... Hypnosis: Myths and Realities
Hypnosis is a condition in which people appear to be highly
suggestible and to behave as if they are in a trance. Some
psychologists believe that hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness.
Others wonder whether hypnosis is truly an altered state of
Stage hypnosis is performed for entertainment purposes. Stage hypnosis shows are performed at comedy clubs, theaters, high schools, colleges, universities, festivals, and fairs. Cruise lines such as Carnival Cruises also feature stage hypnosis performances. The causes of phenomena experienced by volunteers in stage hypnosis shows can be explained by altered states of consciousness (i.e., ""hypnotic trance"") or a combination of psychological factors observed in group settings such as disorientation, compliance, peer pressure, and ordinary suggestion.A modern stage hypnosis performance regularly delivers a comedic performance rather than a demonstration to impress an audience with powers of persuasion - effects of amnesia, mood altering and hallucination are demonstrated in a normal performance. Stage hypnosis performances often encourage audience members to look further into the benefits of hypnotism (Echterling and Whalen, 1995).