November 10, 1953
Full Time Practice
To have fun.
"There exists only the present instant... a Now which always and without end is itself new. There is no yesterday nor any tomorrow, but only Now, as it was a thousand years ago and as it will be a thousand years hence."~-Meister Eckhart Beta, alpha, theta, delta are not just something to set your alarm by, but varying states of consciousness which bridge the unconscious mind. Pacifican James Szeles knows all about these altered states. He is a stage hypnotist; in the business for over 30 years. "I started when I was 5," he laughed. Originally from Detroit, Szeles' first off-the-beaten-path interest was magic. "My cousin was into magic (his cousin is the magician/comic The Amazing Johnathan) and he and a friend came over with a vanishing' cane. I thought that was the coolest thing I ever saw in my life." In 1974, Szeles headed to Los Angeles and a job at a second floor magic shop on Hollywood Boulevard. He worked for Ralph Lane, an old vaudevillian magician whose shop was next store to the vampire museum. "He had a picture of Harry Houdini on the wall and it was signed: "Ralph, I told you I'd come back!" Harry." Szeles said he was interested in magic because he thought it was real. But he learned that performance magic is all sleight of hand. For Szeles, the real magic is the magic of the mind. Szeles, who some might remember as the "Rainmaker" at Pier 39 in its early days, decided in the late '70s that he would branch into stand-up comedy. But back then he just wasn't comfortable with it. Serendipitously, a friend gave Szeles an audio course on self-hypnosis and Szeles also happened to catch "The Hip" hypnotist Pat Collins on television. He thought, "Wow! I can do that." James picked up a book on hypnosis, studied it and then hypnotized his best friend. "I told him, when I wake you up, you will take your shoe off and walk outside," said Szeles. "And so he did!" After graduating from The Clement School of Hypnotherapy in San Francisco, Szeles began his career. And with his stage hypnotist career, came a natural affinity for comedy. From corporations, to colleges, high schools and comedy clubs and even to a City of Pacifica employee dinner, Szeles dazzles his clients into a state of relaxation. "I walk into a group of victims, people, and give them a speech on hypnosis and how it works. Then I ask for 20 volunteers to come onstage and I do a group induction to see, who goes under and who doesn't. Then I'll take the best out of the twenty and have them do funny little things like act like first graders and I'm their teacher." A visit to Szeles website (www.szeles.com) reveals spectacular short clips of entertaining feats. In one short, Szeles convinces a female audience member that he is Brad Pitt and asks her to marry him. She says, "Yes!" and then runs to show the audience her stunning, and invisible, 5-carat diamond engagement ring. In another clip, Szeles gets a male member of the audience to call his mother and let her know that he has changed his name to "Jenny" because it's a very pretty name and he just loves it. Szeles explained that hypnosis is essentially self-hypnosis. "Anybody who can hold a thought and use their imagination can be hypnotized," said Szeles.
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Why thank you James. I'm really looking forward to being part of this community. :)
Ciao for now!
How kind and considerate of you, James, for welcoming me to HypnoThoughts. I am dazzled by the enlightened individuals and good resources.
James, a new world to move in ..I love chalalnges and I love to meet people to share experiencies with..wish to have usefull discussions with you soon ..with gratitude always.Tiziana Palazzo
Thank you for the welcome.
This place is a little different than other forums I have been part of. Going to have to learn the ropes.
Hi James, Thank-you for the welcome! I hope to be able to chat with you in the future, I have a lot to learn.
Thank you. I appreciate your welcome. My friend Peter Casson was a great man who could use Hypnosis for comedy. Perhaps you have heard of him?
Thank you very much. Learned about Hypnothoughts from the NGH Convention.
Thx for the welcome to HypnoThoughts. Looking forward to using the site and meeting more great people. : )
Hi James, thank you and delighted to meet you. Thank you for Meister Eckhart's quote. An excellent reminder. Atma
hello , thanks for the welcome hope to learn much here nice that there are such diverse interests in hypnosis here
Hello James thank you very much for your welcome. James very interesting hypnotist title you have. Comedian Hypnotist? Can I please learn some of that:)
Hi James, thank you very much for your comment. I enjoyed watching your promotional video.
