Comedy hypnotism has come a long way. There are still a few creepy guys (usually with bad facial hair) making people cluck like chickens and generally being mean, but modern shows are different, classier and much more fun.
It always starts with a short introduction by the hypnotist. This can a matter of minutes, or longer. The intro or “pre-talk” gives the audience a better chance to understand what is about to happen, and gives the hypnotist time to build trust and to set some ground rules and expectations.
It can be quite short, but depends also on the crowd, and how much “warming up they need”. Some hypnotists use a warm up act as well, for example
frequently has a short comedy set from a stand-up comedian who is hilarious and gets people laughing and relaxed.
Call For Volunteers
Then the hypnotist will ask for people to volunteer to be hypnotised.
Gerard V only uses genuine volunteers, and never picks on people from the audience. While some people are more suggestible than others, people need to be willing and receptive in order to go under.
The Hypnotic Induction
The volunteers are put through a process called hypnotic induction, where they become increasingly and automatically responsive to the suggestions of the hypnotist. There are lots of different techniques used in hypnosis. Old fashioned chiches like swinging watches and spirals aren’t really necessary and are usually a sign that the hypnotist lacks imagination. Gerard V frequently uses a simple spoken induction, which is easy, relaxing, and you can do yourself at home after the show. Sometimes he will do instant hypnosis or a “snap” induction, which is dramatic and very fast.
The Skits, Gags and Hypnotic Phenomena
The hypnotist will then lead the volunteers through a series of skits and gags, getting them to do silly stuff, hilarious to watch, and amazing to their friends in the audience.
The choice of gags and skits is really what makes the show. Gerard V is careful to keep things light, fun and silly. He avoids things that would be embarrassing for most people to do, and he doesn’t act arrogantly or with meanness (as some other hypnotists are known to do).
But never any chickens; definitely no chickens (another poultry free hypnotist is