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Why Hypnosis Entertainment?

An Open Letter 

To: Decision Maker Considering Professor Jay Tee Themed Hypnosis™ Comedy Performances

I’m Professor Jay Tee, and I’ve been involved with hypnosis for over 20 years. In that time, I’ve helped thousands of hypnotherapy clients, presented seminars for over 60 companies, and done performances and seminars on cruise ships and in land venues ranging from small nightclubs for 20 people to huge banquet halls for 6,000+ people.

I’ve even helped over 600 people quit smoking with hypnosis, because I care for people. And so this letter is to you, just because you might be worried for the wrong reasons, and not understand the best reasons to hire me for a fun hypnosis show.

Concerns about Hypnosis

It’s understandable that there should be some concern when working with the human mind. However, much of what is commonly believed about hypnosis is just not true. Much of this “common knowledge” was shared about hypnosis techniques and practices at least fifty years old, and at that time the hypnotists were trying to keep things “mysterious” in order to boost sales.

Sadly, a few of those outdated and unsafe “entertainment” practices are still used by lesser-skilled practitioners. This doesn’t help us modern-practice hypnotists at all!
It’s as if all the Voodoo Witch Doctors were still in practice beside modern physicians.

The large body of modern, effective, and safe mental practices developed and used by skilled hypnotists since the 1970s is still mostly unknown and unappreciated by the general public. There are even wonderful side benefits of experiencing hypnosis that few but practitioners, research scientists and medical doctors yet know.

First, let me dispel the worst hypnosis myths. There is also considerable confusion as to the differences between the many competing mental techniques out there (with more invented daily, it seems). I’ll give you a little perspective on that, too. Then I’m going to briefly discuss how hypnosis entertainment “stacks up” against other kinds of entertainment, give you a summary of some of the benefits, and some other options if you still decide against using hypnosis for pure entertainment.

Hypnosis is mind control, and the hypnotists can make the subject do anything, reveal any secret, etc.

This makes for good theater, and that's probably the reason early hypnosis entertainers pushed it themselves. It takes advantage of the "evil hypnotist" schtick to try and gain audience interest. In truth, hypnotists no longer need this to get audience interest; the human mind is fascinating enough with what we can do. No need to fake what we can't do!

If this myth was true, rest assured that my bank balances would be considerably larger, since I could simply order my clients to buy expensive sessions and seminars over and over. Hmm. Even easier, I could just order my bank managers to deposit large sums of cash into my accounts monthly and find a way to write it off as bank business losses... It's simply a myth.

Every time I do a stage show, there are a few subjects who simply “slip out” into a normal wakeful state. This occurs when I ask them (hypnotically suggest to them) to do something they just don’t want to do, at least in that time and place. Part of their mind always knows what is going on, even when they seem to be completely unaware. And if that part of their mind doesn’t like the situation, it wakes them up, nearly instantly.

And can I obtain all their secrets? 

Not so fast. If I were to ask most people in a show for their bank ATM card, they might pull it out of their wallet and hand it to me. But if I were then to ask for the PIN code to the card… the vast majority would be awake before answering! This applies to all secrets for which they feel responsible.

(What of the small percentage who would give me the code? They had already learned to trust me implicitly, enough to know that I would never misuse such a thing. This is true.)

Hypnosis is dangerous. It can really screw up your mind.

Any good performer's rule is that the safety of the volunteers/audience comes first.

There are a very few people (about 1 in 200,000 people) who have a serious mental condition such that they should not be hypnotized for very long. They have a multiple personality disorder that could worsen as a result of the hypnosis. The good thing is that the disorder has some obvious signs that a knowledgeable hypnotist can easily recognize.
People with any of those signs are removed from the volunteer group as soon as they are spotted.

People who are really drunk should not be allowed to come up as volunteers either. A single drink or two? A little relaxation is fine, but the person has to be able to focus and concentrate on instructions. Or they will waste everyone's time including their own.

And if a person just chugged a bottle of whisky before coming into the show venue, passing out due to alcohol poisoning can be difficult to tell from a hypnotic "coma." They may need to be taken to a hospital emergency room, instead of having me attempt to simply "wake them up" from what is definitely not a hypnotic state.
There is real danger here, but it is due to the alcohol, not the hypnosis.

  • Drinker's Rule: Please Don't Get Plastered and then (fail to) be Hypnotized.
    It's embarrassing, too.

Hypnotists terribly embarrass, insult and disrespect the subjects in their shows! It’s insulting, crass, cheap comedy.

I truly agree that this is awful behavior. Even now, quite a few successful “comedy” hypnotists seem to think that their task is to make members of their audience and/or some of the volunteer subjects look like idiots.

Perhaps those hypnotists think they must stoop to this behavior to make a buck, perhaps they are just terrible people to begin with, I wouldn’t know which.
But I don’t do that, ever. My audience is there to be entertained, but my volunteers as also part of my audience! My goal is to have everyone laughing after the show is over.

The nicest thing my volunteers say to me is that they would be happy to volunteer in one of my shows again. Many of them do. It’s a great feeling to know that I can entertain people using hypnosis without being a jerk about it.

