When you tell people you are a hypnotist, usually they say 'Can I be hypnotized?' or 'OK, hypnotize me!' The easiest thing to do is the finger steeple hypnosis susceptibility test.
The hypnosis susceptibility test is a simple hypnosis script that can hypnotize anyone. The hypnosis susceptibility test can be fun to do in a bar or at a party. The test is easy to learn, safe, and you get a great reputation as a hypnotist.
Everyone can be hypnotized, every one is suggestible, it's just that some people are more susceptible to suggestion than others. The hypnosis susceptibility test is how to tell how susceptible someone is, how they will react to hypnotic suggestions. There are several hypnotic tests, but the Finger Steeple hypnosis susceptibility test is the easiest. The Finger Steeple hypnosis susceptibility test is quick and easy to do, and shows people that hypnosis is not mysterious or frightening - hypnosis can happen with the eyes open and fully aware of what is going on. Hypnotize someone by doing a hypnosis susceptibility test and you don't have to mention hypnosis at all.
|00:00||What I would like you to do now is to put your hands like that [demonstrates palms together, hands upright] .... now like that [demonstrates clasping] ... now put your fingers up like so [demonstrates raising the two index fingers] with a gap between them, about an inch...||A little bit of theatre to intrigue the person.|
|00:28||Now just look at that gap in the middle, pay attention to that gap... just allow your mind to relax.... and just look at that gap... and as you look at that gap you see those fingers are moving together ... closer and closer...||Dissociation (narrow the attention)|
|that gap is reducing and those fingers are moving ... and it is completely automatic..... and those fingers are now moving closer..... And now those fingers are touching...||D||Direct Suggestion|
|00:40||And those fingers are getting tighter and tighter and those fingers are pressing together more and more and more ... and those fingers are stuck together as if they are glued. And you are totally unable to get those fingers apart... you can try moving those fingers but the harder you try the more they stick together... and those fingers are totally stuck.||D||Pile on the suggestions with increased excitement in your voice|
|01:00||They are stuck like glue...you can't get them apart... you can try to get them apart but they will not come apart those fingers are totally jammed... and those fingers will be totally jammed until I snap my fingers and say ... ONE TWO THREE [SNAP].||D||Sensory distortion, muscle catalepsy
|01:10||Let them go....|
|Capability||01:25||Now that was a demonstration of the power of your mind... your mind is very, very strong .... and you can go into hypnosis very very quickly and easily....||D||Post Hypnotic Suggestion.|
The text in green is what puts the idea of a different 'mind space' into the other person's head. Talking about those fingers or that gap in a tone of wonder causes the other person to think of them as being something outside them - whatever is happening must be happening because of something outside their control. The text in blue marks the direct suggestion phrases , the hypnosis suggestions that make the routine work.
The suggestions must be said with absolute belief in your voice. Everyone is susceptible to hypnosis, but any hesitation or anxiety will be picked up. Unless you totally believe in the power of hypnosis, the other person won't.
You need to communicate total certainty about what is going to happen to the person you are hypnotizing in a subtle but unmistakable way.
The Finger Steeple hypnosis susceptibility test is actually a test of resistance, not hypnosis susceptibility or hypnotic suggestibility.
The hypnosis susceptibility test works on everyone because if you hold your index finger straight up the ligaments in your hand will naturally contract and pull the finger forward. So if you hold both index fingers up they will automatically pull forward, which looks like they are being attracted to each other.
Everyone should respond to it, so it if doesn't work it means that the person you are testing is actively resisting your hypnosis suggestions. This tells the hypnotist that an indirect hypnosis induction method will need to be used. The resistance usually occurs because during the test the person sees their fingers mysteriously moving and feels that they are losing control, so they will deliberately pull back the fingers.
The combination of inevitable physical movement linked to hypnosis suggestion is very powerful. Most people will report being unable to separate their fingers, and at that moment they really believe they can't. In some people you will see their eyes glaze over and get a 'spacey' look. For these people all you have to do is say 'In a moment I will count from Three down to One, and when I reach One your hands will drop into your lap and you will fall into a deep hypnotic trance. Counting now - Three, Two, One. Sleep!'
Even those people who do resist your hypnosis suggestions will be impressed because they will always admit that they saw their fingers beginning to move before they started resisting. Build on this to point out that they were actually going into trance and only their own deliberate action prevented it. This usually leads on to a discussion of beliefs about hypnotic suggestion and a willingness to try a hypnosis induction.
So when someone says I can't be hypnotized, you know what to do!