REVIEW: UK Hypnosis Convention 2017

Anthony Jacquin - Monday, November 20, 2017

UKHC 2017 - Review by Anthony Jacquin.

Skinny version - Excellent convention. Great organisation. Powerful lectures.

Full fat version - I arrived in London two days before the convention to welcome 20 Brasileiros. We took over a pub in Earls Court, drowned out the Tottenham match on the T.V. before peeling off for late night drinks beside the Thames. Brazil is home to the fastest growing hypnosis scene in the world and Alberto Rezende is the reason for that. He has created a hypnosis YouTube channel with over 350,000 portuguese speaking members and shared many of his secrets of social media in an excellent lecture on the Sunday.

On Thursday we all met up again in Covent Garden, laughed, shared and drank to a world that never ends with Cobra Shots (Snake Wine).

On Friday my father Freddy Jacquin and I, collaborated with Bob Burns, running a half-day workshop in tandem, then swapping groups and doing it again before coming together for a Q and A. It was a real pleasure meeting several people who I have only networked with online, and sharing several of our favourite power moves, including The Arrow Technique. I am a massive fan and user of The Swan. The two techniques combined are dynamic voodoo for any agent of change.

On Friday evening the convention kicked-off with Hypnosis Weekly Live, a panel session organised by Adam Eason, This was well-attended, loads of fun and warmly received. Myself, Melissa Tiers , James Tripp and Gary Turner made up the panel and responded to questions that had been submitted online, and to more, asked by members of the audience. We contributed hypnosis factoids and news stories. I thought this was a brilliant way to spend the Friday evening and do hope this format is repeated again next year.

My Saturday started with Beryl Comar Comar's excellent HypnoDontic's lecture. This provided an insiders view to the wide variety of things we can assist the dental profession with and many insights into how to get such work.

James Tripp's lecture was excellent. A self-assured presentation with some real gold shared at the end.

It was great to meet Chris Thompson and Mike Mandel. Mike gave an energetic and entertaining lecture about inductions. I was slightly thrown off by the graphology at the end and haven't dared to write the letter 'm' since. I'm just not ready for that kind of personal insight.

Melissa Tiers gave a lecture on how to help people to sleep. I cannot tell you much about it as her sleep protocol fractionated the noggins out of me for the best part of an hour. I slept in fifteen second bursts throughout. It was like apple bobbing into a bucket of scopolamine.

I found myself leaving five minutes before the end in what might be the closest I have walked to somnambulism. I had to go and have a lay down for an hour before dinner to fully disappear and regenerate.

A highlight of the day was the Convention Dinner. Because the convention had achieved it's target of ticket sales, our wonderful host Nick Ebdon wrote two cheques for two wonderful children's charities totalling a whopping £4000.00

This was a very moving and powerful gesture and is testament to his aims at the convention coming from the heart rather than being motivated by profit. Nick and his team ran a very smooth show this year and should be pleased, proud and enthused by the excellent event they pulled together.

The mini handover speech from Adam Eason to Bob Burns was perfect. Like gingerly passing a stick of dynamite in a relay-race, it was a delicate operation and done with the professionalism, sensitivity and good humour we have come to expect from our evidence-based Professor-to-be.

What followed was as surreal as it was hilarious. Bob is a master of comedy. So funny, that you cannot repeat any of what he says and sound funny. He gets my vote for doing next years speech too. No one has a chance of following it. Just leave him with the baton.

On Sunday, I enjoyed James Brown Brown's excellent demo and concur with his utter refusal to set-up camp anywhere.

The stand-out lecture for me was that of Jørgen Rasmussen. He shared some of his unique techniques and latest ideas coloured by insights from years of meditation. I clapped, nodded and every now and again tried in vain to hold the two sides of my head together as one. This was a dance with the unchanging, a trip into timelessness, and one that I believe is going to rip through the industry and therapy as a whole in the years ahead.

My dad Freddy Jacquin shared his wonderful creation The Arrow Technique with a packed room, providing multiple live demonstrations and one mass firing aimed at alleviating pain and emotional main with everyone present. As ever he continues to surpise and astound me with his abilities to work with groups. The Arrow simply rocks. It is available for download from here: 

I spoke briefly on Parlour Hypnosis and then could not resist reaching through the curtain and encouraging the dead mesmerist Annie De Montfort to speak. The good news, we need not worry about death. The bad news, marital differences continue beyond the grave. It’s all light.

