For many years, people who performed hypnotism as entertainment called themselves “stage hypnotists.” Then, there was a movement toward the term “comedy hypnotist.” It was part of an effort to re-brand the art form from the old vaudeville days–when hypnosis was portrayed more as a mystical event, mysterious and even spooky–to a more modern experience of light-hearted hilarity. Both terms are still in use today, but as a college hypnotist I find myself wishing for a new term.
College opening week can be overwhelming for many students, especially those who are starting college for the first time. It’s a time of new beginnings, new experiences, and new challenges for college students. With all that newness comes the uncertainty of leaving behind old friend networks and familiar places. Students’ social order has been disrupted.
Choosing the best college hypnotist is, of course, ultimately a matter of opinion, but there are some common factors that can be evaluated when trying to make a reasonable argument. In this article, we’ll make our case for what makes a great hypnotist, and then identify which active stage hypnotists are in the running for “best college hypnotist.”
Graduating high school is a major milestone in life, and at many schools around the United States, there’s a celebration that follows the graduation ceremony. Some call it Project Graduation, while other’s call it a “lock-in.” The key idea is that the event is intended to give students a safe way to celebrate their graduation and be together for the evening.
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?