Alan Sands Entertainment


Bathrooms comparedThis is my 25th year performing at fairs. I have heard many presenters at conventions and listened to a lot of vendors, service suppliers and patrons at fairgrounds. One of their most frequent comments are about bathrooms. While entertainment, animals, attractions, games, food, and vendors are really important to an attendee’s experience at an event, the basic needs of comfort and convenience must not be overlooked.  →

Parking lot sign: 'Epic Parking'When guests arrive at your event, one method of creating an atmosphere of excitement is to make sure your patrons hear music. The moment I hear music, I feel like I am at the fair. This is why I highly recommend providing background music or entertainment before attendees even enter the festival.  →

I got an idea! I know--it doesn't happen often! A few years ago, I realized there is one perfect fair that I do year after year where I can train another hypnotist: the Robeson County Fair in Lumberton, NC.

Instead of teaching someone the basics, however, I decided I would share my knowledge for free with an up and coming hypnotist--someone who has already done training with someone else, or has done a dozen or more shows and needs a place to get some experience outside of a classroom.

I remember when I first began doing hypnosis shows, it was difficult to find an audience. In my first few years, I only did 5-10 shows a year; that is not a lot of practice in front of a live audience--something a new stage hypnotist desperately needs.

Fairs are a great place to teach someone how to be a better stage hypnotist because they get to repeat the same show multiple times a day. I have been performing at The Robeson County Fair for 12 years and know that it lends itself to the flexibility I need to teach someone, do them justice and not hurt my shows by allowing the student to be on stage with me.

With the Pitt County Fair in Greenville, North Carolina immediately before the Robeson County Fair, I'll have 13 days in a row to give someone a lot of attention. And with daytimes free, we can do classroom-style work such as watching/critiquing videos of the shows the night before and working on scripting.

Between September 30th and October 12th I will be bringing two up and coming hypnotists with me on the road to mentor and give them my insights and guidance as they hone their skills at making people bark like roosters and milk ducks for their new career.

I have picked one person so far: 39-year old Dennis Clause, a.k.a. Andrew Bear Claws, from Sanborn, NY. Andrew has already performed about 20 shows. Once he has polished up his act, Andrew hopes to tap into the Indian Casino market through his Native American heritage. He tells me there are 450 Indian Casinos and 85% of them need to buy Native American Services first, when they are available. I am excited to be working with him. I think he is a perfect candidate, and I am excited to be able to make a new lifetime friend of him.

I have four other people who have asked if I would consider them, but I have not chosen any of them yet. I’ll keep you posted once I can share more.

George SandsDecember 2012

My father was George Sands. His mother called him Georgie. He called himself SandSational. I called him dad.

People ask me all the time, “What was it like growing up with a father who did magic?” and I can only reply, “That’s all I knew.” I didn’t realize that my life was exceptional. For a long time, I would say, “I wish he had been a doctor or a lawyer,” but I have changed that tune. I miss my father, for who he was.

I went to the Hypnotherapy Institute in Marin, California for my clinical hypnotherapy training. My teacher, Marleen Mulder, told us a story that has touched my life more than any of the other teachings I learned at the time.

Marleen was a witness to a bombing in Europe ...

I recently received an email from a student asking the following:

Hello. I'm doing a term report on hypnosis. I was wondering if you could give me some information on it. Some topics I have to cover are: Procedure, the hypnotic state, and hypnosis today. If you could help me out that would be great!!! Thanks. *a hypnotic fan* :) ...


The Four Principal Tenets of Professional Conduct

1. Hypnosis is a powerful tool for both self-exploration and self-revelation. It is not a toy, and should be left in the hands of experienced trained professionals. When used with skill and compassion it can become a wonderful collective experience that achieves the level of both a group entertainment and a personal catharsis. Participants in the Alan Sands Hypnosis Show leave feeling refreshed and clear headed; with an enthusiasm for life, self-confidence,and high self-esteem. ...

I am primarily a stage hypnotist. Mostly I do a comedy stage hypnosis show; however, I am clinically trained, I have a number of certifications in clinical hypnotherapy, and I am also continuing my education in Gestalt Therapy.

In January 2005, I received an email from a television script writer and we carried on a dialogue for two days. This was a dialogue on clinical hypnosis and he wanted to make sure his script was believable. You may find this interesting ...

What is Hypnosis?

HYPNOSIS is a "sleep-like" state that can be used to help a subject experience forgotten or suppressed memories, to create hallucinations, or to heighten a person's suggestibility. The hypnotic state is NOT sleep, however, and the word does NOT mean "sleep," except in Greek.

In Greek, "HYPNOS" means "sleep." Hypnos is also the Greek mythological god of sleep.

If Hypnosis is not a sleep state, what is it?

To be under hypnosis means to be placed in a state resembling sleep, which is most similar to that of sleepwalking. The sleepwalking state is called "somnambulism." Hypnosis resembles normal sleep, but is different from normal sleep as evidenced by the subject's pulse rate and respiration. ...

Contract Renegotiation

Okay, somebody has to break a contract. Sometimes there is no ill-will when this happens. However, if one party is uncomfortable, then in most cases, a compromise can be made.

The Fair’s Fault

Funds are cuts, contracts get lost or misplaced, new managers are hired and unanticipated problems arise. Fairs sometimes need to eliminate services.

Sometimes a smaller or shorter contract with the entertainment can be renegotiated. This is usually much preferred by the ARTIST rather than loss of the entire contract.

The Artist’s Fault

Artist is offered more money or a long-term contract that is important to their career (e.g. a casino, movie or TV offer), in most cases an equal or superior replacement can be found, even if it costs the ARTIST money to replace himself — the financial gain of the new contract is usually enough to compensate the artist for this cost.

Artist Cancels with Agency Involved

If an ARTIST cancels on an AGENT, that AGENT is entitled to a full commission from the canceling ARTIST regardless of whether the AGENT makes his commission when the contract is renegotiated. After all, the AGENT has already fulfilled his part of the agreement.



Compromise Suggestions


Agreements can sometimes be made to bring an ARTIST back in a future year. If the VENUE needs to cancel and reschedule, sometimes a partial payment can be made, or a new contract can be agreed upon for more compensation.

If the ARTIST cancels, a guarantee that the artist will keep their price the same or will work for less can be agreed upon for a new contract.

Be Creative

When trying to find a compromise, clearly reiterate what both parties need or want. Sometimes the needs are easier to meet than you might suspect.

Find an Arbitrator

A third unassociated party will probably be far more creative about thinking of solutions because they are not personally involved.