- Question 1: I've never heard of "Psychodynamic
Entertainment". What is it? Did you come up with the term, and if
Answer: As far as I am aware of, the term "Psychodynamic
Entertainment" is unique to me. Even though I am not a
psychologist, I came up with this description of my
performances while studying psychology.
Sigmund Freud originally used the
word "psychodynamic" (taken from his study of thermodynamics) as
a metaphor to explain that the human personality has three
distinctive and interacting parts. His theory was based upon the
idea that energy can be neither created nor destroyed, while
emphasizing the influence of the unconscious mind in regards to
one's behavior. Carl Jung later expounded upon Freud's ideas.
While learning about this aspect of psychology, I was also
reading history and thinking about the way various myths and
legends seem to be repeated time and again throughout various
cultures. The correlations discovered, combined with other
artistic endeavors I was involved in, led me to develop a
performance style that is a mix of cultural / philosophical
beliefs, psychology, history, myths, legends, and ancient
understandings that, when communicated, touch upon and can access
various layers of the psyche in regards to behavior and
motivation. Comprised with both verbal and visual enchantments,
as an entertainment art form, it breathes new life into notions
that are often overlooked or abandoned in lieu of perceived
certainties. As such, I have found that this mix can be a very
powerful experience for an audience.
Since I could not find another description that concisely
exemplifies what I do - "Psychodynamic Entertainment" was
- Question 2: What makes your
“Psychodynamic Entertainment” different and / or
better than other entertainment?
In today’s world, it’s difficult not to
be bombarded with a variety of entertainment offerings - books,
movies, t.v., music, video games and even the daily news are just
some of the methods that can provide a bit of escape from daily
activities, and all provide that opportunity. However, live
entertainment allows for more personalized interaction and
greater connection with others that most entertainment forms
simply can’t provide.
Unfortunately, some entertainers have designed their live
performance offerings, perhaps unrealized, with an emotional,
mental and physical separation between them and their audiences.
As such, it makes no difference if others are in the same room or
a thousand miles away. To counteract this, several live
entertainers have taken to incorporate members of their audiences
by giving them small tasks to do but, more often than not, still
fail to create a greater connection. While other entertainers
attempt to connect with their audiences through the use of
objectionable / blue language or by bringing in often pointed
personal social / political viewpoints that really don’t
fit, or have a place within the performance (assuming that those
present view such actions favorably). Granted, the above is not
indicative of all live entertainers but, unfortunately, the
problems described above seem to be more common than not.
Adversely, my background interests, studies, entertainment and
life endeavors have provided me with a base of unique knowledge
and understanding in regards to improving common connection
problems regarding live performance interactions, thus allowing
for a greater mental / emotional connection with those who are
present. This, coupled with my view that good entertainment, not
unlike other art forms, exists when it encourages others to
consider / reconsider / examine thought and ideas overlooked /
abandoned / or forgotten, which admittedly slightly forces some
people out of their comfort zones. With that, I believe that such
entertainment / art should not be of the sort in which an
audience is forced to believe one thing over another, but rather
engages them in the possibilities of the “what
if’s” which, in turn, can foster further
contemplation and discussion.
Now, in regards to my offerings being “better” than
others - well, everyone has his / her own views and likes.
Nevertheless, if you view entertainment the way I do, or have
found the things presented on this site the least bit
interesting, then I encourage you to consider booking one of my
performance offerings for your next party / event and then draw
your own conclusions.
- Question 3: What Is A Psychodynamatist?
Answer: The word “Psychodynamatist” is one that
I coined to best describe not only who I am, but what I do. My
interests and studies revolve around discovering connections,
commonalities and overlooked truths within and between various
cultural / philosophical beliefs, psychology, history, myths and
legends which have led to my participation in practices that are
based in ancient understandings. As such, I often share bits of
this knowledge with others to help, enlighten, entertain,
stimulate ideas & provoke thought.
