Running the suggestion wheel upside down
Just sharing a concept of mine
Suggestion, hypnosis and psychologically oriented mentalism have gone great witdh during the last few years, hopefully I'm not saying that from experience, but by observing the works that has been published from late 80's up to now. My theory about its appearance is about the relation between psychic entertainment which took a leap before the new millenia, and mentalism. Ever since the huge debunking done by Randi and others, mentalists has been pushed to turn it into bold entertainment or find new explanations for the mysteries occuring between their hands...
Since then many people tried to run the wheel towards using real sugestion techniques, maybe some borrowed to the hypnotism world, even if I strongly believe hypnosis is a real science (and I did hypnotise many people) it's more covert cousin is leaving me much perplex. I really like the artsy and jazz feeling of suggestion, using it on someone is a new experience every time, you never know how it is going to come out in the end. However in my work, I have a real fun trying to make effects out of just words, but not really words that influence, simply using the spectator own credulousness against himslef to create effects, thoses which purchased one of the very few copies of my book ''Deus Ex Machina'' will understand! In a way I try to fake some real possible feats that would normally use suggestion or cold reading, but I really achieve it through a more subtle trickery.
I just want to send out my words about it, you don't need to really study suggestion or hypnosis to create feats as such, sometimes with just a bit of convincing you can get your spectator credulusness to play against him and make him believe in all sorts of things.
Here is a simple example of my thinking, and effect I have been evilishly playing around and I guess you will do so too, it requires a very popular prop which is the self-tying shoelace, I guess much of you here got it from a special or maybe just purchased it. It's a one on one effect you can use for future clients, and which is very easy to do.
The mentalist speaks about covert hypnosis, the art of hypnotising someone throught language, without someone actually being aware he is being hypnotised! After a brief explanation he gives a chance to his freind to experience it, throught a amnesia experiment.
While he is speaking he notice that his shoelaces are untied but he doesn't make to much of a big deal...
After a minute or two of speaking he says:
'' Sometimes we can daydream and actually forget about things we just did, in a mere click of the fingers you can forget about anything, *the performer hold the spectator shoulders and snap their fingers, while looking straight in his eyes* The strangest thing about it is that you are never aware of it happening, it would be nice to feel a buzz or something that would tell you that you did forget something... Like if I told you I would have bent over and tied my shoelaces you would never believe me because you never saw that happening right? I was looking straight at you the whole time ! However you should look down to my shoe... Be honest do you remember seeing me bending over and tieing my shoe? ''
This is so simple yet when you do present it perfectly with the right timing you can leave someone speachless and have them totally believe in your skills. This is a good example of getting much with verry little...
Try to do it with real suggestion now!