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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
An application fee is payable.
A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence
An application for consent must be in writing
(there is no prescribed form) and signed by the applicant or his
agent and must be made not less than 28 days in advance of the
performance concerned. This period may be reduced in the case
of a hypnotist who has performed at the same venue within the last
three years without any problems occurring. The Council will
normally respond within 7 to 14 days, less where the hypnotist has
previously performed in the same venue.
The applicant must at the same time forward a
copy of the application to the Chief Officer of Police and the Fire
The application shall contain the following
- The name (both real and stage name, if different) and address
of the person who will give the performance along with details of
their last three performances (where and when); and
- A statement as to whether, and if so giving the full details,
the hypnotist has previously been refused, or had withdrawn, a
consent by any licensing authority or been convicted of an offence
under the Hypnotism Act 1952 or of an offence involving the breach
of a condition regulating or prohibiting the giving of a
performance of hypnotism on any person at a place licensed under
the Licensing Act 2003 or any other place.
No poster, advertisement or programme for
performance of hypnotism which is likely to cause public offence
shall be displayed, sold or supplied by or on behalf of the
licensee either at the premises or elsewhere;
Every poster, advertisement or programme for
the performance which is displayed, sold or supplied shall include,
clearly and legibly, the following statement:-
'Volunteers, who must be aged 18 or over,
can refuse at any point to continue taking part in the
Approved conditions may be attached to any consent given for a
|Will Tacit Consent Apply?
No. 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
Apply online for a hypnotism permit
|Failed Application Redress
||Please see "application evaluation process" above.
|Licence Holder Redress
Please contact us, in the first instance.
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 a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if
you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give
you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK
European Consumer Centre.
Worcestershire Regulatory Services
Malvern Hills District Council, The Council House
Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 3AF
Customer Contact Centre 01527 881395
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (please
start the subject heading with MHDC enquiry)