- Question 4: I’ve read through your site and
I don’t understand what you do. Are you a magician? Are you
a storyteller? Are you a speaker? Are you a “psychic”
reader/ philosopher/ historian / anthropologist / performance
artist? Help me understand what you do.
Answer: It may seem odd to some, but as to your question if
I am a “magician / storyteller / speaker /
‘psychic’ reader/ philosopher/ historian /
anthropologist / performance artist”, the answer is simply
put – yes. But there is this small caveat - it should be
understood that such labels are not ones that I have chosen for
myself, but others interpretations. When it comes to what I do,
picking one classification / category over another is akin to
viewing a large tapestry from only a few inches away - you may be
able to distinguish the threads by color or size, but the big
picture is lost. As such, the tapestry, as it were, is one of my
own creation, as is the label I’ve chosen and fashioned for
myself - Psychodynamatist.
Now as to what I do – simply put, I offer a unique style of
entertainment that is rooted in a myriad of ideas, thoughts and
understandings, some as old as time itself. My entertainment
offerings are designed, with the audience in mind, to promote
various levels of mental / emotional / physical participation,
foster contemplation, encourage discussions and perhaps challenge
ones personal perspectives of what is / may be possible (i.e.
giving others an opportunity to re-think reality) I call it
“Psychodynamic Entertainment”. Through the years, I
have learned, via conversations and notes received (including
some guestbook entries), that the ideas, feelings and discussions
stimulated by what was seen, heard and experienced during my
presentations have often lingering long after the event had
- Question 5: Are you a hypnotist / do you hypnotize people?
Answer: I hate to disappoint if you are looking for one, but I'm not a hypnotist, nor do I believe that a person can "hypnotize" another. However, for reasons ranging from the boredom of monotony to complete concentration, I do think that individuals are able to hypnotize themselves and enter trancelike states from time-to-time.
As an entertainer, my goal, as I think the goal of anyone who
participates in entertainment or artistic endeavors, is to
provide an opportunity for an audience to see things from a
different prospective and / or, to a certain extent, get lost
within the work presented. Based on the reactions and comments
received, it seems that my offerings can be especially powerful
for those who are able to look beyond what I do as being simple
diversions. For those who like to occupy themselves with
speculation of methods, there is plenty of room for theory in
regards to what is seen / experienced during my presentations.
Likewise, those whose knowledge of hypnosis comes from fictional
portrayals - or from a wish to relate their accounts to others -
then hypnotism provides an easy explanation.
- Question 6: William, I would like to have you entertain for my group, as your Psychodynamic Entertainment offerings seem really new and different from what we have seen before. Yet, I'm concerned that you might be a bit too serious for our group. Can you settle my concern?
Answer: I understand this concern, as my form of entertainment is new to those who have not been in one of my audiences, nor ever participated within my performances. For better or worse, my style of entertainment is not as easy to classify or, for want of a better term, is as predictable as, let's say, a singer, dancer, juggler, or clown may be. As a performer, I know there are times to be serious, times to be light-hearted, and times just to have fun. As such, you may be relieved to know that much, but not all, of what I do can go in any direction. Depending upon the type of performance desired, I have a tendency to play off of those around me. As such, separate audiences might have differing thoughts as to what Psychodynamic Entertainment is, concerning the presentation style. Granted, you know your friends and acquaintances better than I do, so if you are concerned about the performance in this regard, feel free to contact me and I'll be better able to assist you in determining which offering will best fit your group's needs and personality.
- Question 7: I'm putting together a small party and am looking
for something different to offer my guests. I think an
entertainer would be great and am considering having you perform
for us, but it seems that your performances are really involved
and deep, so I'm not sure if my guests would "get" what you do.
Can you help me?
