Review Of The “Arm Pull” Hypnotic Induction, by Sean Michael Andrews

I saw a video instructed by Sean Michael Andrews on the “Arm Pull” Hypnotic Induction.

The purpose of this hypnotic induction is to demonstrate the complexity of the mind, and to prove that the client can be hypnotized.

It is a very quick induction, and it is also very sharp, because the sharpness gives the shock that makes this induction work.  It is an extremely quick induction where the client falls into a very deep trance very quickly.

This is what I have learned.

Tell the client, “stand right there facing me, with your feet together”.  They stand facing you, with their feet together.

Then say, “give me your right hand”.  Take their right hand with your right hand, as though you are going to give them a handshake, and at the same time gently place your left hand on their right shoulder.

Tell them, “look straight at me here”, while touching your left temple with your left index finger.  They look straight into your eyes.  This is a form of eye engagement.  You’re narrowing their focus and directing their attention to the point where all they are aware of, is the sound of your voice and what you are saying to them.

Now gently place your left hand around the back of their head, while still holding their right hand with your right hand, and then gaze intently into their eyes for just a few seconds.

Suddenly say, “SLEEP!” in a very commanding tone, at the same time as you sharply but gently pull once on their right hand with your right hand.  Then suddenly let go, causing their right arm to drop down by their right hand side.  As they fall slightly towards you, with both of their arms now straight down and rigid just in front of them, gently bring their head forward.  Move their head gently towards you with your left hand, cradling it onto your left shoulder so that it sits comfortably.  However, make sure that you do this gently and not violently, so that you do not hurt them, for example, by injuring their neck.

Immediately start talking to them quietly and soothingly, and just as you begin to do so, test their left arm a couple of times to make sure that it is rigid.  Tell them, “okay, now just relax and close your eyes.  Breathe in relaxation, and exhale tension and all worry.  You are now very deeply hypnotized.  All you are aware of is the sound of my voice.  Continue to listen to the sound of my voice.  You are aware of nothing but the soothing sound of my voice.  You are now very deeply hypnotized.  Keep breathing in relaxation, and exhale tension and all worry.  You are now very deeply hypnotized.  All you are aware of is the soothing sound of my voice.  Continue to listen to the soothing sound of my voice.  You are aware of nothing but the soothing sound of my voice.  You are now very deeply hypnotized.  Now settle back down and just go to sleep.  You are now very deeply hypnotized.  All you are aware of is the soothing sound of my voice.  Continue to listen to the soothing sound of my voice.  You are aware of nothing but the soothing sound of my voice.  You are now very deeply hypnotized.  Just relax, okay?”.

When you have finished talking to them, tell them, “now, on the count of three, you will be wide awake from your sleep, with your eyes wide open.  You will be wide awake, fully alert, and feeling absolutely wonderful”.

Count firmly out loud.  Say, “1, 2, 3.  Eyes wide open.  Wide awake.  Fully alert, and feeling absolutely wonderful.  Feeling okay?”.  Wait for them to say something or nod their head.

Then say, “that was great.  You did wonderfully.  Now let’s do it all again from the other side”.  Change sides with the client.

Tell them, “stand right there facing me, with your feet together”.  They stand facing you, with their feet together.

Then say, “give me your right hand”.  Take their right hand with your right hand, as though you are going to give them a handshake, and at the same time gently place your left hand on their right shoulder.

Tell them, “look straight at me right here”, while touching your left temple with your left index finger.  They look straight into your eyes.  This is a form of eye engagement.  You’re narrowing their focus and directing their attention to the point where all they are aware of, is the sound of your voice and what you are saying to them.

Now gently place your left hand around the back of their head, while still holding their right hand with your right hand, and then gaze intently into their eyes for just a few seconds.

Suddenly say, “SLEEP!” in a very commanding tone, at the same time as you sharply but gently pull once on their right hand with your right hand.  Then suddenly let go, causing their right arm to drop down by their right hand side.  As they fall slightly towards you, with both of their arms now straight down and rigid just in front of them, gently bring their head forward.  Move their head gently towards you with your left hand, cradling it onto your left shoulder so that it sits comfortably.  However, make sure that you do this gently and not violently, so that you do not hurt them, for example, by injuring their neck.

Immediately start talking to them quietly and soothingly, and just as you begin to do so, test their left arm a couple of times to make sure that it is rigid.  Tell them, “okay, now just relax and close your eyes.  Breathe in relaxation, and exhale tension and all worry.  You are now very deeply hypnotized.  All you are aware of is the sound of my voice.  Continue to listen to the sound of my voice.  You are aware of nothing but the soothing sound of my voice.  You are now very deeply hypnotized.  Keep breathing in relaxation, and exhale tension and all worry.  You are now very deeply hypnotized.  All you are aware of is the soothing sound of my voice.  Continue to listen to the soothing sound of my voice.  You are aware of nothing but the soothing sound of my voice.  You are now very deeply hypnotized.  Now settle back down and just go to sleep.  You are now very deeply hypnotized.  All you are aware of is the soothing sound of my voice.  Continue to listen to the soothing sound of my voice.  You are aware of nothing but the soothing sound of my voice.  You are now very deeply hypnotized.  Just relax, okay?”.

When you have finished talking to them, tell them, “now, on the count of three, you will be wide awake from your sleep, with your eyes wide open.  You will be wide awake, fully alert, and feeling absolutely wonderful”.

Count firmly out loud.  Say, “1, 2, 3.  Eyes wide open.  Wide awake.  Fully alert, and feeling absolutely wonderful.  Feeling okay?”.  Wait for them to say something or nod their head.

Finally say, “okay, thank you very much.  You did wonderfully.  That was absolutely great”.

The purpose of this hypnotic induction is to train the client to respond in the same way as before.  The shock of having their arm pulled puts their mind into a state of confusion.  They are looking for direction.  They hear the word “SLEEP!”, they grab onto the word and just go all relaxed, because it’s the one thing out of all the confusion that they understand, so they grab onto it and follow it.

This is a very instructional video.  There was sufficient verbal and visual instruction in this video for someone to be able to perform this hypnotic induction on a client, either in a hypnotist’s office or when performing street hypnosis.  It is particularly suitable for performing out on the street, because it is an extremely quick induction where the client falls into a very deep trance very quickly.

If you’re learning this hypnotic induction, you will need to gain confidence through practice and rehearsal.  When performing this for the first time, display confidence.  Let no-one know this is your first attempt.

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