During Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 I offered on stage therapy to performers, and anyone else involved in the festival. Performing, or working, for that solid month can be a very difficult and stressful experience – many people have to deal with poor reviews, fractured relationships with their cast and colleagues, loneliness, low audiences, heavy financial losses and constant rejection and neglect during flyering and promotion, among an ocean of other issues.
Hypnosis is a very therapeutic state where all of these issues can be cured or alleviated. In 2015, a number of performers joined me on stage and found their time at the festival greatly enhanced. Casts bonded and were brought together, actors had their best sides brought out and experienced subsequent performance levels they never dreamed of before.
Here is a selection of emails, private messages and texts I received from actors I hypnotised during the Fringe:
“Just wanted to send you a message to let you know incredible I found the whole experience of being hypnotized by you.
I had never been hypnotized before so had no idea what to expect or whether it would work on me.
It’s been a few days now and I seriously haven’t stopped thinking/talking about it. I am an actor and your hypnotism put me in this incredible place where the usual barriers/anxiety’s I can sometimes be faced with on a stage disappeared and you gifted me with this incredible sense of freedom. It seriously was a liberating experience and looking back at the freedom your hypnosis extracted from me is something I genuinely believe that I can look back on to help me with my confidence/freedom in my work in the future.
So I just wanted to send you this to let you know that I’m absolutely in awe of what you do/did and to give you a thank you for such an enjoyable/fun time at your show!
I hope the rest of your Edinburgh run is a huge success!”
“I haven’t felt so happy and amazing in a long time. I actually suffer from severe anxiety and find it hard to relax. Yesterday I had no problem doing so. Thanks so much for a brilliant show you are amazing 🙂“
“Ah Ben mate thanks for bringing some of the cast up on stage yesterday, it was f**king awesome. We all got much closer through the experience, it’s like we know each other loads better, seriously, you turned a cast into a family man, let us know if you’re performing near us x”
“Hey, I was on stage with you earlier. I came up cos I was stressed at having a couple of shows without an audience and tbh I didn’t believe in hypnosis but thought I’d give it a shot. I can’t believe it worked! How did you even do that? I’m feeling great now and am not even worried about the stuff that was pissing me off before. Thank you! Wish you loads of success for the rest of the festival, I’m going come back to see the show again too xxx”
“OMG I just got hypnotised by Ben Dali! Best experience ever! Better than sex and drugs, seriously, everyone should try it, I feel bloody great 🙂 🙂 :-)”