"To his wife?" I asked, and the room exploded in laughter. Later, however, someone asked Dr. Orne how many people in the general population are capable of responding to almost any suggestion they are given. "One or two percent," he replied, with the verbal equivalent of a shrug.
In the following You Tube video, Brian David Phillips demonstrates how easy it is to induce both multiple and full body orgasms in a sufficiently willing and responsive subject, merely by suggesting that they are going to take place.
Are these responses genuine, or was she merely play-acting? Most professional observers would probably agree that in all likelihood, this volunteer is part of the one or two percent of hypnotic subjects that Orne was talking about, who are capable of actualizing virtually anything that is suggested to them.
Some lay hypnotists have made a great deal of money putting on workshops and selling tapes over the Internet purporting to show you how to do this yourself. As you can see, however, Phillips isn't doing anything but suggesting what is about to take place. Hypnosis, in regard to this or any other suggestion, provides both the opportunity and the occasion for people who are able to use their imagination in an "Alice-in-Wonderland" fashion to go ahead and do so. All the rest depends upon the subjects' ability and willingness to comply with the instructions and suggestions he or she is given.
Sarbin, T. R., & De Rivera, J. (1998). Believed-in imaginings: The narrative construction of reality (memory, trauma, dissociation, and hypnosis). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.