A lot of stage hypnotists come from a magic tricks or mentalism (magicians who are bad at sleight of hand do mentalism) background. I prefer telling jokes to fooling people.
One thing for sure, a lot of stage hypnotists come from a magic tricks background. Others started in hypnotherapy. Some have zero entertaining experience at all! (I think they fig… http://rustyz.com/blog/2019/03/why-i-dont-do-mentalism-or-magic-along-my-hypnosis-show/