Producers Handbook


Hypnosis can be presented purely as entertainment (stage hypnosis) or as a means of helping individuals overcome particular problems or anxieties for example phobias. In all cases, the Code requires that broadcasters must "...exercise a proper degree of responsibility in order to prevent hypnosis and/or adverse reactions in viewers ..." and "... the hypnotist must not broadcast his/her full verbal routine or be shown performing straight to camera". In addition, hypnotists must ensure that they are complying with the Hypnotism Act 1952 – which requires any such demonstrations for public entertainment to be licensed and prohibits demonstrations on people under 18. Programme-makers should refer to the legal & compliance department for advice if hypnotism is to be included within a programme.

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