Last Updated on May 30, 2021
As the great hypnotist Émile Coué once said, “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.”
This quote speaks volumes to me now more than it ever has before. I could barely focus all of Friday and Saturday as I thought about what I would do during my largest and most legitimate hypnosis show that was scheduled for yesterday night. I had so many questions about what I was going to do, how I was going to do it, and whether or not it would work. The lack of answers was giving me anxiety.
With this show, I wanted to try so many new things. Never have I planned out a show in as much detail as I did for this one. An old friend asked me to perform at the conference and I could not disappoint her. Having to memorize the order of what I was going to do during the show was overwhelming and stressful but proved to be totally worth it. I liked having things planned out much better.
Most of the attendees were computer science and information technology majors since it was a programming event I was performing at. Since computer science people generally tend to be more science-oriented, my friend and I were expressing our concerns about the potential skepticism I could have received from the audience. I was even worried I might not be able to get enough volunteers. To my relief, everything went surprisingly well. In fact, I had more volunteers than I could take and I had no problem hypnotizing the ones who came up.
In terms of guiding their hypnosis, I learned that I’m able to do much more than I previously thought. In the past, most of my experience has involved having people instantly “act things out” and then stopping them. One thing and then another. Unique and temporary. Now I realize I can create more interesting effects that stick throughout the duration of the show. I had one girl who would shout, “R U RAH RAH!” whenever she heard the word, “Rutgers” used in a sentence. Another girl forgot her name and could only remember it if she sang happy birthday to herself.
This opens a whole new door of possibilities for future shows.