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GOOD MORNING, HIGH DESERT
is a master of suggestion
‘Hypnotist to the Stars,’ mesmerizes fair crowds
From staff reports
– Putting San Bernardino County Fair patrons into a
year is Kevin Stone – "Master of Suggestion
Hypnotist to the Stars." From his office in Hollywood, Stone said he has worked with several
stars in the
entertainment industry and has helped people to quit smoking,
lose weight and
improve their focus. A board-certified hypnotherapist, Stone says all hypnosis
is self-hypnosis. And hypnosis isn’t about being
unconscious or being
controlled by another person. "It’s a very close cousin to meditation or even yoga," Stone said
before his show Monday night.
Stone’s passion for hypnosis began in his
childhood. Today, he owns two hypnosis-orientated companies – Mind Growth
Technologies, which handles the clinical side of
hypnosis, and Deep Sleep Entertainment, which
covers the entertainment side of hypnosis.
He received his training at the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Tarzana and
said he graduated alongside Florence Henderson, an actress on the "Brady
Bunch" television show.
In a fair press release, Stone said he is adamant about never belittling the
volunteers who participate in his shows. He just lets them relax their minds
while he focuses them on his suggestions. His web site features products such as
audio tapes to help people lose weight or quit smoking. It also gives Web
surfers a taste of hypnosis. The site’s address is www.hypnotist.com.
Stone will perform on the fair’s AT&T Stage through Wednesday.
Monday, fair attendance remained down with 6,717 coming through the gates, a 42
percent drop compared to last year when 11,475 attended on day three. Fair
Marketing Director Dennis Galbraith said high winds were a factor.
"It’s just extraordinarily windy even by High Desert standards,"
Galbraith said. "The folks that did come to the fair had a good time, but
for a lot of folks it was too much weather."
You are getting sleepy . . .
Such as it is
By Joal Ryan
‘Trance Night,’ the sign says.
How can you pass up and offer
can’t. So, there you are – at Moose McGillycuddy’s
Home of the Cheesy Fries. You look around.
the patrons, the deejay,
the waitresses. They all seem pretty
clear-eyed. But it’s
Actually, it is early. The man of the hour on "Trance Night"
self-proclaimed Master of Suggestion™ (and who are
to suggest he’s not) –
Kevin Stone – has yet to
For several weeks running now, Stone has been encouraging Tuesday
crowds at the Moose to "look into his eyes." (Well, sort of.)
participation hypnotism show, performed on a compact corner
the rear of
the restaurant, can keep Cheesy Fries noshers
enthralled for up to
On this Tuesday night, members of Stone’s entourage (hypnotists
first - setting the stage, arranging chairs, setting up video
equipment. Unfurling a
backdrop / banner with Stone’s silhouetted face.
Soon, you are introduced to Kevin Stone his very own self.
He looks just like his banner – except his face isn’t
half-obscured by darkness. But
still, there’s the intense black eyes, the
Harry Blackstone-esque black goatee, the
all-black clothing ensemble.
frankly, would you trust a hypnotist in a
Hawaiian shirt and
probably be put in a trance by a
clashing print patterns.)
Stone is 34 years old. A former radio disc jockey who now boasts a
board-certified hypnotherapist. (Who certifies hypnotists? The Hypnosis
Motivation Institute in Tarzana, but of course.) He lives
the San Fernando
Valley – and travels the world (from Japan to Six
game volunteers into deep sleeps. Pasadena’s
Moose McGillycuddy’s is
base," Stone says. "We
actually get to
try out new
stuff, new material. See what
works, what doesn’t work."
His stage show is a mini-version of the $200 private hypnotherapy
Stone offers from his Sherman Oaks office – sessions that
use to help
smoking, lose weight, overcome phobias – and
Who is a candidate for hypnosis? "Everyone is hypnotizable," Stone
his gaze as direct as Tony Robbins’ in heavy-infomercial
"Actually, you’re in
hypnosis right now."
While you wait for Stone to make you act like a chicken, he explains:
slips into something called an "alpha state" – a very light
of hypnosis –
several times during the course of a day. When
driving on the freeway.
