Motor City Hypnotist Podcast with David Wright -Episode 4 “The Secrets of Stage Hypnosis”




In this episode of the Motor City Hypnotist Podcast I am going to share with you the Secrets of Stage Hypnosis.  If you have ever seen or been involved in a comedy stage hypnosis show, you might be surprised at what is really happening!

And I’m also going to be giving listeners a FREE HYPNOSIS GUIDE!  Stay tuned!



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So, back to it!


Today I am going to share with you the Secrets of Stage Hypnosis.  And there are things that may surprise you!


When does the show start?

Show starts with music playing 15 minutes before show time and music is specifically picked.  My playlist includes:

Can’t Stop The Feeling (Justin Timberlake)

Fun (Pitbull and Chris Brown)

Believe (Bravery)

Best Day of My Life (American Authors)



My pre-talk includes many of the things you hear in my podcast introduction.  I have been practicing clinically for almost 29 years, I have hypnotized thousands of people from all over the country.  This sets up my legitimacy and gives the crowd confidence in what I am about to show them.

I also cover myths and misconceptions in my pre-talk (to make people at ease and more likely to volunteer).

I describe the feeling of hypnosis and let people know that they will feel fantastic and have the most fun they have ever had on stage. 

My job as a stage hypnotist is to make people WANT to volunteer!

Before anyone is on stage, I have been planting suggestions and influencing people’s perception (with the pre-show music, my recorded introduction, my pre-talk).


Suggestibility Tests: (finger magnets).

I perform what is called a suggestibility test to see which audience members are more open to suggestion than others.  I ask everyone to clasp their hands together, fingers interlocked.  Extend both forefingers about an inch or so apart and extend your arms.  Rotate your hands up and focus on the space in between your fingers and imagine that your fingers are two powerful magnets pulling your fingers together.  The harder you try to resist, the more they want to come together.  Moving closer, coming closer, the harder you try to keep them apart the more they want to come together.  It’s now like a vise squeezing and pinching your fingers together. 

This is hypnosis in a nutshell.  I ask the audience to imagine something, and their minds make it a physical reality.



Everyone can be hypnotized, it is only matter of how long it will take.  Reasons people may not be hypnotized quickly, is that they are trying too hard, resistant, or may not have the intellect.  It is a common misconception that it is easier to hypnotize “not so smart” people.  It is actually the opposite.  If you have higher than average intellect and an imagination, you would be a good subject for hypnosis.

I invite volunteers to come up on stage.  This could differ as with high schools, colleges, everyone will want to volunteer and I pick the volunteers.  I remove all distractions (cell phones, gum, etc.).  I arrange the volunteers so they are not next to someone they know to avoid distractions.   


The induction is simply the process to get all the volunteers into a relaxed state (what is called “trance”).   I play background music and provide instructions (such as breathing in and out, feeling your eyes getting heavy).  If anyone is not responding, I will ask them to leave the stage. 


I start out with easy “skits”.  I will tell the volunteers that they are becoming very hot or very cold and look for the volunteers that are responding well. 

The routines gradually increase in “difficulty” (being more involved) and I can determine who my “stars of the show” are going to be based on their responses and involvement.

The show culminates with what we call “individual callbacks” such as someone yelling “shut up you creep!” any time I say my name.  Or an individual feeling like their butt is on fire anytime I play a certain song.  I am talking to the audience while the volunteers react and interact to their individual cues.



Stage Hypnosis can be a lot of fun for volunteers and the audience.  If you are looking to hire a stage hypnotist, be aware that they are not all licensed!  Also do research as to their experience.

Red Flags:  

If you see a sizzle reel that is all from one show

If they don’t have a website

If their price is “surprisingly low”.  With stage hypnotists, the old adage that you get what you pay for is highly accurate.

If they don’t have recommendations or reviews on their website 





We are going to switch gears a little bit and I’m going to share with you 5 Self-Help Books that you must read!! 

Change your thinking, change your life!

Laugh hard, run fast, be kind. 


David R. Wright MA, LPC, CHT

The Motor City Hypnotist