Misty & The SandMan’s Stage Hypnosis Boot Camp 2023
July 7-16, 2023 – Red River Valley Fair, Fargo, North Dakota, will be our primary Boot Camp.
I am excited; this class is the Boot Camp’s 15th incarnation.
An advantage to one-on-one stage hypnosis training is watching others perform multiple shows. You will also be able to do tag-ins (tag-ins are part of other people’s shows, but do not do an entire show by yourself) if you need a slower progression to complete solo shows.
The group boot camp in Fargo, North Dakota, July 7th-16th, 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.
last year, the Group Boot Camp 2022 in Centralia, WA, was exciting because it was a six-day fair with over 75,000 attendance. We met for one day & an evening meal before the fair for orientation & classroom time. Students arrived on August 14th and August 15th. We gathered for dinner and an after-dinner evening meet-up on the 14th.
These hypnosis boot camps are EPIC! Watching so many people go from doing very rough shows to shows I would call equal to professionals in the field was empowering.
Six students attended the Southwest Washington Fair in Centralia, WA boot camp. Our 2019 boot camp was full (2020 did not happen), and the 2021 Boot Camp was also filled.
I encourage you to arrive a day early. We learn sound reinforcement and video basics. These things must be repeated to get to know them. If we get the basic instruction out of the way a day before we work on our shows, it is one less thing to learn as we focus on memorizing scripts and developing routines.
Some people spent much too much time making sure their music was ready before they went on stage. This was an issue in 2021, so we now emphasize learning about various music players, making sure your music player works correctly – or doing shows without music. Music is not a critical make-or-break in a show. Important, but not essential.
We all go to dinner together each night. Here we met, mingled, and review the day’s notes. Everyone gets to share their insights as well. We find local restaurants that serve adult beverages and are open late, where we pow-wow how the day went. This builds camaraderie.
A day before the fair began, we visited 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 never stop working on our music and our list of routines.
The rest of the week takes place on the fairgrounds. Each performer did one or more shows each day. We do as many shows as possible each day, gathering new audiences 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 are 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.
The SandMan’s Stage Hypnosis Boot Camp was at the Western Montana Fair, Missoula, MT, August 5-11, 2019.
This was 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 and the price 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 arrived on Monday, the first day of Boot Camp. We gathered for our first pow-wow just before dinner, then went to dinner together. Following dinner, we went over sound system operation and video.
We walked through the Fairgrounds on the second day 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 and vocal exercises, and talked about entering and exiting the stage. We touched on helping people organize their music for their show if they were ready.
The following five days took place on the fairgrounds. Most performers did one show each day. However, one student needed to leave early, so we allowed him to do extra shows earlier in the week; others did more later. We did as many shows as possible each day, gathering a new audience shortly after they dispersed 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 discovered 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 reviewed the notes Lisa and I took about each of the hypnosis shows performed that day. Many days we cooked dinner at the Airbnb. This worked out nicely.
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 them.
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.
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