Hypnotism Licence

Fancy yourself as the next Derren Brown or Uri Geller? Well, to be a top-class illusionist you will need more then to be able to bend a spoon with your mind, you will need a licence. You must hold a Hypnotism Licence to perform or stage hypnotism in public for entertainment purposes.


Hypnotism Licence


Local council

TIME TO GET LICENCED 28 days (varies depending on local authority)
COST £100.00
VALID FOR 1 year

Apply for Hypnotism Licence via Local Council


Submit Requested Documentation

The name (both real and stage name, if different) and address of the person who will give the performance
details of their last three performances (where and when)
Proof of public liability insurance
Evidence of membership of FESH (the federation of ethical stage hypnotists)
A detailed synopsis of the show
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What is a Hypnotism Licence?

Under the Hypnotism Act 1952, If you intend to hold an exhibition, performance or demonstration of hypnotism on any person which takes place in public you will require a licence.


We make having a hypnotism licence a simple, stress-free process


You won’t need a permit if the hypnotism is for the purpose of scientific demonstration or research, or if you are only hypnotising yourself.


Note - You may also need a theatre or entertainment licence, depending on the type of performance.


What is Hypnotism?

Hypnotism includes:

any act that makes a person sleep

any act that puts a person in a trance


Fines and penalties

If you perform hypnotism without authorisation you can be fined £1000. The same fine applies if you hypnotise someone who is less than 18 years old.


How to apply for a Hypnotism Licence

To apply for a Hypnotism Licence, applications must be made via your local council. To find out the contact details of your local council please visit the Official UK Government Website.


Hypnosis is a trance state characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination.
Yes, if you perform hypnotism on someone who is less than 18 years old you may be fined £1000.
You could be fined up to £1,000 if you perform a hypnosis act without a licence or break any conditions of the licence.
You may be refused a Hypnotism Licence if you have ever been: refused or had a consent for hypnotism withdrawn by any licensing authority barred from the Federation of Ethical Stage Hypnotists, the European Guild of Professional Stage Hypnotists or any similar body convicted of an offence under the Hypnotism Act 1952, or convicted of an offence involving the breach of a condition regulating or prohibiting a performance of hypnotism.
Each council will vary depending on their own internal tacit consent policy. To find out the contact details of your local council please visit the Official UK Government Website.  

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