When you’re daydreaming at your desk
When you’re writing a
Hypnosis, Stone says, is simply a matter of allowing
worry to put aside: You’re in no
danger of being
made to act
like a chicken at
one of Stone’s shows. “Most people
when they mention,
“Oh, it’s a hypnotism
show,” they think they’re
going to come out and act
like a chicken or cluck
duck or bark
like a dog,” Stone
says. “And it
just amazes me
‘cause I’ve never,
ever seen it.”
Stone calls that “cheese-ball hypnotism.”
And while his on stage
kick off their shoes, or huddle
together to find warmth
snowstorm, nobody does the funky
“Everybody who comes in my show, walks away with a good
says. “No matter what.” Provided they didn’t overdo
it in the
Fair performers hypnotize
and honk for attention
BY ANABELLE de GALE
| Kevin Stone’s resume is impressive:
He’s well educated,
works quickly and has
a lot of minds-on experience.
His gig: Hollywood’s
Hypnotist to the Stars. But
are not available
“I wish that I could tell you who, but
I’m bound by ethics. Let’s just
say that you have seen many of them
on your motion picture or TV screen,” he
From human cannonballs to high-flying stunt performers, from
from racing pigs
to stilt walkers, all things circus were pitching their
routines to dozens of Florida
fair scouts Friday in hopes of landing a
job. The Florida
Federation of Fairs Trade
Show, held at the
Deauville in Miami Beach,
drew more than 75
entertainers from around
Among them, the Hollywood Hypnotist,
Hypnosis Motivation Institute.
“Florence Henderson – you know,
Brady – she was in my
graduating class. She is also a
Hire him for a personal session,
and he promises to help you to lose
smoking, or forget the
ex-boyfriend. “It only takes
seconds to seven
minutes to go into hypnosis,” he said.
Give him a job
at your fair, and he
guarantees to give you, “A show of
customers, sold-out standing
room only shows, and will not
NO BARKING DOGS
"No one has to cluck like a
chicken or bark like a dog.” The master mesmerizer
said that he
came to Florida Fair’s to give
the opportunity to see a different kind
family entertainment with
am very popular in the West, I’m known
all over the world,
and I would like to
get more exposure in the Florida (East
Performer literally hypnotizes audience
Stone shows positive values of his craft
Crossing the stage before a shadowed backdrop of his own
the “Master of Suggestion,” struts before his audience
with all the
pomp and show
skills of a veteran Vegas act.
the mold of a true
entertainer, telling jokes,
involved – and he
hypnotizes anyone willing to experience
subconscious has to
“Most people when they mention, “Oh, it’s a hypnotism show,”
they’re going to come out and act like a chicken or cluck
like a duck
bark like a
dog,” Stone said in a press release.
that sort of
entertainment, he explains,
has little to do with the
experience in which he specializes.
Because of the heightened power of suggestion over a person
entertainers in the past have claimed the ability
behavior of their
subjects, to make them “act
like a chicken or cluck
duck.” Stone calls such
“cheese-ball hypnotism,” and
although his show certainly lies
realm of entertainment, Stone
uses his act to express
the positive values and
practical uses of his craft.
He will perform three times daily at the fair from Wednesday
Saturday. Stones expresses through
his stage show the
services he offers through his Southern
company, Mind Growth
operates with the backing
of an official board certification
California’s Hypnosis Motivation
It is the focus of Stone’s technique to achieve and manipulate
“alpha state,” a light state of hypnosis.
experiences this level
of consciousness a few times
day – while
daydreaming at the office, while
driving, or while moving
the day’s standard routines.
"Hypnosis is not being unconscious, or being controlled,” Stone
said. “It is
actually very similar to the state of meditation. Hypnosis
is a very
really just a matter of allowing
relax,” he said. “The
will feel, hear and remember
everything,” he added.
“People use the hypnotic state regularly, they just don’t realize
pass through this level of consciousness each
night before going to
then again the next morning on the way
back to consciousness.”
By Stone’s definition, the hypnotic state is one in which the
aware of his surroundings, although the level
altered state allows
hypnotizer to help subject, through the
suggestion, to tap
the subconscious part of the mind – that which
people cannot access at will.
