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In this Instructible, I'll cover the steps to performing a simple hypnosis induction that, when properly handled, allows you to hypnotize most willing volunteers.  I'll also cover basic terms and concepts important to learning hypnosis. This induction is most suitable for a basic demonstration 1 on 1 or at a party.  

**DISCLAIMER**
Hypnosis can be dangerous if not used carefully and properly.  You should always respect the fact that you are working with someone else's mind. Don't practice hypnotherapy if you are not a trained therapist. In general, you should not make suggestions dealing with involuntary systems of the body or age regression. I am not responsible for any injuries, mental or physical, resulting from the use of this Instructable. If your subject does have an adverse reaction, wake them, reminding them where they are and that they will be okay. 
**End Disclaimer**

What is hypnosis?  That's a fairly complicated question, and the answer you receive will vary greatly depending on who you ask.  

In simple terms, my opinion is that hypnosis is a tool that allows you to bypass certain critical faculties of the conscious mind.  This definition works well enough for simple one-on-one demonstrations like this one.

This induction is typically called 'Hands Closing Together' or 'Magnetic Hands.' It's a little showy, but it gets the job done.

For more information, check out our websites: iHypnoU.com and deeplyhypnotized.blogspot.com
 
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Step 1: Materials

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The list of things you need to hypnotize someone with this induction is very simple.  

You need:
A Volunteer - the person you will be hypnotizing, called a Subject. Some are easier to hypnotize than others, but with the right method, most anyone willing to be hypnotized can be.
A Location - where you will be hypnotizing.  Anywhere will work, but someplace quiet with a chair is ideal.
Confidence - hypnosis is all about the power of suggestion.  If you believe you will succeed, become not just a person who knows hypnosis, but The Hypnotist, you will cause your subject to believe in your abilities as well.


Step 2: Pre-Induction Talk

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The pre-induction talk is a very important step to your success, especially if you're working with a subject you don't know very well.  (Subjects you aren't familiar with can be easier, since they're more likely to see you as The Hypnotist than as their friend, sibling or neighbor, but you take on the disadvantage of not knowing how they think.)  

Topics you should cover with your subject:

What they know about hypnosis - this is their starting image, and what they will be expecting.  Again, since the power of suggestion is key, the subject's expectations will shape how they respond to your hypnosis techniques.

What experience they have - experience also shapes expectations, but more importantly this might alert you to landmines (maybe someone failed to hypnotize them before?) or to useful methods. (If they were successfully hypnotized before, you can often put them back under by piggy-backing on this memory of trance.)

How the induction will go - this is where you create expectations of your own design for how the hypnosis session will progress. Basically, describe what I'm about to tell you will happen as what will happen, using direct language. Don't say what 'maybe' or 'might' occur; state what you want to happen as if it's a sure thing. Just don't be too over the top.

Step 3: The Induction

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The induction actually started with the expectations you set up when you first started talking about hypnosis, but here's the part everyone actually pays attention to. This is the part you'll have to describe to them before you start so that you're both on the same page about what to expect.

This can be done with the subject standing or sitting, but if the subject is standing, be prepared to catch him or her when you succeed.  

Have your subject put their arms up, straight out in front of them, with his or her palms facing inward, shoulder width apart.  Put your index finger between your subject's palms, and have them focus their eyes on it.  Tell them that in a moment, you will drop your finger, but you'd like them to remain focused on that space between their hands. Then go ahead and drop your finger.

Next, tell them that in a moment, you will ask them to close their eyes and imagine magnets in the palms of their hands, pulling their hands together. Tell your subject that when their hands touch, they will feel a wave of relaxation washing over them, from their head to their toes, and they'll drop into a deep hypnotic trance.  

After telling them this, tell them that if they are ready to begin, to go ahead and close their eyes, still staying focused on the space between their hands, while they imagine those magnets in their palms.

Step 4: The Induction, part 2

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Now, with your subject's eyes closed, and their hands coming together, be ready for the next step, putting your hands outside theirs as they grow close.  

If the process is going slowly, (more than a few seconds with no movement, or more than 20 seconds or so for the whole process) make some suggestions to help the process. You might even need to make them aware that their hands are moving, giving them an idea of their progress. The exact words aren't important; it's the ideas that you're tying to convey.

Some helpful suggestion ideas:
"Feel those magnets in your palms, pulling and tugging, tugging and pulling"
"Just as refrigerator magnets grow stronger as they grow closer, the magnets in your hands pull stronger and stronger as your hands move closer and closer together."
"Almost there now, your hands pulled closer together."

If you have time, repeat the suggestions about what will happen when your subject's hands touch.

At the last moment before your subject's hands come together, push them together with your own hands, grabbing them and pulling your subject forward in a firm but gentle motion, saying "Sleep" in a firm, commanding voice. By doing both at the same time, you 'interrupt' their current behavior, which they've been doing for a bit now, and provide something new for them to do.  This helps transition your subject by providing an obvious next action in a moment of confusion, and avoids the issue of your subject thinking about what it will feel like, how long it will take or whether their hands are really touching yet.  

Your subject should wind up slumped forward like in the pictures below.