Answer: I've found most don't understand that the role of
entertainment at a party / event is to provide a new dimension to
the proceedings and stimulate positive interaction between those
present. As such, I see my simplified role as an entertainer as
someone who is able to bring people together providing what has
been described as "a uniquely individual, yet common experience"
that can later be used to spur discussion, thereby making the
party / event something that will be better remembered and talked
Unfortunately, since I don't know your group, or what sort of
party you are planning, I can't really recommend something
specific at this point. Yet, if you have a theme in mind, are
willing to provide me with an idea of your guests (their age
range, likes and commonalities, etc.), I could better guide you
in making a selection from my offerings, or even put something
together for you. As far as my offerings being "involved and
deep" - well, generally speaking, some people look to
entertainment as a superficial diversion, while others seek
deeper understandings. As such, my offerings are layered in such
a way that no matter how deeply one allows him/herself to get
into the offering provided, it will not negatively affect the
performance value, in itself. This is assuming that the
individual or group in question desires to be entertained in the
manner offered and he/she is not there to disrupt the proceedings
- Question 8: I've noticed that there is a lot about
magic, the supernatural, and things considered "occult" on your
site - how do you respond to those who find this
Answer: I realize that there can be some hesitation in
regards to my offerings, as the prospects of magic, the
supernatural, and things considered "occult", especially if one's
personal belief system regards these subjects as taboo. Yet, all
too often in today's world, the trend seems to be that people
often disregard things that cannot be seen or easily explained by
science as being fantasy and / or superstition, having little to
no relevance in one's life. The fact is that the ideas of magic,
the supernatural, and things considered "occult" are intrinsic
within human history and is the basis of religion and all
sciences, as mankind has sought to find answers and reasons for
our personal existence and the workings of the world. As much as
one may desire to relegate such notions to the un-enlightened,
many great thinkers have found power, inspiration, and new
outlooks on various problems (both internal and external) by
opening themselves up to things that Einstein once described as
"the mysterious". In this manner, my performance goal is to not
only entertain, but to offer the opportunity for others to regain
the magic that resides within the self and surrounds all.
- Question 9: I'm confused, it appears that you have a
lot of adult themes, yet you also seem to be a children's
performer. So, are your shows for children or adults? I don't
understand how you can do both.
Answer: I can understand your confusion, yet everyone has it within himself or herself to be many things to many people; it all depends on the situations encountered as to how one presents one's self that helps others form their own perceptions. Unfortunately, those who have seen me perform for children are unable to think of me outside of that role, likewise those who have seen me perform for more mature audiences have difficulty in imagining my performance ability with younger audiences. Simply put, I have several performance offerings. Some are designed for children as the key audience, others are designed for adults or mature audiences and some are performances that can go either way.
To better explain…
My performances for mature or what can be classified as "adult"
audiences are not due to anything that may be considered
risqué or "blue" but, often (not always) carry intricate
themes with heavier or darker tones that are not intended for
My performances for children are simpler, kept on a light and
more positive note that, as a general rule, encourages the power
of belief in oneself and the importance of knowledge.
I also offer performances for engagements in which there is no set age focus, such as family nights, fundraisers, etc. For such events I have and do offer some things that strike a balance between these performance modes mentioned above, most of which are not defined by a specific title but based upon the needs of my client.
With the explanations above, I'd say that adults present for my performances designed for children will more-than-likely find them enjoyable, perhaps not for the same reasons or way that the children present do, but enjoyable none-the-less. However, children in attendance for one of my performances designed for a more mature audience may not have the same reaction. In fact, during my "Journey's Through the Veil" entertainment offering, one parent who had seen me perform during a child's birthday insisted in having her 9 year old sit in (against my urging against it and that of the wishes of my client). Unfortunately, the parent got her way and even though some of the performance (by request of my client) was "toned down", from what I heard, the child suffered with nightmares for several weeks after.
