“Mind Games” will be the featured stage hypnosis performance at the 2020 Heartland Hypnosis Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. “Mind Games” is the world’s first truly interactive stage hypnotism show. The audience votes on what they want to see happen on stage throughout the show through the use of a polling application on their mobile phones. Ramsay created the concept in 2010, and the show has continued to evolve since then.

“At Heartland we take pride in the fact that we offer some of the best stage hypnotists in the country as both presenters and as talent for our Friday night show” said William Mitchell, the event founder. “We asked Paul to perform because he has made a great impact in the college stage hypnosis market with his interactive show.”

The Heartland Hypnosis conference is different from many other hypnotism conferences in that it organizes its content into tracks: clinical hypnotism, stage hypnotism, spiritual or metaphysical applications of hypnotism, and the business of hypnotism. The tracks help attendees have a pre-organized learning experience, but attendees can switch between tracks if they wish.

“I’ve been developing Mind Games for a decade, now. It started out as show totally dedicated to college audiences, and now there are actually three versions of that show for college audiences, but I’ve also created a multi-generational approach to the show for broader adult audiences. Now I can go to a conference, a cruise ship, or a corporate event and put on a show that is inclusive for people from different generations. They get to vote on content options that go back as far as the 80’s while also offering content that represents what’s trending and popular right now.”

Ramsay has performed for over 150,000 people in all but five states of the U.S. When he is not touring and performing, he sees clients at a home office, and he also operates a licensed career school for hypnotists in New Hampshire.

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.

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.

In a crowded marketplace, when it’s your entertainment budget on the line, how do you know that you’re going to get your money’s worth?

You’ve got to do your homework.

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