This imagination exercise is based on a routine performed by the Amazing Kreskin. It can be used as an imagination exercise, or an induction.
Start by asking your subject to stand in front of a chair, with the chair against the back of their legs. You can give the excuse that you want them to be able to feel safe, so they know where the chair is when they fall down.
Now, you know what it feels like to sit down, right? You've had that experience many times. And that must mean that you've had the experience of preparing to sit down. You know, that split-second between your brain sending the signal to sit down and you actually sitting down.
So, what's gonna happen in a moment, when you close your eyes, is that you're going to be pulled into that chair. You won't fall.
It's as if your knees will be pulled forward and you'll slowly be forced to sit down.
Okay? Good. So, close your eyes.
That's right, it's already starting. Notice how your legs want to bend. And focus on that feeling. Your knees are starting to be pulled forward.
Focus on that sensation and notice it getting stronger and stronger
Already, your knees are starting to bend forward. They're starting to bend forward, bending forward,
Because something seems to be pulling you back into a sitting position
And the legs are bending now, that's right.
And the more your legs bend, the more you can notice that force pulling you towards the chair, or perhaps pushing down on your shoulders, as your legs keep on bending and bending
More and more, bending beneath you,
That's right, bending even more now.
The legs are bending, they're bending, more and more, bending beneath you
Until you feel them bending completely and you fall down into that chair...
For safety reasons, you may want to have the chair up against a wall, or have some other means of ensuring it does not move when they sit down.
This exercise relies on two principles.
Firstly, as your subject stands with their eyes closed, they will naturally start to sway. However, as they sway backwards, their legs will be forced to bend. This is the reason that you start by talking about the knees being pulled forward, as you want to shift the focus to the front of their legs.
Secondly, this is an exercise in pacing and leading. As your subject feels their legs bending, you act as if this is precisely what you expected and is a result of your suggestions. You then suggest that they will bend even further.