Can People Undergoing Stage Hypnosis Do Things Against Their Will?
This is a very important question, and the answer is an unequivocal ‘no.’
So, how do they get people to do some of those amusing things we see on stage? First, most of those shows are in nightclubs where people have had a few drinks which lowers their inhibitions. Second, they ask for “volunteers.” Shy people won’t go up on stage. The kind of people who volunteer are the same people who would do crazy things in front of an audience even if they weren’t hypnotized.
You can rest assured that people in hypnosis will not do anything against their will. If the hypnotist asks them to belt out a show tune, you are likely to be entertained. If the hypnotist asked them to rob a bank, the volunteers would immediately come out of hypnosis and the show would be over.
And think about this: if hypnotists could get people to rob banks, there would be unscrupulous people out there taking advantage of that, and we would be seeing stories about hypnotized robbers on the news every night.