Paul S. Palmer's Bio
Here is everything you ever wanted to know and probably more than you
ever wanted to know about the creator of the Palmer Smoking Clinic and
the Sports Motivation clinic.
Paul S. Palmer, Ph.B., has been engaged in hypnosis as a researcher,
consultant, lecturer and Professional Hypnotherapist for over 30 years. He holds a degree in Philosophy, attending both Chicago State
University and Roosevelt University in Chicago and has taught both
College and High school.
Mr. Palmer hypnotized his first client (working for homemade cookies)
in the summer of 1965. What first began as a curiosity gradually
unfolded into a life long vocation. The university setting provided the chance to
explore hypnosis, not from the classroom as
hypnosis is not taught as an academic subject
but as an opportunity to work with instructors and students who shared
the same curiosity about the mysterious subject of hypnosis.
Thus began a decade long odyssey exploring numerous areas of
hypnosis. Mr. Palmer participated in research projects at Chicago State
University, Saint Xavier University, University Of Chicago, and the
Chicago City Colleges. It was the research lab that provided thousands
of hours of experience and the expertise that later would serve as the
foundation for developing his unique hypnosis programs. As both research
designer and often the principle hypnotist, Mr. Palmer became an expert
in many areas of hypnosis such as age regression, sports performance,
and of course smoking cessation to name a few.
He pioneered the use of music to enhance the hypnosis experience.
Mr. Palmer has long believed that many factors contribute to a
successful hypnosis experience and that all of your senses are involved
becoming hypnotized. Music touches parts of the brain that language
can't and everyone responds to music thus making music a natural
companion to the relaxation process. Knowing that music can play a major
role in relaxing even the hard to relax, the next question was could it
be used to help carry the information as well?
Subliminal Messages. Spooky stuff!
Subliminal messaging had been a controversial subject since the
1950's. How effective could it be, can it change minds without you
knowing it? Mr. Palmer's research indicated that most
respond much to subliminal messages when they were wide awake but their
ability to absorb the information increased exponentially the more they
relaxed. This made subliminal messaging a natural companion for
hypnosis. Not being satisfied with any of the existing technology used to
create subliminal messages, Mr. Palmer worked with Illinois Institute of
Technology graduate students to design a "black box" to embed messages
in music without losing the quality of the message. His subliminal
messaging process was designed specifically to be used in hypnosis
applications. This technology is used only in the programs at the Palmer
Mr. Palmer has spoken on hypnosis on numerous TV and radio talk shows
as well as a frequent lecturer before numerous organizations. He has
taught hypnosis techniques to many through seminars and weekend
workshops often to
doctors, dentists, and mental health professionals. He was a lecturer and board member of
the Midwest Hypnosis Convention, with membership in the
Southwest Hypnosis Society, the Association to Advance Ethical Hypnosis,
the American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists, and the
Association of Self Hypnosis.
He has lectured extensively on his behavioral approach to smoking
cessation, conducting hundreds of seminars and workshops for many
organizations and companies and was a consultant and facilitator for the
American Lung Association "I Quit Clinics" for more than ten years.
(see Group Programs)
The Famous Mr. Palmer. (Not quit 15 minutes yet!)
With his special expertise in age-regression he published several
articles on the subject, most notably "Regressing the Blind to Their
Former Lives" which later led to the highlight of his professional
career, an article in the National Enquirer. He hypnotized the alleged
reincarnation of Harry Houdini (the world famous magician) and a man
abducted by space aliens in what turned out to be a 1956 Buick, both on
behalf of the National Enquirer. He served briefly as a consultant to
the National Enquirer on hypnotic regression in the area of UFO
abductees (very briefly). He served as a field investigator for two UFO
research organizations and lectured on the use and credibility of
hypnotic age-regression at the First International UFO Congress. His
five year study of hypnotic age regression into prior lives at Chicago State University received international
recognition in the movie, "Beyond and Back."
About the Palmer Smoking Clinic.
Mr. Palmer opened the Palmer Smoking Clinic in 1980 while still
teaching. His approach to using hypnosis for smoking was different and
controversial from the beginning. After reviewing every stop-smoking
program and quitting strategy he could lay his hands on, he disagreed
with all of them. Everyone thought that hypnosis was somehow being used
to cure a chemical addiction. Mr. Palmer argued that hypnosis wasn't
used for other forms of chemical addiction, why would it be working on
nicotine addiction? As a researcher, this dilemma presented a challenge
to discover exactly what hypnosis was doing for the smoker. What he
discovered became the secret to his success
More info having little or nothing to do with hypnosis.
Mr. Palmer was born and raised in Chicago Il., in a two story teepee
on the far south side of the city (a White Sox Fan). He is an American
Indian on his fathers side and thus his ancestors probably had something
to do with promoting the tobacco smoking idea to the unsuspecting
Europeans. While not exactly apologetic about it, he sees the Palmer
Smoking Clinic as just a continuation of a centuries old
Mr. Palmer's understanding and use of music in his programs comes
from many years as a musician. He has been involved in community theater
and various singing ensembles since high school. He has been a member and
officer in the Barbershop Harmony Society for 20 years, winning a third
place international medal. He is also a professional bagpiper, wear'in the kilt
for 25 years. See: bagpipes4hire.com
The Early Years
He became an Eagle Scout at the age of thirteen with three palms. He
was a member of the gymnastic team and football team in high
school. He wrote for his college newspaper and played on the golf team.
He was president of the Philosophy Club his senior year. He was also a
member of the Golden Puppets Skydiving Club, drove a Triumph motorcycle and
fishes for Muskie.
Palmer Smoking Clinic & Sports Motivation Clinic
14810 S. Keystone Ave.
Midlothian, IL. 60445 Phone
His mother was particularly proud when he received a gold star for his
tempera on rag paper, post-modernist, representational rendering of
"Goldie Locks and the Three Bears", from Mrs. Kirshner's morning