1. Summary

    Any exhibition, demonstration or performance of hypnotism (as defined in the Hypnotism Act 1952) on any person requires the written consent from us.

    Hypnotism for the purpose of this application includes hypnotism, mesmerism and any similar act or process which produces or is intended to produce in any person any form of induced sleep or trance in which the susceptibility of the mind of that person to suggestion or direction is increased or intended to be increased, but does not include hypnotism, mesmerism or any such similar act or process which is self induced.

  2. Fees


  3. Application and guidance notes

    Apply for consent

    Guidance notes

  4. Processing and timescales

    Applications are to be received no less than 28 days before the performance, unless a shorter time period is agreed in advance in individual circumstances.

    Upon receipt of the application, Greater Manchester Police will be consulted. Where there is no objection the application will be granted and the consent issued. Where there are objections or it is considered appropriate to refer the decision of the application to the Licensing and Appeal Committee, a hearing will be scheduled and you will be notified.


  5. Legislation


  6. Validity and renewals

    Consent is valid for a performance of stage hypnotism only.

  7. Complaints

    Contact Licensing in the first instance.

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