Then, my main man, The Verbal Surgeon Tim A. Cummins, smashed it. With 20 brasilieros as cheerleaders, he whipped the brits and everyone else up into a frenzy, before leg-sweeping them all with ‘Doors’ one of his favourite compositions. I sported an ideomotor-shield at one point. Literally powered up like I had run over a crystal in a computer game. Outstanding. Check Verbal Surgery for weekly power-ups.

There is so much I did not see.

However there seems to be a good spirit of sharing with many of those who spoke, sharing notes and videos after the event, which is very pleasing.

UKHC is incredible, diverse, friendly and just keeps getting better and better. Thanks to my brazilian friends for making this year so special. Thanks to Nick Ebdon, to the team, to my fellow presenters and everyone else who made the effort. UKHC 2018 here we come!

Anthony Jacquin

HypnoSatsang - Expectation

Anthony Jacquin - Saturday, January 07, 2017

You may have heard that expectation aids suggestion. But to what degree?

The work of Young and Cooper in 1972 showed that 75% of the subjects who expected amnesia experienced it, whereas none of those who did not expect amnesia experienced it.

This suggests that expectancy is a key factor in making people respond to suggestion.

Worth considering just what expectation your pre-hypnosis discussion creates, as well as considering the effect of cultural suggestions when you work.

HypnoSatsang - Won't be subsumed.

Anthony Jacquin - Thursday, January 05, 2017

For years my experience was that 'hypnosis will not be subsumed, yet consumes everything in its path.'

Then it got swallowed whole by 'the classic suggestion effect.'

Now I believe that 'hypnosis is a jewel in the crown of suggestion, not the other way around.'



Anthony Jacquin - Wednesday, January 04, 2017

One of my hero's is Enrique Enriquez. I will always be grateful that he introduced me to the third mind, that sits in the space between us!

"Play with the idea that reality is the common mind we co-create."

Enrique Enriquez

HypnoSatsang - Who?

Anthony Jacquin - Tuesday, January 03, 2017


When delivering hypnosis, how is your character expressed?

Is it coherent? Is it credible? Is plausibility a possibility?

What does be yourself actually mean?

Plausibility is much easier to achieve if your character resonates that it is you.

How do you spend your days? What do you collect? What do you believe?

Can you allow you hypnotic persona to fall in line with your lifestyle, hobbies and beliefs?

What topics might you be considered a geek about?

Do you have any possessions that are very special or sacred to you?

What books or films changed your outlook about something?

What do you hold to be true?

What remains a deep but fascinating mystery to you?

Contemplate these things.

You do not have to provide what people expect.

How can your expression of hypnosis reflect you and how you see the world?



HypnoSatsang - What?

Anthony Jacquin - Monday, January 02, 2017

When I wrote my book 'Reality is Plastic - The Art of Impromptu Hypnosis' way back in 2007, I made clear it doesn't matter what you think you are doing when hypnotising, you can still be effective.

However, I do think it is worth thinking through, so that you can be fully congruent when you work.

Knowing what you do, will ensure your intentions, words and actions become knitted together. When these things are congruent, you exude presence and can communicate meaningfully through subtlety and implication.

You start to look and sound like a guide they can trust. This provides comfort for the participant that encourages involvement, curiosity and commitment.

So let's consider 'What?'
What do you think you are doing?

How do you think it works?

How do you explain it to others?

What amazes you about it?

What fascinates you about it?

Are you an operator or facilitator?

HypnoSatsang - Why?

Anthony Jacquin - Sunday, January 01, 2017

Let's connect, share and grow in 2017!

I will be sharing some notes, questions and exercises from my HypnoSatsang webinar series that will help with that. Firstly let's consider 'Why?'

Why are you doing hypnosis?

What are your goals with hypnosis?

Specifically, What would you like to achieve?

By when?

How would you know you had achieved it?

What do you need to make that happen?

What is the next step?

What help do you need?

REVIEW: UK Hypnosis Convention 2016

Anthony Jacquin - Monday, October 31, 2016

I just returned from the inaugural UK Hypnosis Convention and what a splendid weekend it was!

