Self styled ‘Dr.’ Jonathan Royle ‘Ph.D.’ (not his real name) is a FRAUDSTER. Do not give any money to this con artist. His Ph.D. and doctorate are FAKE, as are the associations & organisations listed below.
Alex William Smith, unhinged.
Dr Jonathan Royle Ph.D. – real name Alex William Smith Hypnotherapist- also uses the names Alex Leroy and Alex Alexander.
The following organisations & associations are all FAKE:
The Mindcare Organisation UK Ltd
Personal Development Associates (USA) – proprietor, J Royle.
The NLP Association (UK) – proprietor, J Royle.
The Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioners Association (NLPPA) – proprietor, J Royle.
The Association of Complete Mind Therapists (ACMT) – proprietor, J Royle.
The Association of Professional Hypnotherapists and Psychotherpists (APHP) – proprietor, J Royle.
The Royle Institute of Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy (R.I.H.P) – proprietor, J Royle.
The Professional Organisation of Stage Hypnotists (POSH) – proprietor, J Royle.
The Association of Professional Stage Hypnotists (APSH) – proprietor, J Royle.
Certificates bearing these titles are not worth the paper they are written on. If you are a recipient of one of these certificates, and are using it to attract and treat clients, you may be breaking the law.
‘Royle’ is a stage hypnotist, mind-reader, fake religious minister, psychic, and serial fraudster who has used a string of fake qualifications and phoney organisations to fleece scores of unsuspecting victims.
He has organised ‘How to become a Millionaire’ seminars from his council flat in Rochdale, allegedly pimped 12 year-old girls to an undercover reporter, and spent time in Manchester’s notorious Strangeways prison for dealing in counterfeit money.
After many years of remaining silent, it is now time to go public with this story. Alex Smith – aka Royle, Leroy, Alexander, has single-handedly done more damage to the reputation of stage hypnosis than anyone else. His antics have frequently brought hypnosis, and hypnotists, into disrepute. He operates under a guise of respectability, hiding behind phoney qualifications and awards. He offers ‘passive hypnosis profits’ and get rich quick schemes, from his ramshackled terraced house in Rochdale. He has put his own trainees at risk of criminal prosecution. Using fake credentials is not only illegal, it’s unfair to those he teaches and could land them trouble. If any of his students ever had any kind problem with a client, and the police or the courts decided to take a close look at the ‘certificates’ he dishes out like confetti, they could find themselves in hot water. The word ‘negligence’ immediately springs to mind. It’s time the real truth was made public.
Now read the full incredible story…
Living the Lie – the Weird World of Dr. Jonathan Royle Ph.D.
This is the incredible but true story of Alex William Smith, circus clown, hypnotist, mind-reader, religious minister, psychic, and serial fraudster who has used a string of fake qualifications and phoney organisations to fleece scores of unsuspecting victims.
This is the story of Smith’s bizarre alter egos. Also known as Alex LeRoy Hypnotist, or Alex Alexander, and more recently Dr. Jonathan Royle, Smith organised ‘How to become a Millionaire’ seminars from his council flat in Rochdale, allegedly pimped 12 year-old girls to an undercover reporter, dealt in counterfeit pound coins and as a result became a guest of Her Majesty in Manchester’s notorious Strangeways prison.
Alex Smith, aka ‘Dr Jonathan Royle, posing with a car he doesn’t own, can’t drive (he never learned) and sporting a number plate that actually belongs to a yellow Ford Transit van.
“I have to rush to my multiple personality disorder group – it doesn’t start until eight, but it takes me an hour to write out the name tags…”
…from an episode of Frasier
- The Clown
Alex William Smith was born into an unusual and nomadic life. Most of his formative years were spent touring with his father, a professional clown, with Gandey’s Circus. Never staying in one place long enough to make long-term friends among his own peer group, young Alex’s early childhood was spent with mainly adult circus performers for company – a strange lot at the best of times. He made his first public appearance as ‘Flap the Clown’ when he was just three years old.
The regular applause, the doting praise and fleeting acclaim showered on him by audiences at such an early age was bound to have an effect on his development. While other young boys were spending most of their time with their own age group, learning where boundaries lie, discovering the art of compromise and the general skills of how to get along with people, poor Flap was displayed as a cute exhibit.
Children brought up in this kind of environment rarely grow up to be well adjusted. Many child stars, even children of show business parents, have a morbid history of psychological problems later in life. The entertainment industry is littered with prescription-drug addicted and socially inept personalities – Judy Garland, Michael Jackson, Prince, Charlie Sheen, are prime examples. Deprived of the kind of conventional upbringing the rest of us take for granted, it’s not surprising that finding themselves in the real world, accepted and customary social interaction proves difficult.
An excess of the adulation of strangers can exert a profound, negative long-term influence on wellbeing and behaviour, creating deeply flawed individuals. All too often this leads to one kind of addiction or another. In Alex’s case, it turned out to be an addiction to approval.
To make matters worse, Alex William Smith magician was relentlessly bullied by other children and says that he attempted suicide. He says his relationship with his father had broken down, and that he began to crave the applause and approval of the audience. This is a classic example of what happens to children in that situation – they grow up determined to succeed just to show everyone they really are better than them – and special. Alex could have gone to college, or night school, or applied to adult education and from there worked towards his Ph.D. Others have done just that – I know a professional dancer who left show business and is now a renowned Ph.D. expert on the psychology of dance, but Alex didn’t do that… instead he relied on what he knew best – he used his circus training to create a fictional persona as fake as the greasepaint smile, with a fake Ph.D., and a list of fake organisations to support it. Look at me everyone – I’m important!
Although by no means a star, yet famous in his own mind, Alex displays many of the symptoms of narcissism, something recognised as a borderline mental illness. The symptoms include the inability to deal with criticism, targeted venom aimed at those whom he believes have humiliated him, and the most interesting, a desire to create an alter ego.
The adoption of stage names has always been acceptable in show-business, but Alex’s all-consuming embrace of his second self has nothing to do with the stage – the pseudonym ‘Dr. Jonathan Royle Ph.D.’ is the vehicle he uses to elevate himself to a position of importance – and for financial gain. Although he uses both his birth name and a string of pseudonyms – frequently alternating between the two – the boundaries between fantasy and reality have become confused. Alex believes he really is Dr. Jonathan Royle, and this points to a classic case of dual personality disorder.
More accurately, the clinical term for this is ‘dissociative fugue’ – an attempt to avoid intolerable conflict by assuming another personality to replace [in the patient’s view] an unsatisfactory one. The Dr. Jonathan Royle Ph.D. alter ego shields him from any kind of mature adult interaction, including criticism.
Typical examples would include personality transpositions from ‘ordinary’ such as accountant or mechanic to racing car driver, astronaut, millionaire financier, or doctor etc. In Alex’s case, he has chosen the profession closest to his own experience in entertainment, someone ‘widely regarded as one of the World’s Leading Hypnosis and NLP Experts and Trainers.’
The main function of the Royle alter-ego is that it allows Alex to hide from himself, thereby alleviating the pain of a harsh reality – in the real world, Alex Smith is a nobody. Cheated now of the adoration that was once a key – and disastrous – element of his formative years, the purely fictitious Dr Jonathan Royle Ph.D. satisfies a desperate need to be respected, to be lauded – no matter the cost.
For Alex, even ridicule is preferable to being ignored. The addition of the title ‘Doctor’ and the fake Ph.D. bestow an authority that acutely insecure Alex Smith doesn’t have. The real Alex knows and understands what it feels like to be forgotten and ignored once the show is over, but the fantastical Dr Jonathan Royle Ph.D. grants immunity from such rejection.
- The Hypnotist
Alex’s first invented persona, Alex LeRoy, was a stage hypnotist who occasionally performed X-rated hypnosis shows in pubs. His most famous stunt was telling a young lady at one of his sordid shows “when you wake up, you’ll think you’ve just been raped!” The stunt was covertly filmed for the BBC programme Here and Now. The young woman and the target of this insanely inadvisable stunt, clearly distressed, woke up screaming and crying. Alex was the only one who found it funny and even when some members of the pub audience rounded on him, he kept it going. He now claims – years after the event – that the girl concerned was a ‘paid stooge.’ This is patently untrue – even a cursory viewing of the footage shows the girl was traumatised – but it does point to the fact that when confronted, Alex will try to lie his way out of trouble.
