First I'd like to agree with the poster saying that hypnotism doesn't make you do things you don't want to and isn't something that happens
without conscent. Also, the reason why long-term hypnotism doesn't work (brainwashing) is because your mind 'wises up' to it being merely a trick
or mechanism to get you to do things. Self-hypnotism is the same way.
My favorite hypnotist testimony:
In summer college, there was a stage hypnotist who called people up. He selected through a number of people as he was doing the mental regression.
Filtering through to about ten percent, he had the volunteers perform some pretty fun and funny things.
The one thing no one could stop talking about was with a friend of mine who stayed a few doors down from me, Matt Z********. He was asked "Have you
ever played guitar before?" Matt said "No". The hypnotist told him he was a music star and had been practising for months on a new song and
tonight he was going to perform it. He did a lot of mental 'pumping up' confidence boosting and handed him an acoustic guitar. He played and sang
incredible! Better than most things on the radio. Back at the dorms that night he said he remembers THAT he did it, but doesn't remember how he did
it. To everyone's dismay, he could not recreate the experience. Had any of us known beforehand, we would've brought a recorder. The hypnotist
explained at the end in a question and answer session that Matt had probably seen
a guitar played before (even though he never played one), he
had heard one played before and all he was doing was helping him to take bits and pieces of it that were stored in his subconcious to create his own.
[edit on 10-10-2007 by saint4God]