Comedy Hypnotism, Gags and Palagiarism

I went to see another stage hypnotist last night. I think it is a professional courtesy to introduce oneself under those circumstances, so I popped into the kitchen of the venue where he was hanging out to say “hi!”. After discovering that I too was an entertainer, his first remark was that he hoped I did not “steal his material” (classy?!?).

He then went on stage to perform a show containing gags that have been around for literally decades, and some for centuries. With one or two minor variations, the entire show was based on material published in Gil Boyne's Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism.

I suspect that even he didn’t think that this material was his own invention, and even if it was some of the gags were so obvious that it is likely that others would have thought of them as well. I had a neat idea once based on Dancing With The Stars. Needless to say, a TV phenomenon like that has probably inspired many of my peers, and there are likely to be hundreds of related gags out there.

After all, there are really only a few hypnotic phenomena, and combining them with popular TV entertainment, for example, is likely to lead to many similar inventions.

My show is currently about 30% “standard” gags that others use too, and which are excellent warm ups and great fun for everyone. Another 30% are fairly unique to me, things Simon and I thought up and have never seen others do (but others may have had similar ideas on their own). The remainder is made up on the spot.

And as with all comedy – the secret is in “how you tell ‘em”. I am proud of our show - it is fast, energetic, and original; but also clean and inviting. Last night was funny for sure. And I came away comfortable that someone who went to both that show and mine would have found them hard to compare; ours is so different.

Gerard V is unreal! Amazing night!!!

Gerard V

Gerard V is a comedy hypnotist entertainer based in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific including the USA and sometimes Europe . He does shows for companies, clubs and charities where he works live on stage with audience volunteers that he has never met before.   Gerard VTel: +61 468 419 994

Blog Categories


Gerard's blog. Mostly show related but other stuff too.

Entertainment ideas

Interesting, fun, or unique entertainment ideas for your events.


Interesting, fun, and other info related to fund raising.


Ideas and other info related to fund raising.

Hens stags and bucks

Posts Relating to Pre-wedding and Wedding Entertainment Events

Hypnosis faq

Common questions about hypnosis

Party ideas

Ideas for parties and smaller events

Show faq

Frequently asked questions about the shows.


A Blog About Sleep and Sleeping, Naps, Napping and Good Health

Small groups

Posts relating to small events

Successful fundraisers

Ways to make your fund raising show more successful.


Testimonials from Corporates, Schools and Clubs

The show

FAQ about the show.

Venues faq

Things I am asked about what kind of venues work well.


Excerpts from shows, and other great stuff.


Things we can do for that Special Day