Hi!

My name is James Tripp and I welcome you to Hypnosis Without Trance!

I am a Hypnotist, Transformative Coach, NLPer and a Mentalist (no sniggering please, just look it up) with what I believe is a fresh take on Hypnosis – what it is, how it works etc.  Over the last over the last few years I have been experimenting with hypnosis and hypnotising across a range of different contexts – in formal hypnotherapy, mentalism performance settings, impromptu demonstration and educational contexts.

What I am known for is what is archaically called ‘waking hypnosis’ – I elicit strong hypnotic phenomena without ‘hypnotic induction’ or the use of ‘trance’.  Which is actually pretty easy because the truth is hypnosis has nothing to do with trance.

No ‘sleep’, no ‘eyes closed’ no ‘deeper and deeper’ – just sweet hypnosis!

On this blog I will be teaching some elements of my approach to hypnosis.  I’ll be posting video tutorials and breakdowns of actual ‘no-trance’ hypnosis sessions.

Whether your are already a hypnotist or are just learning, whether your into therapy, changework or performance, you’ll find a load of cool and original stuff on here that will open your mind and raise your game.

All the very best

James Tripp

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48 Comments

  • Kevin

    October 31, 2009

    Hello James,

    I’m looking forward to finding out more about your approach to hypnosis, which interests me greatly.

    But to tell you the truth, I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. You’ve already put considerable time and effort into this blog, the other web site, and the Report (which I’ve downloaded but haven’t yet read). So far, it seems, you’re doing this out of the goodness of your heart, in order to get your ideas out there. That’s very generous, and I commend you and thank you. But I wonder if you’re thinking of this as eventually becoming a profit-generating enterprise, with courses and materials to be sold, as with so many other hypnosis sites on the web. Not that there’s anything wrong with that per se . . . I’d just like to have you clarify your intentions.

    In any event, I look forward to learning about your ideas. Thanks for the effort so far.

    • James Rolph

      October 31, 2009

      Hi Kevin

      I am glad that you are finding my approach interesting, and I hope that you get to start playing with some of the ideas.

      Everything that I am putting up on the blog is free and will remain so. With regard to the future, I hope that people like what I have to offer and take one of my trainings (I teach NLP and Hypnosis), and if the interest is there I may offer something on DVD or audio (I need to figure the logistics on this).

      For now, this is just about getting the stuff out there and gaging what people think.

      Thank you for your support, and I hope you continue to enjoy the material.

      All the very best

      James

  • Kevin

    October 31, 2009

    Cool. Thanks!

  • Nic Castle

    November 24, 2009

    Hi James,

    Firstly this is a great site. Secondly When I read your report I gotthebooks you recommend. Which would you recommend reading first?

    Nic

  • James Rolph

    November 24, 2009

    Wow… you all bought 9 books!?! Cool!

    If you want to get going with Hypnosis ASAP, read Reality is Plastic first, and start doing the stuff! After that, maybe the Jon Chase book or the David Calof audios, or wherever takes your fancy.

    James

  • Robert Whittington

    February 7, 2010

    Hey James

    Attended your training today and want to know much more!

    Superb and well developed approach that is the most impressive I’ve ever seen…

    I feel you will be an awesome sucess and it would be great to keep in touch… It’s smooth, fast and effective…
    Very accomplished feat by any standards

    • James Rolph

      February 7, 2010

      Robert, thank you!

      I am glad that you got a lot out of it! Do keep in touch and let me know if you start working with the material.

      All the very best

      James

  • Roger Foxwell

    February 9, 2010

    Hi James,

    Great and fascinating material extending the possibilities of how we can use trance, hypnosis or whatever you like to call it, plus some invaluable tips. Looking forward to the impending announcement of your home study programme. Thankyou

  • Joe Miller

    February 9, 2010

    James,
    Love your stuff! Thank you. The last video was VERY helpful. However, I wanted to suggest you recommend more about checking out the laws of performing hypnosis in the area of your viewers. I’m a magician and sadly I’ve been brought to a halt when I found out that in my state in the U.S. it is a felony to practice without a license, which requires over 100hrs of classroom work and a large fee.

