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Dr Omni
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Throughout its history, hypnosis has gone though several stages of development. For traditional authoritarian direct hypnosis, I agree that Ormond McGill's "New Encyclopedia" is a masterpiece, which is just as relevant for hypnotherapy as it is for stage hypnosis. Another classic introduction about the traditional authoritarian approach is Dave Elman, "Hypnotherapy", which I think is still in print, published by Westwood, a small specialist press in the States.

Milton Erickson, MD, was an exceptionally distinguished psychiatrist and psychotherapist who took the old-fashioned authoritarian style of hypnosis and hugely advanced it by tailoring it to the subject's own individual communications, and utilizing everything the client experienced in order to make the hypnosis far more relevant and effective to the person. This led to the development of "Ericksonian hypnotherapy", a concept mainly put together after Dr Erickson's death in 1980.

"Trance-formations" by Bandler and Grinder is indeed a good survey of Ericksonian methods. but out of print and often outrageously overpriced. If I didn't have it, I'd pay $25 for it, but no way more than $50. Two other introductions to Ericksonian hypnotherapy which are in print and worth getting are:

Bill O'Hanlon and Michael Martin - Solution-Oriented Hypnosis

Rubin Battino and Tom South - Ericksonian Approaches
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On 2003-02-11 05:27, shrink wrote:
There are a few hypnotists getting licenses by getting general theatrical insurance. This seems to be enough for some councils. Perhaps they don't realize that there is no legal protection if someone sued on the basis of psychological damage.

Is it just me-or does just about everything have to have insurance? Man, this world is going nuts! I can't perform any of my fire juggling without public insurance.
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Talking about insurance, Equity (the trade union for actors and entertainers, for those outside the UK) held a meeting for its members who are stage hypnotists in Loughborough on 14th May. There is a rather confusing news report in "The Stage" newspaper this week which says that the meeting was with insurance company people (presumably implying that they were at least potentially open to providing insurance), but that at Equity's annual meeting it has been declared that there is still no insurance available for stage hypnotists. Did anyone here attend the Loughborough meeting or know what was said there?

BTW, Shadow Dancer, in the UK, the three categories of entertainer who can't get insurance are stage hypnotists, fire eaters/jugglers and lion tamers. Do these insurance companies have no appreciation at all for the fine arts?

In answer to my own question, I have just received a mailing from Equity reporting on the meeting. Unfortunately, they report that there is another lawsuit against a stage hypnotist going through the courts. They report that the insurance people present at the meeting said that "the number of recent [legal] claims and the low critical mass of hypnotist numbers made the long term position look bleak. There was no immediate prospect of the situation changing."
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There always has been legal claims going through the courts for as long as I can remember. Back then it didn't seem to stop the hypnotist in question performing. And you very rarely heard the outcome if any?

I get the impression the real problem is that the company that used to insure stage hypnotists went bust. And no other will take its place.

There has always been an anti brigade against hypnosis on stage. Perhaps it was inevitable that one day they would succeed.

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On 2003-02-12 04:48, Bambaladam wrote:
Of course the whole insurance/legal thing is terribly easy to get around.

/bamba


Bamaladam... how is this please?
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Okay then, can someone please help me.
I have spent a lot of time learning purely mentalism and have now decided to branch out to hypnotism. can anyone point me into the direction of a good UK dealer were I can maybe find ormands book? Maybe even something better.
I cant be doing with buying a book which is really expensive as I really do not have a great deal of spare money at the moment.

Thanks in advance

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Amazon.co.uk or .com have Ormond's book
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There is legal recourse for someone injured by a hypnotist. I know. Hypnotism is very powerful and in the wrong hands it is very dangerous. I just stay away from it.

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There is legal implications for someone who injures someone else with or without hypnosis. The main dangers aren't the hypnosis but bad management of volunteers on the stage. Physical injury rather than mental injury is more of a danger.

Having said that, here in the UK it's currently a bad place for hypnotists because of the media and the fact there is no insurance available.

It can be dangerous for untrained hypnotists. That's why I would recommend training in hypnosis before ever going in front of a public crowd.
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On the subject of mental injury by hypnosis, I'd really like to see ANY "proof" of mental damage via hypnosis.
There are heaps of anecdotal stories, which certain sections of the press are often all to happy to dredge up (or even make up), but I don't believe there is a single DOCUMENTED case ANYWHERE, PROVING that hypnosis can cause mental damage, even with inexperienced hypnotists.
Correct me if you have proof.
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On 2003-07-14 19:41, Annabelle wrote:
There is legal recourse for someone injured by a hypnotist. I know. Hypnotism is very powerful and in the wrong hands it is very dangerous. I just stay away from it.

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Anabelle,

This is rather something of an incorrect statement, frankly. The instances of stage hypnotists causing injury (other than from people falling off the stage and such) are vanishingly rare.

While there are books out there that supposedly "expose" stage hypnotists as being nefarious no-goodniks, they are all, in my experience, very poorly done. Carla Emery's book is a particularly good example of extremely poor scholarship. In it, she quotes Svengali as a real case! Nuff said on that.

HOWEVER, I would suggest (pun intended) that anyone who IS going to pursue a career in stage hypnotism would be well advised to get some sort of a professional certification IN hypnosis. Preferrably from a large organization like the National Guild of Hypnotists (course is about 300 hours and covers quite a bit, including what to do with someone who abreacts).

An abreaction is an unexpected reaction to a suggestion - often of an emotional nature.

In the UK, Terrance Watts is one of their trainers and further information on the NGH can be found at http://www.ngh.net.

It also makes getting performance insurance easier in the USA.

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Lee Darrow, C.Ht.
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