• No one becomes a stage hypnotist sitting in a classroom.
• No one becomes a stage hypnotist reading books.
• No one becomes a stage hypnotist watching videos.
There is only one way to become a stage hypnotist; you have to get on a stage and do shows!
A short story
In high school. I did hypnosis at parties and a few shows. I then didn’t do it again for 15 years.
In 1992, I was in South Africa performing comedy magic with a juggler Fred Anderson and a puppeteer Bob Hartman in a theatre show called “Laugh America.” When the show ended each night, I invited the audience to stay in the theatre for a hypnosis show that puppeteer, Bob Hartman, was developing.
I watched Bob succeed and have really tough shows. It was watching his difficult shows that encouraged me and gave me the courage to practice. I saw that I could have difficult shows, too.
I returned to the USA, and I began developing my show in earnest. I had some tough shows, but I grew and succeeded. The hard shows are part of the process, and you may – or may not – have a difficult show while you are with me, but someone else will, and it will give you strength – to keep going …
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Why do I only do this in the summer?
When schools are out, fairs operate all day and late into the night. This means we can get many more shows into the day than if we are only at a fair that opens weekday evenings and weekends. Fair audiences are often huge and more than willing to participate. This makes for successful shows. However, sometimes audiences are tiny – and this makes the training real! When you do shows that start with under 30 people in the audience, you can do shows for any audience!
You will probably start out doing a few free shows (get your feet wet) then charge $100 a show, then your price can jump to $400, then $600-$800, and finally, you will start making $1000-$1500 or occasionally more in a few years. Making $1500 a show doesn’t happen overnight. Sorry. You will discover I am VERY truthful. I won’t B*S* you. I am not a good politician.
My moral compass:
“Treat everyone as I want them to treat my daughter.”
I used to give full refunds, but this has created hardships when someone reserves a spot in the class, then cancels, and I have turned away someone else. Now the policy is to credit your deposit towards any future boot camp or classes Lisa and I teach.
I call it the “Southwest Airlines Policy.”
Dear Alan & Lisa,
Thank you again, Alan & Lisa, for your support and very helpful critiques of my shows. You really honed in on a number of fundamental errors I was making, which, combined with a review of the shows, will be extremely helpful in correcting these moving forward.
As I mentioned to Alan, I will be forever grateful for having had this opportunity to learn and gain the confidence to get on stage and actually do it. No amount of classes, as helpful as they are in preparing, can substitute for getting on stage and then actually doing it. So, thank you again, and I hope our paths intersect again in the future.
PS: I, too, was impressed with frank’s shows – from his words of encouragement – to the young folks in his groups – to his post-hypnotic suggestions of “come back” as they moved toward the stage in slo-mo as chariots of fire plays in the background. Not only a good hypnotist but a genuinely nice individual.