A lot of people wonder if hypnosis is even real. If you've ever seen a hypnosis stage show, this is a legitimate question. It looks so surreal that it almost seems fake. Allow me to explain.
First of all, only about 25% of the population are what we would call natural somnambulists. These are the people that make great stage show participants because they go really deep, really fast. While it may appear that they're under the control of the hypnotist, it's more like they're sleep walking and participating in dream. In this state they are completely free of all inhibitions so they can sing and dance without any concern about what others may think. (kind of like when people karaoke lol)
Some won't be completely amnesic to the events. In this case it is truly as if they were dreaming and sleep walking. Others kind of know what's happening but they're having such a good time that they just don't care. In this case, it's as if they've gone back to being like a 4 year old where playing pretend and the world of imagination is vivid and life like.
Can everyone be hypnotized?
While not everyone is a natural somnambulist, everyone CAN be hypnotized. Hypnosis is essentially going into an altered state or a zoned out state. This occurs when we slow our brain waves down from beta to either alpha or theta. This occurs naturally each and every day to each and every one of us when we go to sleep and when we're day dreaming or allowing our mind to wander.
So the answer is a resounding Yes! Hypnosis is real and everyone can be hypnotized as long as they are willing and able to listen and follow what the hypnotist is saying.