As Alex Leroy stage hypnotist, many of his pub hypnosis shows are unlicensed – a criminal offence under the 1952 hypnotism act in the UK – but he gets round this rather inconvenient law by exploiting a convenient, though unintended, loophole, contending the performances are for ‘scientific and research purposes.’ The hypnosis shows in pubs are not publicized beyond the pub itself and so Alex is like the Scarlet Pimpernel – catching him in the act is next to impossible.
Once barred from performing in Manchester by the City Council Licensing Department (although he has performed his mind reading act in Manchester) he retaliated with one of his typically lengthy Internet rants in which he referred to the Licensing Officer as an ‘ugly fat lesbian.’
Where Alex does perform, it’s mainly in downmarket pubs – many in the Rochdale area – to small audiences of a few dozen inebriates, and at his own wedding – yes, you read that correctly, at his own wedding!
By the mid 1990’s Alex had become a pariah among established professional stage hypnotists. While the old school reviled him, the Federation of Ethical Stage Hypnotists (FESH) objected to licences when and where they could, but this strategy had little impact.
Deprived of the opportunity to perform, he turned his hand to training other would-be hypnotists – and in the process, passing on his bad habits. This kind of ‘Alex William Smith Training’ has some really shoddy practices involved, creating the wrong kind of hypnotists. Some of these individuals went on to do shows in pubs and seem to hold him in high esteem. Some of them have formed a happy, if odd, mutual admiration society, and often attend each other’s pub shows.
Alter ego Alex LeRoy eventually passed his sell-by date and was ‘killed-off’ – something usually reserved for characters in television soap operas – by the real Alex Smith.
But Alex already had his sights firmly set on greater things.
- The TV Star
In 1994, Alex Leroy was invited to participate in a Central TV Weekend programme, a studio based audience discussion show, which that particular week focused on stage hypnosis. Sat amongst the audience and no doubt feeling side-lined from the main discussion, he suddenly leapt to his feet and shouted insulting profanities at Margaret Harper, whose daughter Sharon had recently died allegedly as a result of stage hypnosis.
From that moment, the character of this extraordinary entertainer was set. After the programme was aired, every stage hypnotist in the country became aware of Alex LeRoy – and they were shocked to the core. Phone lines buzzed as hypnotists attempted to distance themselves from the reckless idiot who had single-handedly caused their profession to fall into disrepute. But the damage had been done.
Alex had already begun to develop a taste for appearing on TV. After being invited onto the ITV morning programme Trisha, this time as the author of a ‘best selling’ book – Hypnotism & Sex – How to Get Laid 365+ Times a Year: The Art of Speed Hypnotic Seduction & Hypnosis Pua [Pick-up-Artist] Attraction, Alex wasted no opportunity to put himself in front of the camera.
Another undisguised attempt to gain further notoriety saw him claim to have hypnotised a young girl to have sex with him, apparently without her knowledge. He filmed the act himself and cheerfully gave the footage to a Channel 4 programme appropriately titled The Dark Side of Stage Hypnosis. His young victim appears to be unconscious, and Alex grins at the camera during intercourse. Normally this is called rape but Alex demonstrates the technique on YouTube – the whole clip runs for about five minutes, but it’s worth watching to the end. Again, years after the event, he now claims that the girl was a ‘paid glamour model who acted the role out for publicity purposes.’ This may be true, but again, it goes to show the calibre of this ‘entertainer.’
He has appeared on several ITV shows in a number of guises, using the names Alex Alexander and Alex LeRoy as everything from a hypnotist and magician to a circus performer. He claims to have appeared five times on the Kilroy show under two different names. He appeared briefly on All Rise for Julian Clary, GMTV, The Big Breakfast, This Morning, The Time The Place, Here and Now, Prime Time and The Word. As ‘Dave Williams’ he appeared on The Big Breakfast demonstrating his talent for telling the future by means of examining people’s belly buttons. ‘belly button reading’
In 1998, using the name Alex Alexander he dropped his trousers and indecently exposed himself during a live Kilroy show on BBC1. He was immediately banned from appearing on future BBC programmes.
In 2015, appearing as Jonathan Royle Hypnotist, he repeated his belly button reading brilliance on ITV’s This Morning with Phillip Schofield.
The behaviour described above points to a desperate and all consuming need for attention as well serious and worrying personality problems. Remember, we are talking about a grown adult now in his forties, not a child.
These incidents illustrate his biggest failing – he has no sense of perspective, no filter, and no sense of responsibility that would prevent him crossing a line which to everyone else is very clearly defined. The man-child Alex is incapable of understanding that what may to him appear brilliantly funny, is actually acutely offensive.
His alleged claims of sex with underage girls reported in the now defunct News of the World (we will return to this later) is of particular interest, not only because of the serious criminal nature of the acts, but because it provides us with an insight into an unbalanced mind. He seems to have no understanding of the enormity of what he is saying, or its potential consequences.
- The Millionaire
By the early 1990’s, Alex had begun to branch out. One of his more outlandish projects was running weekend courses on ‘How to Become a Millionaire.’ At the time, he was living in an 11th floor council flat in a tower block, College Bank flats, but known locally as ‘heroin heights.’ This prestigious address is located in salubrious Rochdale, the well-known Northern financial powerhouse and millionaire’s playground.
Above, this was the YouTube video of Royle prattling on about how he became a millionaire, but since this site went live, it has mysteriously disappeared, along with other Royle webpages. Something to hide perhaps? So instead, here is a screen shot of the webpage advertising the same false promise.
The complete ‘Millionaire’ webpage, with all it’s extravagant and outrageous claims can be viewed at https://web.archive.org/web/20161010115917/http://millionaireplan.net/
“My name is Jonathan Royle. Several years ago I was at my lowest point in life, in fact I was on a path of personal self destruction, but all that changed when I discovered the jealously guarded secrets of the Worlds Richest People and started to use them in my everyday life.
“Just a few years on at the age of 30 I had purchased my own home outright for cash without the need for any mortgages or loans of any manner…I also treated myself to two watches, namely a Brietling and a Rolex!”
Alex thinks nothing of faking his imaginary life. On the left is a picture taken in a car park outside a pub in front of a conveniently parked Bentley. In the right, Alex poses in Las Vegas. One of the photographs is faked. No prizes for guessing which one… (It’s the one on the right.)
The home he claims to have purchased for cash is one of the finest examples of two-up, two-down terraced architecture you’re ever unlikely to see featured in Country Life. Note the well manicured gardens lining the sweeping driveway which leads to the porticoed Georgian style entrance vestibule.
The images on many of Alex’s websites feature expensive cars, including a Jaguar, complete with a personalised number-plate – H1PNO – is yet another conceit designed to fool people into thinking he is a man of substance. In fact the pictures represent an enormous fib. The number actually belongs to a yellow Ford Transit van, and has done for the last 18 years.
By his own admission, he does not have a driving licence, nor has he made any effort to acquire one. Who in show business can afford not to drive? A driving licence is an essential for any entertainer! I suspect the reason will turn out to be a revelation. Even so, Alex never misses an opportunity to be photographed next to expensive cars he doesn’t own. He says: ‘I much prefer to pay people to drive me to shows and events in one of the cars I own or control.’ This is a very odd statement – ‘or control’? Or maybe he is just being economical with the truth.
I thought you said you didn’t have a licence and couldn’t drive…
Likewise, I challenge him to produce the ‘Brietling’ and Rolex watches for examination. Astonishing he owns a Breitling, yet doesn’t know how it’s spelt.
- The Conman
In 1998, and as usual, on the look out for a fast buck, Alex found himself on the receiving end of a News of the World sting operation. He agreed to meet undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood, in a Manchester hotel. Mahmood was posing as a potential buyer of counterfeit money and Alex stepped forward, happy to oblige. Not only did he offer Mahmood a bag of 1,000 counterfeit £1 coins, he was also alleged to have offered him underage girls.
