Hand Stick Tutorial – Parts 2 & 3

Right, I’ve done it!

This is the detailed breakdown of the Hand Stick.  It is across 2 videos because there is a fair amount of detail.

Watching this should make it much clearer how I use the concept of the hypnotic loop in practise, and really give you the insight to get out there and start doing it.

When you practise this, remember to bring them back out of the loop and remove all suggestions on completion. To do this, do something to interrupt the loop like getting them to take a deep breat and letting it out “as your hand and everything else returns to normal”.

Actually, I had better do a proper video on this!



NOTE: Since this video was uploaded to YouTube in 2009, various settings have changed, so the video is played as a box within the viewer box (you’ll see what I mean when you watch it) and unfortunately I no longer have the original file to re-upload. That said, you can still see and hear what is going on, so can still learn from the video. Since this video tutorial series has been up, many people have successfully learned to do this just by studying these tutorials. For much deeper analysis and teaching please refer to the Hypnosis Mastery Programme.)



About The Author

James Tripp

Hypnotist and Transformative Facilitator. Creator of Hypnosis Without Trance.


  • Alistair Donnell

    November 1, 2009

    Hi James great tutorial no – fantastic tutorial. Very clear,very concise. I like it personally because I know about everything you are talking about and it gives me a really nice context to actually start practicing it all. I like the question about what its like – essentially getting them to frame the experience to be fed right back in again. I would have liked the pre frame part but I do have Jorgen Rassmussen provocative hypnosis who I also perceive to be very “new school” in terms of hypnosis. So I think with his pre talk frame combined with the rest of your tutorial I am good to go go GO. I will keep some sort of log of my progress and experience as a “student” what I do etc start to finish how I have found it and you will be more than welcome to any of it if you wish. Your original approach to learning video struck a huge chord with me and its still resonating. So even if all I get from this is major personal development in terms of “failure” it will be truly remarkable and profound. Thanks again

    • James Rolph

      November 2, 2009

      Hi Alistair

      Great to have your feedback, and good to hear you are liking things. Also, thanks for the heads up about Jorgen Rassmussen!

      All the very best


  • gaz colfer

    November 1, 2009

    Very well broken down and explained james,will be applying this and similar techniques in my hypnosis routines for sure,thanks for the support

  • Brett

    November 5, 2009

    HI James,
    Videos are really interesting and i want to learn more. Couple of questions, where can i go to discuss more and learn more about hypnosis, and practice the techniques you are showing?

    Also on the hand stick tut what happens at the end, that how do you break the person out of the loop, does that just happen as you stop maintaining it? can the loop get out of you control? Do people just forget about being in the loop?

  • Daniel H.

    November 14, 2009

    Hi James,
    great videos and very interesting approach. I was wondering about your “no trance” ideas and trying to reconcile them with what (little) I’ve learned. Could it be that trance allows people to focus more internally and on their feelings, thus making easier the “experience” and “belief” parts of the loop. Mostly because they are more susceptible to those internal feelings and they can be utilized for the loop. In that sense, trance could be very useful for the loop but not necessary. Or do you think the use of trance has been due only to belief?

    Thanks for the blog!
    Daniel H.

    • James Rolph

      November 14, 2009

      Hi Daniel

      That’s could be a useful take! For me, it’s simpler than that – focus helps people focus rather than trance. My take is that trance can be generated by hypnosis and can be utilised like any other hypnotic phenomena, but is not an integral part of what make things work. However, as many have pointed out, all of this depends on what you mean by ‘trance’ anyway.

      Thanks for following the blog and thanks for commenting.

      All the very best


  • Jonathan Chase

    November 17, 2009

    Simple. I like it.

  • Mark Sterry - Student of CAH

    January 16, 2011

    Hi James,

    I happen to come across your site after doing some surfing in prep for my course work and became very interested in your concept on Hypnosis without trance and the demonstrations / Tutorials on your blog. It seems very impressive and has opened my mind further to the new thoughts on the process of hypnosis and going straight into the hypnosis experience with out wasting time with trance. This goes against the current teaching that I have been exposed to up to now.

    However, one thing that I am unsure of is after studying your demonstrations I have identified the:

    C- Compliance
    A- Absorbtion
    S- Stimulation

    Of the CABS model but I am struggling to identify the B- Bypass Critical Factor of the Conciousness. Are you going straight from A throught to S without B or am I missing someting.

    Many Thanks

    • James Tripp

      January 16, 2011

      Hi Mark

      Firstly, the CABS model is not one that I use. However…

      I ‘bypass the critical faculty through building plausibility and engineering ‘buy-in’ and then monitor through a process I call ‘flag-testing’. If you search through the blog archives you may find reference to these concepts, but to get the full Hypnosis Without Trance model you would really need to look at the home study material.

      All the best with the coursework!


  • paul elie

    May 15, 2011

    super … now i know how to explain to my students….the concept of the loop that i have developped…in other areas,like in explaining the way the minds works…
    like in imprints and ankers….!
    also your approach is very usefull, for people who are studying hypnotherapy…
    because , in france we do not have other frames of references other than the eriksonien approach…. and it is time that we get out of it!
    thanks a lot

  • Keyvan De Zol

    June 30, 2014

    Awesome James!

    I’m an NLP Master P, and this is highly relevant to what I’m allready practicing!
    Very good instruction!
    Looking forward following your tutorials!

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