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.
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.
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Step 1: Materials
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.