    Great work and thanks again,
    Joe

    • James Rolph

      February 9, 2010

      Hi Joe

      Thanks for the feedback!

      There has been much debate over the last 6 months here in the UK regarding the legality of street hypnosis. The law has never been tested so no one really knows how it is to be interpreted. I have deliberately avoided posting about law, because I don’t want to be giving advice in that area, however I will put up a little post about peoples responsibility regarding researching the laws that govern their territory.

      Thanks, Joe, for the suggestion.

      All the very best

      James

  • philippe

    June 9, 2010

    i just finished to watch you DVD, and about the painter lady with the sticking card, there is something that i do’nt understand, and i feel that there is somthing that i missed:

    Why do you ask her to repeat like a loop ” i think that i will drop this card” wich is exactly what you don’t want .

    and just after that talking about the hypnotic ladder, i feel like a missig scale: you imediatly tel her that her fingers are stck to the card….!!

    When you do the same thing with the hand stuck to the table , before any real test, there is 2 intermediate steps:
    What do you feel more stuck? fingers or palm? ( and the the second after adding some glue: and now what is more stuck?)

    • Hi Philippe

      If you look in the bonus materials their is a write up of the card stick. Here’s how it works:

      “I am going to drop this” is a future tense statement, so it contains within it the presupposition that they are holding on to it (it works as an indirect suggestion via presupposition), so as long as they genuinely continue to repeat the words, they will most likely be unable to drop it (dropping it would be inconsistent with the presupposition).

      “I am going to drop this” also sets a direction for the conscious mind (they are thinking, “I know where this is going”), which you do a ‘reversal’ on when you give the challenge. This creates a moment of confusion which leaves many people particularly open to suggestion at that point.

      Now, you are right that there is no escalation on this piece (it moves straight to a digital test), which makes it a bolder piece than the hand stick (there are no ‘safety features’) – this is why I use the hand stick much more these days. But it is still a nice piece and you can get a lot of milage from it if you use it.

      Hope that helps!

      All the very best

      James

  • john

    July 7, 2010

    Hi James,

    I enjoy reading your blogs. Just a quick question, maybe I’m missing something, but isn’t the phrase ”Hypnosis without Trance” like saying water without liquid? After all hypnosis is trance! This is what differentiates this form of talk therapy from other forms. If this was not the case, as hypnotherapists all we are doing is talking to a person with their eyes closed and relaxed, so what would make this any different from ordinary counselling or traditional psychotherapy?
    Your thoughts would be appreciated.
    John

    • Hi John

      Yes, you are missing something! 🙂

      I am guessing that you have not read my free report Hypnosis Beyond the Trance Myth – you can get it here : http://www.hypnosiswithouttrance.com/

      BTW, hypnosis is not a therapy, although it is a ‘tool’ that can be used to great effect by therapists who know how to use it. Many hypnotherapists do just talk to a person with their eyes closed and relaxed, and that is not using hypnosis.

      Hypnosis is a way of using communication to engage a persons beliefs and cognitive processes in such a way as to alter their perception of reality. You need knowledge and skills to do this, but you do not need trance. Read the report and it will make a lot more sense to you.

      All the very best

      James

  • Rudy

    July 25, 2010

    Hi James,
    as an expert (in my opinion) i would LOVE your opinion on
    this short video: http://learn-hypnosis.com/blog/?p=23
    It is a video from Jonathan Chase explaining that only 80%
    of the people can be hypnotized. Period.
    Do you agree with this James?
    Thanks a lot up ahead!
    Rudy
    Holland

    • philippe

      July 26, 2010

      I have attended a 2 days course whith Jon. His position is more something like ” 20%in fact will just not accept to be hypnotised, most of the time, being afraid of loosing control” But Jon like to drop sentences like bible rules;)

    • Hi Rudy

      That’s not a bad rule of thumb (for good hypnotists) from Jon… but it isn’t quite that simple! I believe that everyone can experience hypnosis and does everyday. By this I mean if you take the definition “hypnosis is the use of communication to alter a person’s perceived reality” (which is close enough to my working definition), hypnosis is happening all the time. But this general, everyday hypnosis only relates to what I would call ‘soft phenomena’ – simple changes in state and thinking.

