The Magic Man
June 11, 2008 · Updated 1:19 PM
Kevin Wolfe has more than just magic up his sleeves, hes also a master of hypnosis.
You may have seen him at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede or maybe at Whaling Days if youve seen his show you probably havent forgotten it. Wolfe is well-known for his magical stunts and tricks and maybe even better known for hypnotizing crowds of people.
Magic and hypnosis go hand-in-hand, he said.
For Wolfe, magic was something that caught his attention at the tender age of five when his uncle introduced him to his first magic trick, a small metal finger chopper that made his finger appear to be cut in half. After that, Wolfe was hooked.
Born in Bremerton, Wolfe moved to the mountains of Eastern Washington where he lived with his father in a house that had no electricity, telephone or running water.
When Wolfe was about 11 years old he was kicked out of a small Christian school in Eastern Washington for performing a magic trick.
Wolfe placed a drinking glass next to a sink and as he raised his hands the glass magically fell into the sink on its own or at least thats how it appeared. Wolfe says what he really did to knock over the glass (and says hes never told anyone before) was to hold a long strand of his hair in his hand and use that to tip over the glass.
He was kicked out of school for what the preacher called witchcraft and was later placed in public school. He was soon practicing magic again and started to get nto hypnosis. He would often practice hypnotizing his friends when he was in high school. He knew his future would include magic and hypnosis and began to set several goals for himself.
Wolfe was determined to reach every goal he set, and he is proud to say today that he has reached everyone of them.
I had these dreams, these goals, he said. I didnt want to live in the woods. Everyone told me theres no way (I could do what Im doing now), but I have, this year I accomplished my goals.
This year Wolfe accomplished his final goal of opening for Starship which he did in Thurston County where he performed his hypnosis show.
One of Wolfes first goals was to perform at the hometown fair and he accomplished that in 1990 when he first performed at the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede in 1990. Performing with idol David Copperfield was another which he accomplished when he was 18 years old. Recently he has set a new goal of really touching the audience.
I want the audience to feel emotions, thats my new goal, he said.
For the past seven years he has owned a hypnotherapy business in Old Town Silverdale called HypnoSolutions. In 1997 he received certification as an advanced certified hypnotherapist. He also is a pediatric hypnotherapist and emergency hypnosis instructor. In 2000 he became a certified instructor of advanced hypnotherapy through the National Guild of Hypnotists meaning he can teach others hypnotism. In his Silverdale office he works with people to help them with issues ranging from quitting smoking to weight loss by using hypnotic techniques. Wolfe describes hypnosis as an altered state of consciousness where the conscious level of the mind is in a state of hyper suggestibility.
When not in his office, Wolfe takes his magic and hypnosis on the road and travels throughout the Western United States. June through September is his busy time for shows. Since June of this year he has done 150 shows. September is when it slows down and now he focuses on his hypnotherapy business. For more information or to set up a hypnotherapy session call Wolfe at (360) 698- 9616.