World-renowned hypnotist Richard Barker advises that one should take a look at Mr Donald Trump himself if they want a master class in drawing in the crowds. Judy Kurtz, The Hill, writes that Barker coined the term ‘Trumpnosis’ for the GOP presidential front-runner engages in on the campaign trail.
“Trumpnosis has been around for a very long time, including politics and religion,” Barker, known professionally as “The Incredible Hypnotist,” says. “But Donald Trump has mastered it. What it basically is, is it’s mass persuasion, mass influence and mass hypnosis.
“The idea of Trumpnosis is being able to sow the seeds of persuasion, suggestion and ideas en masse to other people.”
Barker, a former police detective who’s worked and performed as a hypnotist for more than two decades, says that the triggers are always the same: “It’s always identifying the problem, identifying another problem and then verbalizing the solutions to the point that people need the solutions.”
“If I said to you, ‘It’s a beautiful day outside, isn’t it?’ It’s an undeniable truth. You’re more than likely to say ‘yeah’ because if you say ‘no,’ then I can come back with, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ ”
The London-born hypnotist says since Trump is “not a very good public speaker” compared to seasoned politicians, he falls back on “future pacing” repetitive words and phrases that hypnotize his supporters. Barker lists “when I’m your next president,” “America was once great” and “we need to fight those that are taking our country away from us” among Trump’s favourite phrases.
“I teach hypnosis, and if you want to learn hypnosis, look at the way Trump’s doing it,” says Barker, author of the book “Selling Hypnotically: The Art of Suggestion.”
“He creates expectations, which is you know what you’re going to get. He gets his audience to visualize, which is part of a hypnotic trance. He gets them to visualize two problems, then he gets them [to] nod their heads three or four times for solutions.
“He does all the things that a hypnotist would do when you’re hypnotizing somebody.”
Asked if he feels he’ll have stiff competition if the whole White House gig doesn’t work out for Trump, Barker replies with a laugh, “I don’t think he’s going to get into the world of doing stage shows, thankfully.”
Barker, an American citizen, says he hasn’t voted in a presidential election since coming to the United States in 2003. But despite being critical of Trump and saying he’s not “seeing much substance” from the entire 2016 field, he notes this time around, he might be just as hypnotized as the rest of the country.
“In a kind of strange way, I’m almost more than likely going to vote for Trump just because I want to see his hypnosis and how it plays out over the next four years or so,” says Barker. “I just think it would be fascinating.”