Instant Hypnosis

Instant hypnosis inductions are inductions that work in seconds rather than minutes. They are often utilized by stage hypnotists but can also be very useful in a professional hypnotherapy practice.

You have probably seen a stage hypnotist drop a subject in seconds. It makes for a very dramatic and powerful stage effect. Are instant inductions real? Absolutely. However, there are also many myths and misunderstanding about instant inductions.

Instant hypnosis or instant inductions are not for amateurs. They are useful tools for seasoned professionals. Too many people look for instant everything without bothering to learn the fundamentals.

Before we take a closer look at instant inductions we need to recap that all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis. In other words the hypnotist cannot hypnotize anyone that does not want to be hypnotized.

There is no induction, instant or otherwise that will put another person into a hypnotic trance against their will. The exception is of course the use of drugs.



Like all inductions, instant inductions work better when there is sufficient rapport or trust between the hypnotist and the subject. It is also important to address any concerns in the pre-talk. Any instant induction without rapport or pre-talk is not likely to yield great results on the majority of people.

The success of the instant induction can be further enhanced (and often is) by previous post-hypnotic suggestions. Stage hypnotists will always use a post-hypnotic suggestion before using an instant induction. Nobody likes failing on stage.

A lot of people have gotten on the bandwagon of street hypnosis, usually with the aim of picking up unsuspecting girls. Most of the material on street hypnosis is hype. Don’t let anyone convince you that they can hypnotise you against your will. The best defence against covert hypnosis of street hypnosis is to learn how to do hypnosis. Knowledge is power.

With all of the above disclaimers about hypnosis in general and instant hypnosis specifically it is time to take a closer look at the process of immediate hypnosis.

Instant hypnosis inductions mostly involve a physical element. The physical element is used as a pattern interrupt to disorient the client momentarily. It is in this short period of disorientation that the client is highly suggestible and an instant induction can take place.

Timing is everything in instant inductions. There is no place for hesitation in instant hypnosis. This is another reason why instant hypnosis is not for amateurs.

For professional hypnotists who follow all of the prerequisites, instant hypnosis inductions are a great tool and tend to be highly effective.

There are at least four parts to instant inductions: Firstly, focus your subject’s attention. Secondly redirect their focus instantly. This is usually achieved through a startling stimulus. The third part is a command such as “Sleep” and fourth comes the instant deepening of the hypnotic state.

Well known instant inductions are the handshake induction and the hand drop induction. Both have been around for a very long time.

Here is an example of the Hand Drop Instant Hypnosis Induction.

First stand facing the client and instruct the client to press down on the therapist’s outstretched hand. The palm of the therapist is facing up and the palm of the client is pressing down on the palm of the therapist.

While the client is pressing down, have your client close his eyes, giving the client two tasks to focus on.

Next, while the client is pressing down on the therapist’s hand with eyes closed, the therapist’s hand is suddenly removed without warning. This creates the startle response which lasts for a second or two. During this short period your client is in a state of high suggestibility.



The word, “SLEEP,” is said in an authoritative and confident tone, which instantly induces a deep state of hypnosis. This suggestion must be immediately followed by further suggestions for deepening the hypnotic trance or your client will awaken.

Use short and simple suggestions for deepening, such as “go limp and relaxed, continue to relax further with every breath. Your relaxation deepens with every sound that you hear.”

There are many variations of the instant hypnosis induction. All will involve the above four steps in some shape or form. Additional steps can be added but aren’t necessary.

Remember to have a good pre-talk with your clients. This is an essential part of the hypnosis process. This is especially true when using instant hypnosis inductions. Your clients must understand that hypnosis is safe and natural. They must also understand the importance of following your instructions.


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