Famous People Who Changed Their Lives with Hypnosis

September 1st, 2022

The Movers & Shakers of the world have long realized just how powerful it can be to have your mind working with you, using hypnosis. 

Has YOUR favorite celebrity overcome an issue in their life with hypnosis? Check out this list of famous people who have used hypnosis, because some of these names may just surprise you:

  • Sir Winston Churchill used hypnosis to stay awake and fight exhaustion during the long nights of WWII.

  • Jackie Kennedy used hypnosis to let go of trauma.

  • Princess Diana famously used hypnosis to improve her public speaking, as well as to increase her confidence.

  •  Sigmund Freud, the Father of Modern Psychotherapy, was formerly a practicing hypnotist. However, his dentures kept falling out, so he left the practice to create Psychotherapy.

  • Albert Einstein had hypnosis sessions every afternoon. His theory of relativity, one of the defining theories of the modern age, came to him during one of these sessions.

  • Thomas Edison famously used self-hypnosis and trance to increase his creativity. By holding a metal ball bearing that would fall from his hand as he started to drift off, he taught himself how to access the deeply creative states of Theta frequency – the same frequencies that make hypnosis so effective.

  • Nikolai Tesla used hypnosis throughout his life. He reportedly diagnosed his own medical condition (which was unknown at that point) with hypnosis. 

  • Famous composers Mozart and Chopin both used hypnosis to increase their creativity. Mozart even wrote much of one of his famous operas (“Cosi fan tutte”) while in hypnosis.

  • Michael Jackson used hypnosis to overcome creative blocks in his music, and to aid relaxation and stress reduction

  • Billy Joel used hypnosis for creativity and stage presence.

  • Britney Spears used hypnosis to help her get in the zone before performances.

  • Reese Witherspoon, actress, businesswoman, and movie producer, is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world. She fought for years to get important roles, and she turned to hypnosis to help her manage her panic attacks. It helped her forge her own path in Hollywood.

  • Jessica Alba, a powerhouse in Hollywood, was intimidated by her upcoming childbirth in 2008. She famously used HypnoBirthing to deal with much of the stress, pain, and discomfort around giving birth. It impacted her so much that she insisted on using it for her second pregnancy as well.


  • Barack Obama, former president of the United States, successfully overcame smoking using hypnosis.

  • Joaquin Phoenix, the actor and star behind the movie “Joker” struggled to overcome the habit – until he used hypnosis.

  • Naomi Campbell, the model and actress of ‘Empire’ fame, used hypnosis to overcome the nicotine addiction.

  • Wynona Ryder, a household name in Hollywood, used hypnosis to quit smoking – and she’s taken back her health.

  • Samuel L Jackson, the actor renowned in movies from Pulp Fiction to The Avengers, used hypnosis to overcome his smoking addiction.

  • A-list celebrity Matt Damon overcame smoking with hypnosis.

  • British singer Adele needed to quit smoking to save her voice (and her career). Famously, hypnosis helped her stop smoking almost immediately – right in time for her hit single “Hello” to hit the charts.

  • Talk show host and comedian Ellen Degeneres overcame smoking with hypnosis – famously. She had her hypnosis session filmed on live television.

  • South African Actress and Producer Charlize Theron overcame smoking with hypnosis.

  • Actor Ben Affleck (Batman vs. Superman, Gone Girl) famously used hypnosis to overcome hypnosis. He advocates hypnosis to others, and says it helped him reclaim his health.

  • Prince Harry of the British royal court overcame his smoking addiction with hypnosis.

  • Actress Drew Barrymore overcame smoking with hypnosis.

  • Actor Ashton Kutcher overcame smoking with hypnosis.

  • British Singer-Songwriter Mark Knopfler overcame smoking with hypnosis.


  • After being defeated by Ken Norton (who used hypnosis) in 1973, Muhammed Ali began hypnosis to improve his boxing as well. Ali is still widely known as the best boxer in history.

  • Boxer Kevin McBride used hypnosis to improve his mental game, and it helped him beat one of the best boxers in the world: Mike Tyson, who was only defeated six times in his entire career.

