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A quick linguistic trick

2 Feb

As both a student of magic and hypnosis I learn a broad range of manipulations from verbal to visual and of course most go under the radar. I want to share with you a simple way to give people options yet at the same time EVERYTHING is under your complete control. Don’t worry there is no hypnotic trance goig on, in fact you don’t even say the word SLEEP! It is far easier than that.

The best way to explain it is to give an example. Say you are a parent and you have a child, we’ll go with the name Luke. You want Luke to be in bed by 8pm. You say to Luke, “You know Luke, you have been really good today, I will let you stay up to either 7:30 or 8pm. Since you have been extra good, you can decide which time you want.”

Keep in mind it seems simple but remember its the SIMPLE suggestions and influences that go under the radar.  Luke thinks he is deciding when he goes to bed and he feels rewarded, so it’s a positive experience for him. Meanwhile, both times are before the parent wants him in bed so the parent is winning as well. All you are doing, as they say in the hypnotic world is framing the situation to what you want.

This doesn’t just have to be with kids. If a group of people from work are all going out to lunch and you feel like a certain type of food you can say, “Since ___, is the leader of this next project you decide whether we get Italian or Mexican food!”

It’s a simple twist in the language that can ultimately have a huge impact. Chances are it has been done to you and you may not have even realized it. Maybe a car salesmen saw you looking at a car and said, “Would you like this car better in red or grey?” Either way you answer it shows him you want to get that car.

**If you wish to learn more about linguistic effects a great place to start is with Wonder Words by my friend Kenton Knepper.

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Common Myths About Hypnosis

1 Feb

Hypnotized people will do something they don’t want to do!

A great example of this that has gained massive popularity over the past ten years is how hypnotized people will commit crimes, like robbing a bank, or even worse acts!
To see it in action click here!

This is bogus because when a person is hypnotized they still won’t do things they wouldn’t do normally, they will adhere to their core values. Now this stretches past classical hypnosis routines such as acting like a celebrity, forgetting their name, walking on the moon and imagining they are on a beach. A person might not do those things in everyday life but there is a limit, their ethical and moral code.

It has been shown in studies, especially by Milton Erickson that while hypnotized people would not even hit another person if there were no reason to.

Keep in mind even though a hypnotist says the word “SLEEP” it is not actual sleep. You may not be able to remember anything afterwards but you are aware of everything during the process.

You can get stuck in Hypnosis!

This is completely false as well. People drift in and out of hypnosis all day long. They just don’t know it! It is a natural state to go in and out of. Have you ever driven a car and once you got to your destination you don’t remember driving there! That was a state of hypnosis usually referred to as a “driving trance”.

Have you ever got lost in a book or been to a movie theater and when you got done it seemed like a different day or you don’t remember the time passing by? You were in an altered state. Shocking I know!

Hypnosis is different for everybody but the worst that could happen to you is that you drift away and actually sleep and wake up a few minutes later feeling bright and refreshed.

Hypnosis only works for certain people or “I can’t be hypnotized!”

Again, this is wrong. If you can dream, sleep, concentrate and relax… guess what? You can be hypnotized, as all humans can.

As I said before, hypnosis is a natural state to drift in and out of. People do it throughout the day. To be honest, I believe I have drifted in and out a few times while writing this blog!

The bottom line is that everyone is suggestible to a degree, everyone can relax, sleep and concentrate so in turn, everyone can be hypnotized if THEY WANT TO BE.
For those who insist they cannot or flat out don’t want to be, they are the ones missing out on an enjoyable experience.