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30 Days of Hypnosis: Day 12

What’s your favorite pop culture reference about hypnosis?

Whew! So many possibilities.

The first one that comes to mind is “The Hypnotic Eye”. A movie about a sinister stage hypnotist who entrances his lovely subjects certainly plays to many of the public misconceptions regarding hypnosis, plus the producers had a professional stage hypnotist instruct the actor how to perform on camera as well as hypnotizing the actresses to go in to a trance on cue. Regrettably, it suffers from low public knowledge so it barely registers as a pop culture icon.

Another one that comes to mind is the classic spiral motif that so represents hypnosis in popular culture. That and the spooky, swirly music that seems to always accompany it in any advertisement or television episode scene transition. The same also goes for dangling crystals and staring eyes.

But I guess my favorite has to be “Trilby”. No other work so influenced the pop culture regarding hypnosis throughout its history. It is one of the few culture icons that directly influenced the English language, with the addition of “Svengali” as a term for a manipulative mentor.

A Holiday Treat — The (Physical) Hypnosis in Media Collection

As a special Holiday present, I present the (physical) Hypnosis in Media collection in its semi‐entirety.

The bookshelf unit here holds the main part of the Collection. As you can see, it is divided in half, with the left half holding figures and artwork behind the glass doors, larger books and folders below, and the doors below holding the media elements that don’t fit anywhere else. The right half holds most of the fiction and nonfiction books. As you can see, the bookcase is by no means large enough to hold everything, as there are parts of the collection on the floor before it.

This is the upper part of the left half, which has the figures and artwork. On the upper shelf you can see the two figures from the Silent Screams figure line, from the movie “The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari” on the top, along with the Princess Ariel figure, and smaller toys with hypnotic themes in the middle. At the back of the lower shelf as a animation cel of Hypnotia from the “Iron Man” animated series, several dozen HeroClix figures in the lower left and my latest acquisition, the Ringmaster mini‐bust, in the center. The boxes on the right contain a number of stereotypical hypnotic foci, including several crystals and even a couple of hypno‐disks. The HeroClix figures are a large but not complete of all of the characters with hypnotic or mind control abilities, including Professor X, Saturn Girl, Super‐Gorilla Grodd, the Puppet Master, the Mad Hatter, etc.

The folders and notebooks on the shelves below the  glass doors consists of the results of research projects carried out in the past, including the material behind the search for ‘Secrets of the Sleep Merchants’ detailed elsewhere, a set of publicity photographs of Pat Collins and details of her life, comic strip and book collections and reference materials, smaller magazines and pamphlets that might get damaged if put elsewhere, the two records released by Pat Collins, as well as anything that doesn’t fit in anywhere else.

The fiction part comprises roughly 200 pieces, including several collections, double‐stacked on the first two shelves and in front of the non‐fiction stacks on the third shelf.  The non‐fiction section also contains roughly about 200 books, not including the various pamphlets and booklets that are in another bookshelf. These books are strictly hypnosis related: there is a separate section for media references, such as indices and reference books on various TV series, movies, etc.

This is by no means the complete collection: there is a storage case with several dozen video tapes elsewhere that I am slowing digitizing and converting to DVD format, along with the comics collection stored in the garage, as well as the regular fiction collection that takes up most of another bedroom / library. All in all, I estimate I have somewhere in the range of 500 — 600 books, over 250 comics and dozens of magazines and papers in the collection proper and maybe another couple hundred books and I can’t even guess how many comics elsewhere.

The Hyundai Superbowl Ads

The uniquely American spectacle that is the Superbowl has for decades attracted the most cutting‐edge, the most interesting and sometimes the most innane television advertisements ever shown. (The Apple Computer “1984” ad, for instance.) This year was no difference, but for the first time in many years (if ever) the ads this year included two with prominent and blatant hypnotic imagery.

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A Comics‐Based Makeover

From the “Geeks Are Sexy” website: cosmetics from MAC Cosmetics inspired by the comics character Wonder Woman.

And just what would that have to do with hypnosis? Well, remembering Wonder Woman’s magic lasso, which had the power to force anyone caught in it to obey her will (or any one else who was holding it, as she was often the one caught in its coils) and I just had to think that just about any product related to the character could be hypnosis‐related. And sure enough, one part of the line is: “Obey Me” nail polish. I’m sure the name can be explained by the characterization of Wonder Woman as a strong female character with a powerful charisma but the hypnotic (and bondage‐related) history of the character is just too strong to deny.

The line is set to be released on February 10th

Commentary: Please, can someone drive a stake through the heart of the 60’s era “Bang! Pow! Wham!” comics imagery and references? They were an embarrassment even back then, a by‐product of the over‐the‐top campishness of the “Batman” TV series that became seemingly irretrievably connected with comics as a whole and embedded in the media whenever comics are discussed even to this day.

References:

Hypnotic Poison” by Dior

A puzzling harmony born out of the fusion of four contrasting olfactive facets:the biting and intoxicating note of bitter almond and carvi, the more opulent and precious note of jasmine Sambac, the bewitching and mysterious note of moss and Jacaranda tree, and the hypnotic and sensuous note of vanilla and musk.

Hypnotic Poison” by Christian Dior is the name of a fragrance whose main attraction (like “Hypnotique”) is the not‐so‐subtle suggestion of hypnotic power and control over men. That is accentuated by the description of the blend of fragrances described above: ‘intoxicating’, ‘bewitching’, ‘mysterious’, and ‘hypnotic’, all words designed to further emphasize the mesmerizing appeal.

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