If you’re a college hypnotist, bookings closely follow the school calendar. Across the United States, colleges and universities open up during the last two weeks of August and the first week of September. I’ve had years where I’ve done eighteen shows in that twenty-one day period. It’s busy and demanding, and a lot of fun.
There are a lot of hypnotists out there, today. More than you would think. Many of them are good at what they do. Many more are not good at what they do. How do you choose a stage hypnotist?
I started my career as a stage hypnotist in 2004. I was working at the University of New Hampshire as a residence hall director, and I hired a retired hypnotist to come to my hall once a year and put on a hypnotism demonstration as a fun educational program for my residents. Each year Bob Chase would show up early, chat with me for a bit, do his demonstration, then chat with me a bit more after the students went back to their rooms.
Bob would tell stories of the interesting clients he had over his 18 years as a practicing hypnotist. I marveled at his ability to use simple techniques to create positive changes for people who had already been to doctors, psychologists, and psychiatrists, without getting relief.
The third time that I brought Bob in, we were chatting after his demonstration, and he offered to teach me hypnotism. “I think you’d be good at it, Paul” he said. I put him off for a year, then took him up on it after his fourth visit to my dorm. I thought it might make a fun hobby.
As soon as I had the basics, and started practicing with the students that lived in my building, my whole viewpoint changed. This was not a hobby, but a powerful skill that had so much more to offer. I finished my training during my fifth year as a hall director, told my boss I wouldn’t be returning for a sixth year, and left to start my hypnotism business.
That was in 2004. I’m now going into my fifteenth year as a full-time practicing hypnotist. I’ve hypnotized over 15,000 people and performed for over 100,000 people. I feel so blessed to do this work, and I intend to keep hypnotizing people for years and years to come.
Whether it’s high school shows, college shows, corporate events, or any other kind of performance, I love sharing hypnosis with people. The hypnotic state lets a hypnotist transform everyday people into a cast of characters. It boosts people’s creativity, reduces their sense of limitation, and allows them to become the stars of the show. When in hypnosis, volunteers can actually have a wide range of hallucinations that are incredible to experience first-hand, and entertaining to watch from the perspective of the audience, as well.