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Hypnotism Authorisation

Licence Summary

If you wish to show, demonstrate or perform a hypnotism act in public, you must have authorisation from the local authority in England and Wales.

You must comply with any conditions attached to an authorisation.


Regulation Summary

Copies of relevant legislation can be found on the website.


Application Process

An application for consent should be made in writing and signed by the applicant or his agent and shall normally be made not less than 28 days in advance of the performance concerned. The authority will normally respond within 7-14 days.

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 shall contain the following:

  • the name (both real and stage, if different) and address of the person who will give the performance (hereafter 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  • a statement as to whether, and if so giving details thereof, the hypnotist has been previously refused or had withdrawn a consent by any licensing authority or been convicted of an offence under the Hypnotism Act 1952 or of any offence involving the breach of a condition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).

There is no fee associated with this application.


How To Apply

To apply for a Hypnotism Authorisation please complete the appropriate form below.

Application Form Apply online
Application For A Performance of Hypnotism View

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Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Tacit consent means that if we have not dealt with applications within the target period then the application can be deemed to have been granted/approved.

Please note that tacit consent does not apply in respect of this application. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or contact us on [email protected] or 01642 526558.


Licence Holder Redress

Please contact us in the first instance.


Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you, preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, visit our Consumer pages or for advice. From outside of the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

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