In a few days I will be heading out to Vegas to take a seminar on magic and stage hypnotism/NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)! I am really looking forward to this.
The magic portion of things will be handled by my favorite magic teacher and mentor, Jeff McBride. I’ve been studying Jeff’s work for years and I’ve learned so much. It’s been several years since I’ve seen him and his lovely wife Abbey, so I am truly looking forward just to getting out and renewing our friendship. As an alum of Mystery School it’s a bit like a home coming for me.
The big portion of things for me is the hypnosis/NLP part. I’ve been interested in the topic since I was in High School. I actually have done it off and on for a number of years, but only self taught. The person who is teaching this material is actually a former student of Jeff’s, a gentleman named Richard Nongard. At this point Richard is actually so accomplished that he runs his own school(s) and provides certifications for professional hypnosis all the way up to clinical hypnotherapy.
I have spent the past couple of years trying to figure out when I could assemble the funds needed to take the full certification. It’s broken in to parts and I’ve looked at acquiring them in stages, but given that it’s an actual license I’d be pursuing it is a bit more expensive than I’ve been able to put together. (I’ve considered a ‘gofundme’ type request in the past.)
Regardless, being able to finally meet and learn from him will be an excellent experience.
I’ve seen a few stage hypnosis acts and I’m very interested in building one myself. It’s more or less the ultimate “packs small/plays big” show since I don’t have to pack anything at all and all the props are people! Life size!
Over the years I have seen a few such shows and I like them. I also like the idea of being able to use those kinds of skills to help people. Hence my interest in the whole certification program. I have seen many people benefit from such work, and even with my limited skills I’ve helped a few myself with simple things. If a good opportunity presents itself for me to gain more experience and get closer to pursuing such a certification I will definitely leap on it.
And when I get back, if you happen to look across the field at an SCA event and you see the entire Laurel or Pelican council suddenly slump in their chairs and then get up and start clucking like chickens you’ll know I learned some really great stuff!