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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.

30 Days of Hypnosis: Day 2

What was it like the first time you were tranced or tranced someone?

Actually, I should amend that to the first two times I was tranced. This is a story I often tell to persuade people that hypnosis is real.

In 1984, I attended a convention in Cleveland, Ohio. I primarily wanted to meet Marion Zimmer Bradley, the writer and creator of the Darkover novels and stories, but the real treat was in meeting Katherine Kurtz. I knew Katherine from her Deryni novels, a series of novels set in a medieval fantasy setting much like medieval Europe, where the magic is primarily used by the Deryni. The Deryni are a mutation from humanity which grants them psychic powers, including telepathy and telekinesis, plus what can only be described as magic. One of the telepathic talents used was the ability to induce a hypnotic trance state in unsuspecting or unwarded subjects. It should come as no surprise, then, that Katherine was trained as an Ericksonian hypnotist, and she regularly wrote that into her stories.

On the final day of the convention, Katherine and a few others participated in a panel on hypnosis, and as part of it, she did a group induction and two guided imagery sessions for the audience. I participated wholeheartedly and that is a memory I still treasure.

Which leads to the second time I was ever hypnotized.

A good friend of mine just finished training as a hypnotist, and I invited him to come to the monthly meeting of the local Doctor Who fan club, where performed a demonstration of hypnosis for the members of the club. (I should point out that we would watch a Doctor Who episode at every meeting: this time it was ‘Masque of Mandragora’, which has one of the most evocative hypnosis inductions ever.) After the meeting was over, I volunteered to do a more personal demonstration for another of the club members. He gave me the traditional post-hypnotic amnesia suggestion and brought me out of trance.

And that’s when I went into a fugue state.

I couldn’t think, I couldn’t speak: I could only mouth words that I didn’t know how to say. It only last for maybe 15 seconds before I was put back into trance and then the suggestion was removed.

I didn’t understand then but I believe I understand now what happened: my subconscious understood the suggestion to forget being hypnotized to mean forget ever being hypnotized, and my previous experience was something I definitely wanted to remember, so the two impulses were in conflict and my mind was frozen.

And those were the first two times I was ever tranced.

Only Human” by Gareth Roberts (2005) — Doctor Who

Synopsis

A “dirty” rip in time and a Neanderthal in 21st Century London. That’s enough to draw the Doctor’s attention. However, whenever and wherever he came from, the Doctor can’t get Das the Neanderthal back to his own time without the effects of time travel killing him, so the Doctor enlists Captain Jack Harkness to mind him for a month to acclimate him to the 21st Century while the Doctor and Rose investigate the past, only to find a party of scientists from the future experimenting on humanity’s ancestors.

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The Last of the Gaderene” by Mark Gatiss (2000) — Doctor Who

Synopsis

Something mysterious is happening with mysterious people mysteriously at a nearby abandoned airfield, which is the cover for an impending alien invasion. Already the aliens have taken possession of several Very Important People at the Defense Ministry to smooth other everything and are hunting for the Lost MacGuffin in order to begin the invasion. Fortunately someone was old friends with the Brigadier and knew just how to bypass security to contact him directly. The Brig, of course, sends the Doctor, after he gets back from a little side trip that has nothing to do with the main story, and soon everything turns into (pseudo) Zombie Apocalypse! with villagers getting implanted with alien embryos to control them to hold off the UNIT troops until the actual invasion begins. All is saved when a WW II Spitfire airplane dives into the teleportation beam and halts the invasion permanently.

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The Harvest of Time” by Alastair Reynolds (2013) — Doctor Who

Synopsis

Mysterious events involving disappearing oil rigs and a secret Defense Ministry project attract UNIT’s attention, especially when the Master’s involvement becomes apparent. The Master is being used as a consultant by a Ministry of Defense communications project but in reality he is using them to broadcast a tachyon rescue signal to his past and future selves. However, the rapacious alien race of the Sild intercept the signal and use it to pluck various incarnations of the Master out of time, starting to erase him from existence. Then the alien invasion begins, whose object is to capture the Master himself as the Master Stroke of their Master Plan of creating the Master Computer, built of all the incarnations of the Master they were collecting. 1 They don’t find him, thanks to the interference of the Doctor who came to rescue him, which only leads to the aliens capturing him anyway in the far-flung future. But that is exactly what the Master wants, because the Master is in control of the computer, not the Sild, as they discover.

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