal by reading and watching
other performers in a short period of time.

After that you can put together your own act to perform in front of family and friends. This will help you in performing in front of strangers. There is more advice to come from other members.

Good Luck!

Johnny Quest
Message: Posted by: Kim (Feb 6, 2004 04:02PM)
She stated in another post she doesn't want to read books. I don't understand that, but that's what she said. Now, I recommended her to get in touch with the local branches of the SAM and the IBM to start. Look in the yellow pages and approach who you find listed there.


Message: Posted by: big dan (Feb 6, 2004 04:05PM)
As far as mentalism goes, any books by Kenton Knepper and Banachek are great reference materials, If you aren't into books (!) then any of Max Maven's videos are great to see a master at work!

Message: Posted by: Kim (Feb 7, 2004 12:10AM)
Yes, Max Maven is great for mentalism. I'm not too fond of Kentons stuff, but to each his own. :-)
Message: Posted by: Mel Toyer (Feb 7, 2004 04:35AM)
If you want to excel as a hypnotist or mentalist then you absolutely MUST read. By only watching videos, it is very easy to lose your own personality and take on the personality of the performer you are watching.

Books, on the other hand, will provide you with so much more information. It is so easy to lose yourself when watching a video performance, but when reading, you are forced to actually THINK about what you are learning.

Read all the books you can at first. I guarantee it is a 100 times more interesting than watching videos on the subject. If you refuse to read then your knowledge and information will never be complete.

Good Luck,

Message: Posted by: Tantrik (Feb 24, 2004 05:20PM)
I would respectfully suggest that the best way to learn the basics of hypnosis is to take a weekend class such as are offered all over.
Message: Posted by: santlerconjurer (Feb 24, 2004 06:37PM)
Have to agree with Tantrik. Nothing like first-hand observation of the real thing teaches the techniques so well.
Message: Posted by: gerrardlo (Feb 29, 2004 12:15PM)

You should definitely buy Ormand McGill's "New Encyclopedia To Stage Hypnotism". It covers nearly everything for a beginner and is easy to follow.
Message: Posted by: procyonrising (Mar 5, 2004 12:12AM)
Check out George Bien. A lot of professional hypnotists learned everything from him. He's a really great guy, runs inexpensive courses, and doesn't have a bad bone in his body. Really excellent hypnotist with a very unique, yet adaptable style (and he teaches NLP too).

Website: http://www.GeorgeBien.com

Oops. Forgot to mention that George Bien is in New York City.

I flew from Boston to NY for the training years ago. No regrets. Worth every penny.
Message: Posted by: Lee Darrow (Mar 5, 2004 01:26AM)
Sorry to disagree, folks, but a weekend course alone, even augmented with reading, will not allow someone to excel as a stage hypnotist.

Without proper training in how to handle the occasional abreaction (where a volunteer acts out, becomes hysterical or responds in some other unplanned and possibly disturbing manner) then you are just asking for trouble. Additionally, knowing how to minimize the possibility of such reactions is something that most books and weekend courses do NOT cover at all adaquately.

Organizations like the National Guild of Hypnotists and the International medical and Dental Hypnosis Association offer courses that lead to a far more credible certification (usually upwards of 160 class hours), which will also help you when you try to get liability insurance.

Reading is also an absolute must, as is going out to see every stage hypnotist that you can and watch to see what's good, what's not and what fits your style.

Sometime this summer, I will be coming out with an e-book on the backstage aspects of stage hypnotism, which is something not even the stage courses cover very well, including bad room layouts, the surprise factor (which can kill your show deader than the Cub's chances to win the 1994 World Series!), and a lot more.

After you certify, then take a specialized course on stage hypnosis, like the one offered by Ormond McGill and Jerry Valley. Without the prior training, a lot of what they cover will not mean nearly as much.

Hope this helps as my experience is limited to doing this stuff since about 1969, on a regular basis, in venues ranging from Sandals Resorts to Detroit biker bars to a private show for W. Clement Stone and family, so take it for what it's worth.

Lee Darrow, C.Ht.
Message: Posted by: procyonrising (Mar 11, 2004 11:38PM)
Hi Mr. Darrow,

Sorry, but I must disagree. George Bien (as mentioned above) created the Master Practitioner training for the NGH. His course covers everything you need to know for stage hypnosis - in one weekend.

And... Abreactions are pretty easy to deal with (provided that you've had proper training).