New Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism

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The most comprehensive text ever to be published on stage hypnotism, this book also has widespread therapeutic applications and contains work never previously published, providing new skills for even the most advanced practitioner of hypnosis. The book`s structure ensures that the reader fully understands each aspect before progressing on to the next area. Ormond McGill totally demystifies hypnotism, dispels many of the myths associated with it, and reveals its spellbinding secrets. A continued star of our best-sellers list
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781899836024
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 362,887
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2006

    A hypnotist's bible of sorts

    This book is very interesting and informational in every aspect of hypnosis. It includes many different approaches in getting your subject to fall into a hypnotic state. It may be spendy but you pay for what you get. If you would like to get more in depth with what it is all about get this book. The cheaper books just give you a drop of information, where this book will fill you full. Enjoy. T.E

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  • Posted July 26, 2010

    A good resource for learning, refining skills, and developing an entertaining stage hypnotism show.

    Though hypnosis has been used for both hypnotherapy and entertainment, these applications have fundamental differences. Alongside Ormond McGill's reputation as a skilled hypnotherapist, he also had a very successful career as a stage hypnotist. Hypnotism for entertainment is the application to which he devotes over 600 pages in The New Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism.

    This nicely bound encyclopedic volume contains over a hundred methods for hypnotic induction and many tests for suggestibility and trance depth. Despite it's 1996 date of publication, some of the inductions are ridiculously antiquated (probably dating back to the 19th century) and others are downright dangerous (i.e. chemical methods of induction). Therefore, some of this material is unfit for contemporary performance and should be considered for academic purposes only.

    On the other hand, much of the information has practical value. Case in point: It very much displeases me when I see a 'hypnotist' do only one or two different inductions with every subject, every time I see them work. Experience has made it hard for me to believe that any person can be put into trance with such little variation in technique. A simple solution would be to get more creative with the inductions without loosing functionality; this encyclopedia ought to provide a valuable resource for generating ideas.

    There is enough information here to move a beginner through the process of refining skills and developing an entertaining stage hypnotism show. The only things McGill cannot provide are your time, your creativity, and your audience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2007


    Great book for aspiring stage hypnotists without all the fluff in most of the how to books out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2001

    All most as good as Steve Bayners

    It appears to be all that it states, good book, a lot of content easy to understand.

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