Getting Started!

Every script you will find on this site has been tried and tested and specially selected as perfect for the beginner hypnotist. In fact, strictly-speaking, they are not "scripts" at all. These are transcripts of actual hypnotic inductions in practice. To get started, you have a number of options:

  • You can head straight to our inductions page and get practising!
  • Or, some people like to start by fine-tuning their pre-talk.
  • Then move on to playing around with the imagination exercises.
  • If you would like to provide some kind of framework to your use of inductions, you are always welcome to pick up a copy of The Anatomy of Inductions. However, we would advise you to register (for free!) first, as you will then be able to purchase our e-book at half-price.

So, whether you are interested in rapid inductions, or classics like a progressive muscle relaxation, if you prefer direct inductions like the Dave Elman induction, or the indirect techniques used by Milton Erickson, you're in the right place!


The inductions in this section are listed in the order that I would suggest learning them. For an absolute beginner, I would recommend starting with Magnetic Hands, then a PMR, then the fractionation conversation. And so on...

However, things are never that straightforward! Some people start with the 8-word induction and find that it suits their personality and style perfectly - and there's nothing wrong with that.

The scripts are not designed to be read word-for-word. You'll quickly find that if you do that, the induction will lack the personal touch and congruence which the subject needs. It's also difficult for you to keep an eye on how the subject is responding if you're struggling to find your place on the page!

Instead, they are offered as a source of ideas and inspiration. If you treat them as such, you will soon find that you'll be adapting the ideas to suit your own style and coming up with new and fresh inductions of your own.

Floating Candle Induction

Hypnotist: “What I would like you to do is just imagine a candle, up on the wall. It could be on a shelf, on some kind of old-time candle-holder fixed to the wall, or just floating in mid-air, over there.

“And just let me know when you can see it.”

Client: “I can see it.”

H: “Good. And all I really need you to do…”

[Hypnotist begins to speak more slowly, mainly on the client's exhalations]

H: “Is keep your eyes resting on that candle and noticing whatever you notice.

“And I wonder, is that candle lit?”

C: “Yes, it is.”