According to the evidence offered by the News of the World, Alex claimed “If you told me to get you a 12-year-old girl to sleep with I could do it. I do things for money-simple as that. I don’t mind breaking the law…
“…I’ve got three girls lined up who are over 16 but look very young. You could dress them up in schoolgirl outfits… I was also sleeping with a 14-year old girl. She’s nice. Yvette’s friends are all 12 and upwards. They’ll do anything for a few quid.
He asked “£800 for half a kilo of amphetamines. He also offered cocaine for £70 a gram.” “If the money’s right I can get you anything… You pay about £750 notes for an Uzi. Give me 24 hours.”
It was his big mouth and immature showing-off that had attracted the attention of the News of the World and Mazher Mahmood in the first place – and that was his undoing. Like everything else in his pretend world, he played the part – this time the wheeler-dealer petty gangster, bragging and boasting to a stranger who was recording every word and who would later pass the evidence onto the police.
Alex, the author of his own downfall, was, for the first time in his life, made to face one of the hard lessons life has to offer – and was sentenced accordingly by Judge David Owen at Manchester Crown Court. He narrowly escaped prosecution for pimping underage girls. Post Savile, it is unlikely he would have got away with it so easily.
Some 18 years later, in 2016, Mahmood would achieve a notoriety of his own as the ‘fake sheik’ and would himself be sentenced to 15 months imprisonment – but more about that later.
- The Doctor
Dr Jonathan Royle Magical Guru (as he is now known) claims his Ph.D in psychology is genuine on the basis that it has been ‘apostilled.’ But this is meaningless – it merely signifies that the document has been certified as original (that is, not a copy) by a solicitor, in this case Mr Geoffrey Niman. An apostille carries no authority as to a qualification’s genuineness. Your electricity bill can have be apostilled to certify it is an original document.
Only universities with a Royal Charter or subject to an Act of Parliament are entitled to award degrees. But there is nothing to stop anybody in the UK claiming a degree from an overseas institution at minimum expense and effort. ‘Royle’ claims the Ph.D. was awarded by the Chelsea University (nothing more than a phoney degree mill) based, apparently, in Hawaii and that they have an office in London. Royle claims more details can be found at http://www.chelseau.org.uk but no such website exists.
A search of the Internet reveals Chelsea University has no presence on the Internet – a strange omission for such a prestigious institute. There is a Facebook page for a Chelsea University based at Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, SW61HS, London. It claims 462 LIKES but no ‘posts.’ The only photograph is of an impressive looking building that on closer inspection turns out to be the entrance to the West Stand at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge ground. One can only speculate as to the owner of the page.
The following is a verbatim copy of his post in rebuttal to the allegation that his Ph.D is bogus. It is exactly as he wrote it, complete with his usual appalling spelling, grammar and punctuation:
“By the way the degree is from Chelsea University in Hawaii in USA However they have an office near Chelsea in London (England) their web is http://www.chelseau.org.uk
“The Doctorate is in Psychology and awarded based on all the works on my site of http://www.hypnotherapycourse.net and life and career experienece, that is why the degree was Legally Stamped and Apostilled by Geoffrey Niman (Solicitor/Lawyer etc) at London on behalf of UK Government to show it is a real degree.
“And before you post back saying Chelsea is not an accreditied iniversity NO IT IS NOT – but I still managed to get the degree apostilled (Legalised) in England and it LEGALLY in England is just as good as any acreditted Degree.
Like all Smith’s ramblings, the spelling and grammar are atrocious, something that would raise a few warning flags in the world of academia. It also gives rise to his mental state – as does much of his behaviour – something that is often a cause of amusement in the hypnosis world.
Even so, on his blog, laughingly titled ‘The Naked Truth About Dr. Jonathan Royle aka Alex William Smith aka Alex Leroy Hypnotist, Magician and Psychic Entertainer’ he says ‘IT WAS SOME TIME AFTER Having got my Degree that I discovered the were a Diploma Mill, but I checked things out and it seems that I can Still LEGALLY use the Term Doctor before my name (indeed I have credit card and other legal documents which have stated and still do Dr before my name after the companies involved had seen my Legalized Apostatized Degree Document) ,’
First, having realized Chelsea University is nothing but an online diploma mill, one would expect the recipient to stop using it – but not Alex William Smith Hypnotherapist. Second, having a false prefix – in this case ‘Dr.’ – on a credit card is fraudulent. Third, when applying for a credit card in the UK, banks and companies do not ask to see certificates, they take the application in good faith, with the caveat that the applicant has told the truth.
A former attendee at his Alex William Smith hypnotherapy course said ‘…openly admits in his training that he paid for his Ph.D so that he can use the phrase ‘Doctor’ and urges others to do the same. Also uses the phrase ‘Mind Consultant’ knowing that subconsciously people will assume him to be in the medical profession and subconsciously we know a consultant to be more qualified than a doctor. Never liked the guy or the way that he operates.’
Despite his own comment about his dodgy Ph.D., ‘I openly admit that I bought my Psychology Doctorate Degree Title from a now shut down non accredited USA University…’ he continues to use it on all his webpages and his books and DVDs which continue to be sold to the public, mainly through Amazon.
Royle offers a diploma mill service of his own, where certificates announcing membership of non-existent organisations are dished out to those attending his seminars and training sessions, all inventions of Dr Jonathan Royle PhD. and are of no substance.
There is a serious, if not criminal issue here. To falsely represent oneself as any type of health professional, with or without bogus qualifications, is a criminal offence in the UK. Criminal charges could be brought against Alex Smith if he keeps the truth that his qualification is not from a recognized academic institution from those he deceives.
In the UK, misrepresentation is a serious matter and the courts take a very dim view of it. This is not the same as adopting a stage name and a court would have no difficulty in seeing the difference.
Smith has used his alter ego, Dr Jonathan Royle Ph.D. as a ruse to gain financial advantage, and that compounds the fraud. A quick trawl of the Internet turns up dozens of strikingly similar cases where individuals have claimed to be doctors, investment consultants, aristocrats, millionaires and so on, and many have ended up behind bars.
The same law applies if you use a credit card that proclaims a bogus title, for example, Doctor. True, the credit card companies don’t check these things, but it’s still a serious criminal offence if a fraudulent title is used to obtain credit.
On his Facebook page – the platform he uses most to publicise and attract people to his courses – he calls himself Dr Jonathan Royle BSc. This is strange because people with doctorates rarely use the B.Sc. – a bachelor’s degree is taken as a given if one has achieved the level of Ph.D.
The order is, B.Sc., M.Sc, Ph.D. It’s a step-by-step process requiring years of study, examinations, and peer reviewed theses and dissertations. Ph.D.’s are awarded only after the dissertation has been subject to examination and the student has also been subject to a viva voce examination, again conducted by professors from the relevant academic institution, normally a recognised university.
Royle goes on to describe himself as a Top Television Hypnotist (really?) and Internationally Famous Celebrity Mind Therapist (really?) He also claims to have taught hundreds of medical GP’s, plastic surgeons and other medical practitioners (really?) a claim that is without foundation and is in effect a monstrous untruth.
The actual truth is that he can only produce testimonials from three doctors. Two of them, Dr. Kenneth Kern and Dr. Eric Robins, are based in the United States. But neither Dr. Kern or Dr Robins ever attended a training course given by Royle – they watched some DVD’s. In any case, three is not hundreds.
One must however give some credence to his boast of being “Internationally Famous”. His reputation is known even in the United States – the Hypnothoughts conference that meets annually in Las Vegas, describe him thus – ‘Jonathan Royle (aka Alex Smith), on the other hand, is a complete son of a bitch. I’m aware of his shady history and it’s despicable. He’s also been banned from the Hypnothoughts discussion board because he continually violated the rules and kept spamming the site. Good riddance to him!’
As Dr. Jonathan Royle, his true identity and his criminal and idiotic past conveniently left at home, the Hypnothoughts conference has barred him from attending. One can only wonder why, but I suspect it was his irrepressible and ungovernable enthusiasm for relentless self-promotion that did for him.
Within the profession in the UK, he is regarded as a pariah – only the ‘newbies’ – only those new to hypnosis and Jonathan Royle hypnotherapy are all too often drawn in by his fantastic claims – and are sucked into his brand of Alex William Smith Hypnotherapy.