After all, just because you and your young child may enjoy
watching reruns of the 1978-'82 science fiction sitcom "Mork
& Mindy" (in which Robin Williams made excellent use of his
comedic talent in his role as Mork, an alien sent to earth to
observe human behavior), it does not mean that you should expose
your child to the 2002 psychological thriller "One Hour Photo"
(in which Robin Williams confirmed his ability to play serious -
if not frightening and disturbing - roles through this movie).
Not unlike him and other actors / entertainers, I, too, take on
different roles, depending upon what my clients call for and the
- Question 10: I like what I've read, but I'm concerned about the storytelling aspect of what you do. I can't help but thinking of this as being "children's entertainment". Considering my event is for adults, I'm not sure how my group would feel if I hired you to perform for us. Please explain the whole "storytelling" thing?
Answer: Although "storytelling" is often considered "children's entertainment", one must realize that news, art, movies and songs can be reduced down to a collection of stories. It's also true that information, facts, and events in our lives are often arranged in "story-form" to aid personal memory and relate our experiences to others, no matter what our age. Often the manner in which "stories" are presented, the way they resonate with us, individually, determines if we will be drawn in, keeps our interest and, on some level, becomes part of us. Generally speaking, my core audience is primarily comprised of adults and, to some extent, older teens who enjoy entertainment that, if desired, can provide room for later discussion. As such, all of my performance offerings have their own narrative and flow that are often infused with actual experiences, both my own and that of others, as well as history, legend and cultural mythos. Although not always spoken directly, these are ever present. So, for the exception of a very few, my offerings are subject to speculation and contemplation that is largely dependent upon each individual's observations, interpretations, mindset, life experiences and personal points of view.
- Question 11: Is what you do real?
Answer: Being an entertainer, the greatest thing I can do is to provide a door in which my audience may free themselves from the daily grind and present an opportunity for them to possibly see / think about things in a different way, including the "what if's". Like it or not, things labeled as "real" often depend on ones' personal perception. I believe in what I do (just about any acting student understands the importance of this mindset). That said, what's "real" for me may differ from what is "real" for you or someone else, and no matter how much evidence is provided to prove or disprove ones' notions, people will still find / create their own "truth".
- Question 12: Do you keep your performances exactly the same
i.e. do you always do the same thing? Let's say, if I were to hire you for
"The Wizard / Wizardess Magical Discovery Workshop" as my child's
entertainment one year, would it remain the exact same show the
Answer: Generally speaking, my bookings, more often than not, are generated from those who have seen me perform, who have booked me previously, or requested me do something on the spot. So, with that said, I try to keep aspects of my performances fresh. As such, my performances do change from time to time, even though the specific theme / show title remains unchanged. This is not to say that all of the elements, or the context itself, will change, but the content and the format might and often does. With "on the spot" performances, I use what is available, and as such, these are often quite different from any of my booked performances.
In regards to the entertainment offered for children, well, what
is presented and / or the way it is presented for let's say a
seven year old will differ from that of a nine year old, simply
because, more often than not, their understanding, life
experience, and general knowledge has grown. However, it should
be noted that within such situations wherein a child is in the
audience of those younger or older than him / herself, he / she
will still enjoy and get a lot out of the performance (just as
many of the adults present will, if they allow themselves to do
With that stated, my performances for children, even within the
same age group, do go through changes more frequently than my
other offerings, simply because some children have a tendency to
be invited to several parties.
- Question 13: Do you ever use live animals like rabbits, birds, or tigers in your magic performances?
Answer: I have worked with and used small live animals
(birds, rabbits, cats etc.) in some of my performances - but that
was years ago. Even though animals of this nature do have a
certain quality about them that often generate positive reactions
from most audiences, I currently refrain from their incorporation
(unless specifically requested to do so and then only under
certain conditions) due to a variety of reasons. Among these is
the fact that several people have allergies to the popular
feather and fur covered assistants, and one may not discover the
allergy until being in the same environment or within close
proximity to the animal. As such, I don’t believe that the
day of a live show, whether it is during or after the actual
performance, is the proper place for anyone to discover such a