Frequently Asked Questions

Have you ever wondered how hypnosis really works? Well read on to get answers to the most frequently asked questions about hypnosis.

Everyone has questions about hypnosis. Below are answers to some of the more common questions about John Bates’ comedy stage hypnosis show, hypnosis in general, John Bates’ background in hypnosis and some links to other sites that people may find interesting.

What is the Mindmajik show like?

First and foremost the show is FUN! The show starts with John Bates talking to the audience a little bit about what hypnosis is and how it works, including several audience participation demonstrations. Then volunteers who truly want to experience the wonderful sensation of relaxation are invited to come up on stage. John Bates hypnotizes the volunteers and puts them through several skits. The audience volunteers are the real stars of the show and each participant gets an opportunity to shine! Everyone responds to suggestions differently, which is why no two shows are ever alike. Even John Bates doesn’t know what might happen next! The skits are always appropriate to the venue and respectful of the volunteer participants, after all John Bates depends on repeat business and wants to make sure that he’s invited back.

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a naturally occurring altered state of consciousness, in which people accept suggestions without making critical judgment. Being ‘lost in thought,’ ‘day dreaming’ and ‘highway hypnosis’ are all euphemisms for being in light hypnotic state of consciousness. During a stage hypnosis show, the volunteers reach a deeper state of hypnosis through the guidance of the hypnotist. In this state of mind the hypnotist can make suggestions that the volunteers will accept as perfectly normal, and act upon them accordingly.

Can I be hypnotized?

We all experience some degree of light hypnosis on a daily basis, so yes, anyone can be hypnotized.

Can I get stuck in hypnosis?

No. Even if the hypnotist left the room and failed to bring the client out of hypnosis, after a few minutes of not receiving any stimulation the client would either wake up on his or her own or, if they were tired, drift off into a relaxing sleep and wake up later.

What is self-hypnosis?

All hypnosis is really self-hypnosis. A hypnotist or hypnotherapist simply acts as a trained guide. People can be taught to hypnotize themselves and it is a great tool for practicing pain management and changing behavior.

Isn’t hypnosis like brainwashing?

Hypnosis is nothing like brainwashing. Hypnosis is a voluntary short term relaxing process. Brainwashing is achieved only by long term mental and physical manipulation, including sleep deprivation, starvation and emotional exhaustion.

Will I be unconscious during hypnosis?

NO. During hypnosis you are conscious, awake, and very much aware of what is happening around you all the time. You are in full control and must provide your consent for any suggestion to become effective. My clinical hypnosis method is designed to enable you to accomplish positive change in your life.

How much does it cost?

Stage Show costs vary depending on number of people attending, day of the week, how much travel is required, over night accommodations, level of production, whether the performer or venue is providing sound system, lighting, chairs, etc. To find out how much it would cost to have John Bates entertain at your event, simply contact him.

How did John Bates become a hypnotist?

John Bates is professionally trained. In 1999 he enrolled in the Mottin & Johnson Institute of Hypnosis and became a Certified Hypnotist through the National Guild of Hypnotists. During his training at the Mottin & Johnson Institute he was introduced to the time honored tradition of hypnotic stage shows. John Bates then studied under Jerry Valley and the late Ormond McGill specifically to learn the art of the stage hypnosis show. Hypnosis is a life long learning process and John Bates spends a great deal of time learning as much as he can about this fascinating skill. He frequently visits a site called which is a real insiders social networking group that discusses many of the latest concepts in the field of hypnosis.

Other hypnotists that have had a significant impact on John Bates are Ricky Kalmon, Paul Ramsey, Joe Brogie and Jay Noblezada.

Book Your Next Show With John Bates

John Bates performs all over the eastern United States and includes his transportation and lodging costs in his quotes.