As many of you know, I perform comedy hypnosis shows for the public but many may not know that I also am available for bookings for private events such as corporate celebrations or even workshops (educational and motivational courses as well as entertaining shows) as well as private shows for parties and the like.
In Taiwan – as in most of Asia – the period around the Lunar New Year is a busy one for entertainers as Chinese New Year is when companies have their big end-of-year dinners and many are entertainment starved.
Here are some a few videos and photos from a Wei Ya performance I did for a dynamic company that asked for an English performance (we offered to provide Chinese interpretation as usual but they assured us that the English standards at the company were high enough to warrant an English-only performance and they certainly were right, this international corporation is filled with high skilled highly motivated folks).
We start off the show with an intro, some pre-talk, and a bunch of rapport-building humor.
I usually do some suggestibility imagination games that involve the entire audience so that everyone gets a taste for just how powerful their minds might be.
Balloons and Rocks
This is a great imagination game to use as when you've set your mark, you can ask everyone to keep their hands where they are and open their eyes and see just how much variation there is – as "everyone's imagination is different"!
ON WITH THE SHOW
During a show, if you're lucky, you will find someone who is well-respected in the company and who is a very good sport volunteer who has a very powerful imagination and so when you do some individual gag work with that person it really helps to show to others that this stuff is real and that they can use it too. Since McKinsey is a very dynamic and extremely competitive organization, they attract a lot of folks who are very focused who have very vivid imaginations so that they can help their client corporations solve business issues in creative ways that are very effective – in such an environment you are going to find a number of very dynamic individuals who are highly suggestible in that they have focused imaginations and heightened concentration and creativity that help them succeed, which has a very high correlation with the ability to enter into focused trance or experiential hypnosis (these individuals also help demonstrate that there is a very large difference between the positive trait of suggestibility and the negative trait of gullibility which is often the public misconception).
Here are some brief video clips from the show.
SPEED HYPNOSIS INDUCTION
For a Wei Ya or similar performance, I am usually limited by time so I am likely to use a faster induction so we can get into the gags straight away. Quite often, I will use a handclasp induction in these cases as it's fast and straightforward and effective.
This is my typical deepener after an induction, the Happy Balloons allows the hypnotist to check for responsiveness but it also is useful in that it begins with kinesthetic response or movement and then shifts that responsiveness into positive emotional responsiveness. It also feels very good.
DEEPENING AND DISMISSAL
It's important to deepen the experiential trance for your volunteers and also to continually check for folks who may not be responding. I normally let folks know that if they don't go into state at that time it most definitely does NOT mean they can't be hypnotized but that it simply means that in this place at this time they can go back to the audience and enjoy the show. I usually ask that the audience give them a round of applause to show appreciation for them giving it a go. Usually, that is. In a recent show in a very different context, I was less polite or formal in dismissing some folks but then at that show – unlike a corporate event – I was dealing with a higher than typical number of aggressive drunks.
Just like many hypnotists, I include the movie mayhem gag in my show and so here is a brief bit of that and of how we transition. Obviously, this sort of gag is adapted to an appropriate level for the event – so you don't do the "dirty movie" gag at a Church supper . . . well, maybe you do, but it would have to be a very unusual church.
Sorry, but the photos and video aren't all that clear as it was a semi-dark ballroom setup for banquet and performance – the Taipei Grand Hotel – and we were focused on performance more than archiving (since Lorraine wasn't interpreting, she had some time between her work with the sound technician running music cues to snap some quickies).
The rest of the photos are at http://public.fotki.com/briandavidphillips/hypnosis/shows/2010-01-29-mckinsey and my video clips are on my youtube account at http://www.youtube.com/user/briandavidphillips.
If you're in Taiwan and would like to book us for your private event, drop on by http://www.briandavidphillips.com (click on the Chinese page for those who prefer it) and then drop Lorraine an email here to schedule your booking.
All the best, (If you are reading this blog post via a stream, go to http://briandavidphillips.net/ to access the full post with any videos or photos included.) Brian David Phillips, PhD, CH [email@example.com]
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Hypnotist, Hypnotherapist, Intuitionist, Trance Wizard
President, Society of Experiential Trance
Associate Professor, NCCU, Taipei, Taiwan
All the best,
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Brian David Phillips, PhD, CH [firstname.lastname@example.org]