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Gerard's blog. Mostly showbusiness related but other stuff too such as sales and selling, performing and sleeping. I'm an entertainer so I share thoughts about the show biz life. I'm a hypnotist and involved with motivation and life in general - so some of those thoughts also show up here.
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Why Are Most Comedians So Mean?

Why are so many comedians rude, mean or offensive? I’m not talking about touching on mildly uncomfortable topics, but rather the all too common practise of being rude or demeaning to one group or another. The reason is simple and is has to do with two things, skill and fear. To write a lot of good clean material that is super funny is hard work. It takes genuine skill and considerable effort.
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7 Reasons Your Fundraiser Tickets Aren’t Selling

You’ve got a great fundraiser. People are going to have an absolute blast. But they don’t seem to be buying your tickets. Here are some of the reasons why that could be. 1. You’re Relying On Social Media Social media is great. You can sit at home and post stuff online. Done right you can get lots of people to click on, or to like what you post online. You can really get the idea that you’re going to have a sellout night.
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Why Does Stage Hypnosis Work?

How do those shows work? A hypnotist gets a whole bunch of people on stage, and before you know it they’re doing silly things at the suggestion of the hypnotist. What is going on and how does that happen? Why does stage hypnosis work? Summary (or TL;DR) The hypnotist will find within any group those who are most readily hypnotisable on that occasion. Depending on her skill the hypnotist might require a large group to start with to improve their chances.
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Do Hypnotist Shows Work?

Are hypnotist shows real? Are they fake? Do stage hypnotists really hypnotise people from the crowd? Is it set up in advance somehow? I’m often asked these questions. Along with “Can everyone be hypnotised?”. When you see 16 people on stage all being silly under the “control” of the hypnotist - what is going on? Either: They’re paid actors, They’re just faking it for the fun of it (unpaid), or They’re really hypnotised.
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A Bedtime Routine For Better Sleep

I really likes this simple diagram from The Huffington Post on what to do (and what to stop doing) as you wind down at the end of the day, in order to have a better sleep. Image: Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post
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Animal Magnetism, Mesmerism and Hypnotism

Techniques that embody what we now call [hypnotism][1] have been around for centuries, appearing in various forms in spiritual and religious rites and alternative medical practice. While we look back at the activities of these practitioners and judge them as quacks, much of what they did was normal practice for their times, when the practice of medicine was also ad hoc, unscientific and steeped in mythology and strange beliefs. One of the strangest beliefs that came out of early hypnosis was the concept of animal magnetism.
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Death By Powerpoint

It turns out that Powerpoint really can kill!
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The Surprising Belief That Geese Grow On Trees

This surprised me because it is so unlikely and in present times seems so dumb. But it is apparently true that only a few hundred years ago some people believed that a species of goose (the Barnacle Goose) grew on trees. Seriously! How anyone could believe that is beyond me. Moreover the lifecycle was thought to be partly aquatic and, wait for it, the barnacle goose gave its name to barnacles, not the other way around.
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The Swimmer's Body Illusion and Other Brain Fails

The swimmer’s body illusion (aka the swimmer’s body fallacy) arises from the commonly held belief that a person can obtain a great physique, like that of an elite swimmer, by training the same way that they do. A person could watch the olympics or a top level swimming competition, and conclude that by taking to the pool and swimming for exercise they could develop the muscles and appearance of those elite athletes.
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Last Minute Xmas Bookings

If you leave it to the last minute to book your work end-of-year or Christmas entertainment you are likely to miss out. Venues, entertainers and everyone will be busy or already booked, so book early! We do hilarious end-of-year parties, and can supply a full entertainment package. Attractively priced and no-sleaze, guaranteed!