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10 Tips For Successful Street Hypnosis


A recent night out with some other hypnotists.

As you begin to venture into the wonderful world of hypnosis you may wish to start testing out some techniques or inductions? You may have tried things out with your family and now you're looking for something more challenging.

Street hypnosis is a great way of testing yourself and can be quite daunting at first however, with the tips from our experience below we're sure you'll be finding out what a brilliant experience the street can be.

1. Location, Location, Location!!

Choose your location wisely. If people are moving from place to place they're probably not going to be interested in participating in hypnosis (Their loss). In our experience we've found the best places to find willing subjects are often where people are relaxing. Personally, I find bars or smoking areas during the evening and parks if the weather is nice during the day. People are often settled and they're more likely to participate and enhance their evening.

2. Be prepared for rejection

Rejection is part of being a performer. To steal a phrase from the famous Bob Burns; Some will, some won't, so what? OK Bob uses this in the context of therapy however, some people will be interested, some won't and at the end of the day so what? If you get rejected at one table or place, just move on and find someone else.

Remember to always be polite if someone refuses because you never know they may not refuse the next time.

3. If you build it, they will come

We've always found it helps to build an interest when out performing. If you can, take someone with you and start working with them initially. Hypnosis is an interesting spectacle and people will be interested when they see you sticking someones hand to their head or make someone forget their name.

When we've been out performing on the street we've nearly always had someone come up to me after watching me hypnotise someone else and ask; 'Can you hypnotise me?' Before long you'll have them queuing up to be hypnotised.

4. Have another trick up your sleeve

It helps to have a magic trick or something similar that you're ready

to pull out and I've found that for me at least, magic can be a real ice breaker that sets them up to be hypnotised. It especially helps with the sceptical ones who believe that they can't be hypnotised.

It can be quite funny when you demonstrate influence under the guise of mind reading or mentalism and having a couple of tricks can also aid in giving you an 'out' in cases where