The UK Hypnosis Convention is a spin-off of the popular hypnosekongress.NET and this was the first time it had spread it's wings to the UK.

Like The Hypnotism Conference change | phenomena that Head Hacking hosted in London from 2010-2015, UKHC is also independent  and therefore open and inclusive to all associations and training schools, giving everyone a platform to share in the development and promotion of the hypnosis profession. This is absolutely the way forward, encouraging a multi-modal, mixed-discipline approach to learning. We can clearly learn as much from those we disagree with as those we do.

This was self-evident at the pre-convention gathering on Friday evening, where possibly the most multi-cultural crowd of hypnotists I have ever seen assembled for a few drinks and a social meet-up. For many of us it was a chance to finally meet face-to-face many peers and friends, from around the world, who we are connected with on social media. Going from 2D to 3D was fun and like meeting your favourite sport or pop star, the overwhelming first impression is of course that oh, they are just people, normal, down-to-earth and despite their experience and reputation, still learning and looking forward to doing just that over the weekend. I enjoyed chatting with people from Brazil, Holland, and Poland within the first 15 minutes.

Many of those there had attended a pre-convention workshop with Bob Burns, where he had shared The Swan Technique. The Swan is one of my favourite techniques and has had a transformative effect on many of those who have integrated it into their practice. It has come to my attention that Bob punctuates his presentation by mocking me mercilessly, a true sign of his love and affection for me. It's just the British way.

The hypnochat continued in the hotel bar until the early hours. In fact every night, it was still going long after the lights came on and the staff had packed up! 

Saturday morning came around a little too quickly but, the hotel had a wonderful breakfast buffet and the lectures kicked off in ernest at 9am. The conference ran three tracks of presentations simultaneously, in three conference rooms; so a bit like being at a music festival, you simply could not attend everything. 

The first lecture I attended was Adam Eason's round-up of the current state of the neuroscience with regard to hypnotism. It was fascinating and served as a reminder that we should not succumb to the headlines we often see that suggest a unique brain signature has been found for neutral hypnosis. 'Science by press release' as Adam calls it, combined with the lack of critical analysis of the information we are so quick to pass onto others via social media causes misunderstanding and ultimately does not serve our industry well. There is no sign of a hypnotic state, but there are changes in brain activity that relate to specific suggestions. Adam did a sweet and swift group Stroop test before diving into the work of Raz et al showing us why these experiments are important. 


Just like the ethic of the convention itself, is clear that the hypnosis community should adopt a more integrative and coherent approach rather than restricting research to one theoretical orientation or another as has been the case in the past. Collaboration between current sociocognitive and neurobiological perspectives promises more than either perspective can offer alone, and a refinement of terminology and methods along the way will be an inevitable if temporarily uncomfortable outcome.

My presentation followed Adam's and was well-attended by many people who did not know my work that well and many others who only really know me for the impromptu stuff. It was refreshing to being mainly talking about hypnotherapy for once. I opened up with three reasons that I believe it is important that we attend such events.

1. First it is important that we familiarise ourselves with good information and dedicate effort to preserving and folding that in to our work. It is easy to imagine that the wonder of the internet will take care of the preservation of good information, that all information will be recorded and available. This is true to a large degree. However, the problem is that with such abundance, the good stuff easily gets buried. It is our duty to dedicate time to this process, to furnish ourselves with the good stuff, to be dedicated to continuous improvement and make adjustments in the light of that through incremental change.

2. Secondly, it is important we do this because there is a vast amount of suffering that we could help ease. Including our own. Even in a convention, many of us are carrying habits, fears and compulsions and pain that we would be so much better off without. There may be areas where we are experiencing a sense of lack, we feel we are missing or needing something, in others a sense of agitation, a feeling something is not right, a physical or emotional pain or we may feel disconnected from those around us.

We don’t have to be perfect just because we know about hypnosis, but these problems, like little demons amongst us, could with the right opportunity be banished, dealt with, finished, and I encouraged everyone to seek out the people who can help with that over the weekend weekend. These problems of course extends out into our family, our friends, our clients and other circles, and arguably into society as a whole. The good news, is that even in places in the world where suffering is as bad as you can imagine, where basic needs are nowhere near being met and access to clinical resources is nil, one resource is available - that resource is words.

