I started reading psychology books at age 15. I majored in psychology in college for 4 years. And I've read hundreds of psychology books since college. All this led me to help others using a technique used by Psychiatrists and Psychologists alike called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a term which means bringing your issues to the surface, understanding why you react to them and creating the steps necessary to change your behavior, meaning the way you react to those issues.
For years I worked with 3 actual medical doctors who incorporated "direct" hypnosis techniques for burn patients, cancer patients, PTSD patients and those in extreme physical or emotional pain. In early war time, before the invention of morphine, direct hypnosis was used by doctors to alleviate pain during amputations. Under hypnosis, wartime patients felt less pain, had fewer infections and recovered more quickly.
Once I mastered "direct" medical hypnosis, I then studied "indirect" clinical hypnosis techniques which emphasized confusion and story telling techniques which were created by Milton Erickson somewhere around 1940.
I then continued to expand my knowledge of the power of the mind by spending years studying, practicing and teaching others on the following:
√ Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
√ Conversational Hypnosis Techniques
√ Stress Management Techniques
√ Autogenic Training Techniques
√ Progressive Relaxation Techniques
√ Visualization Techniques
After 16 of my 20 years as a medical and clinical hypnotist, I began to study stage hypnosis in regards to helping Corporations first because of my knowledge in Medicine, Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques.
As for "comedy" stage hypnosis for schools and parties, anyone with half a brain and a very limited knowledge of hypnosis can entertain people. It takes very little knowledge of hypnosis to say "relax this muscle, that muscle, sleep, now dance like a drunken monkey."