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Misty & The SandMan’s Stage Hypnosis Boot Camp will take place at two fairs in 2021

Southwest Washington Fair Logo
Southwest Washington Fair Logo

August 16-22 – Southwest Washington Fair, Centralia, WA, will be our primary Boot Camp ~ for seven students.

Western Fair Logo
Western Fair Logo

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID – September 10-19, 2021 ~ Western Fair, London, Ontario, Canada for two students

I am excited; these classes will be the Boot Camps 12th & 13th  incarnation.

Allowing people to work with us one-on-one has many advantages. Having a boot camp in Canada is also exciting, and this one is limited to two students only. An advantage to the one-on-one boot camps includes watching Misty and Alan perform multiple shows. You will also be able to do tag-ins (tag-ins are part of our show, but do not do an entire show by yourself) to our show if you need a slower progression to complete solo shows.

Steve Parks
Steve Parks doing shows at the Red River Exhibition, Fargo, ND

The group boot camp in Washington State August 17-22 has all the advantages explained on other pages of this website. It is most empowering to work with people also working on their acts, and it gives you a lot of permission to fail and struggle because you won’t be struggling alone.

Joan Sands performs at Lane County Fair
Joan Sands gathers a crowd for her show at the Lane County Fair

The big Group Boot Camp August 17-22 in Centralia, WA, is really exciting because it is a six-day fair with over 80,000 attendance. We will meet for 1-1/2 days before the fair for orientation & classroom time, so expect to arrive on August 15th. We gather for dinner and an after-dinner evening meet-up.

These hypnosis boot camps are going to be EPIC!

The lodging, meals, and travel for the Boot Camps have not been arranged or confirmed yet. However, we will keep you posted by email, text, and phone calls as things develop when you sign up.

Thomas Kyte
Thomas Kyte performs a show at the Ellensburg, WA Bootcamp.

Depending on who signs up for which boot camp will determine how many people will be with the group. One ~to~ seven students will attend the Southwest Washington Fair in Centralia, WA boot camp.  Our 2019 boot camps were all full, and now the 2021 Boot Camp is filled as well.

Martin Baratz
Martin Baratz performs at the Red River Exhibition Fairgrounds, Fargo, ND.

I encourage you to arrive a day early. We go over basic sound reinforcement and video camera basics. This helps because these are things that need to be repeated to get to know them well. If we get the basic instruction out of the way a day before we work on our shows, then it is one less thing I pile onto you while you are focusing on memorizing your scripts.

We all go to dinner together every night. Here we meet, mingle, and go over notes of the day. Everyone gets to share their insights as well. We find local restaurants that hopefully serve adult beverages and are open late, where we pow-wow about how the day went. This builds camaraderie.

A day before the fair begins, we will walk through the Fairgrounds and set up our equipment. We need to be prepared to do shows the day the fair opens. We go over scripts, possibly do some yoga, maybe vocal exercises, perhaps some improv games, and talk about entering and exiting the stage. We will make sure people have music and a list of routines they will do.

The rest of the week takes place on the fairgrounds. Each performer will do one show a day. We will do as many shows as possible each day, gathering a fresh audience shortly after they disperse so the next performer can get on stage and begin as quickly as possible.

This is a Boot Camp. Many think it will be an eight-hour day, like in a classroom, but many days maybe 12-14 hours.

Lifelong friendships are created because we are all like-minded with similar goals and interests: to do Stage Hypnosis Shows and get paid a fair market price.

I am very excited to be having three boot camps this year. Excited, I tell you – very excited!

Larisa Neshcheret
Larisa Neshcheret – performs at the Western Montana Fair, Missoula MT

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The SandMan’s Stage Hypnosis Boot Camp is at the Western Montana Fair, Missoula, MT, August 5-11, 2019.

This was the Boot Camps’s 10th incarnation. The Western Montana Fair had an estimated attendance of 80,000 people over five days.

The lodging for the Stage Hypnosis Boot Camp in Missoula, MT, was a house we rented through Airbnb. The price for staying at the AIRBNB was 1/2 the price of a hotel at past Boot Camps.

We had six students, Lisa and myself, for a total of eight people.

We did a day and a half of classroom training about sound and video as we used the equipment in our hypnosis shows at the fair. This basic introduction took place before the fair opened. Most students arrived the Sunday before, some on Monday, the first day of Boot Camp. We will gather for our first pow-wow just before dinner, then went to dinner together. Following dinner, we went over sound system operation and video.

On the second day, we walked through the Fairgrounds and set up our performance space. We needed to be prepared to do shows on the third day – the fair’s first day. We went over scripts, did some yoga, some vocal exercises, and talk about entering and exiting the stage. We touched on helping people organize their music for their show if they were ready.

Mike Allerton
Mike Allerton performs at the San Joaquin County Fair, Stockton, CA.

The next five days took place on the fairgrounds. Most performers did one show each day. One student needed to leave early, so we allowed him to do extra shows early in the week, and others did more shows later in the week. We did as many shows as possible each day, gathering a fresh audience shortly after they disperse so the next performer could get on stage and begin as quickly as possible.
Some people come to Boot Camp thinking it will be an eight-hour day, like in a classroom. However, they quickly discover many days; we spent 12-14 hours together from the time we arrived on the fairgrounds until we finished eating dinner and going over notes.
Every night we gathered for a meal after leaving the fairgrounds and went over the notes Lisa and I each took about each of the hypnosis shows performed that day. Many days we cooked dinner at the Airbnb, and this worked out really nicely.
I never realized this would happen, but lifelong friendships have been created at these boot camps. It makes sense because we are all like-minded with a similar goal and interest: to do Stage Hypnosis Shows and get paid a fair market price for doing them.

dinner after a day at the fair doing hypnosis shows
dinner after a day at the fair doing hypnosis shows, Fargo, ND

After doing this for so many years, I have determined that many students are ready to jump on stage but do not know a strong stage induction. Many of our students are clinical hypnotists or magicians or have studied hypnosis all their lives but have never done an induction. To accommodate this, for the first time, Lisa taught a one-day Induction Training before Boot Camp began. This worked exceptionally well.

Frank Prince performs in Montana
Frank Prince performing comedy hypnosis shows at a fair in Broadus, Montana.
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