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TonyB2009
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A few years ago I took the decision to say NO to close-up gigs. No matter how hungry I am, or how many bills are pilled up and awaiting my attention, I will not do close-up any more. So when a college rang and asked for a close-up quote, I told them I would do an hour of strolling hypnotism and mentalism, followed by an hour of palm-reading instead. They went for it.

What an eye-opener. I approached each table, explained that I wanted to try an experiment with the most imaginative person, then went into a hand-clasp. I would then push it as far as I could. At some tables I got arm rising and uncontrollable giggling. At others I got arm catalepsy and other bits of fun. Some tables I got amnesia, the whole works. It was far more enjoyable than doing silly card and sponge tricks. And the audience enjoyed it too.

At the end of the hypnosis I would go into a mentalism bit that ensured I left the table on a high. It was a fun night instead of a chore. So I think I can start saying YES to the close-up and strolling gigs again - just so long as I can do them my way.
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Good work Tony,
I find it's always worth having this on offer as an option for those clients/situations where the conditions are less than optimum for a stage show.
You might be pleasantly surprised how many opportunities arise in the wide range which exists between this kind of strolling work and a full-blown stage show - work which others might turn down.
Too many hypnotists in my market begin by laying down their terms and conditions where I just ask the client what they had in mind and make my work fit their need as closely as possible.
Don't sell yourself cheaply though. Make it clear the very fact that others might turn it down makes you a specialist in those kinds of gigs and specialists demand a specialist's fee.
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Tony

You hit the nail on the head, it makes your time as a performer a little bit more exciting for you.

Nothing better than breathing new life into your routine and as a performer.

Great stuff

R
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This is the place I would like to get to. Currently I'm doing straight card magic with some other bits thrown in but I'm studying hypnosis and cold reading to get more into this side of it. Mind magic and hypnosis is so much more powerful to me than sponge balls and finding cards. I think it's the whole side of not understanding it completely myself that draws me to it. It still has magic in it for me as a performer.
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Start with Reality is Plastic by Anthony Jacquin. If that doesn't work, a bulb of ether or chloroform under the armpit, and a pipe coming down your sleeve to spray a mist into their faces, always gets a trance fast!

(That's not my original idea - it comes from an old book!)
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Thanks for the suggestion. I'll put it next on my list after I'm done reading "the bible" (I believe it's called that yeah? by McGill) that I got off amazon. Or is the bible the wrong book to start with?
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The bible has all the answers but rarely converts virgin's into action. Once you have hypnotised it is great to revisit.

Check out some free video lessons from our classes here http://www.youtube.com/how2hypnotise

Thanks for the mention TonyB

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Good stuff. Strolling mentalism and hypnosis are really great pitches these days. I do a lot more mentalism but hypnosis is usually offered also. Makes the time really go by faster and gives you additional weapons to use for longer gigs.
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Excellent post Tony.
I've done strolling magic and mentalism forever, but NEVER mention the hypnosis pre-gig. And of course whilst I do this I 'slip' into some hypno stuff and have some fun.
BUT... after reading your posts I'm now questioning what I do and wondering if I could pitch it as strolling hypnosis.
I mean I've done 2 talks this week on hypnosis, both followed with a demonstration (to the audience AND selected people)as I always do, BUT yes I think I might tentatively GO OUT as a hypno stroller and see what happens.
My only query is 'can I actually get gigs' doing THIS for the corporate/commercial market in the British mainland?
Any thoughts anyone?
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Try it and see... Maybe have to call it something else though.
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Bob, I reckon it is worth trying. I have one promoter over here who likes the idea, and she occasionally sends me out to do it. She also like readings, so I get gigs as a strolling reader from her too. But it is difficult to educate the rest.

I believe it could catch on, in the right settings.
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On 2012-04-15 16:30, TonyB2009 wrote:
Start with Reality is Plastic by Anthony Jacquin. If that doesn't work, a bulb of ether or chloroform under the armpit, and a pipe coming down your sleeve to spray a mist into their faces, always gets a trance fast!

(That's not my original idea - it comes from an old book!)


Yeah, I remember it, too.
Reminds me of a classic book on magic illusions and tricks that was a complete fraud and yet put out. One of the techniques was to have a metal backpack, filled with water under pressure, so you could produce jets of water.
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Hey man congrats on finding a new market. Not one I would ever want to work, but if it pays the bills who cares??????
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On 2012-02-09 20:51, TonyB2009 wrote:
A few years ago I took the decision to say NO to close-up gigs. No matter how hungry I am, or how many bills are pilled up and awaiting my attention, I will not do close-up any more. So when a college rang and asked for a close-up quote, I told them I would do an hour of strolling hypnotism and mentalism, followed by an hour of palm-reading instead. They went for it.

What an eye-opener. I approached each table, explained that I wanted to try an experiment with the most imaginative person, then went into a hand-clasp. I would then push it as far as I could. At some tables I got arm rising and uncontrollable giggling. At others I got arm catalepsy and other bits of fun. Some tables I got amnesia, the whole works. It was far more enjoyable than doing silly card and sponge tricks. And the audience enjoyed it too.

At the end of the hypnosis I would go into a mentalism bit that ensured I left the table on a high. It was a fun night instead of a chore. So I think I can start saying YES to the close-up and strolling gigs again - just so long as I can do them my way.


This is ALL I do nowadays for strolling.

The freedom of not having to bring any props is just so great!

Was even thinking of marketing my "Chi Routine"... (Not anymore though...)

Really feels like you're doing REAL MAGIC some days. Smile
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On 2012-04-20 23:10, Dannydoyle wrote:
Hey man congrats on finding a new market. Not one I would ever want to work, but if it pays the bills who cares??????

What I find is that it sharpens my technique for the stage shows, which are the ones I love and want to pursue. Ireland is broke, so stage shows here will not be enough to make a living for the next few years. Every cent helps, and if I can learn and improve while I earn it, I will take those sort of gigs.

What I don't understand is street hypnosis, with no fee, no structure to the gig, and no discernable (from what I can see) buzz of any sort. In a strolling hypnosis gig I have to have some sort of structure to what I do, or it won't be entertaining. And there is a fee involved.
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