- The Reverend Minister
Using the title Revd. Jonathan Royle – Ph.D. (BA Hons) Smith claims to be an ordained Minister of the Universal Life Church USA which he also claims gives him the right to call himself ‘Dr.’ He has mysteriously added a BA Honours degree to his impressive list of academic qualifications. And who in their right mind would ordain a minister with a false name?
But fear not! You too can become an ordained Minister of the Universal Life Church. There are no examinations, no CRB checks, and no bible study classes to worry about – they just want US$265 and Praise the Lord! – you’re a fully ordained Minister!
“To Millions World-wide Dr. JONATHAN ROYLE – Ph.D . (BA Hons) is famous for his Hypnotic Skills and considered by many as the World’s Leading Expert on all things related to Hypnosis, Mind Control & Related Subjects.”
You too can become an ordained Minister of the Universal Life Church – for a mere $265.
Of course, as with any other minor criticism, Alex defends his indefensible position with a fervour of biblical proportions, entering into protracted and childish correspondences on the Internet and fighting his corner like a cornered rat – making ever more ludicrous claims in the process.
His persistent refusal to accept he has been found out and his obsessive determination to continue the charade, highlights the complexity and intensity of his compulsive and impulsive behaviour. Alex doesn’t understand a basic principle of life – that one’s reputation is decided not by how one sees oneself but on how others see you.
Those unaware of his history and reputation are tricked into buying his shoddy and profanity-ridden training materials, with its foul language and unrealistic claims. Those who do get to know him, eventually distance themselves.
From a human point of view, Alex’s refusal to accept the reality of his situation has to be a cause for concern. It shouldn’t matter that he once made a mistake and did a little jail time – he could have rehabilitated himself in the same way Stephen Fry and David Dickinson did, by admitting he made a mistake, expressing regret for it and promising to learn from it. Alex is unable to do that – his strategy has been to escalate the deceit, claiming his prison sentence was the accidental result of his own single-handed crusade to expose a corrupt fourth estate. The truth is, he was guilty of a serious criminal offence and was sentenced accordingly.
To excuse his bad behaviour and pre-empt any potential embarrassment, Alex claims to be Britain’s number one media hoaxer. This latest spurious and fantastical lie is also part of the self-preservation fantasy with which he insulates himself. Apart from his ridiculous assertion that his prison sentence was ‘the result of a publicity stunt that backfired’ he has never perpetrated a real prank or stunt on any newspaper, radio or TV programme. The ludicrous claim that he had actually set the whole thing up himself for publicity purposes defies reasonable belief.
Having said that, the judge in the case must have been reasonably impressed by Smith’s mitigation – he handed him a six-month sentence, even though it was his first offence.
- The Professor
Royle’s advertising, which is almost all online, tempts potential students by offering them the chance to become “Highly Skilled, Confident and Hugely Competent Diploma Bearing, Complete Mind Therapy (CMT) Practitioners and also qualified in Mind Emotion Liberation Techniques (MELT) along with Clinical Hypnotherapy and Advanced Master Practitioner in NLP.”
CMT and MELT are inventions of Royle himself, but so closely based on NLP and hypnotherapy, they are to all intents and purposes, a copy. The addition of the word ‘Advanced’ gives the game away as there is no ‘Advanced Master Practitioner level in NLP. Offering Alex William Smith NLP or Jonathan Royle NLP depending on which name he is deciding to use.
The Association for NLP (ANLP) – the official organisation representing NLP practitioners, lists Diploma or Foundation courses, Practitioner, Master Practitioner, Trainer and Master Trainer courses, but nowhere is there any mention of an ‘Advanced Master Practitioner Level.’ Another example of Royle’s inventiveness perhaps? Either way, it certainly looks as if he is teaching NLP without having bothered to get his Trainer’s certificate. Alex William Smith NLP Training is not going to get you the results you would desire.
Always ready to defend an indefensible position, Royle said ‘Advanced Master Practitioner of NLP does exist I should know as I have trained many people around the world to that Standard.’ This will come as news to ANLP, who jealously guard their standards.
‘Dr.’ Royle’s courses offer students the promise of Diplomas and qualifications approved and endorsed by The Mindcare Organisation UK Ltd., Personal Development Associates (USA), The NLP Association (UK), and the Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioners Association (NLPPA).
All students receive a “Lifetime Membership to [sic] The Association of Complete Mind Therapists (ACMT) – proprietor Jonathan Royle – incorporating The Association of Professional Hypnotherapists and Psychotherpists (APHP)” – proprietor Jonathan Royle.
“Along with Membership to The Royle Institute of Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy (R.I.H.P) – prop. J. Royle!
“And last but by no means least they have membership to The Professional Organisation of Stage Hypnotists (POSH) which incorporates the Association of Professional Stage Hypnotists (APSH)” – prop. J. Royle!
Talk about value for money! Unfortunately every one of these organisations are inventions of Royle, or Smith, or whatever he’s calling himself these days, and are utterly bogus.
It’s time to take a closer look…
The Mindcare Organisation UK Ltd. Is a Company based at 32 Huddersfield Road, Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield, HD8 9AE and has only one director, Peter John Hill, a former associate of Royle. As at February 2016, company accounts reveal that they had precisely £53 in assets and had no significant trading for several years.
Only one result for Personal Development Associates turned up on Google. It is a Management Consulting Service in the US. They do not have an email address or a website and have never heard of Dr Jonathan Royle.
Having searched Google for The NLP Association (UK), we again drew a complete blank. No website, no email address. The only record of this estimable organisation’s existence is on Royle’s Facebook pages.
Neither is there any reference on Google for the Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioners Association (NLPPA). The only reference I can find is a Facebook page describing the NLPPA as “a totally independant [sic] association of Talking Therapies Therapists.” Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be very much talking going on!
Since the NLPPA Facebook page was put up on 12 August 2008 it has only published 2 posts and received 22 LIKES – rather little for an entity that was founded nearly 10 years ago. Coincidentally, those LIKES were registered over the same weekend as Royle was running his hypnotherapy ‘Diploma Course’ in Manchester on 21 & 22 January 2017. Even stranger – I left a message on the page for them to contact me. Within two hours of me doing so, the page had disappeared! However, the page did give a website address at nlppa.co.uk but again, no such website exists.
When the veracity of these organisations was put to Royle, he replied ‘The NLP Association UK and The Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioners Association are NOTHING TO DO WITH ME and were never set up by me.’ In which case, how can he possibly offer membership of them to his aspiring students?
Likewise, The Association of Professional Hypnotherapists and Psychotherpists (APHP) exists only in Royle’s weird mind. There is an Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (NRPC) but enquiry reveals they have never heard of Dr. Jonathan Royle. Is it pure coincidence that the two organisations have such similar names, or is it just another fraud designed to deliberately mislead?
According to Royle, ‘The Association of Professional Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists (APHP) was originally called The Association of Professional Hypnotherapists and Parapsychologists and was set up in the late 1980’s by the now late Brian Howard from whom I later got permission to use the name and change it which occurred at the start of the 90’s.’
If true, it is an organisation now entirely controlled and operated by Alex Smith.
It is simply not credible that none of these [nine] high-sounding organisations is untraceable on Google. Nor is it any great surprise that every one of them can be traced back to Royle.
It seems that Alex has no qualms about using his phoney doctorate in official correspondence – this time in his own name. Would you be happy with him sitting on the jury?
- The Novelist
Royle’s resumé can be seen at http://www.magicalguru.com/resume/ and it makes fascinating reading. He waits for the second paragraph to get really carried away: “he is known worldwide as one of the most Controversial, Outspoken and truly unique Hypnotic Entertainers, Mind Therapy Practitioners and Hypnosis Trainers that has ever lived.” If there was ever a pointer to unbridled narcissism, this is it. Narcissism remember, is a mental illness.
He claims his “first Live Dr Jonathan Royle Hypnosis Training Seminar teaching other fellow Professionals his unique techniques took place in September 1993 when he had just turned 18.” Hypnotherapy requires a wealth of experience – therapists who have been in the business for decades would question what an 18 year old could possibly teach them. But in 1993 hypnotherapy was going through a massive growth period, largely thanks to Paul McKenna’s TV shows, and I suppose timing is everything. Maybe they did learn something – his seminar was liberally peppered with the most foul language and there was barely a sentence that didn’t contain the f word.
