Easy Hypnosis Induction




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.  

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

Step 1: Materials

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

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

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

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?

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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    7 years ago on Step 6

    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.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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!)


    Reply 7 years ago on Step 6

    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.


    2 years ago

    This is a great addition to the hypnosis world when it comes to inductions.

    Great post with good pictures. I don't see enough about proper inductions online and am glad to see this resource online. Great job :)



    3 years ago

    This combined with mentalismpro.com have been a huge benefit to me. Another person commented about self hypnosis, it is possible with just deep breathing. I had to force myself to sleep through these methods of deep breathing and what Adam from Mentalism pro referred to as progressive relaxation. Concentrating on breathing and tensing and relaxing muscles. Thanks for the great instructable share!

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    Reply 2 years ago

    This website doesn't even exist


    3 years ago

    This and easyhypnotism.com have made me almost an expert at everything hypnosis! I do self hypnosis all the time now thanks to the advice and lessons from these websites!

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    Reply 2 years ago

    This website doesn't even exist


    2 years ago

    it's a good for begginers to learn how to hypnotize someone easily by using those simple hypnosis tricks, thank you for this article and i wish you will add more hypnosis article in the futur thank you.


    3 years ago

    Does it really work? I'm gonna try it on my friend!!!


    3 years ago

    The first time I tried it IT WORKED! I tried it on different people and I made them forget there names.


    3 years ago

    yaa its working first time i done wont worked i tried lots time even it wont worked then i saw a porn had masturbation and forgot all worries then it worked Lol... yes it works if you dont have any woories,tens and stress ,,, if you have all this nothing need... you will sleep very peacefully ha ha ha


    3 years ago

    Hi all, for a while now I've been very interested in hypnosis. I've been looking at videos and looking up pretty much everything there is to find. Now I'm on hypnoreviews.com and trying to decide which course I should take. Anyone got an idea? Thanks :)


    3 years ago

    I will try it soon

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    3 years ago on Step 6

    I havnt tried it but I tried the confusion induction (Quick) or whatever you call it, Where you confuse someone's mind, like handshaking someone you don't know in public, then Give them a quick suggestion, thats where they'll be In trance. (Sorry, I don't know what its called, im not that of an expert but It worked when I tried it on someone. (Not some random person))