      To get ‘hard phenomena’ (catalepsy, hallucination etc.) you need to distort reality much more, when you do this, people notice it happening and tend to correct in order to reinstate reality as they know it.

      So you need to set frames that will explain the distortion, and you need to get them to ‘buy in’ to those frames (believe them 100% or close to 100%). Now, from a psychological perspective, some people are habituated to scepticism, which means that it is hard work to get them to buy into the frames you set. THIS IS KEY!

      The perfect hypnotist is skilled enough to get ANYONE to ‘buy in’ to the operating frames… but this hypnotist doesn’t exist!

      It’s a bit like Martial Arts – even the best of the best cannot beat everyone on the planet (because there will be those who surprise them with something they were not equipped for, or some contextual element will make difference… or they will be having an off day).

      The more experience you have in hypnosis, the higher the percent of people you meet you can hypnotise. 80% is a good level! Most hypnotists that good (and this will include Jon, who is excellent) will learn to recognise the percentage that they are going to struggle with, and carefully avoid them (thus engineering for themselves a close to 100% success rate).

      For me, the ongoing fascination with hypnosis is learning more and more about how people respond (especially those in the tough 20%) so as to start cutting into that percentage and move towards the ‘holy grail’ of being able to hypnotise ABSOLUTELY ANYONE.

      This is where the HWT No-Fail material (which is being ‘pre-launced’ today) comes from – it’s for dealing with that tough percentage that just aren’t going to plan. This doesn’t mean that you are going to get ‘invisibility’ with everyone you work with, but taken in combination with good general hypnotic skills, you can get some category hypnotic phenomena from almost anyone, and for those who you can’t (at that time), you can exit the process on your terms and with your credibility intact.

      Please be clear that this is my take on things based in my experience, and that Jon Chase and I have very different worldview from each other when it comes to these things (and that may even be an understatement!).

      For me, the downside of the 80/20 rule in this context is that if you write off 20% as unhypnotisable, you place a psychological barrier in the way of developing your skills to tackle that tough 20%.

      If the Wright brothers were hypnotists, I wonder how they would have responded to being told that %20 of people are unhypnotisable?

      All the very best

      James

  • philippe

    July 26, 2010

    by the way, i would be really interesed in the way you would write a script of the begining of the Elmann induction how would you “make ” : your eylids wont work ? wich is not really deferent than your hand is stuck or this card is stuck ( your eylids are stuck? )

  • Dave Oreshack

    April 21, 2014

    James,
    I am new to the blog but I have read your report and have purchased several of you home study products. I am getting back into hypnosis lately and have been trying to establish a practice group in my area…without much luck. Is going into pubs and walking up to strangers the best way to get practice? I need the practice but that seems a bit sketchy to me. Any other suggestions?
    Thanks.

    • James Tripp

      April 22, 2014

      I don’t know if it is the ‘best’ way to practise Dave, but it is A> way to practise. Otherwise, you could form a practise group with others who enjoy experimenting with hypnosis. Or practise of friends and family.

      Hope that helps,

      James

  • Hi James,

    I’m Yassin Madwin, an Internet Marketer and i started lately my blog about covert hypnosis and NLP, i am contacting you in hope for collaboration at any level, we can be buddies i don’t know. i would love to get a link from your blog to one of my articles and i would repay your kindness by sending you business. in fact I’ll be of a great help to you, I’m excellent at writing sales pages and i can dramatically improve your sales conversions.

    looking for a positive reply please accept my sincere wishes of good luck.

    keep mesmerizing the universe.

  • sprk78

    May 15, 2014

    Hi James,

    How can I write you personally?
    what’s your email?

