How to Hypnotize Someone Using The Dave Elman Technique

Having successfully hypnotized many people, I am sure that the Dave Elman technique is the best. To some it may seem a bit complicated to learn, but it is easy and this is how to do it. The Dave Elman script can be found elsewhere on the internet. This is public information, to be used at your own discretion.

Steps

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    Hold two fingers(index and middle)in a V shape. Hold your fingers 1 foot (0.3 m) above the person's forehead and ask them to look up, focusing on your two index fingers without moving their head upwards. This should result in their eyes having to look up. Ensure your fingers are in a position so it is possible for the person to see.
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    Ask the person to breathe in and out as you move your hand up and down. They should naturally breathe in as your hand moves up; and breathe out as your hand moves down. You may say "breathe in, and out," during the process of moving your hands, repeating at least 5 times before moving onto step 3.
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    Instruct them to close their eyes as you pass your hand down in front of their face. Repeat the request, continuing step 2 for another two or three times, although ideally they should not know how many times.
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    Suggest that they relax their eyes as much as possible. Relax every muscle around the eyes, so much, that even if they wanted to, their eyes would be so tired, they will not work. Within 30 seconds of telling them how relaxed their eyes are, ask them to try to open their eyes. They will find that they can't. After about 5-10 seconds of trying. Tell them, "OK, stop trying now and just keep relaxing."
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    Instruct them to open and close their eyes, at your request. Once their eyes are closed inform that they're going to "send a wave of relaxation right across your body, so that it is as relaxed as your eyes already are, relaxing twice as much as you already are."
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    Ask them to open their eyes on the count of three. Say, "one, two, three, open your eyes; and shut them." Repeat the process three times, increasing the relaxation each time(suggest that they relax ten times as much the second time, and twenty times as much the third time).
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    Tell them you're going to pick up their right hand. Say to them, "at this point, if you have followed what I have asked you to do, it should be really limp, loosed and relaxed, like a rag," (or something to that effect), "and when I drop it in your lap, you will feel a wave of relaxation throughout your body."
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    Do the same with the left hand.
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    Repeat the above two steps.
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    Suggest that they be as physically relaxed as they can. Encourage them to concentrate on physical relaxation. Instruct them to, at your command, start counting down from 100, following the pattern: "100, deeper relaxed; 99, deeper relaxed; 98, deeper relaxed," advising that after a few numbers, they will forget what the next number is. They will find that the numbers have disappeared from their mind, because it has become so relaxed.
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    Ask them to start counting down. As they count, suggest to them that the numbers are disappearing. Once they've stopped talking, ask them if all the numbers have gone. They may just make a little nod, that is enough.
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    Explain to them the 'Basement of Relaxation technique. Let them know that just as it is possible to tense up and reach the height of tension, it is possible to relax and reach the opposite. Say to them "it is now necessary for 'us'" (note the 'us', this assumes you're not making them do something)"to go to the basement of relaxation".
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    Ask them to imagine they are in an elevator(UK lift). Inform them that when you click your fingers, the lift is going to start going down to floor A, and that to get there they are going to relax completely, twice as much as they are already. When you click your fingers a second time, they are going to be completely relaxed, twice as much, down to floor B; and when you click your fingers a third time, down to floor C. Tell them to let you know when they are at the basement by saying the letter.
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    Click your fingers. Wait for them to say A; repeat with B, and with C. It is worth noting that usually at floor C the letter C sometimes does not seem to come out of the mouth. If this is the case, your attempt at hypnosis is successful(this doesn't mean that if they're able to say C, your attempt is unsuccessful).
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    At this point it is best to suggest re-induction. Say to the person, "if I click my fingers and say sleep, any time today, you will find that you'll instantly return to this lovely deep level of relaxation and concentration.In fact, for every time I click my fingers today and say sleep, you'll go deeper into hypnosis than you were the time before".
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    To continue with hypnosis, use a deepener. A good one would be asking the person to imagine they're at the top of a staircase with 100 stairs, which they can see and feel. On the side of each stair is a number. Each step they take they'll see and feel themselves relaxing twice as much. At the bottom is a large mattress, and when they get there they'll relax completely into the mattress.
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    Ask them to start going down. You can determine how far they are by asking them what number is on the stair.
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    Let them know how they're progressing. Keep suggesting that they're "going deeper and nearer to the mattress; and more relaxed with each breath" as they go down the stairs.
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    Repeat the re-induction suggestions above.
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    They've now reached the bottom of the stairs. Tell them there are balloons filled with helium attached to their wrist, and that they can feel the balloons lifting their wrist into the air. You should see their hands, and arms, visibly rising into the air.
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    Repeat the re-induction suggestions.
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    Advise them that on the count of three they're going to be wide awake. Count to three. Once they're awake start talking about something different for a few minutes, before asking them what they remember. Try the re-induction and if they return to hypnosis, then carry on. If they don't, unfortunately it hasn't worked.
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    At this point you can make suggestions. suggest they're feeling hot (they could perhaps imagine they're at the beach), and now they're cold; ask them again to imagine they're watching a film, and that it's really really funny, and then scary. Now ask them to open their eyes and remain under hypnosis. You should notice they're able to walk and talk while still in hypnosis. If they wake up and open their eyes, they'll likely inform you that "it didn't work". Try the re-induction and suggest that they will wake up whenever you say the word. If they don't, they may appear to have a blank stare. Continue to make suggestions after suggestions without needing to put them to 'sleep' again.
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    When you have finished, bring them out out of hypnosis. Tell them, "on the count of three you will wake up, fully awake and alert, feeling great, and all suggestions will be removed". You could also suggest "you will remember everything you did", or "you won't remember what you did under hypnosis". Then count to three.
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    The person may feel a bit 'dazed' even after hypnosis. This does not mean they're still under hypnosis, however they may be slightly more suggestible for a little while.