The next revelation is without doubt the most outrageous lie ever told. “Over the past 20 years it is estimated that several million of Royle’s Training DVDs, Audio CDs, Books, manuals and courses have been shipped to delighted customers in literally all four corners of the world.” So why then, is he living with wife and daughter in a two-up, two-down terraced house in Rochdale?
But Royle goes even further – the mere act of purchasing one of his fabulous products will “also qualify you to obtain Professional Public Liability and Professional indemnity insurance of which details will be supplied.” No it will not. Public Liability and Professional indemnity insurance can be obtained through most insurance companies.
The more you read about Royle’s remarkable achievements, the more outrageous his claims get. “…asked by USA Today (Americas Biggest Newspaper) to use his Complete Mind Therapy Skills in an interview with Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal to help promote their 2002 film ‘Analyse That…’” This is a lie. Royle has never met Robert De Niro or Billy Crystal – if he had, we would have been treated to a picture of the historic meeting, or at least a snapshot of the report.
He tells us he has given hypnotherapy to “high profile Martial Artists, household name golfers and other sporting heroes who have requested to remain nameless.” Well they would, wouldn’t they.
“…he has even been linked using his “Mind Skills” in British and international print media for such stars as Des O Connor, Jeremy Beadle, Claudia Schiffer, Cher, Madonna and even the late Princess Diana.” Another outrageous lie, although ‘linked’ is such a flexible word.
Another outrageous claim – he has helped “…some of the world’s leading household name celebrities to overcome their drug, alcohol, sexual and other addictions, habits and destructive behaviours, however due to client confidentiality these must remain nameless.” How very convenient.
“…his “mind Skills” have been employed by organisations including Mac Donald’s, Rathbone’s Bread, Various Hilton Hotels around the world, Showbiz UK, The Camelot Organisation UK, Mercury Communications, Debenhams and countless others, indeed recently he was flown ‘business class’ to Barbados to demonstrate his skills for the staff of Virgin Atlantic Airways.” Well I suppose there had to be a grain of truth in there somewhere, but it is only a grain. Most stage hypnotists have been booked at some time or another for corporate events and Christmas parties, but I suspect that on closer examination, most of his claims will turn out to be overstated. He certainly doesn’t know the correct spelling of McDonalds.
All in all, Smith, or Royle (it’s confusing isn’t it) is nothing but a fantasist, and a loud-mouthed know-it-all to boot. He is more than merely delusional – he displays many of the markers for mental illness. He certainly does not suffer from low self-esteem, as has been suggested by other observers; on the contrary his self-esteem is set at a ridiculously high level.
Alex is a very minor player in the world of magic and stage hypnotism. He has been banned from the annual three-day International Magic Convention in Blackpool – a major event in the magic industry and attended by thousands of magicians, illusionists, conjurors, mind readers and mentalists. There are scores of magic dealers in the Winter Gardens, all selling tricks and illusions, but Alex sets up his stall in the bar of the nearby Ruskin Hotel, a popular hostelry for magicians attending the convention. He cuts a lonely figure sat in the corner with his training DVDs and pamphlets before catching the train back to Rochdale in the early hours. His fantastic creation – “the man, the myth, the legend” – would be laughable if it were not so pathetically tragic.
One symptom of narcissism is targeted venom, directed at anyone who dares to impugn his carefully crafted, artificial image. He launches broadsides of lengthy self-absorbed diatribes via the Internet in long, barely literate, rambling and repetitive missives. Using his own autobiography, webpages, blogs and posts as evidential source material is not only delusional narcissistic behaviour, it points to a certain naïveté – he genuinely believes he has a reasoned and airtight argument!
I did meet his father once and he was a real character, one of the last of an old school breed of clowns, but relying on impersonations of Max Wall and Old Mother Riley – long forgotten acts of the black & white 1950’s. But beyond the interminable music hall humour, you could see he was a decent man who genuinely wanted the best for his son as any father would. He was obviously worried about Alex’s drinking and saddened by his criminal past. Had Alex been a little more stable, dad might have been a steadying influence, but there was still an unmistakeable bond between the two.
Royle’s attitude to clients – that is, people who come to therapy seeking help – is to get as much money off them as possible by suggesting, and planting the idea of, other problems, so that they will return, and pay for, more sessions. One female attendee at a Royle seminar, who complained about his foul language, was told that if she didn’t like it, she could “fuck off.” [There’s No Such Thing As Hypnosis – 10 DVD set.]
Much of the above goes a long way to explain why most people in the business find him so odious. The best one can say about him is that he is too fond of the sound of his own voice, but I think the real reason is due to one basic character flaw – he’s actually a know-it-all loudmouth and an unremitting gossip.
Alex thinks knows everything about everyone – he claims he has the dirt on everybody and is prepared to dish it if he feels his back is against the wall. He once claimed he even had the goods on Paul McKenna. He has no respect for what other people may want or have a right to expect – a symptom of chronic immaturity.
When the appalling hypnosis-based game show You’re Back in the Room first aired on ITV in the spring of 2015, Alex meticulously researched each of the participants, exposing some of them as people who had already appeared on other television game shows, or had their names down for extra work in TV, or who were already involved in the entertainment industry. What kind of mentality goes to that sort of trouble… and for what purpose?
Alex has proved time and again he does not recognise boundaries. He possesses a steely nature bordering on the psychopathic – his chosen defence is to attack.
- The Victim
On 21st October 2016, Mazher Mahmood aka the ‘Fake Sheik’ was found guilty of perverting the course of justice. The court found that he had tampered with evidence in the collapsed drugs trial of pop star Tulisa Contostavlos and he was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Naturally, Alex was in court to see Mahmood jailed.
Mahmood had been responsible for running stories in the News of the World about a number of b list celebrities, including our very own Alex William Smith. In the light of this new and exciting development, Alex has announced that he will be appealing his conviction and says that his case is to be referred to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). But Alex has to overcome a huge hurdle that the other celebs caught up in Mahmood’s stings do not.
Most of the subjects of the hundreds of exposés that over the years were the staple diet of the News of the World were genuinely guilty of some kind of nefarious misconduct or other, from adulterous vicars to entertainers who secretly took drugs. Of the stories Mahmood pursued where the allegations led to criminal prosecution, the ‘victims’ of his stings none were sent to prison – except Alex.
For reasons known only to himself, Alex plead guilty at his trial at Manchester Crown court. The police had found the caché of 1,000 counterfeit coins in his flat and that’s difficult to explain away. His ludicrous claim that his conviction was ‘a publicity stunt gone wrong’ – one in which he was trying to snare Mahmood in order to demonstrate to the world the lengths to which tabloid journalists would go to get a story, is laughable. This pathetic excuse is yet another pathetic self-serving lie. Given his history of fantasy and fraudulent behaviour – and the fact that he entered a guilty plea – the likelihood of him succeeding in getting his conviction overturned is somewhere around zero.
On the day of Mahmood’s conviction, Alex was interviewed for the BBC’s flagship news programme Newsnight, during which he turned in a performance worthy of the West End Stage, explaining to the camera how he slept in prison fully clothed because he’d heard what happens in prison. On the verge of tears, anyone unaware of his past could be forgiven for thinking his act was genuine. Anyone suckered in by his feigned victimhood, as fake and phoney as his academic credentials, might be interested to know that he bragged and boasted about his Newsnight appearance on his social media sites and downloaded the clip to his Facebook page.
There is a fox-like cunning about this manipulative kind of behaviour and we should not allow ourselves to be fooled for a moment. Alex craves publicity but doesn’t have the intelligence to realise that there really is such a thing as bad publicity.
Alex has unashamedly used the ‘Fake Sheik’ story to not only justify his criminal activity but to associate himself with the other Z-list celebrities – thereby convincing us all that he really is the celebrity he believes himself to be. He now claims Mahmood may have drugged his drink which made him more talkative. As far as being talkative is concerned, anyone reading his blogs will instantly realise that he needs no encouragement.
