Stage Hypnosis – History and Intro

What comes to your mind when you hear the words “ Stage Hypnotist ”? Most people start imagining scenes of popular hypnosis movies or stories from books. They imagine a man swinging his mysterious old-fashioned pendulum or watch back and forth, putting the audience into a deep sleep. Sometimes the victims are hypnotized in such a way that they start following all the commands, no matter how silly or unconvincing these are

Or perhaps you have seen the hit TV series “Back in the room” with Philip Schofield and TV Hypnotist Keith Barrie! Very popular on a Saturday night and now in it’s second series.

Now let’s see what happens in the real world. The actual hypnotism is quite different than the fictitious hypnotism you always have been fanaticizing. In real, today’s hypnosis is neither scaring nor boring. Now you do not have to become a slave by obeying the commands of a hypnotist, and he is not going to make you fall asleep. Today the hypnotism has changed radically. Today’s Hypnosis shows are full of entertainment, comedy and fun. They have become versatile these days.


Historians do not have any record of the beginning of Hypnosis. This clearly shows that it started with the evolution of humanity. Religious ceremonies also used hypnosis to put followers in trance state though at that time it was not named as hypnosis. It was 1842 when a Scottish surgeon James Braid derived hypnosis from the Greek word “hypno” which means “to sleep”.  Interest in hypnosis started fading away due to a huge number of fraudulent and fake  hypnotists. As a result history witnessed an immense number of demonstrations by public all around the world. In the 19th century, the interest of people in hypnosis revived with the success of the pioneer of American Stage hypnosis Ormond McGill. He introduced hypnosis as a form of TV entertainment. Not only this, Ormond McGill wrote the book “The Encyclopedia of Genuine Stage Hypnotism” in 1947 which is still very famous in the world of hypnosis and known as “Bible of Stage Hypnosis”.

Famous Stage Hypnotists:

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Peter Casson was possibly one of the first big names in Comedy stage hypnosis shows in the UK, performing all over after the second world war to sell out houses, often playing for weeks at a time at the same theatre. Robert Halpern, another famous comedy hypnotist, was considered as the best stage hypnotist of his time until the arrival of the amazing stage hypnotist, Andrew Newton. Robert Halpern lead hypnosis in Scotland and Andrew Newton received a huge fan-following in Leeds, Liverpool and New Zealand. In the late 1980’s, Andrew Newton was the unrivaled king of stage hypnosis until the appearance of Paul McKenna.

1952 Hypnotism Act:

In the UK, Stage Hypnosis was revived with the introduction of 1952 Hypnotism Act that was aimed to protect the public from fraudulent and incompetent hypnotists. Then in 1994, an experts’ panel was formed to examine what harm it might cause to people who take part in stage hypnosis shows and to check the effectiveness of the law. After detailed examination, it was concluded that there was no serious risk involved, and any risk that does exist is far less than that involved in other entertainment shows.

Now in the UK, the stage hypnosis show is famous as both a form of corporate and public entertainment. There are online courses available on hypnosis techniques but by learning tricks from online courses, you can’t match the expertise of experienced hypnotists.

ADAM NIGHT – Today’s Best Stage Hypnotist:

If you want to enjoy best hypnotic entertainment in your next event, then your first choice should be Adam Night who is the best Hypnotist in the United Kingdom today. Adam Night is known as one of the UK’s most versatile and entertaining Stage Hypnotists. If you want to make your event a mesmerizing one, then book his show right now.