Review of “Getting Someone To Forget Their Own Name”, by Mike Mandel

I saw a video instructed by Mike Mandel on the “Getting Someone To Forget Their Own Name” 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 deeply enough so that they can truly forget their own name.

This is a very instructional video.  There was sufficient verbal 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 hypnosis on the street and on the stage.

Hi. I’m Mike Mandel from, and I’m going to show you a really cool thing today, and a couple of ways of producing a very interesting hypnotic phenomenon which is name amnesia.

Name amnesia is startling if you do it in street hypnosis or on the stage, and if you do it in therapeutic practice, it’s a great convincer to show your subject they were indeed in a phenomenally deep hypnotic state because … think about it … what is more personal to you than your own name, and if you’re standing there going, “you can’t remember your name”, something has definitely happened.  It’s a remarkable phenomenon to create and, whether you’re one of our students in The Hypnosis Academy, you already know how to get people in a deep trance, or whether you’re a person who’s approaching this for the first time, you’re going to need to have the person in a sufficiently deep trance to make this work.  At this point, there is an advertisement for his hypnosis practice.

When you create what is known as an “amnestic loop”, you are denying the subject the ability to gain access to a particular part of their experience.  Now, memory is stored in a protein molecule in your brain, “protein kinase c”, but that doesn’t matter to you.  What matters is, how can you wipe it out at least temporarily, and it only will be temporary no matter what you do.

Now there’s two different ways I have caused that name amnesia for the last 40 years, and I’ve done this hundreds, if not thousands, of times, and I’ll tell you two methods that absolutely work.

The first method is direct suggestion.  You get someone in a somnambulistic trance and again, my students know how.  If you don’t know how, check it out.  Once they’re in that somnambulistic trance, by necessity you have them at the point that you can cause them to forget their name, and I like to use a bit of shock to make this happen.

So, I’ll be talking to the person.  I’ve already had them in and out of trance a number of times, and they can even be ostensibly wide awake now in front of an audience.  I just jump at it.   I tap them on the forehead and say, “What’s your name?, you can’t remember” just like that, really congruently.  I get right in their face, I’m not yelling at them but I say, “What’s your name?”.  I tap them on the forehead and say, “you can’t remember”, and I maintain eye contact with them, and I shove the microphone I’m using, if I’m on stage, in their face … don’t hit him in the teeth … and let them go “uh – huh”, and they won’t have it, it’ll be gone.

You’re creating something called a PGO shock and they’ll forget it for a couple of seconds.

Your job now is to make sure they still forget it after that couple of seconds, and here’s how.

This is my innovation.  When they start to look around, they’re doing a trans-derivational search, they can’t remember their name.  You immediately, I mean two, three or four seconds after you’ve done this, shove the microphone back in their face and say, “take your time”.

When you do that and look at them congruently with a blank expression, it puts them around the loop again and they look everywhere except where their name actually is, phenomenal, and then you can bring it back through whatever means you want.  So directly shocking them, “what’s your name?, you can’t remember, take your time”, is powerful.  Use it.  It works.  In the street, this will be phenomenal.  On stage, it is amazing for the audience.  Now like I said, you can use it therapeutically in a therapeutic setting if you’re a hypnotherapist, to amaze your subject, and that will build your credibility like you can’t imagine.

But there’s another way, too.

The second method of causing someone to forget their name is much more subtle, and it’s really freaky, and I’ve used this once since 1975.  It gets a great audience result.  They’ll be amazed at what you’re doing.  First of all, instead of coming at this with a direct suggestion, I boot up the circuitry in their mind.  I boot up the psychodynamic process of forgetting by talking about forgetting.  Now this is a very interesting thing.  Forgetting is active.  Not remembering is passive.  They’re not quite the same, but in any case, here’s how you approach it.  I’ll say to the person something like, (I’m pretending I’ve got a microphone in my hand), “you ever have one of those times that you’re somewhere in a big parking lot with a bunch of friends.

You park your car, could be somewhere like Disney World, and then you come out and nobody’s paid attention and you can’t remember where you parked your car.  Now notice I’m putting in an embedded command.  I’m pointing and saying, “and you can’t remember”.  I’m looking at them and saying, “where you parked your car?”.  This is a universal experience, we’ve all had this, so they go, “yeah, I’ve done that”.  I say, “me too.  Forgetting is a normal part of life”. 







And then I’ll say, “or have you ever had one of those times, (again imagine a microphone here so you get the timing), “you ever had one of those times where you put your keys down or your wallet down, and you go, “what did I do with that?  I just set that down a minute ago”, and you can’t remember where you put your keys?”.  The person goes, “yeah, I’ve done that”.  “Me too.  Forgetting is a normal part of life, right?  You agree?”, and they’re agreeing.

And then I’ll come in a third time and do something similar.  “You meet someone on the street you haven’t seen in years, and you know them, and you know you know them, but you can’t remember who they are.  Have you had that happen?”.  “Yes, yeah”.  “You can’t even remember their name, it’s so weird?”.  “Yes”.  Forgetting is a normal part of life.  Now I’ve reinforced the whole thing of “forgetting is normal” about two or three times.  Now there’s a little bit of a pause and I’ll suddenly say, “by the way, “what was your name?”.  I put the microphone in their face.  My face is blank and I look at them.  Now here’s what’s happening.  When I say, “”what was your name?”, I put it in the past tense.  In other words, not “what is  your name?”, but “what was your name?”.  It now disappears and the person will do the trans-derivational search with their eyes (they’ll try to get the information unsuccessfully and I’ll do the same thing as I did in the first example.  “Take your time”.  I shove the microphone in their face, they’re in front of an audience, they’re under lights, they’re in shock, and the name is completely gone.

So, the two methods are:- Direct suggestion, “what’s your name? you can’t remember”, stick the microphone in their face after which you of course then say, “take your time”, and the second way boots up the circuitry by talking about forgetting, and getting them to agree with you that there are many times they have forgotten things and you’re reinforcing that that is a totally normal thing, and then you don’t even tell them to forget it.  You just say, “by the way, what was your name?”, and watch what happens.  Astounding.

Mike Mandel finishes off the video by advertising his free tutorial about how power inductions work.  This tutorial can be found on his website.





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