SZELES’ interest in performing began at the age of 16 when he would drive his younger cousin to magic shops around the Detroit area, and he started performing magic tricks for birthday parties here and there. Years later, he found himself performing on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco and trying his hand at hypnotism.
First trying self-hypnosis and liking the sense of being well rested, relaxed and the euphoric feeling it brought to him, he bought a book on hypnosis and within days was hypnotizing his friends. SZELES studied clinical Hypnosis and holds State certification. Missing the fun and excitement he had experienced as a street performer on the wharf, SZELES decided, after several months of private practice, to return to what he loved most – performing to crowds for good-humored fun! Thus began the birth of his new career – stage hypnotism.
Performing stage hypnosis now for over thirty-five years, SZELES has performed for a wide variety of clients from colleges, the USO, to corporate parties and private functions He holds the distinct honor of being the first person to perform a live show at San Jose’s Winchester Mystery House on what other date but Friday the Thirteenth!! He recently returned from the United Kingdom where he performed several shows for a quaint local pub located in Nottingham, England reputed to be the oldest pub in the county – known as “The Trip To Jerusalem” founded in 1189AD.