Hypnotic ‘Induction’ and Spatial Anchoring – The Bubble Induction Video

OK, so you all know that I am no great believer in ‘trance’ as a basis for hypnosis, but I have gone ahead and called this the ‘Bubble Induction’ anyway 🙂 just for the sheer convenience of having a label for the process. This is by no means the most flashy piece of hypnosis, but it certainly is currently proving to be one of the most useful!

At the moment I am using this pretty much as standard for opening hypnosis and/or mentalism demonstrations. It serves to set useful frames, demarcate the period of altered reality and ‘close the show’ afterwards (this, for me, is especially useful in impromptu situations, where I want step back out of the role of ‘hypnotist’ and back into the role of ‘human being’).

Just to mention (especially for the NLP heads out there), there is some useful stuff in here on spatial organisation and spatial and visual anchoring that you are unlikely to hear elsewhere… which is just as relevant to conversational hypnosis and influential communication in general as it is overt hypnosis. If you are interested in this type of stuff (spatial organisation and spatial and visual anchoring0 and want to learn more, there are just 5 spaces left on the forthcoming Fundamentals of Non-Verbal Influence workshop taking place on 26th January 2013 in Letchworth Garden City, U.K.

Enjoy the vid!


I referenced a couple of other videos, which are:

Rapid Induction Rituals

Spaces Places and Unconscious Knowledge


Opening the Bubble

“I’d like for you for a moment to just look up at this point and imagine… …in fact, imagine about here… …that there is a bubble… …a bubble, just floating right up there, in space!

…and that bubble, as you watch it, as you look at it now …is going to expand… …and expand… …and expand out through all of us to encompass all of this space…
…because just for a time, inside of this bubble… …we are going to play a little with the edges of reality…

…just have some fun with some things.

…and I want you to know that outside of this bubble… that we’re in now… …reality as you know it is still there… is still going on… and will still be there, and at any point if you wish to step out and re-connect with that…”

Closing the Bubble

“…so thank you very much for helping out with that…

So, there’s that bubble, it’s a reality distortion bubble…

…and just for a moment you can…

…you can catch your breath and, thank you very, very much…

…for creatively partaking in that, because that is something that you and I created together, yes, and I really want to thank you very much for your participation… with that…

…we are just going to kind of let that bubble…

…take all the time you need to just let that close back down again…

…until it draws back in… to this spot here… and just… (finger click) …pops out…”

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About The Author

James Tripp

Hypnotist and Transformative Facilitator. Creator of Hypnosis Without Trance.


  • Hannah Shine

    January 5, 2013

    Thanks James! In what situations would you use this?

    • admin

      January 5, 2013

      Hi Hannah

      For hypnosis and mentalism demonstrations (both formal and informal, groups and 1 to 1). I don’t use it in Changework (because it doesn’t fit my Changework style), but it could be used there.

      All the very best


  • V Lancing

    January 6, 2013

    You are a genious James! I have to watch this several times so many good details in this routine !

    • admin

      January 6, 2013

      You are most welcome V. Thank you for commenting!

      All the very best


  • Alastair Hill

    January 6, 2013

    Hi James,

    I hope you’re well!

    This is a fantastic little device! I’ll definitely try this out if I get the chance. Transitioning between “hypnotist” and “normal human” is certainly something I’ve struggled to navigate at certain times. I love that it sets a frame for your audience and also serves a purpose for yourself as well, giving you tacit permission to act as / become a hypnotist.

    Very ingenious.

    All the best,


    • admin

      January 6, 2013

      Hi Al

      Hope you are well! Give me a call when you are next in the UK as it would be good to catch up!

      All the very best


  • John Kendall

    January 6, 2013

    Thanks for that.
    I was in the audience
    – it is useful to know some of the whys & hows.
    The explanation takes longer than the demo as you would expect.

  • Evaldas

    January 6, 2013

    Hello James, I like this video, thank you, and I have one question which I want to ask you. I learn maybe 1 year before in London with Igor Ledochowski, and there us learn with trance. I like that what I see, was cool. So my question: as another person standing near you and imagine this bubble, so him conscious is lock, isn’t ? and maybe you know how is working exactly with trance, because I there little not understand, because my language is not good, please James if you know write me. Evaldas

    • admin

      January 7, 2013

      Hi Evaldas

      I can’t quite work out what you are asking here, Evaldas… Could you ask again with different wording?

      All the very best


  • Elad

    January 7, 2013

    hi James,
    i was wondering if you have any programme in which you teach some mentalism stuff? or do you know of a good source for that?

    • admin

      January 7, 2013

      Hi Elad

      One option is the Hypno-Tricks and Mentalism workshop I am running on the 2nd or 3rd of March.

      If you are looking for mentalism home study resources, I had a similar question a while back on another section of the site – here is my answer to that!

      “The answer to that question will depend upon what you mean by ‘mentalism’. If you mean reading body language, genuinely predicting behaviour, using verbal and nonverbal influence, then the answer is that you are already on that path (with Hypnosis, NLP etc.)!

      If you meant the performance art of mentalism, then the story is a little different. As Derren Brown says, what he does fuses “magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship”. So, I would recommend, for a beginner (and most aptly related to mentalism)…

      * ‘Mind Magic’: Self Working Mental Magic by Karl Fulves, Mind Magic by Marc LaMezma OR Richard Osterlind’s Mind Mysteries DVD set (best recommendation).
      * ‘Suggestion’: Wonder Words (audio set) by Kenton Knepper
      * ‘Psychology’: The Alchemical Tools by Paul Brook and Random Acts of Kindness by Jerome Finley
      * ‘Misdirection’: Physical misdirection you will learn from magic, psychological misdirection from suggestion and psychology. So we have these covered.
      * ‘Showmanship’: Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms

      With that little lot and a little dedication you will be out and about blowing peoples minds in no time!”

      Hope that helps!

      All the very best


      P.S. For Cold Reading I would recommend Ian Rowland’s Full Facts Book of Cold Reading, or his Applied Cold Reading course if you can get on it (Ian has taught these skills to the FBI).

      • Elad

        January 7, 2013

        Thank a lot James!
        wish i could come to the workshop but i don’t live in the UK and won’t be able to, so that’s a shame for me… really wanted to learn from you! 🙂 so i’ll try the other stuff you suggested.
        And just wanted to tell you i really enjoyed the mastery programme and no fail protocol i’ve recently bought from you- fab stuff!!! keep up the brilliant work!
        happy 2013!!

  • Twister

    January 9, 2013

    Greetings James,
    I’m relativley new to the hypnosis game, less than a year, and I’m studying Hypnotherapy at HMI. I stumbled across your HWT site in November, and I’ve been totally blown away by your theory and model of hypnosis. I’m not blowing smoke when I say that I believe you are one of the great contemporary thinkers of this discipline. I will no doubt study this latest video for hours; as each moment is orchestrated for the desired outcome with Seeding, NLP “tricks”, clean language, and what else? Inspiring. Thanks.
    Nathan (Twister)

  • Adis

    January 13, 2013

    Lovely use of framing in hypnosis, beautiful, thank you.

  • Doc Regal

    January 15, 2013

    Brilliantly conceived and well executed, your work is thorough and meticulously presented. A variation that can be fun is filling the bubble with pink gas before popping it. Add in some magical chewing gum and a sticky mess that follows which can easily get cleaned up. Creativity always works when it’s at its best. As expected, it has always been a pleasure to view your presentations. Have a fantastic year!

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