Stage hypnotism

You must, under the Hypnotism Act 1952, have authorisation from the Council (complying with any conditions attached) if you wish to show, demonstrate or perform a hypnotism act on any person or in connection with entertainment to which the public are admitted to.

A separate application must be made by the person who will be carrying out the act of Hypnotism in relation to each premises/venue intended to be used.

A completed application form, together with the fee, should be submitted at least 28 days before the date of the performance, otherwise the application may not be determined in time.

This period may be reduced in the case of a hypnotist who has performed at the same venue within the last 3 years without problems occurring. The authority will normally respond within 14 days; less where the hypnotist has previously performed at the same venue. The applicant must at the same time forward a copy of the application to the chief officer of police and the authority may also copy it to the local fire authority if it considers this necessary.

The application must contain the following:
  • the name (both real and stage, if different) and address of the person who will give the performance (hereinafter referred to as "the hypnotist"), along with details of their last three performances (where and when); and
  • a statement as to whether, and if so giving full details thereof, a consent by any licensing authority or been convicted of an offence under the Hypnotism Act 1952 or of an offence involving the breach of a condition regulating or prohibiting the giving of a performance of hypnotism on any person at a place licensed for public entertainment. (Refusal of consent by another authority does not necessarily indicate that the particular hypnotist is unacceptable and will not of itself prejudice the application)
  • A copy of your public liability insurance to the value of at least £1,000,000 must be provided.

If you would like to make a licensing enquiry, please use the online form.