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30 Days of Hypnosis: Day 4

Preferred method of induction? I.e. pocket watch, pendant, crystal, spiral, fixation, etc.

Yes, all of them mentioned above, and more. I have a passion for stereotypical inductions of all kinds, the more stereotypical, the better.

But my most favorite must be the classic “look into my eyes” fixation induction, especially when looking into the eyes of a lovely female hypnotist. Pat CollinsAnd who better to epitomize that than the “Hyp Hypnotist” herself, Pat Collins.

30 Days of Hypnosis: Day 3

Do you like to experience amnesia?

Hypnotic amnesia, just like a number of other hypnotic phenomena, is something that I want to explore further. I would like to improve my skills at being a good hypnotic subject, in this case, being able to manifest it successfully.

Then again, something about being subject to hypnotic amnesia has, in the part, provoked unpleasant reactions, especially when producing inexplicable situations. For instance, once when a good friend of mine and I were experimenting with it, I found myself moved from place to place without remembering that happened, and somehow the impossibility of it was causing mental discomfort. I believe that was because my mind was trying to figure out what just happened and was running into the roadblock of the amnesia suggestion.

30 Days of Hypnosis: Day 2

What was it like the first time you were tranced or tranced someone?

Actually, I should amend that to the first two times I was tranced. This is a story I often tell to persuade people that hypnosis is real.

In 1984, I attended a convention in Cleveland, Ohio. I primarily wanted to meet Marion Zimmer Bradley, the writer and creator of the Darkover novels and stories, but the real treat was in meeting Katherine Kurtz. I knew Katherine from her Deryni novels, a series of novels set in a medieval fantasy setting much like medieval Europe, where the magic is primarily used by the Deryni. The Deryni are a mutation from humanity which grants them psychic powers, including telepathy and telekinesis, plus what can only be described as magic. One of the telepathic talents used was the ability to induce a hypnotic trance state in unsuspecting or unwarded subjects. It should come as no surprise, then, that Katherine was trained as an Ericksonian hypnotist, and she regularly wrote that into her stories.

On the final day of the convention, Katherine and a few others participated in a panel on hypnosis, and as part of it, she did a group induction and two guided imagery sessions for the audience. I participated wholeheartedly and that is a memory I still treasure.

Which leads to the second time I was ever hypnotized.

A good friend of mine just finished training as a hypnotist, and I invited him to come to the monthly meeting of the local Doctor Who fan club, where performed a demonstration of hypnosis for the members of the club. (I should point out that we would watch a Doctor Who episode at every meeting: this time it was ‘Masque of Mandragora’, which has one of the most evocative hypnosis inductions ever.) After the meeting was over, I volunteered to do a more personal demonstration for another of the club members. He gave me the traditional post-hypnotic amnesia suggestion and brought me out of trance.

And that’s when I went into a fugue state.

I couldn’t think, I couldn’t speak: I could only mouth words that I didn’t know how to say. It only last for maybe 15 seconds before I was put back into trance and then the suggestion was removed.

I didn’t understand then but I believe I understand now what happened: my subconscious understood the suggestion to forget being hypnotized to mean forget ever being hypnotized, and my previous experience was something I definitely wanted to remember, so the two impulses were in conflict and my mind was frozen.

And those were the first two times I was ever tranced.

30 Days of Hypnosis: Day 1

What’s your hypnosis origin story?

I can remember becoming interested in the subject before my teenaged years. I most likely was around 9 or 10 at the time. Of course, by that time, I had seen hypnosis as represented on advertisements on the back of comic books and seeing it on TV. I remember watching it presented on movies, especially “The Woman in Green”. However, the most vivid impression I can remember was finding a copy of a book on hypnosis one day at the library Bookmobile. I was amazed to find such a thing and even more amazed to be allowed to check it out. I do remember the man in the Bookmobile asking me if I wanted to get more books like this, but I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want adults knowing about my interest in the subject.

It was a slender copy with black&white photographs showing the male hypnotist and female subject(s). It might have been “How to Use Hypnosis” by Dr. David Tracy (1952) but it was certainly something from that same era. I really can’t remember clearly any longer, as that was about 50 years ago. After that it was things like watching Pat Collins on the Showtime cable network or her appearance on “The Lucy Show”, going to the downtown library by riding the bus and checking out books on hypnosis there, and seeing hypnosis and all related subjects on television and at the movies. All of this when I was still a teenager.

And that’s my origin story.


30 Days of Hypnosis

I’ve seen this list and similar floating around the Internets, so I figure its my turn to answer it.

Day 1: What’s your hypnosis origin story?

Day 2: What was it like the first time you were tranced or tranced someone?

Day 3: Do you like to experience amnesia?

Day 4: Preferred method of induction? I.e. pocket watch, pendant, crystal, spiral, fixation, etc.

Day 5: Instant trigger *SNAP* or long drawn out “You are getting very sleepy, eyes are heavy, limbs are heavy, so very heavy, so relaxed”?

Day 6: Fractionation: “Yes, please!” or “No, I don’t like roller coasters. I feel nauseated.”?

Day 7: Are you a trance junkie (short term) or do you prefer a one hypnotist relationship (long term)? Why or why not?

Day 8: Are you functional in a trance or do you have issues talking/moving?

Day 9: What is the most important characteristic you look for in a hypnotist or subject?

Day 10: Favorite hypnotic experience as a subject?

Day 11: Favorite hypnotic experience as a hypnotist?

Day 12: What’s your favorite pop culture reference about hypnosis?

Day 13: How do you feel about stage hypnosis? Would you ever consent to trancing someone/being tranced in front of an audience?

Day 14: What’s a common misconception people have about hypnosis that bothers you the most?

Day 15: Do any of your friends and family know about your hypnosis interest? Why or why not?

Day 16: Do you prefer male or female hypnotists/subjects? Why?

Day 17: If a curious novice asked you to introduce them to the world of hypnosis, where would you begin and why?

Day 18: Do you have any hypnotic experiences you regret? Why or why not?

Day 19: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever experienced in trance as a subject or strangest thing a subject has requested to experience?

Day 20: How much of an influence does your hypnosis interest have on your everyday life?

Day 21: In a consensual situation, do you prefer to be aware or unaware of an impending trance? Hypnotists: is it easier to trance an informed subject or to drop them unaware?

Day 22: How do you feel about mind control story captions? Tasteful when done right or oh so very tacky?

Day 23: Have you ever had difficulty going into a trance/hypnotizing someone?  What happened?

Day 24: What advice would you impart to a new hypnotist or subject?

Day 25: Do you find that there are certain words or phrases (not triggers) that send you deeper into trance?

Day 26: Is there a certain trigger you prefer more than others?

Day 27: What was your worst experience with hypnosis?

Day 28: What are your thoughts on asshole hypnotists who prey on the vulnerable?

Day 29: Do you have any close hypno-enthusiast friends that you’ve met on the Internet?  How did you become friends?

Day 30: Just rant about hypnosis. Go crazy! But not too crazy… 65% crazy, 35% sane.

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