Sunday, February 3, 2008

A Question of Approach

In the end, I did not go to Hypnoticon. But, from what I am hearing, everyone has had a great time. One thing they did, apparently, is scatter out through Atlanta and did street hypnosis, where they approached strangers and asked if they wanted a hypnotic experience. They then proceeded to provide the opportunity and hypnotize those interested. Though I suspect I would not have been so comfortable doing this, it is an interesting way to educate the public about hypnosis.

So here is the Sunday question:

If you are a hypnotist would you consider doing street hypnosis and be comfortable doing so, and if so, why or why not?

For those non-hypnotists, if you were approached by a stranger on the street, would you consent to try hypnosis and if so why or why not?

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Michael Raugh, C.H. said...

I was one who passed on the walkabout hypnosis exercise at Hypnoticon. It's good to be enthusiastic about promoting hypnosis, but I believe there's a fine line between enthusiastic and creepy; for me, anyway, walking up to strangers going, "Hey, I'm a hypnotist -- can I hypnotize you right now?" comes a little too close to that line for my personal comfort.

On the other hand, one of the best things about being at Hypnoticon this year was talking hypnosis with people and doing spontaneous instant inductions and demonstrations with each other. The creepy factor disappears when it's two (or more) hypnotists comparing techniques.

I've found that very often when I tell people that I'm a hypnotist, their reaction is, "Really? Could you hypnotize me?" Usually I smile and say something like, "Sure, but it's a little public here" and suggest an appointment. Now I'm thinking maybe I'll just do it, and then ask them what they'd most like to change about themselves, and see if I can turn that into an appointment instead.

Kara said...

Street hypnosis... sounds like an intriguing new reality show! I would definitely allow myself to be hypnotized by a stranger on the street, as long as it's not in some creepy dark alley. I practice self-hypnosis with a CD at home (for weight loss), but have never seen a hypnotist. I'm not even sure it would work. But I would love to give it a try!

The Transparent Hypnotist said...

Awesome to you both! Interesting and creative marketing idea, Michael. Let me know how it goes.

Also, Kara - well, good for you about trying the street hypnosis.