Hypnosis Without Trance – Original Workshop Demo!

Here is a little demonstration taken from the first ever Hypnosis Without Trance live workshop on the 5th November 2009.

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  • derek norval

    December 18, 2009

    Hi James,
    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to see this video. A great demonstrstion of hypnosis without any recognisable evidence of trance.
    Derek from Bromsgrove Hypnotherapy Centre

  • James Rolph

    December 18, 2009

    Your’re most welcome Derek!


  • Korey Samuelson

    December 18, 2009

    Nicely done. I especially like how you feed back his responses using exactly the same words and pacing.

    As I was thinking about that feedback method a metaphor came to mind: plate spinning. You know, the circus stunt in which several plates are set to spinning atop thin rods or sticks.

    Hypnosis is like collaborative plate spinning. The hypnotist says, “Hey, let’s spin these plates.” The subject (hypnotee?) says, “I could go for a bit of that.” And the hypnotist helps make the entire process safe and enjoyable by directing the awareness of the subject to the plate most in need of a spin. Together they keep the plates whirling and balancing and it’s all very mesmerizing, isn’t it? 🙂

    Funny how the mind works. Well, my mind, anyway.

    Congratulations on your fist seminar.

  • Wayne

    December 19, 2009

    Hi James,

    Great video.

    I liked the ending when you got the guy to take a deep breath then know in his mind he was free to move from the chair.

    If this was therapy i would have added ‘as you now have the strength of mind to unstick yourself from the chair, just allow your un/sub-conscious mind to unstick all the issues you may be holding on to deep down in your psyche. a
    And as you feel the sudden physical release allowing you to stand up you are instantly aware of the sudden mental release from all those issues holding you back from your full potential.’

    Great ideas have been born from this!

    Many thanks!!

    PS I’m starting to get this whole concept now!

  • Linda

    December 13, 2010

    As I’m going through here in chronological sequence, what I notice most about this video is that it’s a brilliant demonstration of not just hypnosis without trance, but the guy was very amiable, free-flowing, happy to go along w/ whatever (a “good subject”) & the guy in the background sat there starring, arms crossed, brow furrowed, very “analytical” almost as if the chart on the previous post could’ve been written about these 2 men. More great stuff, James.

    Linda 🙂

  • disa

    December 4, 2011

    love the way you can have a chat with the guy while your having fun (both of ya)

  • Mark

    December 4, 2011

    James, another masterful demonstration of frame setting, pacing and leading the person into their experience without hypnosis.

  • Anthony Jacquin

    December 5, 2011

    Hi James,

    nice video.

    You mention you can use ‘conversational’ interaction to elicit strong phenomena and that it can be used in a covert situation without hypnotic context.

    Do you have some video of you doing this? What is your motive for doing such things covertly? Research, therapeutic, fun?

    Do you draw any distinction ethically between covert conversational interaction with hypnotic intent and uninvited direct hypnosis interactions?

    Best regards,


    • James Tripp

      December 5, 2011

      Hi Anthony

      I am drawing a distinction between ‘conversational’ and ‘covert’ – which perhaps I didn’t make clear enough.

      This is quite clearly ‘overt’ hypnosis, but the style is often very ‘conversational’ (certainly compared to classic direct hypnosis) in that we are chatting and I am asking him things and he is replying in a conversational manner.

      Regarding ‘covert’ hypnosis, this is my primary ‘M.O.’ for client sessions. The reason being that it is the easiest and most efficient way to work for me, and gets around hang-ups about ‘hypnosis’. I am not claiming that you can get the same ‘far out’ phenomena through covert work that you can through setting an overt frame of ‘hypnosis’, and have addressed this elsewhere: Overt Vs. Covert Hypnosis

      I draw no distinction ethically between ‘covert hypnosis’ and conversation – hypnosis is not mind control, it is merely strategic influence (IMO). And all conversation is strategic influence! The difference is, with ‘hypnosis’ (which, I would argue is not a ‘thing’ but a practice), that influence is based upon studied understanding that increases the influencers efficacy.

