Helping Out

As a therapist and speaker, I get called upon to not only speak at events, but also to develop special programs for clients and consult on various work place behavioural challenges.  I’ve even been presented with opportunities to help redesign systems so that the people who use them can do so more easily.  The common theme here is simply helping out.

With grad season upon me and the end of the school year coming to an end, I have been presented with another opportunity to help out.  This time it’s to do something I have not done professionally for many years – work in radio.  I am now helping out a Lethbridge radio station by co-hosting their morning show while they wait for the return of their main host.

It is always an honour to be asked to help out and even more of one for people to have the faith in my abilities to help get the job done.  The best part here?  I am doing what I love to do and having so much fun doing it.

The lesson here?

Do what you love to do! Have fun doing it and life will be great!

You can catch me along my co-host Gillian weekday mornings from 6 – 9 on Country 95.5 FM. Listen online here.


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Fun With The Power Of Suggestion

It is such a great honour to be able to entertain and inspire.  I love being able to welcome people into a show which is both as much fun to be in as it is to watch.  For this reason I keep my show fun, inspiring and PG.  People can look forward to having a great laugh and the opportunity to be a part of an amazing hypnotic experience.

Even something as simple as a giggle button can prove to be very entertaining.

Be sure to catch me at Lucky Charlie’s in Swift Current, SK this Friday night (March 22), then watch for me by Fort Whoop Up as I keep the runners in the Moonlight Run in Lethbridge.

Next week in back Saskatchewan for more high school self esteem presentations.

To book a show or presentation or for healthy focus programs and therapy connect with me james@jrmatthew.com

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Reviews Of School Self Esteem Presentations

We become what we think of everyday.  It is always a pleasure to be able to share insights into our self esteem and how we can build it up.  When we feel better about ourselves, the goals we set and achieve are amazing.

Here are a few more reviews on my high school self esteem presentations.


For bookings james@jrmatthew.com, call or text 403-382-7644.

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A Great Write Up On My Up Coming Show

I love to see how an interview turns out after I talk for 20 minutes about what I am passionate about.  Reprinted with permission.  Thank you Tammy Rollie Western Wheel Okotoks

Hypnotist livening things up at bash

Entertainment: Act, cover band entertaining at Black Diamond Hotel Feb. 23

Partygoers heading to Rock-A-Billy Entertainment’s upcoming bash can expect to go on a wild journey in Black Diamond this weekend.

Lethbridge hypnotist J.R. Matthew aims to get the Black Diamond Hotel buzzing with activity using the power of suggestion before Calgary party band Liquid Rhythm gets the dance floor filled Feb. 23 starting at 7:30 p.m.

“I will take them on a really wild journey winning the lottery or a four-by-four truck and jet skiing in Jamaica and chasing aliens around or becoming the world’s most confident supermodel and putting their strut on around the room,” said Matthew last week. “They will remember everything they’ve done. Then they get to spend the rest of the evening talking about it.”

The certified clinical hypnotherapist and health coach said he’s not a typical hypnotist.

“I take the stage and I explain a little bit about hypnosis, about what I do and I address fears that people have with regards to getting hypnotized,” he said. “Hypnosis is suggestion and influence. My message to people is we’re getting these suggestions all the time. I start leading people in this pathway of how to focus and get into that hypnotic mind state.”

Matthew has developed several entertaining hypnosis actions over the years. He said he often gets the feel of the room before deciding what to do.

“Until I get into the room I really have no set-in-stone plan on what I’m going to do,” he said. “The energy of the room and the people I talk to before I go into the show really determines what fun we’re going to have.”

The show is both entertaining and inspirational, said Matthew, and leads people with the message that they can trust themselves to have an enjoyable experience.

“For me, what I found in my almost 20 years of being a hypnotist is the most successful candidates for hypnotists are those people who intuitively trust themselves,” he said. “I teach people how to focus and work their minds.”

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Hitting Road For Some Fun & Inspiration

The next 6 weeks will have me covering 3 provinces as I bounce back and from Alberta to Saskatchewan to BC and back to Saskatchewan.  I will be presenting in a number of schools during my travels talking about self esteem and how to build it up.

The message is simple, We become what we think about everyday.  The challenge comes when your thoughts tend to be negative and self defeating.  Are your thoughts building you up or tearing you down?

My presentations help to create an awareness of negative self talk and what to do about it.  The tips and tools I present can be used everyday to create a new self image and improved self esteem.

Imagine what you would do if you were not afraid to fail!

Presentations are 60 to 90 minutes in length.  They are ideal for high school students and can be presented in the classroom or gym setting, for 25 to over 500 students.