Your mention of Tesla. I wonder why no one came to his aid. Seems odd that having done much good, not only for J.P. Morgan and his crowd, but to believe would think just from what i know of him that Tesla was a loner and a genius and he selected real friendship was few and far between. i never knew Tesla but i do know i am in a similar situation as Tesla was in his later years. Not that i am necessarily comparing my small innovative, creative, original works, as being on the lofty level as Tesla#S...however perhaps i am...not in science and maths, for i these subjects are not my strong suits. I am a writer, i am a problem solver, i love helping others, i have always been generous, i seem to have some problem with keeping MY secrets secret...and instead have given up unique ideas, things that cannot fail...but for me ...they do...for i snitch on myself so others with more capital or leverage or connections. I have not a friend in the world...i have gone to the point with others so far as generosity of my money and my TIME which for me has always meant more...in huge ways...this is some compulsion i am sure, for i am not saint, i am no huge sinner either. I am different due to accident of birth which was very different than i think anyone's, so i soon may get myself to finish just one one year chapter that i would bet my life not a person registered here has EVER gone through ....not the way i did....an island unto myself...for this I am....and always have been.
This was what destroyed Tesla...other people...for most people do not rock the boat most people fear more to be shunned than to do anything that would have anyone not matter that most people dont care so much perosnally about total stranger yet most people do so the powers that be knew that knew that Tesla was considered an 'eccentric' to be polite and so they could do as they pleased with him. This is the price one pays and i know this well for being NOT a part of the herd....i am not ...Tesla was not...i shall share his fate; a similarly tragic and isolated, departure from this life...not his fault...not ny fault...he did not belong here. The 'stork' dropped both him, and ME, off on the wrong planet. LOL.
Thanks you for the welcome James. Its a pleasure to be among goodcompany.
GOOD TO MEET A COMIC HYPNOTIST.
Speaking of comic hypnotists: Years ago, I once heard and saw the great Reveen (1935-)--an Australian--do some of his great stuff. It was at the Royal York Hotel, Toronto. After the show, by phone, I had a great chat with Reveen's wife. She heartily approved--and said, so would Peter--of how I was using the principles of hypnosis to do what I now call, pneumatherapy and pneumatism--the spiritual application of hypnotic techniques, used to ease the pains and suffering of humanity.
THE BIRTH OF PNEUMATHERAPY
Pneumatherapy, as I think of it, is the practical application of WILLpower, which some call the greatest human strength. It can be used to help to deal with somatic and psychic (mental) suffering and pain. About this, see the great book on WILLpower by the professor of social psychology, Roy Baumeister, at Florida State University. Now what does this have to do with the human comedy?
IT INSPIRES ME TO THINK OF MY MOTHER AND HER WEIRD SENSE OF HUMOUR
Mother was born in 1885. She must have had a good, but weird, sense of humour. I say this because she named her first child, JOESEPH--my oldest brother born in 1906. This means he was called JOE-King--maybe because she loved JO-KING. Later, many loved joking with him about it!
Me? I too love JO-KING, including jo-kers.
Or, should that be Jo-curs, "worthless" dogs, eh! :-) . Interestingly, it is also the Swedish--Jean and actually I have relatives and friends in Sweden--for house dog.
Back to mother and her sense of humour. The story goes: The Kings of Perry's Cove (named after a pirate?), Conception Bay, Newfoundland, were fisher folk. She (then 20) and my father (25) were both born and raised in the fishing village of Perry's cove. That was, I think in the late Summer of 1905. They lived in a house which was left to mother by an older brother. Was it uncle Mike, Bill, George or Ernest? I am not sure.
Like our English, Scottish, Irish, French, Portuguese, whatever ancestry before us, mother's brothers must have had adventurous spirits--the kind of spirit I love. Thus, tired of fishing, in the cold and dangerous north Atlantic, they obviously decided to migrate to the USA--to New England--some even went on to NY. Specifically, they migrated to Boston, Mass., what we Newfies then called, "the Boston States".BTW:
(The rest of the story will continue. But, not wanting to bore readers to death, I will pause here.......................After the pause, I will continue to tell the rest of the story, but only if I get a request to do so--just one will do, OK? I await your request.
If I fail to get one, I vow that I will pneumatise my self, to death--no JO-KING, eh! Get that request in, fast, or else it is ....................................................................
What the HELL am I doing here, eh? As they say in, Can eh! Da eh! Get it, eh? Hurry, EH! Will someone...PUl...lease turn the thermostat down..........................?
Thank you for the welcome James. I see in your profile your description of comedy hypnotist. By coincidence I am going to see such a performance for the first time in my life tomorrow night. A gentleman who goes by the stage name of the incredible Boris will be in town. I have no idea what to expect but hope it will be entertaining.
