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Consent for Hypnotism Exhibition

Any exhibition, demonstration or performance of hypnotism (as defined in the Hypnotism Act 1952) requires the express written consent of the Council as licensing authority.


An application for consent of a hypnotism performance must be in writing and signed by the applicant or his agent and must normally be submitted no less than 28 days before the performance is scheduled to take place. 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. A copy of the application must be forwarded at the same time to:

Licensing Department (Alcohol)
Essex Police
Email Essex Police Licensing Department (Alcohol)

The application must include:

a) 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)

b) a statement as to whether (and if so giving full details) the hypnotist has been previously refused, or had withdrawn a consent by any licensing authority or been convicted or an offence under the Hypnotism Act 1952, or of an offence involving the breach of a condition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 for public entertainment. (Refusal of consent by another authority does not necessarily indicate that the particular hypnotist is unacceptable).

Please read the conditions in the Related Downloads section in full before making your application.

Apply Now

You can apply for consent for hypnotism online, through the Business Link website, by selecting the link below:

Apply Online - Consent of Hypnotism Exhibition (opens new window)

Alternatively, you can download an application form which can be printed and returned to us at the address above.

Online applications will be acknowledged by email. We will aim to process your application within 20 working days. If this is not possible, we will inform you and provide an explanation as to the reason.

If your application is refused and you wish to appeal please contact us in the first instance, see contact details.

Tacit consent does not apply to this application because it is considered to be in the public interest for the local authority to process your application before it is granted. If you have not received a response by the end of the target completion period please contact us at the address above.

If you require any further information or have a complaint about this process please contact us, see contact details.