For more information and to book james@jrmatthew.com



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What’s Going On – Pushing The Boundaries Of The Norm

Over the weekend I had the chance to be in the Diamonds Bridal Expo in Lethbridge, AB.  I had the chance to talk with a few hundred brides and their families about having a hypnotist at their wedding.  I put it this way, “Go beyond music and have great entertainment!”  Many had never even thought about having a hypnotist at their wedding and were unsure of how that would work.  Here’s what it looks like:
As with most weddings, there is usually some time to kill between the dinner and the start of the dance.  This is an ideal time to have me come in and perform my all ages, family friendly hypnosis show.  A short, hour long show is a great way to get the laughs going before the dance begins.  It also gives you an excuse to keep the bar closed for a little while longer.
This part of the evening can be prepared in advance with the wedding party to even be volunteers in the show.  Nothing like having personalized entertainment for the bride and groom.  It just makes the evening that much more sensational and memorable.
This is also a great thing to do for corporate events when there is already a DJ or band hired.  I can come in and perform a comedy hypnosis show as a an add on to your entertainment.  This helps to keep the energy in the up for the dance to follow.  If you are looking for a full evening of entertainment, I can provide music as well.
Performance pricing varies greatly depending on what you are looking for with comedy improv hypnosis shows starting at $500.00 and full evening performances up to $4000.00 (hypnosis show, DJ, video dance, karaoke – whatever you need).
Send me an email with any questions and the see if your date is available.  james@jrmatthew.com

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Recovering From Christmas Indulgence

So we find ourselves in 2019 and most of us are on the path to recovery after a bit of over indulgence.
Did you put on a bit weight? Are you in need of better focus?  Do you need an idea of how to start?
Watch the video below for some tips and tricks… be sure to have a pen and paper handy.

Have questions?


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Reviews from Christmas Shows 2018

Christmas 2018 was one of my busiest for shows in many, many years.  I am so happy and grateful to the companies that hired me and the people who volunteered to be in my shows.  Here’s what some of them had to say:

Tollestrup Construction Inc. has hired JR Matthew for our summer staff bbq and for our annual Christmas party. His professionalism, charisma and ability to work with his audience speaks for itself. Our guests were thoroughly entertained from start to finish. JR Matthew provided a complete service package of hypnosis, dj, master of ceremonies and the bonus of photographer for one great price. A true entertainer!

Anita Huchala, Marketing Manager,Tollestrup Construction

Thank you so much for being part of our Christmas celebration! Our staff talked about this for days after! It was funny, full of surprises, and your positive messages were uplifting for us all. Thank you, thank you!!

Chris Varga Donaway, Winners, Lethbridge

Thanks to JR Matthew for such a great show.  Nonstop laughs from our entire group thoughout the night.

Steve Schafer, Neu-Lite Electric

James, Thanks so much for entertaining our team last weekend! Your team and your show were nothing but first class. Our whole crew were full of laughs and smiles all night. Thanks you and Merry Christmas.
Looking forward to next year!

Andrew Potts, C & A Industries


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Addressing Misconceptions To Make A Corporate Event One To Remember

I think one of the best things a successful hypnotist can do is to develop an approach to his or her show in which people become engaged and want to experience something possibly new and very exciting.

Let’s face it, one of the biggest challenges a hypnotist faces is getting enough volunteers.  There is fear people have they will be “out of control” or be a mindless drone under the control of the hypnotist.  Nothing could be further from the truth. 

Misconceptions abound about what hypnosis is and is not abound. Hypnosis is suggestion and influence (broadly defined).  When you watch a movie and really get into it, that’s hypnosis.  Whenever we focus on something to the point where it changes how we feel – that’s hypnosis.  A loved says, “I love you” and a warm feeling of affection and belonging washes over your mind and body.  That’s hypnosis.

Let’s look at some of the most common misconceptions:

When you are hypnotized you are under the control of the hypnotist.  

Not true.  Hypnosis is a state of a heightened focus and complete awareness.  If the hypnotist asked you to do something you did not want to do, you could just say “No!”  When you are watching a stage hypnosis show, you are watching volunteers doing simply what they are asked.

When you are hypnotized you are asleep.

Not true. Although the hypnotist may use the word “sleep” when putting volunteers under, they are very much aware and in control (because they are in hypnosis when given the suggestion to sleep – they go into what looks like sleep).  How else would they be able to follow the hypnotist’s suggestions if they were not aware?

You can get stuck in hypnosis.

Not true.  The state of hypnosis is a very natural one.  You go in and out of it several times a day.  In a show, focus must be maintained in order stay in the hypnotic state.  Once focus is lessened, the volunteer simply “wakes up”.  Think of the last show you saw and how some people seemed to wake up and end up being excused from the show?  Even if the hypnotist dropped dead from a heart attack, the volunteers in hypnosis would either fall asleep or wake up.

People who get hypnotized are weak minded.

Not true. People who can easily be hypnotized have many common traits: creative, intelligent and able to easily achieve intense focus. Someone using the term “weak minded” generally are trying to say they think someone is gullible and easily manipulated.  The ability to focus intensely is a quality of someone who knows how to use their mind or conscious faculties and is quite the opposite of “weak minded”.

There are many more of these… I tend to hear these ones the most.  Hope I’ve shed a bit a light on what I love to do.


Questions?  I love to answer them.  james@jrmatthew.com



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