Mentalist and hypnotist John Bates explores the magic of the mind by making audience volunteers the stars of the show, interactive and fun entertainment for all - high school prom or grad parties, college orientations, corporate gatherings, fund raisers, and private parties.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
Get ready to laugh out loud! Above all else, my show, Mindmajik, is great fun for everyone - the audience and the volunteers who come on stage.
Mindmajik typically starts with a demonstration of mentalism. A group of volunteers come on stage and I try to determine who I have the best connection with. The crowd and volunteers are amazed as I tell them what they are thinking. Frankly, sometimes the volunteers get a little freaked out. But it is all good fun. I am not a medium, I do not channel people who have passed over.
Next I talk about hypnosis for a few moments, explain what it is and clear up common misconceptions. I do this with several audience participation demonstrations which everyone can participate in.
Then I invite some volunteers on stage - and only volunteers. I do not accept predetermined participants, it is critical that the volunteers hear my talk, self-identify and truly desire to be hypnotized.
When the volunteers come on stage the fun really begins! The volunteers are the real stars of the show, and my job is to give each and every one of them an opportunity to shine on stage. I put them into a deep trance, and then demonstrate the powerful effects of hypnosis by asking the volunteers to participate in a series of activities.
Each show is customized for that audience - whether it is a group of 11th graders or a room full of corporate execs - the show is tailored for the client and we can create activities that are unique for a particular audience.
Everything is light-hearted and entertaining. I never do anything on stage that would make a volunteer feel uncomfortable or regretful after the show. I want everyone to come away from my performance with a positive image of hypnosis. And a huge part of my success has come from repeat business and satisfied client referrals, so I would never do anything to jeopardize the trust that's been placed in me.
In 1999 I received my certification as a clinical hypnotist, but quickly discovered that I had a knack for, and really enjoyed, performing hypnosis on stage for entertainment. So I furthered my education and studied under the likes of Jerry Valley and Tommy Vee, who are still performing, and the the late Ormond McGill, known as "the dean of American hypnotists." I also discovered that I have a knack for mentalism - the ability to sense what people are thinking.
For 16 years now I have been performing my own special blend of mentalism and hypnosis on high school and college campuses, at corporate events, fund raisers and private parties. I've even performed at two rehearsal dinners! My show is a great ice breaker when you have a group of people who don't know each other.
Additional Booking Notes
The show is highly flexible in terms of technical requirements.
Stage set up: an area approximately 20' wide and 10' deep with 10 -12 chairs set up in a line facing the audience, for up to 100 people. The more people the wider the stage area should be and the more chairs needed.
Power: I need access to a grounded electrical plug.
Sound: I require a wireless microphone and an audio plug in to 3.5mm stereo jack or an RCA cable jack, someone who is familiar with the venue sound system must be present to set me up. Or I can provide a sound system that will suit my needs for an additional fee.
Influences & Inspiration
My influences include Marc Savard, Derren Brown, Joe Brogie, Anthony Jaquin, Ricky Kalmon, Paul Ramsey and many, many others.
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