Over the past 20 years, Paul McKenna has helped motivate millions of people to successfully lose weight, quit smoking, overcome insomnia, eliminate stress, and increase self-confidence.
Paul has famously worked his unique brand of personal transformation with Hollywood movie stars, Olympic gold medallists, rock stars, top business achievers, and royalty. He has consistently astounded his audiences and clients by proving how small changes in people's lives can yield huge results, whether it's curing someone of a lifelong phobia, an addiction or clearing up deep-seated issues in a matter of days.
In his drive to help those suffering from PTSD, severe trauma, extreme pain and high levels of emotional distress, Paul McKenna has been involved in the research and development of the psycho-sensory therapies targeting the Amygdala region of the brain (Amygdala Depotentiation Therapy) with Dr. Ronald Ruden and Dr. Stephen Ruden, presenting seminars to health care professionals in the UK and USA.
Paul is Britain's bestselling non-fiction author, having sold 3 million books in 3 years (more than 10 million in total), which have been translated into 32 languages. His TV shows and live appearances have been watched and attended by hundreds of millions of people in 42 countries around the world.
Paul started off in radio aged 16 and went on to present for stations including Radio Jackie, Radio Caroline, Chiltern Radio, Capital London and BBC Radio 1. He became interested in hypnotism as a result of a guest who appeared on his radio show. His interest stemmed initially for reasons of self-development, although he discovered there was an entertainment aspect that he could develop which would expose more of the public to the power of hypnosis.
He was taught hypnosis by American practitioner Richard Bandler, with whom he continued to work closely for many years. While working at Capital Radio, Paul began experimenting with small hypnotic shows, first for the amusement of friends, then for audiences in locations like pubs and clubs, UK military bases, and university events.
The success of those shows led to his playing other theatres across the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, the US, Australia, and Hong Kong. Paul McKenna went on to become known as the world's most successful stage hypnotist. His incredibly popular stage show played at large venues usually reserved for rock concerts and he broke all records when he put on the largest show of stage hypnosis in the world by selling out The Royal Albert Hall.
Paul is credited with giving the hypnotic show a whole new image, combining the intrigue of the scientific with the glamour of the mysterious. As a form of entertainment Paul's TV series The Hypnotic World Of Paul McKenna proved a huge success for ITV with over twelve million viewers between 1993-97. It was hard to beat and apart from being hysterically funny, it was also an education; in 1994, Paul won the award for 'best London Show' as well as the prestigious T.R.I.C. Award for Best Newcomer.
During this time, Paul continued his studies of hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming with the US psychologist Richard Bandler, the co-creator of the advanced behavioural science technique abbreviated to NLP.
Paul McKenna now divides his time between the UK and the United States where he was given his own prime time special by ABC TV entitled 'The World's Funniest Hypnotist', as well as appearing on Montel, Howard Stern, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, MTV, Prime Time Live and many many more.