The New Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism Hardcover – 25 May 1994
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"Ormond McGill has produced a masterwork on Stage Hypnosis ... all inclusive of his previous work but with much new, up-to-date material added for today's mastery."
"This phenomenal work ... is not only the most comprehensive book ever to be published on stage hypnotism, it also has widespread therapeutic applications as well. ... I am confident that even the most experienced practitioner of hypnosis will gain new skills from this important work."
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There are over a hundred methods here, so the chances of you finding the most effective one for each person you hypnotise is very high.
The majority of stage hypnotists use the techniques listed in this book and it is an invaluable reference to a fascinating subject.
I was fortunate enough to spend a week with Ormond all those years ago and his knowledge of the mind was extensive. He was a showman first and this could be seen in his love for Magic.
Such was his knowledge and respect within the hypnosis world he attracted a lot of people wherever he lectured. Even the greats came out to meet and see him. I was present to see the late Gil Boyne and also Paul McKenna make an appearance to watch Ormond perform. It was Paul's first book that had the encyclopaedia list in the bibliography at the back - which started me on my search for it. So its credibility is established by big names citing it.
As for the content the techniques covered are still valid today however you will need your own imagination to see where you can incorporate that into something more fashionable these days. That is the mark of a good performer- taking the teachings and adapting to your own. If everyone just recited the book every show you see would be the same. I have seen someone try that and fail after his very first show - he never performed again and it was embarrassing to watch.
Back to the book... There are a lot of similar books out there and they do all cover the same information. Some claim to be the best thing in hypnosis and are utterly tripe with a review of the writers own best bits only - "I am the best at this" mentality. Ormond's is educational and shows those basics you need to understand.
It's a must for for any serious stage hypnotist as it covers the basics but don't think you can go perform a show after it - you need to understand the concepts being taught and further your knowledge with perhaps one Bandler's early works "Transformations" by Grinder & Bandler being the best. Or some of Roy Udolf's work.
In my opinion there are a lot of con merchants in this industry too charging the earth to sit and listen to stories. Ormond was not like that - he was more like a grandparent handing down his knowledge - feel honoured to have been taught by him.
This is the definitive guide to hypnotism. Within minutes of picking this up, I was sticking peoples` hands together. Fun (^.^)v
It took me a long time to pick this book due to its price. After searching through numerous other books I finally decided to take the plunge and purchase this one. It is worth every penny ( but maybe not more ).
I am very happy with this book and love practicing everything I have learnt, which is a lot. It truly is an Encyclopedia and I would not hesitate if I had to make the decision again.
It certainly is an encyclopedia at just over 600 pages.
Its split into 2 sections. The first deals with how to hypnotise, the second all about "stagecraft".
My only comment is that the pictures used all appear to be from the 50's 60's and some of the methods also seem to be from this era, so it may be a little bit dated, but being new to hypnosis/hypnotism I dont know if that makes any difference.
Presumably if a method works then why change it !
Time will tell.... Move over Paul McKenna, i'm on my way :-)
The point is this book is packed with everything you need to know, you simply have to bring the techniques up to date, anyone serious about learning should want to have more than one book on the subject, so just buy a more modern take on the subject as well, you will not however find a book that is truly as packed with info as this one is.
Suspend your disbelief, read it in its entirety so that you really get a grasp of what Mr McGill is teaching and keep in mind that he is a showman from another era,then watch derren brown, notice what he wears and how he talks, in fact his whole demeanour and you will realize Derrens not that far removed.
None of the hypnotic techniques will work if you do not believe they will, think about it, if you don't believe it it why should your subject?
I have spent thousands on hypnosis and NLP books and seminars. This book is still the best investment i ever made.
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