Frequently Asked Questions

General Hypnosis Questions

Absolutely. There have been many studies conducted on hypnosis. In 1958 The American Medical Association said, “Hypnosis has a recognized place in the medical armamentarium and is a useful technique in the treatment of certain illnesses.”

The British Medical Association approved it even earlier in 1892 saying, “[hypnosis] is frequently effective in relieving pain, procuring sleep, and alleviating many functional ailments.”

The American Psychological Association says, “[hypnosis] can be a powerful, effective therapeutic technique for a wide range of conditions, including pain, anxiety and mood disorders. Hypnosis can also help people change their habits, such as quitting smoking.”

It seems like every hypnotist has a different definition for it. A simple way to think of it is “a process that allows unconscious changes to take place.” It’s associated with going into trance, but that’s not necessary for hypnosis to take place (although it helps for different hypnotic phenomena and is very cool!). For a clinical definition, the Mayo Clinic says hypnosis is “a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration… and are more open to suggestion.”
Yes, especially when the hypnotist knows what they’re doing. As If someone doesn’t, it’s possible to create false memories. And if a subject isn’t brought out of hypnosis properly some people feel a mild “hypnotic hangover.” Those things are both easily avoided.
Yes… unless you’re completely drunk. If even you’re an “analytical” person you can still be hypnotized. Some of my best subjects have told me, “I can’t be hypnotized!” moments before I brought them into a deep and profound trance. Trance is a something we go into naturally on a daily basis – we just don’t always notice it. A good example is when you’re driving – ever space out and then you realize you’re at your destination? Or maybe you drove right past it instead… we’ve all been in trance at one time or another. Hypnosis uses that trance state to create beneficial changes, or it can be used for entertainment like in a stage show.
Close your eyes for a moment. There you go! For some people, that’s all hypnosis feels like. For others, there might be a floating sensation, or a tingling in the fingers. It might feel a little odd at first, and it’s almost always very relaxing. Sometimes people think that because they’re aware of what’s going on that they’re not hypnotized, but that’s not true. During hypnosis, you’re completely aware of the sounds around you, and you can still hear me speaking.
It’s actually impossible to get stuck in hypnosis. If you were hypnotized and the hypnotist left you there, you would either come out all on your own after a time or just go into natural sleep. There is an extremely deep (and rare) state of hypnosis called “The Esdaile State.” What happens is someone becomes so relaxed they might stop responding to the hypnotist’s suggestions. Such a person probably hasn’t truly relaxed in a very long time, and it feels so good they want to stay there! Any competent hypnotist knows how to bring someone out of this state.
It depends on the religion, but in general hypnosis isn’t a sin, and it’s fine if you’re Christian. Some denominations argue that it’s not ok because the Bible forbids it, but that’s not actually the case. Here’s a great article on the subject breaking it down.

 For Catholics, Pope Pius XII issued several statements on hypnotherapy, and said it is, “is permitted by moral and is compatible with the spirit of the Gospel.”

What about stage hypnosis?

A lot of religious statements I’ve seen on this are very, very out of date with our current understanding of hypnosis. If hypnosis was done against someone’s will, then yes. But in a stage show or when I do street hypnosis, no one’s “forced” to participate – they’re volunteers.

It’s not a sin to get into a car someone else is driving even though they’re the one bringing you to a different place than you started. It’s the same thing as a hypnotist – someone volunteers, and I respect them and drive them to a new place, even if that place is all in the mind. It’s important to remember that while you’re more open to suggestion in hypnosis, you don’t “lose control” of yourself – if someone in hypnosis didn’t want to follow a suggestion (such as one against their morals and beliefs), they would just say no.

Hypnosis Sessions FAQ

While I’m confident I can help with a variety of issues, if you feel you need to be “fixed” then we won’t be a good fit for each other.
For relaxation, yes! I don’t do group sessions for anything like quitting smoking, weight loss, etc. Hypnosis sessions for those are best 1-on-1 so they can be tailored to each person, otherwise they might not be very effective.
No. I don’t do any therapy involving “past lives.”
Not at this time.
Yes, for short term issues like fears and smoking cessation. I’m confident you’ll be satisfied with your sessions. If we work together and you’re not happy with the progress and results we’ve achieved, I offer a half-back guarantee and will refund half your investment. For longer term packages, this may vary.

Hypnosis Show FAQ 

(For more general frequently asked hypnosis questions click here)

Absolutely. I’ll do just about any kind of show, for pretty much any event. But I’ll never do any kind of show that would purposefully embarrass or humiliate the volunteers or the audience.
Yes. If my shows were a movie they’d be rated around PG. If you’re interested in more mature rated show, let me know.

Whatever rating of show you’re interested in, I make it a policy to never embarrass or humiliate any of my volunteers.

I’m in Denver, Colorado, but I’m happy to come to wherever your event is being held.
It depends on your needs for your event, but shows are generally 1-1 1/2 hours in length.
Outside of my Denver hypnosis shows, I love to do street hypnosis here in town. You can most often find me at the First Friday Art Walk on Santa Fe.
With hypnosis shows, “The bigger the better” can apply, as it’ll be easier to fill the stage with an audience of 100 people as compared to an audience of 50. Personally, I’d rather have an enthusiastic audience of 50 people than an unexcited one of 100, so it depends. Feel free to contact me about questions for group size.
While we could do that, surprising people with a hypnotist isn’t always the best of surprises. Shows tend to work better when the audience knows there’s going to be a hypnotist before I walk on stage.
It depends on where you’re located, the type of event, the length of the show, etc. Please contact me about pricing.
Yes. Please note that any issues involving the stage itself, venue, etc. are the responsibility of the venue.