More recently (January 2017) Alex claims he was headhunted to appear on Simon Cowell’s annual quest for new and exciting entertainment brilliance, Britain’s Got Talent (BGT). Whether or not this is true, or whether he actually applied to go on the show or was approached (as he claims) is an insignificant detail compared to what followed.
Two months after the initial contact with BGT, he was told that he had been axed from the show. Apparently, the producers did not think telling people’s fortunes by examining their bellybuttons was quite the sort of thing they were looking for after all.
But these things happen in TV and as someone who has spend most of his life in the entertainment business, Alex should have taken the disappointment on the chin – Oh well, never mind, better luck next time. But not Alex! He immediately launched into one of his online rants. It runs to more than 33 pages A4 and nearly eight thousand words. It can be enjoyed at:
It’s hysterical – in every sense of the word! Honestly, if you’ve got time, it’s one of the funniest things you will ever read. More important, it provides an insight into Alex’s curious mind. Talk about throwing your toys out of the cot!
I have witnessed two of his outbursts on TV and read some of his rants. They are typical of the behaviour one would expect from an immature, petulant child who demands his own way while refusing to grow up – and probably never will. When he got into an online spat with Gil Boyne, the great and genuinely famous doyenne of American hypnosis, as well as a practitioner and trainer of more than 60 years experience, one could not help but suspect that Alex had finally lost the plot.
Gil’s son, Mark, has this to say about him: ‘…I came to know Jonathan Royale (not his real name) quite well. I also met several elderly women who claimed that they invested in his “promotions” and lost large sums of money. I had to threaten him with a law suit to get him to stop using my name in his mailing pieces, (this course is approved by Gil Boyne) He is considered “disreputable” by many practioners in the UK. LET THE BUYER BEWARE!’
Ironically, he is actually quite knowledgeable about magic and mentalism. But his claim to be ‘one of the world’s leading authorities on hypnosis’ is somewhat spurious because he simply does not have that much experience of actually doing hypnotherapy, at least compared with most UK hypnotherapists. But it is his inability to develop into adulthood that has consistently let him down.
Alex craves publicity, something he pursues at any cost, even to himself. He has latched on to the fact that it doesn’t matter if he is perceived as asinine – for Alex, there really is no such thing as bad publicity. The problem is, he’s just not that newsworthy. The press know who he is, and they aren’t interested in him any more. Nearly all his recent coverage has been in local papers – the Manchester Evening News, the Rochdale Observer and on an Internet radio station based in Rochdale that boasts several listeners.
His latest claim is that he has made several attempts at suicide – neatly coinciding with his latest project, male suicide prevention through hypnosis – is also suspect, not mention ironic. Alex, with his undoubted knowledge of magic and stage hypnotism is woefully and dangerously under-qualified to start involving himself in the complexities of male suicide. Normally, GP’s and mental healthcare professionals will refer cases to a psychiatrist – such is the uncertainty involved dealing with them. Added to which, thoughts of suicide and hypnosis can be a volatile mix. Hypnotherapists or NLP practitioners could land themselves in serious trouble – even experienced practitioners won’t go anywhere near it. In short, this is an accident waiting to happen.
But Alex William Smith Hypnotist is a deeply disturbed individual who feeds off the attention we perhaps unwisely give him. He has earned himself a reputation, but for all the wrong reasons. It is for all the reasons above I think it right and proper that the unsuspecting should be warned about him.
The Noble Lord.
Smith’s fantasy world has seen him elevated to the nobility.
He claims on one of his Facebook posts that ‘Its Legal to get Lord added to your Passport… and having the title Lord on such things can lead to Courtesy upgrades on flights amongst other benefits.’ Er, no it’s not. The law is clear on such things – to use a false title (eg. Dr, Professor, Sir, Lord, etc.) to obtain financial or other advantage, is fraudulent. Smith bought this one from an online Irish novelty title shop for a mere £30 (including VAT.) ‘I also happily admit that I bought myself the title of Lord of Cork.’
So far, we have someone who boasts a fake Ph.D. as well as numerous other fake academic qualifications, a distinctly dodgy religious ordination, and a novelty certificate that he believes bestows upon him the title ‘Lord.’ And then there’s his induction into the South African Academy of Hypnosis Hypnotism Hall of Fame, an organisation set up and run by a stage hypnotist from his maisonette.
One must wonder why he has done this. On the one hand, he seems to admit that these things are phoney and worthless, yet on the other, he uses them on his various websites to attract clients and students, and on his merchandise – his books with their appalling spelling and grammar, and his training DVD’s – all written and produced and SOLD TO THE PUBLIC UNDER A FALSE PRETENCE, mainly through Amazon.com. Customers are deliberately led to believe these products have been written and produced by a genuine Ph.D.!
It doesn’t seem to matter how many times you explain the concept of dishonesty to Alex he still doesn’t get it.
These certificates are worthless pieces of paper – they are of no substance whatsoever! Chelsea University does not exist – except on some other con artist’s computer! Smith willingly purchased something he knew to be fake, yet continues to justify it like a man possessed!
Again, there is the conflict – Alex the purposeful fraudster, and Alex the disturbed and unsettled man-child. Plain old Alex Smith has lost the ability to discern the difference between the real world and the fantasy world he has created. The ‘Ph.D.’ is made out in his real name, but it is as fake and phoney as the character he created – ‘Dr. Jonathan Royle, Ph.D.’
- The Fruit-Loop
It is impossible for normal, sane people not to find his antics absurdly farcical. The question most people would ask would be, is this guy for real? Unfortunately, it is true – every word of it. Alex Smith has been given the opportunity to correct any errors or omissions and corrections have been made accordingly.
His epic blog ‘The Naked Truth About Dr. Jonathan Royle aka Alex William Smith aka Alex Leroy Hypnotist, Magician and Psychic Entertainer’ is a masterpiece of self-justification. It seems the whole world is against him…
‘THE TRUTH ABOUT OTHER RUBBISH THAT PEOPLE POST ABOUT ME ON INTERNET IN AN ATTEMPT TO INCITE HATRED AND VIOLENCE AGAINST ME.’
‘THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS EVERYTHING THEY POST IS EITHER DOWNRIGHT LIE’S & DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER WITH NO BASIS IN REALITY OR IS SERIOUSLY DISTORTED AND OUT OF CONTEXT…’
If plain old Alex Smith were merely amusing himself, then his activities wouldn’t be so much a cause for concern. The problem is, he is using his fraudulent qualifications to take money from people, and that makes him a fraudster and a criminal. Imagine shelling out a large amount of money for a qualification and membership of a professional organisation to then discover the certificate you now have on your wall is actually worthless.
The paradox is that you don’t need any qualifications to practise hypnotherapy or NLP. There are several good training schools in the UK, but none offer anything more than a certificate of completion. So why does Alex, or Dr. Jonathan Royle, feel the need to do so? There is only one possible answer: by pretending to academic excellence and affiliation to questionable organisations, Alex is tricking people into taking his courses.
While most people in the business are content to dismiss Alex as a crank, there are some who consider him a danger – not only to his students, but by default, to their potential clients.
If you were to seek help from a hypnotherapist who claimed to have a real diploma and membership of several professional-sounding organisations, how would you feel if after treatment you found out your therapist was a fraud, a charlatan? Perhaps you would question the value or the effectiveness of the therapy you had received. As far as the ‘talking therapies’ go, this is a very pertinent point. Hypnotherapy in particular depends very much on trust.
Royle’s students may have been gullible, but the fact remains that they have been sold a turkey under false pretences. I wonder how many of them take the trouble to check out the validity of the organisations he claims are genuine. Perhaps some are aware that all is not as it seems, but are prepared to turn a blind eye because, well, who’s to know?
What if one of these therapists finds themselves accused of malpractice by a dissatisfied client. It will be interesting to see what the court thinks of their certificates and membership badges in that event. The only advice I can think of is to practice looking genuinely surprised when the police come knocking on the door.
Alex learned nothing from his time in Manchester’s Strangeways prison. If anything, he has become more disreputable and self-absorbed. In addition, it’s also become more impossible to deny – or excuse – his chronic narcissism and his addiction to approval. One day, I fear he may overdose on it.
The Fraud Act 2006, CHAPTER 35 Section (2) deals with Fraud by false representation and the rules are clear.