    • James Tripp

      May 15, 2014

      Hi sprk78

      You can write to me at james @ hypnosiswithouttrance dot com…

      Best,

      James

  • lorenzo bujaidar

    June 18, 2014

    hi james , how are you ? hope doing grate , i just buy a home studdy the non-verbal influence, i have not recived the link to down load it , i get in to the wabe page, but i did not enter with my user, so it ask me to make a user i tray to put mine and it did not let, me ,, so what do i have to do to down load the home study ,,17 jun 2014 18:50:04 PDT
    Id. de transacción: 6T943649PE949644E

    thanks for your help

  • Mohamed Mamdouh

    January 14, 2015

    Happy new year
    My dear
    I’m in the Arab Republic of Egypt will soon begin to build a school for the first suggestion hypnosis of its kind in Egypt and the Middle East
    They want to work with you in Brtakul tons organic extract ID certificate and after the completion of the school for the school, which refers to hypnotherapy.
    Thank you

    • James Tripp

      January 17, 2015

      Hi Mohamed

      Happy new year to you too – and good luck with the school!

      I’m not sure if there was a question in there, but if there was, please do re-ask it.

      All the very best,

      James

  • fred bercari

    January 17, 2015

    I purchased trance induction home study and it will not download to my iPad. Suggestions?

    • James Tripp

      January 17, 2015

      Hi Fred

      Thank you for your purchase. As I understand it, you will need to download to a desktop or laptop and then transfer onto your iPad via iTunes.

      All the very best,

      James

  • thomas levante

    February 14, 2015

    Hi James. i was wondering two things:
    ·first thing: with trance, can you make someone have lucid dreams every night they want? if yes, do you have a script for this?
    ·second thing: i was also wondering if you have any script for making someone be able to photoread with trance and after trance. this would really help me and my family with our studies and work.

    thank you a lot,
    Thomas

    • James Tripp

      February 15, 2015

      Hi Thomas

      First thing – IMV ‘Trance’ cannot make anyone do anything. And you may note that my site is called ‘Hypnosis Without Trance’ – my position is that ‘hypnosis’ is NOT a special state of mind called ‘trance’.

      Second thing – ‘Hypnosis’ is about skill and understanding and NOT about scripts. I have no scripts for anything because scripts cannot hypnotise. Hypnotists hypnotise, not scripts.

      Moving beyond that, I am sure that a good hypnotist could help you with lucid dreams, especially one who knows about lucid dreaming. My recommendation is that you Google Rory Mac Sweeney who is both an excellent hypnotist AND teacher of lucid dreaming.

      Regarding study, there are attitudes that are useful in studying and attitudes that are not. There are skills that are useful in studying also. And you can learn these things and a skilled hypnotist may be able to help embed them and orient you more effectively.

      Hope that helps!

      P.S. I may make a couple of videos addressing aspects of your questions here, so keep a look out!

      • thomas levante

        February 17, 2015

        thank you a lot for answering and for your help. i really admire your work and it is a dream of mine to hypnotize people in order to help them in some way. obviously i still have a lot to learn but that is the best part of the experience, learning and understanding. i was wondering, howdid hypnosis help YOU in your life?

  • thomas levante

    April 10, 2015

    Hi James, it`s me, the guy who asked you about the scripts. I just saw the video you made about the scripts things, and i wanted to tell you that you are right. I just got some huge goosebumps when i heard you saying my question! i wanted to tell you that i actually wanted to use the script as some kind of guide when hipnotizing someone. I know that many other skills are required to hipnotize, just as you said in your video, but what i wanted to have was a little help with it in my first “sessions”. I never saw someone getting hipnotized to harness these skills, and i couldn`t find any good article about it, that`s why i kind of wanted a little guide.
    I tell you this because i felt that i sounded kind of stupid when i read you answer and i wanted to clear up these things.
    Thank you and keep that great work!

    • James Tripp

      April 30, 2015

      Your welcome Thomas. And no need to feel anythng other than smart enought to ask a good question.

      Best,

      James

  • Carlos Lambiazzi

    May 21, 2015

    Ola sou do Brasil e gostaria de saber se tem material em portugues?

    • James Tripp

      May 21, 2015

      Hi Carlos

      Alas, there is nothing available in Portugues.

