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The How-To Book Of Hypnotism Paperback – January 5, 2000

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The method for interlingual hypnotism really works. --Steven Weber Clinical Hypnotherapist

This book is a must for every hypnotherapist! --John Hughes D.C.

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The actual step by step formula and method to hypnotize a person (who speaks a foreign language) through an Interpreter (who is not a hypnotist) in a foreign language!!!

There are only two hypnotists in the entire world who have mastered the technique of hypnotizing people in other languages who do not speak your language, and Tom Silver bringing the science of hypnotism to Taiwan in 1994 is one of those two hypnotists. Tom's method which also includes some "Questions and Answers" of “Trans-Lingual Hypnotism” are also now in this book. In 1995, Tom Silver Hypnotized over 3800 people through an Interpreter (Timothy Huang) in Taiwan at the Taipei Athletic Stadium, creating the first Interlingual Lingual mass hypnosis “World’s Record”

This brand new edition also includes some vital new information about how our brain operates and as well some really good and scientific "Questions & Answers" about hypnosis that every hypnotherapist, medical doctor, psychologist, and beginner to practicing professional should know

Also included are some “New” Fun and Refreshing Stage Show Hypnosis Demonstrations!. Every performing stage hypnotist and even the practice building hypnotherapist should know how to conduct group demonstrations in hypnosis.

Text also includes: Full text includes hypnotic coverage from stage hypnotism to hypnotherapy. Detailed word-for-word hypnotic induction methods and suggestions are given. Photographs are also included in this book.

An entire section of this book is devoted to rare instructions in MAGNETIC HEALING. This nearly lost art form of physiological hypnosis is of inestimable value to hypnotherapy.

This book is recommended to be included in every hypnotist's library and is great reading and fun for any person interested in the science of Hypnotism!

Tom Silver This book is one of the best books ever written on Hypnotism. I have always wanted to write a book on the age old science of hypnotism that would help people to understand this important science and art that has been practiced for thousands of years in different cultures all over the world. I wanted this book to also give the reader the chance to actually learn how to hypnotize people and how to use hypnotism for healing purposes as well as for entertainment. I co-wrote this book with Ormond McGill who is considered the "Dean of American Hypnotists". Ormond McGill has performed and practiced stage hypnotism and hypnotherapy all over the world for over 50 Years. Ormond McGill is one of the most recognized living authorities on the field of hypnotism. Ormond McGill himself says that he is very proud of this book and that "The How-To Book of Hypnotism is one of the very best books he has ever written on hypnosis. Ormond McGill has written over 20 different published books on the field of hypnotism.

I am also very proud to have worked with Ormond McGill and to have co-written this easy to read and fun to read book on hypnotism. Our first printing of this book was in January 2000. Now Revised in 2001.

I am very proud to say without a doubt that I have also taken the science hypnotism to the "Outer Limits" by my own accomplishments in the field of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

I have had my own one hour C.B.S. National Television Special called "Hypnotized", where I hypnotized real people in real places and had them perform all kinds of fun and amazing things while under hypnosis.

I set a "World's Record" in Taiwan Republic of China, by hypnotizing over 3,800 people all at the same time through an interpreter in Mandarin Chinese with the help of Dr. Huang my interpretor.

I introduced the Taiwan Department of Defense to the use of "Forensic Hypnosis" and Hypnotherapy and received a "Gold Plate" of Honor from the Taiwan Minister of Defense in July 1997.

I have also performed hypnosis demonstrations on a number of different national television shows and radio shows all over the world during the past 15 years.

I have helped thousands of people change their lives by utilizing hypnotherapy and self hypnosis.

Ormond McGill and myself are very proud of this wonderful and easy to read book and manual on Hypnosis which we call "The How-To Book of Hypnotism".

READ THIS BOOK AND YOU CAN LEARN: * Some History of Hypnotism * How to rid yourself of unwanted habits * Hypnosis Stage Show Demonstrations * Suggestions for the Hypnotherapist * The ancient art of Magnetic Healing * How to develop your Personal Magnetism * Self Hypnosis * Interlingual Hypnotic Trance Induction* * How to control your bio computers * and more!

This book is a must for any Hypnotist or Hypnotherapist’s library. It is also highly recommended to anybody to has an interest in the science and art of Hypnotism. Everyone can learn from this book. This book is intended for mature readers, 18 years of age or order.

This book is a "How-To" instructional manual of how to hypnotize, how to demonstrate hypnotic phenomena and how to use hypnosis for many useful purposes. Mankind's knowledge advances by spreading knowledge. No study is more important than the advancement of the human mind, our greatest gift.

This volume is a "How-To" text of hypnotism. It presents step-by step instructions so that you will learn with ease and enjoyment. "For we learn best that which we enjoy learning." Tom Silver & Ormond McGill / Author

About the Author Ormond McGill is internationally recognized as "The Dean of American Hypnotists". He is a prominent and prolific writer of hypnotic literature. He was written over 30 published books over the past 50 years. His famed "The Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism" has become known as the "Bible" of stage hypnotists.

Tom Silver is known world wide as a renowned hypnotherapist and as a "Celebrity Stage Hypnotist". His appearances as star of his own CBS Television Special "Hypnotized", Fox Television Special “Powers of The Paranormal”, The Sally Jesse Raphael Show, The Montel William's Television Show, Comedy Centrals “The Man Show”, “Hard Copy”, and other National Television and Radio Shows over the past 15 years, has earned him the reputation as America's most Popular Hypnotist. Tom Silver is also known in the field of sports hypnosis.