Step 5: Now What?

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Before the trance is useful, you'll probably need to run through some deepeners, tests, and proofs.  I'll publish another instructable shortly about these.

Deepeners take the subject 'deeper' into trance.  Tests confirm level of depth for the hypnotist; eventually, you'll have enough experience with signs of trance that you won't need to use these.  Proofs demonstrate to the subject that they have been hypnotized; typically the best of these also make good deepeners for practical purposes. 

After that, your subject will be ready for suggestions and phenomena - demonstrations under hypnosis.  

But as the hypnosis comes to an end, I'm sure you're wondering "How do I wake him/her up?"

Step 6: Waking

Even though hypnosis isn't really sleep, typically we describe returning to normal as 'waking up' from a trance.  

It's probably the easiest thing about hypnosis.  You simply give the suggestion that they will wake up.

The generally accepted best-practice is to count them up, leaving suggestions that they will feel wide awake, refreshed, and relaxed.  

Typical end-of-trance suggestion:
"In a moment, I'm going to count from 1 to 5, and when I reach the number 5 you'll be wide awake, feeling relaxed and refreshed.  1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - Eyes open, wide awake."

If you don't wake them up with a suggestion, they might experience discomfort, disorientation, and sometimes even headaches.  The best cure for this is to take them back under and wake them up properly.  

For more information, check out our websites: iHypnoU.com  and deeplyhypnotized.blogspot.com
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Firstdalek3 months ago

I really wanna try this, but I'm afraid I'll fail and look really stupid.

nivag0073 months ago
I tried this on my friend and it worked!
AxieA11 months ago

This really is pretty awesome and I can't wait to work through this. I find I just get my words messed up and tend to get flustered. I know more practice is definitely the way to go to make it work a little easier. I absolutely can't wait to try this out with a little more confidence.

afoyle11 year ago
Can u. Hypnotize animals
afoyle11 year ago
Omg I can't wait to try this
Hey there iHypnoU, How has it been going? So when you get a chance could you please make the deepener, test, and proof instuctable or just comment them to me?
ilikecake31 year ago
I would like to verify this does it work ppl
IntoP13c3s1 year ago
Hey, nice instructible. I tried it, and it worked the very first time! I got a good friend of mine under, and inserted two triggers in him. One to get him to do an action, if i (specificly i) said a certain word to him, and one insurance sentence, so i can easily get him in that hypnotised state, if neccesary (also, specificly i had to say a certain sentence i'd never use). However, two weird things occurred to me; first of all, he couldn't remember the easiest of the 5 check-up questions i asked him, though the other 4, which were a lot harder, took near to no effort to remember. Also, after a while, the action trigger started acting a bit off. Nothing bad, just that his mind would tell him to do the action, but his body resisted. I'm not sure why that is, do you have any ideas?

Great work!
Kind regards, IntoP13c3s
zoo2boy3 years ago
definatly cool is there any fast or non speaking induction ive been learning the art of hypnosis for about 2 years and all the methods listed are for scripted or talking inductions if u know any nonspeaking inductions please reply or post link thank you
If you really have been studying you might already know. I studied a lot for about 5 years. All the "non-speaking" or "instant" inductions rely on a lot of prep work that's verbal. You can set physical triggers for later sessions that work fast.

I do know of one completely physical induction, but it only works on lobsters and lizards. :)
doofah3 years ago
Unfortunately we're still in a situation where the general population have no idea of what to expect, to save some awkwardness:

Hypnosis actually has very little to do with sleep, and everything to do with focus. Imagine reading a book, watching tv, soldering a tiny wire into a tiny connector or any task you tend to zone out whilst carrying it out (walking to the shops?). In actual fact, you're not zoned out but zoned in!

In your natural waking state you have this innate need to be distracted by as many things as possible - it makes you alert, ensures that your backside is covered no matter what you're doing etc... but when you focus intently, your conscious mind becomes too preoccupied to be bothered with outside distractions - think about times when someone has had to shout your name repeatedly because you were concentrating and didn't hear them (or did, but your brain ignored it).

Hypnosis is simply a method to help you focus intently. A side effect of hypnosis is relaxation - not to make you sleep, but to help your focus narrow further, until finally your subconscious is listening but your conscious mind isn't.

Then, your hypnotist, hypnotherapist will be able to make suggestions, which your subconscious will listen to - not directly, suggestions like, "You are a prince and have a billion followers on twitter" will be rejected immediately (unless you're a prince, and do have a billion followers on twitter). Guiding the subconscious in to a world where anything is possible, either using the imagination of the subject (and guiding it) or story telling is a much better way to talk to the subconscious.

Once the subconscious experiences something, it believes it to be a fact... if it experiences it a few times, it is part of life! (think about it ... the moon has very little gravity - fact, but can you live that, does your subconcious just KNOW or does it actually BELIEVE?)

So to help all those people who say, "It doesn't work..." I say, it does! I've used the magnetic hands method myself in my training. If it doesn't work you got something wrong - probably the pretalk. More commonly you give away the fact that you've never done this before... and the conscious goes into defensive mode, refusing to leave its little brother alone with your for a moment.

