How to hypnotize people for fun

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How to hypnotize people for fun
Hypnotists used to dangle a pocket watch in order to hypnotise people. (pocket watch image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

The website Findcounseling.com likens the hypnotic state to building an accessible bridge between the subconscious and conscious mind. The website explains that when hypnotised, "You are 'experiencing' without questioning, without critical judgment or analysis... and the hypnotherapist can make suggestions that are very likely to 'stick.'" These suggestions stick because your conscious mind is not there to evaluate them, judging their worth or validity. You can hypnotise others for fun in a perfectly safe way, as long as avoid deep emotional or behavioural issues, which only a certified hypnotist should do.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Ocean waves soundtrack
  • Comfortable couch or armchair
  • Table
  • Clock

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Arrange the room. Make sure that the room where the hypnotism will take place is completely soothing and serene and that the lighting is neither too light nor too dark. Turn on a soundtrack to the sound of ocean waves on the beach. The repetitive sound will help you with induction. Position a clock on the table next to the couch. Make sure that you can see that clock, but that the subject cannot. This way you can inconspicuously monitor the time and how long it takes the subject to become hypnotised.

  2. 2

    Ask the subject to lie down on the couch with his feet up. Make sure that he is completely comfortable and that there are extra pillows or blankets if he wishes.

  3. 3

    Tell the subject to close her eyes. Tell her that she is walking down the beach on a warm sunny day at dusk and that the warm water is hitting her toes very pleasantly. Tell her that she bends down to write the capital letter "A" on the sand, and that a wave comes and washes it away. Tell her to picture this as vividly as she can.

  4. 4

    Tell the subject that he continues to walk on the beach and bends down to write the capital letter "B" on the sand and that he watches a wave come and wash it away. Continue describing each letter of the alphabet in this manner. This exercise should greatly tire the subject's subconscious mind. Many people will be ready for a suggestion at this point. Others may take much longer. For some people, you may need to go through the alphabet twice, the second time asking the subject to picture drawing lower case letters out on the sand.

  5. 5

    Give the subject a hypnotic suggestion. Make it something fun like "Eat some ice cream" or "Bark like a dog" or "Sing me a song." The subconscious mind is like a child who enjoys playing, so these will sound like fun suggestions to try. If you suggest anything that the subject is morally opposed to, they will not do it, and will most likely snap out of hypnosis.

  6. 6

    Take the subject out of hypnosis. Tell the subject that he did a good job and will now feel fully awake and refreshed. As you say these words, make your voice progressively louder. Then tell the subject, "When I snap my fingers," or "When I clap my hands," "You will emerge from the hypnotic state."

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