Originally posted by David Mitchell:
While cold reading is mostly just the power of observation taken to it's limit, I am starting to become interested in hypnotism. However, finding books on this subject is a little difficult. (For me anyway)
Does anyone out there, have a book title that would be a good introduction to what's involved. Nothing to difficult at this point, but I just want to explore a little before actually getting into the heavy artillery.
Having done stage hypnosis for over 30 years, here are a few suggestions (joke intended) on furthering your interest.
First, look into Ormond McGill's Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism. While some of the material is dated, this is the definitive text on the subject fo stage work, per se.
Next, if you're really interested, take a GOOD certification course, like the one from the National Guild of Hypnotists so you know how to handle those extremely rare (but very daunting) times when someone does not react the way you expect them to.
Get video tapes from the NGH library (you must be a member to do so) of some of the shows they have had at their conventions. Some will be very worthwhile, some will serve as horrible examples of what some people consider entertainment but who are exceptionally clueless.
Then, read everything else you can on the topic, attend any and every stage hypnosis show you can and start to develop your OWN routines, much like designing your magic act.
Take stage movement lessons, microphone technique lessons, etc. for polish on your show.
Best of luck. It's a VERY demanding field because, if you fall down as a stage hypnotist, it's not easy to recover during a show.
And those shows DO happen every once in a while.
Lee Darrow, C.Ht. http://www.leedarrow.com