Hypnosis Meetup: Question Concerning Stage Workshop
Thursday, November 8, 2007 2:59 PM
Sorry for the mass email, but Bobaround brought up a good question concerning our Stage Hypnosis Workshop, and I wanted to pass it on. (Hope you don't mind Bob...!)
Bobaround * Posted Nov 8, 2007 at 1:00 PM
I appreciate your efforts, but wouldn't hypnotizing the members of general public be completely different from hypnotizing ourselves?
Seems to me hiring unemployed actors or students to be the subjects for very little money would give a much more realistic stage experience. Your thoughts?
Pete * Posted Nov 8, 2007 at 2:36 PM
Thanks for the thought! You are correct, there is a vast difference between hypnotizing ourselves versus random members of the public. For our first workshop, I'm being as practical as I can, given the short notice and whatnot. I don't know if we have the time to advertise for volunteers for Sunday. But by all means, if we can find a few volunteers outside the group, I say invite 'em too.
I once asked a really good Vegas stage hypnotist how he got so good at his craft. He gave me the obvious answer - practice, practice, practice - but he also said something that surprised me. For the first several months of practicing, he wasn't that good. It wasn't until he volunteered for other shows and experienced the volunteer's perspective that things clicked for him and he really got good. So there is definite benefit in working with ourselves.
For this first workshop, we'll work with one another and any other passers-by we might be able to lure in. For the next workshop, we'll work on bringing in more people from the outside. The idea is to gradually ween ourselves to a real audience.