To make extra money I perform Magic/Mentalism and at times I perform stage hypnosis
Hypnosis has become a favourite form of entertainment with stage shows where members of the public make themselves look like idiots by following instructions to act like a chicken, or believe they are a superstar. Strangely, people still flock to these shows and are even more eager to be picked to be the 'victim'.
A stage hypnotist will often declare to a person that their mind was too strong for them. These people go back to their seats feeling proud that they cannot be affected by this mysterious force. This is far from the truth; in reality, everybody can be hypnotised to a certain degree. The stage performer is looking for the show-offs. People who want to do strange things, act out a fantasy and to be able to blame hypnosis afterwards. This is not to say the victims are not hypnotised, but it wouldn't be an impressive show if the hypnotist commanded someone to do something and they refused.
Gadfly, do you know anything on the topic of Hypnotic scars, or mental scars left from post-hypnotic suggestion?
Ther is in fact scientific evidence that the brain's waves alter from "normal consciousness" in this state.
I'm pretty sure a person has to be aware and almost want to be hypnotized for it to work, though.
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