Ordinarily I’ll begin my hypnosis shoots by taking some hypno themed photos, whilst chatting informally with the hypnotee of the day.
At this stage, whilst I might be introducing a few hypnotic concepts, I’m not actually doing any explicit hypnosis. There’s cheesy pop music on in the background, we’re drinking cups of tea, I’m probably showing off what tricks the dog can do, and we’re generally just breaking the ice and getting to know one another.
Generally when you see my photos of hypno-ladies taken against the black backdrop, these will be staged. I do take a few genuine hypno photos during the video, but there aren’t too many of those, as trying to be hypnotist, cameraman and photographer is too much for me to juggle with my meager skillset.
The lady above is Minnie. Minnie is a submissive kinda girl who’s always wanted to be hypnotized. I think her first glowing email as she accepted my job offer contained the word “Amazing!” multiple times and the phrase “Always wanted to be a part of something like this!” twice. (Bless her.)
Minnie (a girl with zero experience of actually being hypnotized) basically put herself into trance for me the instant she saw my pendant. I picked it up to use as a prop in photos, she commented on how “pretty” it was, and then I, half joking, half bull-shitting, half* wondering if this kind of corniness would ever actually work held it up and said “Yes... it’s so pretty that you can’t take your eyes off it...”
And she couldn’t.
Wide awake to body control in less than 10 seconds.
10 seconds later, she couldn’t move an inch...
and 10 seconds after that... she couldn’t remember her own name.
Sometimes if someone thinks that hypnosis is some kind of mysterious all-powerful phenomenon, it doesn’t hurt to leave them believing that for a little while. ;)
So breaking from tradition, Minnie is genuinely spaced out, hypnotized and derping from the first pendant picture onwards.
*Yes I know that’s three halves. My story. My skewed rules of mathematics.