      All the very best,

      James

  • Tomas Löfström

    August 26, 2015

    Hello James, I am new to this site and was adviced by a friend to join here. And I am impressed so far. Hypnosis is not new to me. I have done some trainings and been on courses with Stephen Brooks. Though I have never really been confident enough to use it a lot and that has contributed to my hesitation. I see you have tutorials that are for sale and my question to you is, wich ones would benefit me the most as a hypnotist needing to find out more about how to adress the various issues of peoples problems.
    Kind regards
    Tomas

  • Ellie Fraser

    November 10, 2015

    Hi James,
    I was on the course with Jorgen Rasmussen in July and have become aware that some of the material is ready. However I suspect I’ve written this email in the incorrect place.
    Cheers,
    Ellie

  • Arvis Owens

    January 28, 2016

    Let me start off by saying that I think your bubble induction video was amazing and one of the reasons that I purchased the body language video. You explained what you did brilliantly and I was able to follow along and actually try the bubble induction right away. Also, the video where you introduce the body language video was outstanding. You used your hands in a mostly palm up fashion, which I knew from other study was a better approach in convincing audiences. While other NLP and Mentalist that I have followed touch on these topics, none ever really brought them all together to use as a package (although none of them claimed that they would either…just a technique or two hear and there).

    What I liked most about your body language, you-tube video, is that you mentioned how you used your body language and a simple sound to influence the person NOT to write you a ticket. You appealed to his mammalian brain and it had an immediate effect. More of those type of techniques is what I was looking for.

    I thought that your body language full video would be specific techniques to use my body to influence others. For instance, I have read that using my hands to present two options and putting one hand higher than the other is a way to influence selection….or nodding my head when talking (seen this demonstrated)….or using my hands to create a timeline with spatial anchors….touching a person’s elbow to create warmth…Again, all of these small body ideas I have seen in other programs, but no one really focuses on body language in a way to bring it all together.

    After looking at the full body language video, it came across to me as more of a general primer about using body language and not a specific, technique laden demonstration of exact techniques that I could use to influence others.

    It could have been me being naive or the marketing or just not understanding that this video would not be similar to the you-tube videos that convinced me to try this product.

    If you think that I am being unfair or my review doesn’t make sense, please let me know. I am not an NLP expert, but this is my very honest opinion and experience with this product.

    • James Tripp

      January 28, 2016

      Hi Arvis

      Thank you for your feedback!

      Whilst the programme does contain what you could call ‘techniques’ what is of much greater important are the principles shared along with the recommendations for how you can start building them into your everyday communication. Non verbal influence is not technique based, it’s skills/patterning based (how you habitually pattern your posture, movement and tonality etc.) which, in turn, is based in principles (assuming you haven’t just assimilated useful non verbals from a role model growing up).

      I hope you will revisit the programme at some point and consider the principles shared and start experimenting with bringing them into your everyday way of being. If you do (and the more you explore in that direction) it will serve you powerfully in your life.

      All the very best

      James

  • Nico Privitera

    February 25, 2016

    Hi James,

    first of all I wanna say how grateful I am for you sharing your very inspiring material!
    Now, it is so inspiring that I was planning to write my exam at university about hypnosis. Here, I’ve got one question for you: do you know some sort of scientific source where I can find the (or some versions of the) hypnotic loop that I might be able to use?

    Thanks for your reply!
    All the best,
    Nico Privitera

    • James Tripp

      March 2, 2016

      Hi Nico

      No I don’t. Partly because it is my own model and partly because I don’t pay too much attention to the hypnosis research world.

      If you are interested in the ‘science’ side, I would recommend that you check out:

      The Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis: Theory, Research, and Practice

      and

      Essentials of Clinical Hypnosis: An Evidence-Based Approach (Lynn and Kirsch).

      Hope that helps!

      Best,

      James

  • Michael Haines

    March 9, 2016

    Hello James,

    I am excited to learn HWT however I have not been able to down load the courses for some reason. I have the receipt for payment and I am logged in but I have not gotten the required Email. what can I do.
    Thanks.
    Michael Haines

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