“A person is in breach of this section if he dishonestly makes a false representation, and intends, by making the representation to make a gain for himself or another, or to cause loss to another or to expose another to a risk of loss.
“A representation is false if (a) it is untrue or misleading, and (b) the person making it knows that it is, or might be, untrue or misleading.”
A copy of the relevant section of the act is reproduced in APPENDIX II.
If you want a more complete picture of “the man behind the myth” then I suggest you take a close look at Alex’s on-going blog. It covers every aspect of his life and provides a unique insight into his view of the world.
Mainly it’s a lengthy and extraordinarily detailed defence and justification of every criticism that’s ever been levelled at him. It runs to approximately 78,000 words and is lavishly illustrated with pictures, character references and links to his own webpages as ‘evidence.’ If you can be bothered to read it, I dare you not to burst out laughing before you get to the end.
Doubtless this article will instigate a lengthy rebuttal in which we will all be treated to an exhaustive list of his triumphs as a ‘celebrity TV hypnotist, magician, mind-reader, mentalist, mind-therapist and bellybutton reader.’ But at the end of the day, the only person he is really fooling is himself.
On 8 February 2017, Alex again published a post on his Facebook page announcing the latest of his hair-brained schemes, entitled ‘THE ROYLE ROAD TO INTERNET RICHES AND SUCCESS’ from his small two-up, two-down semi-detached terraced house in Rochdale.
Since confronting Royle with the facts, I received, amongst others, one particularly long rambling email, complete with the inevitable threats of legal action. I did correct a couple of very minor points, but any legal action would be laughed out of court and I consider it an empty threat – especially as his knowledge of the Law is based on legal advice from ‘the bloke in the pub.’ However, I would welcome it because his pernicious fakery would then become a matter of official record.
The other thing that has happened is that Royle/Smith has removed some of his webpages from the Internet. This has to be a positive result as it will limit his ability to bamboozle the unsuspecting, although most of his less outrageous sites remain active.
Gone are the sites pretending to be ‘Chelsea University’ and his ludicrous ‘Millionaire’ video.
We now need to do as much as we can to limit the potential damage he could wreak by dealing with potential male suicide cases. One portion of a disaster there would irrevocably damage the reputation of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
It is important that people paying money to go on his training courses and seminars are in full possession of the facts – they should be made aware they are paying good money for bogus certificates and ‘qualifications.’ If you hold a certificate purporting to be from any of the Groups listed and are using it to attract or treat clients, you may be breaking the law.
As stated earlier, most – but by no means all – people are already aware of who he is and what he’s doing. I decided to do something about it.
On 12 April 2017 Royle/Smith published a 35 minute video on his Facebook page as a rebuttal to the allegations on this webpage. It can be seen at https://youtu.be/YxDfXjguUag
It is a long, rambling and repetitive self-justification, but it also offers a window into his unhinged mind. In an attempt to dig himself out of trouble, he manages to dig himself deeper. Of course, the Internet is full of such twaddle, but this one is destined to become a real comedy classic – Enjoy!
UPDATE – Tuesday 18 April 2017
It seems Alex/Jonathan contacted WordPress and attempted to have this blog taken down. Having considered his request and having looked at the page, they declined.
“ We have received a DMCA notice (https://www.eff.org/issues/bloggers/legal/liability/IP#dmca) for material published on your WordPress.com site.
Normally this would mean that we’d have to disable access to the material. However, because we believe that this instance falls under fair use protections, we will not be removing it at this time.
Section 107 of US copyright law identifies various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. ”
This does not surprise me in the least as the guilty always try to suppress the truth!
UPDATE – Friday 13 October 2017
BREAKING NEWS: ROYLE IS NOW A PROFESSOR… (another outrageous lie)
Since this page was published, Royle/Leroy/Smith has (not very subtly) tweaked his story. In various posts on his Facebook pages, where once he claimed that these dubious ‘qualifications’ and titles were genuine, he now says that using them is ‘100% Legal and Lawful…’ (He loves using capital letters to stress the point.)
This is a ruse and in no way changes the fact that he is deceiving people into thinking he’s something he’s not. He still advertises his merchandise, his training courses and membership of various organisations under the banner Dr. Jonathan Royle Ph.D., or as he now calls himself, Professor Doctor the Reverend Lord Jonathan Royle Ph.D.
He has been refused membership of the Magic Circle, a snub that saw him spew forth a self-justifying post of epic proportions and in the process digging himself even deeper. It’s easy to see why he is so disliked – a childish enfant terrible throwing his toys out of the cot in a blaming-everyone-but-himself tantrum.
So now he has awarded himself the title of Professor of Hypnotherapy. It defies reasonable belief that anyone could be so determined to carry on fooling others… as well as himself – unless of course they were mentally unstable, something which has been my argument all along. I have met him on at least 5 occasions and I have had plenty of opportunity to observe his behaviour. He is strange – and profoundly disturbed.
Before we move on, it might be useful to offer a quick resumé of the unqualified child’s stupendous achievements.
5 November 2003 – from the non-existent and worthless Chelsea University:
Bachelor of Science in Marketing Communications
16 August 2004 – from Chelsea University:
Ph.D. in Psychology “based upon original research in the field of Psychology”
2003/2004 – from the phoney Universal Life Church:
Dr. of Metaphysics Degree (there’s no such thing as ‘metaphysics’)
Dr. of Divinity
Credentials of Ministry
4 October 2017 – from the United Global Royal Church & Institute:
The honoris causa degree of the Cambridge Order of the UGRC & Institute of Professor of Hypnotherapy ‘in recognition of my work in & contributions to the field.’
The only real contribution he made was a payment of £25 for the certificate, issued from a bogus diploma mill seemingly from an address in Germany (of all places.)
And finally, let us not forget His Lordship’s titles of Lord of Cork and Lord of Barony, proclaimed on the certificate as owning ‘1 square foot or thereabouts statute measure’ of land in Ireland.
Neither should we overlook the certificates Royle hands out like confetti from:
Royle’s Institute of Hypno & Psychotherapy
The Mindcare Organisation Ltd. Diploma, Complete Mind Therapy
The Mindcare Organisation Ltd. Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy
The Royle institute of Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy
The Mindcare Organisation Ltd. Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to Advanced Master Practitioner Level which entitles the recipient ‘to use the letters DNLP and title (Master Pract) to denote their Clinical Status.’
The Mindcare Approved NLP Master Practitioner
But time now to take a closer look at his esteemed Professorship from the United Global Royal Church & Institute of the United States.
In the 13th October 2017 issue of the university newspaper Varsity, the following article appeared: It can be viewed in full at https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/9276 but here is an excerpt:
‘The University of Cambridge has told Varsity that it plans to take action against an eBay merchant selling fake PhD degrees over the Internet.
The seller, who claims the authority to dispense degrees from the ‘United Global Royal Church & Institute (USA)’, but who is based in Düsseldorf, offers customisable PhD accreditation certificates printed on high-quality 250gsm paper.
The seller, who has a 100 per cent positive feedback rating on eBay, markets the fraudulent degree certificates at £25.
The name, date awarded, and the subject on the fake doctorates can be customised, including a range of unusual subjects from Agricultural Sciences to Visual Arts.
Many of the degrees offered as customisable options are not genuine courses. The names and titles of the signatories on the degree certificates are also faked, listed as ‘President’ and ‘Secretary’ of the university.
Cambridge is not the only institution whose name is being illegally used in this way. The seller offers counterfeit degrees from a range of other British and American universities, including Oxford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford.’
Nonetheless, Royle announced his latest academic excellence with the following fanfare (note the peculiar English):
‘Yes indeed on the 4th October 2017 I was awarded an Honorary Religious Professorship from the Cambridge Order of The United Global Royal Church in the United States of America in recognition of my work in & contributions to the field.
Despite what the vindictive liars will say, the simple fact is that it is 100% Legal and Lawful for the CAMBRIDGE Order of The United Global Royal Church in the United States of America which is a genuine Religious Organisation to award me such Honorary Professorship in Hypnotherapy as they have now done so.
It has been confirmed that I could now legally call myself Professor, Dr. Alex William Smith (aka Jonathan Royle) however in truth I’ll be more than happy for you all to just call me Alex or Jonathan depending on how you got to know me!!