We know words have the ability to change a individuals personal reality. Words are always available, even if those words are the spoken by the voice in our head.

One of my hero’s is the Irish Bard, intrepid psychonaut and one of the finest wordsmiths of our time Terence McKenna. He said

‘The world is made of words, and if you know the words, that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish.’ Who knows? He was probably off his tree on dmt at the time. But if I had to guess, he recognised that words, become ideas, ideas become beliefs and those beliefs then shape our personal reality.

Let’s learn the words that satisfy that lack, that settle that agitation and reconnect us. Let’s and step up in our duty to share those words with ourselves, our loved ones, our circles and society and world..

3. Finally the continued study of this subject is important because of where it points. What it suggests? Literally. What does it suggest that the way we think, feel and respond can change us in the way we know it can. Why is it that seemingly intractable problems can fall, that pain can dissolve, that stubborn fears can simply be overcome, that we can hallucinate, forget, and so much more? What does this mean? This last point set-up the concluding part of my talk and my love of the non-dual perspective of Advaita Vedanta.

Before I got to that I demonstrated a few of my favourite techniques including my father's fingerlock which seemed to glue up 90% of the audience, how I take that into a challenge suggestion like not being able to speak or stand and also our preferred induction the Jacquin Power Lift. I followed up with a small group demo of the three step reframe I originally got from Rossi's work, featured in my book Reality is Plastic.

Then I introduced my father Freddy Jacquin, who did a magnificent pain control cameo! He asked if anyone was in pain and a lady came up. He asked anyone else wh had pain to just go along with the exercise at their seat in the audience. Gary Smiler Turner and James Tripp did so. I was most amused when he asked if James 'Hypnosis Without Trance' Tripp knew how to go into trance and simply requested him to do so and he responded appropriately, in his own way of course. The lady lost her pain, James went to a 3/10 and Gary seemed to lose his and a limp! My father did this to at least ten other people on the fly over the weekend and the stack of positive reports are testament to this technique he calls 'The Arrow'. We teach this stand-alone item on our Modern Hypnotism Workshop and have plans to release it as a download with a few variations very soon. It is a wonderful utility tool, that started out purely about pain control but has become something I use for a ton of applications much like I do The Swan.

I came back on and got into some self-enquiry exercises inspired by The work of Jean Klein and Rupert Spira. For those that enjoyed that I strongly suggest checking out their books and videos.

Next I attended a polished presentation by Beryl Comar on how to get and run seminars for the corporate world on EQ. Beryl has a wonderful voice and speaks from a place of real world experience. Like many of those attending I read the book on Emotional Intelligence years ago. Her talk brought it alive again. The only thing I balked a little at was the suggestion that there is 90% of our brain we do not use. I get the sentiment with regard to our potential but consider us to be a whole brained organism. Aside from that, this was an excellent presentation, almost a lesson in giving presentations. I would definitely consider her hypnodontics book and workshop in the light of her expertise.

After that it was time for Melissa Tiers and a two hour slot on Priming. When I ran change | phenomena it was always tough to find women to represent, give talks and bring some balance to the event; in asking for recommendations Melissa's name came up again and again. Now I now why. She is a great speaker and clearly an inventive and creative therapist. I knew next to nothing about Melissa and was completely blown away by her presentation as was everyone who attended. No notes, non-stop no nonsense hypnonourishment. She dances the line between science and anecdote wonderfully. We were all mesmerised by her enthusiasm and drenched in dopamine by her smile, laughter and encouragement to do the same. I was a bit star-struck and felt a bit like Alabama describing Clarence at the end of True Romance, 'you're so cool'. Her book Integrative Hypnosis is now on my to read list. In conversation she let me know about some of Overdorf's recent work and I shall definitely pursue training with him.

Saturday night was all high-jinx and hypnofun as well as informative. There was a convention dinner and an insider keynote from Adam Eason, about the value of the hypnofeud! Great message to take away with us. You really do learn as much outside of the lectures as you do inside. It was another very late-finish.

On Sunday, there was so much to choose from again.