So what’s the point of it all? Manipulation
of the hypnotic state,
to access parts of the mind not normally
It allows a person to see his or
her own life
situations from a new
perspective – an angle from which
one’s personal quandaries might assume a
Stone mentions the time an audience volunteer requested during
receive the suggestion under hypnosis that he quit smoking. "The man had
smoked two packs a day for the past 35 years, but
that experience he never
smoked again," Stone said.
He describes his techniques as a safe and enlightening method,
the route taken by the modern era of drug use, of
altered state of
in my show, walks
away with a good
feeling, no matter what,” he
Fair is a hypnotic
is more than a song and dance
Four men and boys wearing long
wigs and colorful sequined halter tops over
their shorts and T-shirts stood on
stage and lip-synced to a “Spice Girls” song in
front of about 100 people
Thursday at the Yuba-Sutter Fair.
They contributed to the eclectic entertainment at the fair provided by
who elected to participate in fair events. Unfortunately for the “Spice Guys,” they
willing participants in their antics. They
were among 15
audience members who volunteered to be hypnotized by Kevin Stone,
himself the “Hollywood Hypnotist.”
He entertains regularly at fairs and aids
people in enhancing self-esteem
and quitting unwanted habits, such as smoking.
Stone said that he has treated celebrities and well known athletes.
After hypnotizing 14 of the people who came up on stage – one little
initially to fall under his spell and was sent back to the audience.
commanded his flock to lip sync to the music of various pop stars.
Tambra Garricck, who was the second runner-up in the Miss Yuba-Sutter
competition Wednesday, got up and enthusiastically performed to music by country
music star Shania Twain, rhythmically moving her body and outstretched arms to
“I thought I was
Shania Twain,” she said afterwards. “I
felt my whole body
getting so heavy,” Garrick said about the whole experience.
“You knew what was going on, but you don’t care,” said 37-year-old
Randy Florer, who lip-synched and sang to the “Spice Girls.”
Hollywood Hypnotist Kevin Stone
| Kevin Stone is a licensed, Board Certified hypnotherapist
with eight years
experience, and an impressive record of success.
He’s helped patients achieve life
changes in a broad spectrum of areas,
such as smoking cessation, weight loss,
drug or alcohol problems, stress
management, sexual difficulties, and fears and
Whatever your area of difficulty is, Kevin Stone handles it all.
Kevin is eager to dispel some of the myths and sensationalism about
hypnotism. Contrary to popular
belief, a hypnotherapist does not control a
patient, or have the power to make
people jump off cliffs and such. Rather
the patient who holds the power, and Kevin’s job is just to help guide
in getting where he wants to go.
Kevin explains that under hypnosis, all senses
are amplified eight times,
creating a powerful state. Everyone
experiences a form
of self-hypnosis, he says, when they find themselves
daydreaming, or notice
they’ve passed their freeway exit three miles ago (what
Kevin calls “Freeway
For those who want a better look at this process, as well as a delightful
Kevin can be seen performing in his live act on Tuesdays at 8pm at
McGillycuddy’s in Pasadena. In
addition to a Vegas-style theatrical show,
hypnotherapy sessions with audience
members are included in the program at no
And the uneasy can rest assured that Kevin does not believe in using any
silly embarrassing tricks, but rather engenders as enlightened outlook that
the subject with a positive experience.
The hypnotherapy process is far quicker than traditional therapy because
utilizes the subconscious mind, which is more powerful than the conscious
By reprogramming the mind
like one might a computer, a person can create new,
reflexes to replace old negative ones, often when nothing
In the first appointment, Kevin evaluates the patient and leads an
hypnosis session. Apparently
everyone can be hypnotized, it’s just a question of
how, and Kevin works with
both the open-minded and the highly skeptical, who
often become his most
enthusiastic clients. The number of
depends entirely on the individual and the area they wish to
change. Smoking, for
often takes from one to six sessions to conquer.
Kevin also teaches
self-hypnosis, which he describes as a close cousin to
meditation, but with greater
Kevin genuinely enjoys this fascinating field and all the interesting
feels privileged to work with. He
finds it very exciting to allow people to help
themselves, which is how he views
his role in their therapy.
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