Tips

  • The person might not remember what has happened (sometimes even in the case of using PHS), you may want to record what happens, this allows you to show the person what they did (and show all their friends, with their permission of course).
  • Pace what you are saying with the person's breathing, it is best to tell them to relax as they are breathing out, rather than breathing in.
  • Read the steps a few times, make notes, and practice on imaginary people to get the hang of how it all goes together.
  • If someone does not do what you suggested, they either have a moral or defensive reason, or they did not understand you, try suggesting it again, being clear, if they still do not, forget it.
  • Note the difference between a Post-hypnotic-suggestion, and hypnosis with the eyes open. A PHS is something that has an effect, like a habit, after the end of hypnosis, however only that suggestion will have an effect (for example feeling itchy, or saying or doing something on cue. Hypnosis with the eyes open means that the suggestion can be changed just by telling them, as they are still in hypnosis.

Warnings

  • Don't suggest anything that relates to a phobia. If someone has a phobia of spiders, don't tell them to think there are loads of spiders in the room.
  • Don't ask the person to do anything you wouldn't want someone to do to you.
  • Don't try regressing people to when they were young. If you want, tell them to 'act as if they were ten'. Some people have repressed memories which you really do not want to bring up (abuse, bullying etc.). They repress these memories as a natural defense, so they don't go mad. Oddly, these people are often good at being hypnotized.
  • Don't suggest anything that is against their morals, or beliefs, they will just wake up, if you are going to venture down this road, get them to agree before the hypnosis, otherwise they may never trust you again, tell everyone what you did, take you to court, or worse.
  • Hypnosis is not New-Age or Occultism, so don't mix it with that stuff. Hypnosis is science, not any form of magic.
  • This is probably the most important section, as hypnosis is a bit like fire, it can be dangerous if you do not use common sense, or try doing things that you shouldn't.
  • Don't do therapy, don't try to cure phobias, you likely don't know how, so don't.

Things You'll Need

  • About 30 minutes- 1 hour
  • A comfy chair
  • A quiet room, free of distraction
  • A volunteer who is willing to be hypnotized

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