Written by Rory Z Fulcher
Whether you are a hypnotherapist, a stage hypnotist, or even a street hypnotist, rapid inductions are a fantastic tool that you need to have in your hypnotic arsenal. But what is a rapid induction?
What is a rapid induction?
Sometimes known as instant inductions, fast inductions, quick inductions, speed inductions, or even power inductions, a rapid induction is quite simply a very quick way to get somebody into a state of hypnosis. The majority of rapid inductions rely on physically touching and moving your subject in order to generate a hypnotic trance. Unlike the more slow and long types of ‘progressive induction’ (that are commonly used by many hypnotherapists, and sometimes stage hypnotists too), with a rapid induction you are able to hypnotise your subject(s) in under a minute, sometimes even as quickly as a couple of seconds – yes, it seriously can be that quick and easy to hypnotise someone!
There are three different types of rapid inductions, all relying on different principles. You have ‘shock inductions’, ‘confusion inductions’, and ‘pattern interrupt inductions’. Pretty much every rapid induction will fit into one of those three categories. Here’s a little more information on each.
Shock rapid inductions
Shock rapid inductions, as you might guess by the name, consist of shocking your subject. By generating a shock response, the subject’s conscious mind immediately becomes distracted. During this short period of distraction (which often will only last for about a second or two), the hypnotist will give their subject the command to ‘sleep’ and go into hypnosis. Due to the state of shock, the subject does not get a chance to critically analyse this suggestion for them to go into hypnosis, and they simply follow the suggestion and quickly go into trance.
Shock inductions are among the quickest of all the rapid inductions, and as such are widely used by rapid hypnotists all over the world. Some shock inductions include:
- Arm Pull Induction
- Drop-Back/Fall-Back Induction
- Eight-Word/Hand Drop Induction
- Magnetic Hands Induction
Confusion rapid inductions
Similar to shock rapid inductions, confusion rapid inductions also create a moment where the conscious mind is unable to make a critical decision and more easily accepts your suggestion to go into hypnosis. To create a confusion induction, you quite simply need to overload and give them too much to do at one time. A great example of this butterfly fingers induction, where you are moving your hand around in front of their eyes, really quickly, whilst having them try to keep watching your fingers, whilst simultaneously moving their arm around in a strange pattern.
By confusing your subject, they are using their cognitive processing power trying to work out what’s going on, then, when the hypnotist gives to the suggestion to ‘sleep’, they are unable to resist, because they are too busy focusing on trying to figure out what’s going on! There aren’t quite as many confusion rapid inductions as there are shock inductions, however many inductions can be turned into confusion inductions by adding confusional elements. Some confusion inductions include:
- Butterfly Fingers Induction
- Rapid Confusion Induction
Pattern interrupt rapid inductions
Pattern interrupt rapid inductions, as you might expect, rely on interrupting a pattern. When talking about ‘patterns’, I’m referring to a subconscious behavioural pattern that naturally happens without somebody needing to consciously think about it. The best example of a subconscious pattern that’s easy to interrupt for a pattern interrupt induction, is a handshake. There are many different variations of the handshake rapid induction, some take a single second, and some take a fraction longer. However, they all rely on interrupting a genuine ‘pattern’ (e.g. a real, genuine handshake), which can sometimes be a little tricky to set up, depending on the situation. Some pattern interrupt inductions include:
- Handshake Interrupt Induction (Fast Version)
- Handshake Interrupt Induction (NLP Version)
- High-five Interrupt Induction
Misc. rapid inductions
As well as the three key types of rapid inductions, there are also some other inductions that aren’t truly ‘rapid’, but that are a lot quicker than the slower, more progressive type hypnotic induction. Most of these simply rely on a subject’s acceptance of suggestion. Some examples include:
- Elman Three-Handshake Induction
- Ericksonian Arm Levitation Induction
- Eye Fixation Induction
- Fractionation Induction
- Non-Verbal/Silent Induction
How to do rapid inductions
Rapid inductions are not particularly complex when broken down into their parts (and they only last for a couple of seconds, so there’s not too much to learn – it’s not like you’ll have a long script like with other inductions and techniques). However, because they are mostly physical in nature and need to be performed quickly, they do take a bit of practice to get right. For example, when you’re performing a shock induction you need to ensure that the shock is an actual, genuine shock. The problem is, beginners will often ‘telegraph’ the fact that they are going to create a shock before they’ve done it, and if the subject realises that ‘something’ is about to happen, it will be much less shocking, and therefore the rapid induction would work less well.
To illustrate the above point, with the ‘8-word/hand drop’ induction, the idea is that you have somebody pressing on your hand, then you drop your hand away from theirs to create a falling sensation, thereby also creating a shock. Some hypnotists, when starting to use this induction, will accidentally (subconsciously) slightly lift their own hand before dropping it away, which lets the person know that they are about to do something (the shock). So, although these rapid inductions all consist of a relatively simple process, the ‘mechanics’ of performing a rapid induction perfectly will often need practice and polishing to get it right every time.
There are many different ways to learn rapid inductions, including books, YouTube videos, online courses and live training courses. Whichever way you choose to learn, make sure that you get as much practice as you possibly can, because with rapid inductions, practice really does make perfect!
Become a master of rapid inductions
Due to the increasing popularity of rapid inductions and all of the benefits that you get from being able to use these induction techniques with your clients and subjects, I have just released a brand new expanded version of my world-famous book, ‘The Instant Hypnosis and Rapid Inductions Guidebook‘.
I’ve spent the past year greatly expanding and adding to the contents, which means the book is now one of the most comprehensive rapid induction guidebooks out there! Covering ALL of the rapid inductions mentioned in this blog (and many more) as well as giving you rapid hypnotic deepeners and suggestibility tests, this new rapid induction book is double the size of the previous edition (75,000 words, vs the old one which was 32,000 words). It truly is the ‘go-to’ book for anyone looking to learn rapid inductions, and it’s available to buy on Amazon now:
We hope you’ve enjoyed this blog on instant hypnosis and rapid inductions, and if you have any more questions about this topic, or anything else for that matter, do please get in touch, because we’re always happy to help!
– written by Rory Z Fulcher