So for anyone who has any questions about the Legal Validity of my Dr. Title, My Degrees, My Status as a Lord and Reverend or indeed wonder about how Legal my Professorship is then this is the link you need to look at:
The simple fact is that they are all 100% fully Legal and Lawfully Awarded to me Titles which I can and do at times use in a 100% Legal and Lawful manner.
FACT = Honorary Religious Degrees and Titles Awarded by a Registered Religious Institute are NOT (despite what some like to say) “Diploma Mill” worthless bits of paper, but actually are 100% Legal and Lawful Honorary Titles/Awards.
No they’re not… and you’re not a Professor – you’re a very naughty boy.
Fraud Act 2006
Section (2) Fraud by false representation
(1) A person is in breach of this section if he—
- (a) dishonestly makes a false representation, and
- (b) intends, by making the representation—
- (i) to make a gain for himself or another, or
- (ii) to cause loss to another or to expose another to a risk of loss.
(2) A representation is false if—
- (a) it is untrue or misleading, and
- (b) the person making it knows that it is, or might be, untrue or misleading.
(3) “Representation” means any representation as to fact or law, including a representation as to the state of mind of—
- (a) the person making the representation, or
- (b) any other person.
(4) A representation may be express or implied.
(5) For the purposes of this section a representation may be regarded as made if it (or anything implying it) is submitted in any form to any system or device designed to receive, convey or respond to communications (with or without human intervention).
The law in the United Kingdom is quite clear – degrees may only be awarded by institutions that have degree-awarding powers recognised by the UK authorities (the UK parliament, the Scottish parliament, the National Assembly for Wales or the Northern Ireland Assembly).
Some institutions do not have degree-awarding powers but provide complete courses leading to recognised UK degrees that can then be validated by institutions that have degree-awarding powers. The UK authorities recognise those institutions which have been granted degree-awarding powers by either a Royal charter, an Act of Parliament or the Privy Council. These degree-awarding institutions are known as “recognised bodies.”
All UK universities and some higher education colleges are “recognised bodies.” If an institution is not a “recognised body” or makes degree awards not validated by such a body, it is likely to be a degree mill.
It is an offence against section 214 of the Education Reform Act 1988 for any organisation to offer a degree qualification that could be taken to be that of a UK institution unless it is a “recognised body.”
The UK Border Agency maintains a list of institutions licensed to sponsor migrant students so that overseas students can check that they are attending an appropriate institution, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) maintains a directory of higher education providers regulated in England.
Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD) is an initiative sponsored by HEFCE which aims to prevent Higher Education fraud in the UK by maintaining a list of UK degree-awarding bodies, including name changes, mergers and antecedents since 1990, and where institutions that are claiming to be universities are known to be bogus, these are also listed.
It is a criminal offence and also a ground for professional complaint and discipline to claim qualifications that you do not have, or services that you are not qualified to provide (Trade Descriptions Act 1968, the Business Protection From Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008 and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008).
The Education Reform Act 1988
The Act uses a common technique in UK legislation in that it makes it illegal to offer or advertise any qualification that appears to be, or might be mistaken for a UK degree. This restriction is removed in respect of qualifications from bodies on a list maintained by Statutory Instrument. Statutory instruments are the principal form in which delegated or secondary legislation is made in Great Britain.
There are a number of sections of the Fraud Act 2006 relevant to degree fraud. Under the terms of Section 2 it is an offence to make a false representation with the intention of making a personal gain, causing a loss to someone else or exposing someone else to the risk of a loss.
A representation is false if it the person making it knows that it is, or might be untrue or misleading. When someone lies on an application form or CV, presents a fake certificate or transcript or alters a genuine university document and presents the information as real they have committed fraud and can be prosecuted. It could result in prison sentences of up to ten years.
SUN 12 APR 1998, Page 32
Kiddies’ TV star is drug-dealing pimp; Investigation
MAZHER MAHMOOD, INVESTIGATIONS EDITOR
And he coins fortune with counterfeit cash.
A CHILDREN’S TV presenter is today exposed by the News of the World as a dope-peddling pimp who offers 12-year-old girls for sex. Odious Alex Smith boasts of bedding under-age beauties himself-and astonishingly also sells counterfeit cash and illegal firearms. “I can get girls, drugs, guns-anything you want,” bragged the 22-year-old skinhead who does magic tricks for kiddie viewers of the popular Nickelodeon satellite channel.
“If you told me to get you a 12-year-old girl to sleep with I could do it. I do things for money-simple as that. I don’t mind breaking the law.” To prove it, sleazy Smith sold our undercover reporter 1,000 near-perfect phoney pound coins for £400 to use in cigarette and stamp machines. But the money-grabber’s most sickening ‘commodity’ is “hard-up young local girls who’ll do anything for cash.”
That was what he offered our man posing as a pornographer when they met at Manchester’s plush Jarvis Piccadilly Hotel. Said Smith: I can get any girls you like. Any age-any nationality. I have hookers and models. They’ll have sex on video. They’ll do lesbian stuff…everything. I’m filming one next week. Sex will cost you £50. But for filming I want between £750 and £1,000 a day. I’ve got three girls lined up who are over 16 but look very young. You could dress them up in schoolgirl outfits.
Smith, a clown’s son from Rochdale, Lancs, uses the money he makes from his criminal deals to finance his bizarre showbiz career. He makes tots giggle with spoon-bending stunts on Nickelodeon. And-using the name Alex Le Roy-he was exposed as a stage hypnotist who lures spellbound women into sex sessions.
Using a third name-Alex Alexander-he dropped his trousers as a publicity stunt on BBC1′s daytime TV show Kilroy last month. He has also appeared on Channel 4′s Big Breakfast show where he “read” Zoe Ball’s navel. Smith boasted of his showbiz coups as he downed pints and puffed cigars at the hotel. Then-switching to his pimp’s role-he phoned two hookers and arranged for them to meet our man. “You’ll have two of my ladies here tonight,” he announced. “It’s £100 per girl for the first hour.”
Putting his drug-dealer’s hat on, Smith revealed: “My man’s got access in about 20 minutes to a kilo of whizz (street slang for amphetamines) . There’s some good hash around. I can get you anything you want. I normally get drugs within the hour. Cocaine depends on the man who imports it being at home.” The corrupt conjuror then asked if our man wanted to buy firearms . He claimed he could even acquire an Uzi machine gun from his contact in Manchester’s tough Moss Side district.
“If the money’s right I can get you anything,” he said. “You pay about £750 notes for an Uzi. Give me 24 hours.”
After Smith left, the two hookers he fixed turned up. Busty Lynsey, 18, wore a see-through black dress and white undies. Sue, 24, a single mum from Salford, said they both worked at the local Xanadu massage parlour. “We’ve got a mixed sauna tonight,” she said. “It’s like an orgy.” The girls peeled off their dresses and relaxed on the sofa, downing drinks. Said Lynsey: “I have about five or six punters a day.” Sue, wearing red lace undies, said: “I used to be a receptionist. But I thought I’d give this a try.”
Our investigator declined their offers of sex and sent them packing. Smith arrived for his next meeting escorted by his heavily pregnant blonde girlfriend Yvette. He was carrying a holdall crammed with fake £1 coins. “They’re stamped on the front, back and edges,” he explained. Then, pointing to Yvette, he bragged sickeningly: “She’s 16. And she was under-age when I first slept with her. I’m trying to persuade her to have sex with me on video. “
I was also sleeping with a 14-year old girl. She’s nice. Yvette’s friends are all 12 and upwards. They’ll do anything for a few quid.” Smith asked Yvette to arrange for some of her young pals to have sex with our reporter for money. Said the callous conjuror: “It doesn’t matter what age they are- 12, 13, 14, 15, 16-as long as they’re up for it. It’ll be more money than they’ve seen in their lives.” Yvette replied: “Yeah, I’ll try.”
Smith then tried to sell our man more drugs. He asked for £800 for half a kilo of amphetamines. He also offered cocaine for £70 a gram.
Our investigator declined Smith’s sleazy offers and told the mucky magician to disappear. Even Smith’s magic wand will not help him now-because we are handing our bulging dossier on him to the police.