How hypnosis compares to other Mind Techniques

Hypnosis, meditation, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)… these are only a few of the more common mental change techniques available out there. It seems that every week I read of some “new” version or a new twist on an older version.
So what’s the difference, anyway?

In a single word, it’s just Marketing. 

I am well-qualified to provide services involving hypnosis and NLP, yet the techniques I use overlap meditation and CBT and more. This is because we are all dealing with the same human mind, and there are a limited number of ways to access and make change. These ways all involve setting expectations, making suggestions as to what will happen, and invoking a neat ritual (procedure), which the subjects are taught to believe is the key to changing themselves.

But from a business perspective, failing to differentiate yourself is Death by Bankruptcy. So these practitioners focus on one particular style, and they create a neat new ritual (which need have very little to do with making change).

But it’s neat to watch, or perhaps the clients can even share a pic/video on Instagram or Facebook.
They give the new ritual some glitzy name, add some impressive acronyms, and start selling certifications to other practitioners. Doing that, they can make good sales with their “new” method. Even when nothing about it is new but the ritual…

As for me, I use anything that works, and toss out the crap as soon as it becomes obvious it has no positive effect. Worrying about whether I’m using a “correct” or “approved” method in some school or other is pointless and does not help my clients. I create a new ritual for almost every new show or seminar I invent. It’s fun and impressive, and makes no real difference to the effectiveness of my process.

How hypnosis compares to other types of entertainment

Hypnosis is often compared to other types of entertainment in order to choose which one should be booked. Let’s take a look at how it stacks up against magic shows and musical entertainment.

Hypnosis versus Mentalism

Hypnosis is often considered a form of magic show, and lumped together in the same category as mentalism. But that is not really the case. Unlike other forms of magic, mentalism does require volunteers from the audience, as does hypnosis. But there the resemblance ends.

A mentalist show is a kind of trickery, reading body language and eye movement cues of the subject in order to learn what they are thinking. It can be mysterious, and a good performer can be fun to watch even when you understand what they are doing. The mentalist controls every feature of what is going on in the show, so you learn very little about the subjects and what they are thinking.

In hypnosis, the subjects are really in control of the show, and a good hypnotist knows it! I have had hilarious responses happen just due to the particular way in which a single subject was thinking about my suggestion. If I had tried to create such an entertaining situation by myself, I could not have done it!
But since I know how to get the best by guiding my subjects to ever-more-entertaining responses, we all have a great time—but even I don’t know exactly how it’s going to go each time!

Hypnosis versus Musical Entertainment

Live musical entertainment varies from active Broadway-style musicals with dance and more to passive background music that is mostly ignored during dinner. If given too much passive entertainment, people begin to crave something more active. Hypnosis can be that active entertainment break (and at a much lower cost than a musical).

Hypnosis is an active, energetic performance that requires a participatory audience, and demands nearly-constant audience attention. It really grabs people’s attention, but it also tires them quickly and should not last too long.

Professor Jay Tee hypnosis shows often start with whole audience participation, and then focus on the volunteer group for the remainder of the show. This keeps the audience well-entertained for the full period.

Hypnosis versus Comedy Entertainment

A hypnosis show is a type of stage comedy show, without the stand-up part. Stand-up comedians must be funny themselves, or the whole show is lost. And if their act appeals to a different type of crowd than is in the audience tonight, well…

In Professor Jay Tee’s Themed Hypnosis™, instead of depending on how funny the hypnotist is to the crowd, the comedy comes naturally from the unusual aspects of the human mind in hypnosis.

Members of the audience see their closest friends, family members, or co-workers acting out roles in a stage drama production, while believing they are professional actors.
The result is almost always terrific humor.

Benefits of Hypnosis Entertainment

Almost every volunteer participant in my hypnosis performances leaves with positive lasting side benefits as a direct result of experiencing hypnosis.

I leave my volunteer subjects with one or more of these helpful suggestions as a reward for participation:

  • Improved ability to focus on tasks (hypnosis is a type of focused attention)
  • Improved sleep patterns and depth (hypnosis practice helps mentally separate waking and sleeping functions)
  • Improved ability to master habits and monitor other unconscious processes (hypnosis teaches how to use the unconscious mind, rather than letting it use you)

Alternatives to Hypnosis Stage Entertainment

Despite the explanations above, if our hypnosis entertainment is still not on your to-do list for your people, may I suggest one of our change seminars instead? Seminars take only 1-2 hours, and are carefully designed to help people make and maintain improvements in their lives. Hypnosis helps people to rewrite the faulty unconscious programs that are no longer serving them well in life.

  • The Bikini Body weight loss program. Not a lose-weight-quick-and-gain-it-back program, this healthy method focuses on stopping unhealthy eating habits and the creation and maintenance of a better body image
  • Our famous Smoke-Free single-session stop smoking program. Over 600 people have become permanent nonsmokers with this program so far
(Note: The Smoke-Free program is limited to a maximum of 100 participants. For psychological reasons, we strongly recommend that the direct participants pay the major portion of the per-person seminar cost.)

These are our two most popular seminars, but we have over a dozen change seminars available. Most seminars train anywhere from 20 to 1,000+ participants at the same time, and our cost is based on the number of participants.

I hope to hear from you soon when you book one of our shows or seminars.

Professor Jay Tee

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