Over the years, many have debated whether hypnosis is actually real and if so, how safe is it? Well, as a practising Hypnotist and Mind Control expert for over 20 years, Mark Knight obviously has his own views but don’t take his word for it, let’s take a look at what the UK Government has to say about stage hypnosis and how they govern its use.
The 1952 Hypnotism Act was enacted to regulate the demonstration of hypnotic phenomena for the purposes of public entertainment. Please see the link: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Geo6and1Eliz2/15-16/46. Then in the mid-nineties, the Home Office consulted a panel of experts nominated by the British Psychological Society and the Royal College of Psychiatrists to examine any evidence of possible harm to people participating in hypnotic public entertainment, and to review the effectiveness of the 1952 Hypnotic Act. In 1996, their findings were published as the ‘Home Office Circular 39/1996’. To summarise, the investigation concluded that, “there was no evidence of serious risk to participants in stage hypnosis,” In conclusion, both the 1952 Act and subsequent 1996 Home Office Circular confirm that hypnosis for the purposes of public entertainment is perfectly safe and that there is no evidence of serious risk to participants.
Hypnosis is as old as civilisation itself and its name comes from the Ancient Greek word ‘hypnos’ meaning ‘sleep’. It is a mental state of altered-consciousness in which a subject has heightened focus, concentration and an increased response to suggestions concerning their imagination. The state of hypnosis has been compared to ‘day-dreaming’ whereby an individual can complete tasks such as driving their car to work whilst their mind focusses on completely different thoughts. And although stage hypnotists often use the command to “sleep”, at no time are their subjects actually asleep. On the contrary, a hypnotised volunteer on stage is fully aware of their environment and actions.
Yes they can. Although for safety reasons, pregnant women, children and anyone suffering from mental illness or under heavy medication should not participate in stage hypnosis. And although anybody can be hypnotised, if you do not wish to be hypnotised there is no way a hypnotist can influence you. Therefore, a stage hypnotist only works with willing volunteers.
On the contrary, for stage hypnotism volunteers who possess vivid powers of imagination; excellent visualisation skills and the ability to concentrate on a thought or suggestion make the best subjects. Because Mark Knight only has a limited time to perform his shows, he is always looking for the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to selecting subjects from those who have volunteered to join him on stage.
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness and the subject is never actually ‘asleep’ and will always be aware of what they are doing and where they are. If for some reason, something happens to the stage hypnotist and they stop working with their volunteers, then within a short period of time the subjects will cease to be hypnotised.
It is a medically proven fact that nobody can be hypnotised against their will. As a stage hypnotist, Mark Knight only works with volunteers who wish to experience this amazing phenomena and at no point in the show will any member of the audience be selected or ‘picked on’ to be hypnotised. He relies solely upon volunteers from the audience making a consenting choice to join him on stage to be hypnotised.