Do Hypnotist Shows Work?

Are they fake? Do stage hypnotists really hypnotise people from the crowd? Is it set up?

I’m often asked these questions.

When you see 16 people on stage all being silly under the “control” of the hypnotist - what is going on?


  1. They’re paid actors,
  2. They’re just faking it for the fun of it (unpaid), or
  3. They’re really hypnotised.

Let look at these possibilities.

If they’re paid actors, how much do they need to be paid? To do the show and to never talk about it again? $50 perhaps? That’s not much. $200? What would you do it for and never tell? Let’s go with $100 - and 16 people on stage - that’s $1600. Plus all the organising beforehand to get them there (how would you do that?). A lot of money and effort, and show business just doesn’t pay well - you can check.

What about corporate events where the volunteers are all staff of the company, or members of the sports club? How could they be set up, paid, and no-one tells? And apparently the ones who were “approached” and who declined say nothing? That would be unbelievable.

It just doesn’t add up. It must be something else.

Maybe people just fake it? Perhaps they “pretend” to be hypnotised without payment.

How persuasive are you? Can you “talk” 16 people out of a group of 80 to come on stage and do what you ask?

Lets argue that some people are so persuasive that they can get others to go on stage and act silly. That’s some powerful skill right there.

And yet many of those on stage will say that they don’t recall what happened. None later say that they were “just acting”.

People love to talk and it seems hard to believe that these “fakers” remain silent on that topic (I wouldn’t, would you?). But if they’re not paid and are just faking it - why don’t they spill the beans afterwards? What stops them?


Whether you think that the hypnotist is simply very persuasive and gets people to “fake” on command and never tell, or you accept, maybe reluctantly, that the hypnotist has actually put people into a trance, the simplest and most logical explanation is that the hypnotist has the ability to make people act in ways that they wouldn’t normally do.

That’s an ability the average person on the street doesn’t have.

The Science

There’s science to back up that hypnosis is a real mental phenomenon. So hypnosis and hypnotism is real in the scientific sense. Google it and check.

The Conclusion

Its too expensive and too hard to fake. People willingly do for the hypnotist what they won’t do in general. And they “say” they were hypnotised and or don’t recall. The simplest explanation is that it is real.