Hi James! You have a great profile, loved the about me portion of your profile and everything else.
Hi, Thanks for the welcome! I look forward to talking with you and others here :)
HI - can you hypnotise me to believe I am spain now in the sun...lol I have lots of anchors from the memories but it's not quite like the real thing!
Hi James, thanks for the welcome. I am enjoying browsing the site, it looks great. Have a great day.
Good Morning James! Sorry for the late response. Thank you for the "Welcome" to Hypnothoughts. It was very kindof you. I look forward to looking around the site and learning more about my fellow Hypnotists; )
I'm looking forward to viewing the great info on this site!
Thank you James. :) I look forward to getting to know you and others in the Hypnothoughts community.
Thanks! I am looking forward to learning and contributing to the site.
Hi James, thx for the welcome! You look like a very busy FUN man!!
Hi James. Thanks for the welcome. I've just bought Jerry Valley's Inside Secrets to Stage Hypnosis and will start on it soon.
Thank you for the welcome! I see you live in Pacifica! My youngest brother lived there for many years! Although I now live in San Diego, I grew up in San Francisco, and still consider The City my true home!
Thanks for your welcome. This site is bigger than I realised...
Hi James, thanks for the welcome, hope all is well with you.
James ... ty for the warm welcome. I look forward to reading, learning and interacting with the people here.
Thank you for answer me.
Check out the message i sended to the forum about a possible personal cosultancy for me.
Thank you for the welcome! Wishing you a weekend filled with Love~N~Laughter Sincerely jeannine
There's something funny going on around here, and thanks for including me in!
Have a swell day.
Thanks James I'm a fan of your work. I look foward to your discussions on stage hypnosis.I'm in the process of starting a show here at the beach.
Hi James, Thank you for your welcome to Hypnothoughts.
Michael J. Dunn
Thank You James. I look forward to learning more about hypnosis and contributing to this forum.
A few years ago I used to talk with james on AOL. He always had time to answer any questions I had, unlike other hypnotists I have tried to talk to in person. I've often wished I could communicate with hin again. This way is just fine with me.
Thank you, James for offering the knowledge you have from so many years of experience.
Thanks James - it seems like a wonderful resource for sharing and learning.
Thanks, James! Do you have a website? My interactions with hypnotists have been limited to clinicians. I am delighted and fascinated to meet a stage hypnotist. I'll bet I could learn a lot from you.
Just starting out. Looking forward to good times and helpful info.
All the best
Hi James, and thanks for the nice welcome.
I love what your doing in the buisness, good stuff.
Im a fulltime consulting hypnotist, looking into doing some stage shows, they look so much fun to do, and give people a good time. your a good inspiration, and i look forward to learning more.
have a great day
Hi James, thanks for you welcome. You too have a good time, welcome in this now slightly changed version of your life :P
Thanks James I'm more the type that gives loans I have lost a lot of cash that way so these days I get to realize people cant repay me, and so I cut to the chase and make it a gift but only if I can afford to lose it, and I like the donee. As for driving I have driven only 30 minutes since 1984 when my doctor banned me from driving for ever.
Hi James, and thanks, I am feeling the love with all the warm welcomes :-)
Thanks for the warm welcome, James. Glad to be here. See you on the boards.
Hello, James, and thanks for the welcome. I'd love to see your show some time.
Too bad we can't hypnotize the IRS, eh?
Thank you James. I'm looking forward to many hypnothoughts.
Hi James. Thanks so much for the welcome. I hope to have a productive time here.
Hi James - Thanks for the Welcome
Sorry about the time lag in responding back to you - I am looking forward to talking to you hope you have a great day
Thank you for the welcoming message. It was nice of you to send a welcome, warmed my heart.
Thank you for the welcome. Amazing comedy and hypnosis must be fun.
Thank you for the welcome note - by the way what is that Yellow box all about - very interesting.
Many thanks for the welcome message, I look forward to discussing topics, etc with you.
Thanks for your welcome.
Right now I am intrested a lot in stage hypnosis, so I guess I am going to enjoy your videos a lot.
I am so happy that I accidentaly bumped it to that forum :)
I dont know who I thanked and who I did not thank for the wonderful welcome. Have been very distracted with preparations for the NGH convention this year. Anyway, thanks for the kind welcome and delighted to have found you all.
Marian KilkennyEast Coast Hypnosis
Hi James, Thanks so much for your generous welcome. It is an honour to be a part of this
community. Best Chris
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