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Can anyone give me some tips in how to start of in hypnotism?

Thanks, Lukas
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100 people will recommend 100 books, but depending on what area of it you are interested in almost everyone will recommend "Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism", have a look for it on Amazon.

If it's other areas of hypnosis you're interested in, look online for courses and other such things happening in your area.
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I think the EOSH is actually too heavy a read for someone who wants to stick their toe in the water. And also not necessary in any way shape ot form for anyone simply wanting to learn induction.

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I don't wish to be a pain (any more than usual) but there are hundreds of threads on the Café with this exact topic. please use the amazing improved search function that those moderators and technicians worked so hard on making so good. There is some great advice out there form some people who really know what they are talking about.

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Fun with Hypnosis (by Svengali)... it is a good place to start, and it reasonably priced.

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It's a re-post, but, frankly, what the heck?

If one is going to learn hypnosis, for heaven's sake, do it right and get professional training! I simply cannot stress this enough. Hypnosis is a high-level communicative process that deals with a very wide range of behavioral modalities that makes Kentonism look like kinderspiel.

You will not learn how to deal with things like abreactions, phobic responses, misunderstood suggestions, non-directed triggering, spontaneous regression, catatonia or any of a number of other, admittedly rare (but still common enough) phenomena that you WILL eventually run into while performing. If you do not know what these terms mean, then I have further proven my point.

Organizations like the National Guild of Hypnotists (which has several trainers in the UK and worldwide) offer substantial training programs, as do the International Medical and Dental Hypnosis Association and any of the member groups of the Congress of Professional Hypnosis Organizations (COPHO).

Please do NOT rely on weekend wonder training from people who crank out these "learn to hypnotize anyone, anywhere and get them to do anything, instantly!" programs.

Ask yourself: Did you learn to become a professional level mentalist or magician in a weekend? What makes you think you can do it in a weekend with something as complex as hypnosis? Let's face it, Mark Lewis was one of the folks who put out one of these programs and several of the current crop of video courses seem to have borrowed liberally from his not-so-original tape. Is that where you want to come from?

The safest way to learn is in a supervised situation, where you can get the feedback you need and the help you might need, should anything happen that you aren't ready to deal with.

Get the clinical certification first. Many insurance companies are now requiring one before they will issue performance liability coverage these days anyway. Then take one of the hypnosis show classes, Like the one Ormond McGill & Jerry Valley teach. But please! Don't go the weekend-wonder route or the vidiot route! Hypnosis isn't like working with a deck of cards and you never know what you are going to run into out there.

I'm only speaking from 36 years' experience as a stage hypnotist, working all over the US, Canada, the Caribbean and a few gigs in Europe, as well as being on the ancillary teaching staff for last year's National Guild convention (I was going to be teaching there this year, but personal issues may not make that possible for this year, we'll have to wait and see - I AM listed as an instuctor) so take the advice for what it's worth.


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