      All of us, as human beings, are exercising our agendas through influencing others each and every day, and, I would argue, each of us have a right to do so (in fact, I would say, we cannot not influence).

      IMO, what is important is that when we go about influencing others, regardless of whether we call ourselves hypnotists or not, we do so with respect, rather than permission.

      Hope that clarifies!

      All the very best


  • Anthony Jacquin

    December 5, 2011

    Wonderfully. Strategic influence! Nice frame 🙂


  • Anthony Jacquin

    December 5, 2011

    Again, do you have video of yourself or can you point me to some resources that demonstrate ‘strong phenomena’, rather than ‘far out’, arising ‘from an easy ‘conversational’ interaction with the subject’ outside of the hypnotic context?

    When you do this in therapy do you test your work then before the rest of your changework techniques, if so do you do this overtly?


    • James Tripp

      December 5, 2011

      Again, I refer you to this video: Overt Vs. Covert Hypnosis 😉

      In working with clients it is part of my M.O. to test regularly throughout the process. The process itself is fluid – I am not a fan of what I call ‘Black Box’ techniques where you put the client into one end of a stock process and hope they come out the other changed – I prefer to track change through the process, which is why having an interactive (or ‘conversational’) framework helps (and a formal ‘trance’ based process hinders).

      So do I test ‘overtly’? I think so, but many people would say not.

      I recently did a session for a girl who presented with ‘panic attacks’ and heavy, regular drinking. We did the session and she got the panic attacks morphed into a something she could handle, and stopped drinking.

      The session was interactive all the way through, me asking questions, directing attention and seeding ideas (re-framing) all the way through. She went through a range of emotions and experiences and at the end of the came out at the end of session quite different – she was what I would call ‘psychoactively engaged’ throughout.

      Now my intent was not to be covert – I was just doing what I do, but even though she got big changes, 6 weeks later it turned out that she was pissed at me because we ‘just talked’ rather than doing and proper ‘hypnosis’ (by her criteria of hypnosis).

      So, in this instance, the client was unaware of us doing anything but chatting, yet she was lead through a precision orientated ‘psychoactive’ process, with testing (monitoring of process) present throughout.

      From my end it all looked pretty overt, to her, it was “just a chat”?

      So I guess we can’t really say ‘overt’ or ‘covert’ without asking that classic meta-model question: “Overt/covert according to whom, specifically?”

      If you would like to chat this over more (strictly conversationally ;-)) please do give me a call… or we can do it via a Teleseminar for the Head Hackers and HWTers!

      All the very best


  • disa

    December 5, 2011

    I posted a few days ago and since then got something stuck in my head due to marks comment where he mentioned you used frames, so might be a shot at the dark but can frames be used like “trance” inductions if that makes any sense?

  • James Tripp

    December 5, 2011

    Interesting question Disa!

    If you take a ‘trance’ to be a specific altered state, the I guess you could see framing as being a bit like induction.

    Frames set a semantic context, changing the meaning of everything processed with reference to a given frame, this in turn will alter ‘state (either subtly or dramatically).


    Thanks Disa!

    P.S. And certainly the concepts of ‘trance’ and ‘Induction’ are frames in and of themselves, so the performance of one will set a certain frame.

  • disa

    December 5, 2011

    your fast thanks james:)

  • George Watson

    May 2, 2012


    Yet another video demonstration from your wonderful Hypnosis without trance, well done and thanks for sharing it!!



  • Rafael Estrada

    January 25, 2013

    Thank you…………….Finally I can be a “hypnotist” without being one.

  • Simon Tebbenham

    November 25, 2014

    Forgetting a name: “It’s the easiest thing in the world to do”.
    Feed that feedback loop baby. Like Mr Tripp Needs that sort of charity!

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