James Tripp opened things up with an exquisite lesson in congruent communication, total body talk and appealing to the primal. It was like hearing a sage speak or watching a tai chi master move (which he may well be). When you have his level of mastery it is as if you can explain the whole by looking at any tiny part and he did just that, diving into the micro while informing us about the macro. There weren't tons of techniques taught, yet so much take-away. His use of non verbals is way beyond the theatrics of the witch doctor effect. Great to see how his ideas continue to develop.

Bob Burns Swan lecture followed and was as hilarious as it was informative. The demo was gripping yet gentle, spooky yet subtle. It is great to see the technique in the hands of it's creator. So much more flexibility than you may get by just learning the three steps. Again if you are not familiar with The Swan you should be. It has eaten hypnosis for breakfast and needs to be in your repertoire.

I caught the latter half of Kate Beaven-Marks presentation about using hypnosis in hospitals and realised I may have just missed the most valuable presentation of all. The tips on how to get access to hospitals were pure gold! Again a totally assured presentation with so many tit bits that would take years of working in such an environment to pick up.

Finally I had the dilemma of another two hours of Melissa 'you're so cool' Tiers or attend Gary 'Smiler' Turner's regarding Hypnosis in Sport. Unable to make a clear decision, my father attended Melissa's and I went to Gary's and we shared notes on the journey home. After such an incredible weekend and with a little hypnofatigue setting in, I am glad I did. It was absolutely incredible. The amount of content shared could have filled a weekend. Gary sets his own bar high and strives for perfection knowing it will always be a case of the frog jumping half way to the bank. Happy to move forward yet never reach it, he got as close as one might. This really did provide me with completely new lines of thinking, a ton of clues regarding where to look for current information that will inform my practice. I also got caught up in a demo, called the brain scrub. Yum. I sat down after and was still getting buffed by it. I am not going to attempt to do justice to his talk by listing the content. All I will say is that it was impeccable. Despite going at it at a dbl espresso driven 500 miles an hour you get the feeling he barely scratched the surface of his toolkit. Gary embodies the spirit of the event, learn from everyone, steal the best, reject the rest and be dedicated to continued improvement. I was truly spoilt by the quality of lectures but if I only had one champion prize to give it would have to go to him.

There were several lectures I would have liked to attend that also received great reports. 

Overall the event was extremely well organised and balanced, very sociable, the Saturday night dinner was fun, splendid venue although drinks prices were exorbitant - "£14.80 for a double vodka and soda, there must be some mistake". Having been involved in such things myself I know just how much work is involved in making this happen and how difficult it is to make these things financially viable. Those organising it deserve a day of rest and should know that everyone I spoke to throughly enjoyed it and got their monies worth. If you are on the fence about going next year, get off it, get involved and for the price of a few books get a ticket. You will definitely get your monies worth and establish some inspirational relationships and friendships. 

Special thanks must go to Nick Ebdon for the selfless, herculean effort he made throughout! Good man, top job, now sleep!

The UK Hypnosis Convention 2017 will take place in London on 3rd-5th November 2017!


The 17 Musts of Hypnosis

Anthony Jacquin - Saturday, May 28, 2016

Right attitude. Right intention. Right effort. Right action.

Be firm with instructions.

Be clear with suggestions.

Be meaningful when communicating ideas.

Be artfully vague only when necessary.

Be accurate with timing.

Be the master of personal space.

Be alert with your eyes.

Coordinate your words and actions.

Unite your actions and intentions.

Thinking must be agile. Reaction must be swift.

Comprehend the principles of push and pull.

Be still. Be grounded.

Walk don't run. Pace and lead.

Be steady with your breathing and strength.

Be commanding with your demeanour.

Test your work. Be sure to end clean.

Hypnosis : Code of Conduct

Anthony Jacquin - Saturday, May 28, 2016

Remain disciplined. Conduct yourself ethically as a hypnotist.

Practice courtesy and respect. Serve your audience and respect your subject.

Love your fellow students. Be united and avoid conflicts.

Train diligently. Maintain your skills.

Develop tranquillity. Abstain from arguments and fights.

Participate in society. Be moderate and gentle in your manners.

Help the weak and young. Use hypnosis for the good of humanity.

Pass on the tradition. Preserve this hypnotic art and it's rules of conduct.