Practise, practise, practise.... and once you have the induction in place, learn to use it to take people into relaxation and back again - but nothing else until you've studied more. You don't want anyone suing you just cos they can on false claims.
Very good points. And a nice Instructable. In my experienced is that "all hypnosis is self hypnosis." (That's a good phrase for the pre-talk.) You're not using magical or psychic powers on someone. You're more like a guide back to a familiar place they can't quite remember.

If you fail I recommend you practice self hypnosis. There are lots of easy self inductions and recordings are available that work really well. Once you are used to what the altered state is like, you can help other people get there. I also think it's helpful to learn and practice meditation. It's a similar but different state. Your brain has a lot of modes and being aware of them is pretty cool and sometimes useful.

Remind people that their conscious mind takes little breaks all the time and they are hypnotized several times each day automatically. We zone out about once every 90 minutes. If you've ever had someone ask you something and you felt like you were miles away, that was it. All you are going to do is lengthen that natural break a little.

A lot of inductions actually rely on or are greatly helped by being a "sympathetic" induction. Essentially you get in sync with your subject and then hypnotize yourself. If you matched your breathing, speaking cadence and general outward mood to them first, when you change yours, they will follow. So if you are failing, first try to get in sync with your subject. Match their mannerisms, gestures, tone of voice, turn of phrase, etc. Once you lock on (you'll actually feel it) you can slow down, relax and take them down.

Lastly here is the simplest induction and shortest hypnosis session ever: "Notice how warm or cold your feet are." See? I just changed what your brain was perceiving. You probably have not thought about your feet all day. Yet just a few words from me and now you are. Pretty amazing when you think about it. (More amazing when you realize I did it by sending electronic squiggles your brain decoded!)
iHypnoU (author)  doofah3 years ago
Thank you, these are very good points!

There's a reason why I list confidence as one of the required materials on the first page - whether or not you think it can work, you're probably not going to be surprised with your results. And even worse, if you tell your subject that you don't think it'll work, you're just setting yourself up to fail.
LIOM1 year ago
useful
what should we sugust? Sorry If I skipped a part.
What, I tried this to somebody I know and when I did the "finger drop" they started cracking up and laughing like a maniac..... and the "sleep part" didn't work.
ch531583 years ago
your rubbish
lukefreddy3 years ago
thats stupid
thehongkid5 years ago
What if they don't wake up?
iHypnoU (author)  thehongkid5 years ago
Hypnosis isn't really a state where you're 'sleeping' and it's not something you can really get locked in. If the subject doesn't want to wake up, they'll eventually just slip into natural sleep, from which they'll wake up like anyone does from natural sleep.
it dident work for me
Please could you post a video of hypnotism?
Raziel90003 years ago
pretty woman
flying7054 years ago
I think my dad did it wrong then but o well it was fun though!!!!!!! :)
d1ndian4 years ago
is it really possible to learn hypnotism? Do you recon any easy but detailed course for a college student?
cheif2465 years ago
Plecebal effect...
you mean "placebo"?
i think so...
yeah it is placebo
i now agree...
dpundt cheif2464 years ago
He's been hypnotized!
cheif246 dpundt4 years ago
no, it's the placebo effect...
cheif246 dpundt4 years ago
no, its the placebo effect...
Lesenthe4 years ago
Since there hasn't been a great deal of positive feedback here, good instructable. I think a lot of the gainsaying I'm seeing here is coming out of a misunderstanding of exactly what the hypnotic state is, and what hypnosis can be used for.

No disrespect intended, rimar2000, but if you've distanced yourself from hypnosis and not studied it, precisely what qualifications do you have to offer such warnings? You seem to hold the very commonly-held belief that hypnosis is some sort of magic mind-control power. It's not. In the hands of a competent therapist, it's a powerful diagnostic and corrective tool. In the hands of the layperson, such as myself, it can still be useful for a wide range of beneficial things. I'll restrict my examples to the very obvious here and start with sleep training. One of the hallmarks of hypnotic trance is physical and mental relaxation, and it's very simple to put it to use in a practical way. Another very easy one is quitting smoking, by replacing the pleasure associated with smoking with revulsion. Both are things I've done myself, without formal training and without significant (or appreciable, really) risk to myself or others.

What I've never even heard of is anybody coming to any harm whatsoever due to a botched session. Sure you can have a freak-out when playing with altered states, but that's more common in other forms of trancing than in hypnosis. I'm interested in your case, rimar2000, as I've never heard of anything even close to this happening. How did it come about? What were the circumstances? It's been my experience that getting it wrong most commonly results in nothing happening at all. That's quite common in a lot of the commercial theraputic stuff you find nowadays.
gudenuf4 years ago
Absolute rubbish
cool but it didn't work for me
firefliie4 years ago
i tried. it didn't work.
iHypnoU (author)  firefliie4 years ago
Well, a lot of the outcome relies on you. This isn't a magic recipe for success. It can be difficult when you first start out. If you'd like tips or pointers, you'll need to be a little more specific.
are you drunk or on drugs
If you simply put the person into the trance and wake them up (performing strictly for entertainment), what are the risks?
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