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Screw going to college, I want to be a hypnotist!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by AmazingGracePlayer, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. I went to a friend's party today, and there was a hypnotist there... Long story short, After trying to hypnotize 120 something people, he got about 10 to be hypnotized. I don't know how he does it, but he makes a person stand up, tells the person to look at his eyes, and he grabs the person's head and twists it a bit while saying "sleep!" and the person just falls asleep. He then tells things like "when I snap my finger, you'll imagine yourself watching the sadest movie ever." And after the snap, this girl who was hypnotized started crying her heart out. And he did other tricks like telling her that she doesn't know the number or word "seven," and then he made her count her fingers, but she got stuck after 6, skipped the next one, and went on with 8, 9, 10.

    Does anyone know how hypnosis works? I read the wikipedia article but didn't quite understand the science behind it.
  2. RWP


    Jul 1, 2006
    I would loved to have seen that. Not sure how it works but I know you have to be willing to be hypnotized. Oh the possibilities! :)
  3. Haha yeaup, the hypnotist was like "when I snap my fingers, imagine you are watching a porn movie." And this guy who was hypnotized, actually, I leave it at that...

    There was another party where he said that there's a 100 dollar bill on the ground and nobody is to pick it up but you (the hypnotized girl), and when he snapped, she picked up the 100 dollar bill (there was nothing on the ground) and hid it in her bra... it was really funny!
  4. Vince S.

    Vince S. Resident Former Bassist

    Jan 24, 2003
    :eek: :eyebrow: :help:
  5. The Penguin

    The Penguin duplicate account violation Inactive

    Jun 21, 2006
    I'm not pelagic
    You pretty much nailed it when you noticed out of 120 people only 10 were hypnotized. That's about 8%.

    As they whittle down the number of people they are simply performing psychological tests to find who wants it to happen and is willing to go along. Your performer probably mentioned something about how people won't do dangerous things or stuff they don't want to while under. That's because they aren't under any spell, if they were you could get them to do things they don't want to.

    It's a fun act but it's a party gimmick based on knowing more about how people think and react than the audience does. Hypnotists are wildly popular at state fairs out here. It' a good paying gig too.
  6. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    I've read up on hypnosis to a certain extent (my major was neurochemistry and anything dealing with brain function interests me) but as far as I can tell, there isn't a consensus on exactly how it works. But I have watched hypnosis shows many times out of curiosity. At first I thought it was all a sham, but I've since changed my mind completely.

    What I can tell you is that you have to be willing to be hypnotized. My roommate in college was particularly suggestive. He was called up to the stage at one demonstration and was actually unintentionally hypnotized from the audience by the same guy at a different show.

    If you don't want to be hypnotized you won't. In fact, a couple times I tried to be hypnotized at the beginning when the hypnotist is looking for his "performers" and it didn't work.

    Only once have I been successfully hypnotized and it was when I was completely relaxed and open to the process. The weird thing about it (at least in my experience) was that I wasn't really out of it per se. The whole time I thought I could completely control my actions but there was this overwhelming compulsion to do what the hypnotist asked me to. I kept thinking that I could do what I wanted and that I was just playing along. But in reality I did everything I was asked to and I don't think I could have done otherwise.

    Just to relay a quick and funny story about hypnosis, my first year in the dorms, they had a hypnotist brought in to the cafeteria after dinner for anyone that wanted to attend, which ended up being about 200 people. A number of funny things happened, but the best was when he told a girl that when she awoke she would be uncomfortably warm. When he snapped his fingers, she looked around, flapped her sweater a couple times and then just took her sweater off. Before the hypnotist could react, she took her undershirt off and started unfastening her bra. He started yelling, "You're cold, you're cold. You're very, very cold!". She put her shirt back on to a chorus of boos.

    They would have been worth seeing too . . . :eek:
  7. The Penguin

    The Penguin duplicate account violation Inactive

    Jun 21, 2006
    I'm not pelagic
    That's a favorite move. If you see the same act a few times you start to recognize a consistency in the spontaneity :) Most groups of people have a certain number of women who want to be exhibitionists if given the opportunity (mardi gra beads???). Finding them and offering them a chance for attention while removing their responsibility for their actions is a strong motivator. There's a reason so many hypnotists are also magicians.
  8. I also attended a party with a hypnotist. I didn't want to believe it... but I saw some weird stuff that night.
  9. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    Absolutely, it's entertainment first and foremost and though I never saw that exact scenario, you're right that displays of "subconscious" exhibitionism are common at these shows.
  10. Fontaine


    Apr 27, 2006
    save yourself the time and energy and just punch yerself in the head 3 times spin around 6 times and streak down the road screming "boooom lick id lay ho".
  11. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    There is some real value in "medical hypnosis".

    The stuff you see for "entertainment" is a psychological annomoly. NONE of those people are "hypnotized" they are just so desperate to be part of the show that they are faking what they think being hypnotized is like. It's one of the reasons "they say" you can't get a hypnotized person to do something they wouldn't normally while they are "awake".

    They are awake.

    Sorry to be a buz kill.
  12. Fontaine


    Apr 27, 2006
    you are wrong, a dude was in my school about 5 yerars ago and did this to people in my school....i knew everyone he did it to and they were NOT faking....one of the funnyist things i have ever seen...
  13. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    And I watched a guy saw a woman in half right in front of my eyes then put her back together again.

    I have studied hypnotherapy. I wrote a paper on it once. I am right.

    It's a weird piece of the human id. You give some people a get out of jail free card to drop all their societal inhibitions and some people will take the opportunity and run with it. They will never admit to anyone and maybe not even to themselves that it was anything other than being "hypnotized"

    Personnaly, I find it even more interesting to watch knowing that all those people are just...taking the get out of jail free card.

    It's kind of like the Kareoke syndrome. Some people want it so bad they can blind themselves to the fact that they absolutly can not sing AT ALL.

    It doesn't make it any less entertaining. It's just not being hypnotized.
  14. Fontaine


    Apr 27, 2006
    no paper no proof :p
  15. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Inactive

    Jan 29, 2007
    Northern New Jersey
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  16. IconBasser

    IconBasser Scuba Viking

    Feb 28, 2007
    Fontana, California
    well Earl, according to TheBigO, it is real. Have you ever been in a situation where you could be hypnotized? If not, I'd suggest some personal experience before denying every aspect of hypnosis.
  17. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001

    read the faq's it's pretty cool if you have an interest in the real deal.
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