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



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




Sometimes You Just Need A Bit More From Your Hypnotist

December 1, I had the pleasure of entertaining for Neu-Lite Electric’s company Christmas party.  When setting the event up we came up with a plan to make sure the evening was full of fun and interactive entertainment.  The Hypno Game Show provided the perfect combination of team challenges, competition and hypnosis.  It’s great entertainment when you want to keep around for a great time.  It all starts off with teams being formed to compete to compete in a series of challenges (scavenger hunt, dress up challenge, wild antics and hypno challenge) for points.  From there the fun continues for between an hour or two (depending on what the group wants).  Add in music for a dance or just to socialize to and you have a great evening of entertainment.  Its not too late to book yours.  james@jrmatthew.com

Have you set your New Years Resolution yet?  Be sure to check out my store for programs and audio to help make your resolution a reality.

Photo op a great guy. Steve throws an amazing party for staff and family

At the start of the hypno game show

Hypno game show where teams get points for everything from building a human pyramid to getting hypnotized

Cowboy goes under easily while standing up

My hypno volunteers show off some great dance moves


Christmas Party Season In Full Swing

It’s such a pleasure to be a party of a company’s Christmas Celebration.  Over the weekend I had the pleasure of entertaining for Family Ties in Lethbridge (see short video below), a law firm, and Neu-Lite Electric.  I had two 1 hour hypnosis presentations along with a full evening event for Neu-Lite Electric.  My hypno-game show was a huge success in getting everyone involved and making sure there were plenty of volunteers for the hypno-challenge leading into the hypnosis show.

I think Greg makes a great Santa for these staff members and guests (Emily and Amber from left to right).

Thanks to all of my volunteers who helped make these events so positively memorable.

Looking for some last minute entertainment?  Book a one hour show for your next social event.  Connect with me james@jrmatthew.com  to check availability.




The Importance Of Winning The Group Over

With any hypnosis show, it is so important to have as many volunteers as possible. As a “clean” hypnotist, I take great pride in being able to offer a hypnotic experience to my volunteers they can enjoy being part of and watching videos of after the fact.  It’s an important selling point when the group, in general, is afraid to get hypnotized because they may get embarrassed by what they do on stage during the show.  Getting hypnotized in my show means your going to be a star and be rewarded with great suggestions like a great nights sleep, increased confidence and better focus for goals.  There’s also the fun of hypno jet skiing, racing horses, and being the world’s best model (to name just a few skits).

Watch the video, there are more people getting hypnotized than sitting in the audience.  Special thanks to all my volunteers and Murray Chevrolet Cadillac for having me as their entertainment.


Review Of 1 Hour School Presentations

I get people asking me (all the time) if my shows and presentation are school age appropriate and yes they are.  Here are a couple of reviews on my school shows and classroom presentations.

1 hour classroom presentations focus on self esteem, how it develops and how it can be built up.  This presentation enlightens students on their current status and validates the information schools are currently presenting in classrooms.  The use of START provides a simple memory and visual tool to help with focus and self awareness.

Even a full school presentation contains positive messages

November 17th I had the pleasure of performing for a family run business Christmas party.  Devron was a great star in the show.


I love hearing back from people in my shows and what they think about the whole process of getting hypnotized and being in the show.  Thanks Devron!


School Presentations & Shows

November 10 has JR heading out to Champion to the community hall for yet another fundraiser

November 14 School presentations in Southwest Saskatchewan

November 15 school presentation in Southwest Saskatchewan.

JR has a 1 hour presentation for grade 12 classes which focuses on how thoughts become things and how, what we think of most of the time is what we become.  Want to increase confidence and achieve better goals?  Learn about the mind body connection and how to create a more positive focus.  When we a more positive sense of self we can then set better goals.  This is the presentation for you.  Book one for your school today!  james@jrmatthew.com

November 16 JR will be live, up close and personal at the Smoke Hut Cafe in Lethbridge.  Show time is 8pm.  Tickets only $10.  403-382-7644 for more details.

November 17 private function in Chestermere, Ab