watches, hypnotic emblems
There is often a time distortion when people are hypnotized. This is why we use watches as our emblem. Watches also make great pendulums.
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In 2023, there will be two (2) Misty & The SandMan’s Stage Hypnosis Boot Camps

July 5-15, 2023 – Red River Valley Fair, Fargo, North Dakota, will be our first 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. You do not do an entire show yourself) if you need a slower progression to complete solo shows.

Steve Parks
Steve Parks is doing shows at the Red River Exhibition, Fargo, ND 2015

The group boot camp in Fargo, North Dakota, July 5th-15th, has all the advantages explained on other pages of this website. It is most empowering to work with people working on their acts, and it gives you a lot of permission to fail and struggle because you won’t be struggling alone.

August 14-18, 2023 – Southwest Washington State Fair, Centralia, Washington, will be our second boot camp.

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

Boot Camp 2021 & 2022 was held in Centralia, WA. This is a six-day fair with over 70,000 attendance. We meet for one day & an evening meal before the fair for orientation & classroom time. Students arrive on Monday, and the fair runs from Tuesday – Sunday. Bootcamp will run through Saturday, with no-shows on Sunday.

These hypnosis boot camps are EPIC! Watching people go from doing rough shows to shows equal to professionals in the field is empowering.

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

Six students attended the Southwest Washington Fair in Centralia, WA boot camp. Our 2019 boot camp was full (2020 was canceled), and the 2021 & 2022 Boot Camps were full.

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

We encourage you to arrive a day early to 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 spend too much time making sure their music is ready before they go 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 go to dinner together each night. We eat and review the day’s notes. Everyone gets to share their insights, too. We find local restaurants that serve adult beverages and are open late. We pow-wow how the day went. This builds camaraderie.

A day before the fair begins, we visit the Fairgrounds and set up our equipment. This way, we are 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 does one or more shows each day. We do as many shows as possible daily, 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. Days are rarely eight hours like in a classroom. Some 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.

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

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

This was Boot Camps’ 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+ 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.

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

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 arriving 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.

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

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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