His accomplishments in Taiwan R.O.C. with his introduction of hypnotism to the Taiwan culture in 1994 is outstanding. In July of 1997, Tom Silver was awarded a "Gold Plate of Honor" from the Taiwan Department of Defense for his contributions to "Forensic Hypnosis" in Taiwan.

This book combines the talents of these two wonderful hypnotists. It is written in an instructive and practical manner that is easy to understand.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Silver Inst Pub Co (January 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967851505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967851501
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Louis on February 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is an enjoyable book, mainly about stage hypnotism. It is short on science and maintains the old idea that animal magnetism is at the basis of hypnosis. This theory was scienfically discreditated at the time of Anton Mesmer and Ben Franklin. The practical points are well done, but the theory is consists of New Age claptrap and pseudoscience. If you want to learn to be a stage hypnotist and don't care about understanding the science behind hypnosis, this is a good book to buy (though it is rather expensive for such a brief volume). The practical "how-to" advice is sound. If you are more skeptical and value the findings of modern science, you will be disappointed since this book promulgates unscientific misinformation and long-discredited theories about hypnotic influence.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 2000
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Given that you can read "How To"'s thin, LARGE print 166 pages in one sitting, that alone should illustrate how this book only touches the surface of a "DEEP DEEP" subject (pun intended). Though I thought the book a good intro, it still felt like a too brief overview rather than a manual. Hardly does it cover the subject "completely" as many reviewers claim, and is hardly a "must read" as stated by another. It is aimed more at novice and stage material. Even the one paragraph "mastering the smoking habit" is nothing more than the old stage line about the cigarette tasting stale and terrible. Though most hypnotists agree this never works, as the smoker uses rationale to remove the suggestion, McGill and Silver claim "such treatments are sufficient to cure the worst cigarette smoker." Wow. With millions of dollars being spent by consumers trying to break the habit, these guys conquer it in one paragraph. Nonsense.
The authors also make too many other elobarate and ridiculous claims as if they were fact and not opinion. For example, page 87 you are told you can put a subject in a trance easily for over 48 hours, suspending all bodily functions, as easily as you can suggest their little stage jokes. Let's not forget the pages dedicated to ESP, telepathy, and magnetic healing through hypnosis. Way too much fantasy there.
However, all that aside, if you are looking for a quick read and your main interest is to have some fun at parties, than this book is for you. You probably don't care about all the scientific stuff anyway, so why bother. This will teach you a few inductions and some fun stage tricks and techniques. Quick and easy, just don't expect miracles and expect to pass on a lot of stuff as pure hocus pocus.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Laura De Giorgio on December 18, 2004
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This book provides a very brief overview of different methods and applicatications from stage hypnosis, mesmerism, few methods of inducing self-hypnosis, suggestions for using hypnosis for healing certain ailments.

Most suggestions (pattern scripts) in this book are based on the fomula "when I count to three, you'll do so and so", or "when you awaken, you'll do so and so" and that's it.

Part of this book deals with Mesmeric (magnetic) healing, a topic that is not that often mentioned in modern hypnosis books (except books by Ormond McGill), but is more thoroughly covered in books dealing with energy healing.

If you already have Ormond McGill's Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnosis, then you'll find that a good deal of material mentioned in this book has already been covered there.

As for learning how to induce hypnosis over the phone or through the mail, get books that deal with hypnotic language patterns, sleight of mouth, and learn some indirect suggestions - Ericksonian hypnosis.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 2000
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If you want to learn the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth in a world steeped in vast sensationalism and B.S, this is the book for you! It cuts through 100 years of hype and gets directly to the point.
Hypnotism is an art and a science that can be learned by anyone, and everyone can benefit from its proper application. But few have had the guts to print the truth. Ormond McGill, a living legend in the field of hypnosis, along with Tom Silver, a well-respected contempory hypnotherapist, have teamed together to publish the definitive how-to book on the subject. It's concise, entertaining and easy to read. If you want a crash-course on the true art & science of hypnosis by two experts in the field, look no further...this is it! On the other hand, if you equate hypnotism with B-Movies and bad dreams, look're obviously not ready for this priceless information.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. T. Davenport on September 18, 2004
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I'm giving this book 2 stars as opposed to the 5 stars nearly everyone else did. I bought this book expecting it to be great, but was chagrined to discover it was not that informative. In fact, it was down right mediocre. Maybe it would be a half-way decent book for beginners, but in my opionion--there are much better books out there... The person who said this book is of "dubious scientific validity" hit it right on the spot. The book is chalk full of outdated concepts and psuedo-scientifical concepts about how hypnosis works. Animal magnetism? While I am nothing even resembling a hardcore skeptic of paranormal, I have to say the complete lack of evidence, even anecdotal, really hurts this book's validity. Maybe there is some "force" involved with hypnotism, but you couldn't tell from this book, seeing as they just go ahead and assume there is one based on their pre-existing conceptual paradigms, disregarding any use of the scientific method. Aside from that, I saw MANY spelling errors which really detract from the professionalism of this book. On the plus side, it has many techniques to use(regardless of how misguided their explanations of how they work are). Overall, the book left me wondering: where's the meat?
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