Stage hypnosis

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Stage hypnosis is hypnosis performed in front of an audience for the purposes of entertainment, usually in a theatre or club.wikipedia
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Hypnosis

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Stage hypnosis is hypnosis performed in front of an audience for the purposes of entertainment, usually in a theatre or club. Scottish surgeon James Braid developed his technique of hypnosis after witnessing a stage performance by the travelling Swiss magnetic demonstrator Charles Lafontaine (1803–1892) in November 1841.
The use of hypnotism for therapeutic purposes is referred to as "hypnotherapy", while its use as a form of entertainment for an audience is known as "stage hypnosis".

Ormond McGill

For example, Ormond McGill's New Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnosis describes an entire "fake hypnosis" act which depends upon the use of private whispers throughout:
Ormond Dale McGill (June 15, 1913 – October 19, 2005) was a stage hypnotist, magician and instructor who was considered to be the "Dean of American Hypnotists".

Amnesia

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Apparent effects of amnesia, mood altering and hallucination may be demonstrated in a normal presentation.

Hallucination

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Apparent effects of amnesia, mood altering and hallucination may be demonstrated in a normal presentation.

Compliance (psychology)

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Others maintain that it can be explained by a combination of psychological factors observed in group settings such as disorientation, compliance, peer pressure, and ordinary suggestion.

Peer pressure

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Others maintain that it can be explained by a combination of psychological factors observed in group settings such as disorientation, compliance, peer pressure, and ordinary suggestion.

Suggestion

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Others maintain that it can be explained by a combination of psychological factors observed in group settings such as disorientation, compliance, peer pressure, and ordinary suggestion.

James Braid (surgeon)

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Scottish surgeon James Braid developed his technique of hypnosis after witnessing a stage performance by the travelling Swiss magnetic demonstrator Charles Lafontaine (1803–1892) in November 1841.

Charles Lafontaine

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Scottish surgeon James Braid developed his technique of hypnosis after witnessing a stage performance by the travelling Swiss magnetic demonstrator Charles Lafontaine (1803–1892) in November 1841.

Mark Twain

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These are identical to many of the demonstrations which became central to subsequent "stage hypnosis", in fact it seems that little changes except the name and the introduction of the hypnotic induction, etc. Likewise, the novelist Mark Twain similarly recounts a Mesmeric performance which clearly resembles 20th century stage hypnosis, in his autobiography.

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Indeed, after meeting with Mr. Stone, experimenting with his own subjects, and presenting his findings on such performances to the Royal Institution, Braid concludes,

Animal magnetism

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Throughout the 20th century, despite adopting the term "hypnotism", stage hypnotists continued to explain their performances to audiences by reference to supernatural powers and animal magnetism.

Kreskin

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Most notably, the well-known American magician and performer, Kreskin, has frequently carried out typical stage hypnosis demonstrations without using any hypnotic induction.

Home Office

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Tsander, who was among 39 parties consulted by the UK Home Office during their 1995-96 review of the regulation of performance, whilst continuing to perform, since 1993, also promoted a sceptical, social psychological view in a series of books.

Deception

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Books written by stage hypnotists sometimes explicitly describe the use of deception in their acts.

Franz Polgar

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Having not only had a chance to watch famous stage hypnotists of the 1940s and 50s such as [Ralph] Slater and Polgar at work but having also had a chance to have fairly extensive personal contact with other stage hypnotists, I believe I can throw some light upon the situation.

Illusion

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Due to stage hypnotists' showmanship and their perpetuating the illusion of possessing mysterious abilities, the appearance of a trance state is often interpreted as an "effect" of the hypnotist's "power".

Elvis Presley

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The hypnotist starts them off by having them imagine ordinary situations that they have likely encountered, like being cold or hot, hungry or thirsty then gradually builds to giving them a suggestion to do something that is totally out of character, such as tap dancing, singing like Elvis, clucking like a chicken or forgetting a number.

Chicken

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The hypnotist starts them off by having them imagine ordinary situations that they have likely encountered, like being cold or hot, hungry or thirsty then gradually builds to giving them a suggestion to do something that is totally out of character, such as tap dancing, singing like Elvis, clucking like a chicken or forgetting a number.

Belgium

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In Belgium, stage hypnosis has been forbidden since 1892; the law was mentioned in 2017 to force the cancellation of a spectacle by Messmer.

Ricky Kalmon

Ricky Kalmon (born September 30, 1968) is an American stage hypnotist, motivational speaker, TV personality and author of self-improvement audio programs.