  • Tiger Woods famously uses hypnosis to help him push himself to the limits. It helps him not only shut out distractions and get in the zone, but also to visualize his success – and make it happen.

  • Steve Hooker, the Australian Olympic Gold Medalist Pole Vaulter, struggled with fears, frustration, and mental exhaustion that had him on the brink of quitting entirely. Using hypnosis, he was able to get back into the zone, and it helped him move beyond the struggles to visualize and create his success.

  • Golfing legend Jimmy Connors used hypnosis before all of his U.S. Open Victories, and he credits it with helping him to achieve the title.

  • Golf Pro Jack Nicklaus openly states that hypnotherapy and visualizations are the sole reason for his incredible concentration during play.

  • Football legend David Beckham used hypnosis to shut down spiraling negative thoughts and OCD behaviors. The increased focus helped him stay in the zone to win.

  • Olympian Mary Lou Retton used hypnosis at the Olympic Games themselves to block the pain in her foot, allowing her to win Gold in Gymnastics  (1984).

  • Andre Agassi, the famed tennis player who won 17 gold masters in his career, used hypnosis to improve his energy, control, focus, strength, and power.

  • Wayne Gretzky,  Jimmy Connors, Bill Buckner, Lance Armstrong, Dale Earnhardt, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant have all used hypnosis to improve their sports performance and enhance their careers. 

  • Equestrian riders at the highest levels, including at Wellington, use hypnosis to increase their success.

  • The Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Bulls, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Montreal Canadians have all confirmed the use of sports hypnosis with their athletes.

  • Hypnosis has gone on to the Olympics countless times since the Games began. In 1956, the Russian Olympic team took no less than ELEVEN Hypnotists with them to the games. It’s been used by almost all major Olympic teams, including the Swiss and US teams.

  • Bruce Willis, actor of Die Hard fame, likely wouldn’t have become a famous actor if hypnosis hadn’t help him overcome his stuttering.

  • Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, used Hypnobirthing to help with all three of her pregnancies.

  • The same is true for Hollywood legend James Earl Jones, the voice behind Darth Vader and Mufasa (The Lion King). Jones used hypnosis to overcome his stuttering, and it helped make him the vocal powerhouse he is today.

  • Aaron Eckhart, the American Actor who played Harvey Two-Face in The Dark Knight, credits hypnosis with changing his life forever. He used hypnosis to give up smoking AND drinking.

  • Kevin Costner uses hypnosis so often that he has a personal hypnotist. In fact, he flew his personal hypnotist to Hawaii while filming Water World  to overcome his seasickness.

  • Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Airlines and other Virgin brands, used hypnosis to prepare himself for a round-the-world hot air balloon journey.

  • Hollywood legend Cary Grant used hypnosis to overcome a persistent issue with insomnia.

  •  Martha Stewart used hypnosis to overcome nightmares from living in jail.

  • Actor Orlando Bloom used hypnosis during childhood to overcome sugar addiction and improve his fitness. Since then, he’s been eating healthy, and maintaining his cut physique.

  • Felix Baumgartner, the first man to reach supersonic speeds without a jet or aircraft, likely would have never made his jump from the edge of space back to earth, had he not worked with a hypnotherapist to overcome his anxiety and claustrophobia for the small ascent capsule.

  •  Florence Henderson, the actress who played the mother of the Brady Bunch, overcame her fear of flying by using hypnosis. She became so interested in it, that she eventually became a certified hypnotherapist. 

  • British model Sophie Dahl, once marked as “Plus Size” used hypnosis to manage her weight in a healthy way. She claims that afterwards, her dieting was minimal – thanks to the mental shifts produced by hypnosis.

  • Geri Halliwell, one of the famous Spice Girls of the ’90’s, has become a firm advocate of hypnosis. She’s used it for several areas, including weight loss and general fitness.

  • Kelly Rippa, of Regis and Kelly fame, overcame a crippling fear of flying by using hypnosis.

…And the list continues to grow!

Was your favorite celebrity on the list? If they were, perhaps it’s time to make hypnosis work for you – just like they did.

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