Hypnotism FAQ

Booking a Hypnotist

Frequently Asked Questions
booking a hypnotist at your event
– Peter Gross, certified hypnotist & director, Boston Hysterical Society

Hypnosis show volunteers

What's really going on here? Are these people ASLEEP?

Hypnosis has long ago been proven to be a real, definable phenomenon with medical and psychological benefits, when used in a clinical environment. In stage show or hypnosis demonstrations, the hypnosis is just as real. In fact a good hypnotist doesn’t want pretenders; they’re simply not as entertaining as people who are really in trance.

Hypnosis demands focus, concentration and imagination. People of superior creativity and intelligence usually make the best volunteers. Contrary to what some people assume, being intoxicated does not make hypnosis easier. Hypnotic trance happens when volunteers to take control of their own psychological states and accept the hypnotist’s suggestions. Being in control of yourself is the first step.

Everyone experiences hypnosis differently but one experience is common: although you will appear to be ‘asleep’, your mind will remain active and engaged the whole time. Trance does not render volunteers unthinking ‘robots’ but fully engaged participants. You will probably be aware that you are on stage, dancing around like a rock star. You just won’t care. You’ll be focused on being the best rock star you can be.

Hypnosis is a voluntary activity that demand not just passive agreement (“Yeah, go ahead and TRY to hypnotize me”) but active participation and the right conditions. Because of this it’s usually a bad idea to limit volunteers to a prescribed list. What works best is to open participation to everyone and see who’s willing and ready to be part of the show.

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis and in trance subjects still remain true to their ‘moral compass.’ That means that although people in a show may act silly or outrageously, they will never do anything endanger themselves or others or do anything outside their ‘comfort zone.’

No, definitely not. Hypnosis in the real world is quiet different from hypnosis in the movies. In the real world, people cannot ‘get stuck’ in trance, nor can someone end up with permanent side effects. Hypnosis is often used to help people improve their lives, but only if the subject is actively interested and motivated to make that change. The good news is that in hypnosis, accidents can’t happen!

Your best choice is to pick a hypnotist who has experience and success with the kind of event you are planning. Many hypnotists spend most of their time working one-on-one with clients and have limited experience entertaining people. You’re best bet is a full time professional stage act; someone who specializes in entertaining audiences similar to your audience. Before you decide on a performer you should certainly, watch his promotional video, read her letters of recommendation and review his list of previous clients. Lots of people have trained to put people in trance; fewer are experienced entertainers.

“I would recommend Peter for any time of year and any audience on any campus; his show is that much fun.” Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Why you should book hypnotist Peter Gross

Hypnotist Mentalist Comedy

Hypnotist Peter Gross has over 20 years experience performing and hypnotizing people – he”s done it all.  Peter’s has had extensive cruise ship experience having worked for Royal Caribbean, Princess, Carnival, Cunard and Celebrity Cruise line. His contracts have  taken him to far flung ports including Tierra Del Fuego, Tahiti and Vladivostok, on the eastern coast of the former Soviet Union. He has been invited to perform at Harvard, Brown and Yale and for Fortune 500 companies including McDonald’s, Microsoft, Intel, Bain Financial, AstraZeneca, Prudential and General Dynamics.

He’s been invited to the White House, performed at the Kennedy Center, Canada’s National Theater and has made numerous TV appearances. He has done shows in Germany, Spain, Scotland, and Japan. He also won two silver medals at the Oranjeboom International Variety Performer’s Competition in Rotterdam, Holland.

Vancouver International Comedy Festival called Peter “Hip sophisticated and very, very funny. A first class performer,” and the Actor’s Theatre of Nantucket raved “You were spectacular! Our audiences raved. Our staff raved. And I was raving mad that I missed it. “