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Agents of S.W.I.N.G.

“Agents of S.W.I.N.G.” – an RPG by Postmortem Studios (2011)

Agent, the world faces many threats, threats more dan­ger­ous and more imma­nent than nuclear anni­hi­la­tion. You have been select­ed to join the secret guardians of the world.

A #Hyp­no­Me­di­a­Col­lec­tion entry.

An RPG based on British tele­vi­sion pro­grams from the Swing­in’ 60’s and Rock­in’ 70’s, from crime dra­mas to sci­ence fan­ta­sy. And, as with many RPGs, it includes rules for some form of hypnosis.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing “Agents of S.W.I.N.G.”

“Devil Girl From Mars” Publicity Stills

A whole set of images from the movie “Dev­il Girl From Mars”, post­ed by writer Bruce Sterling.

Patri­cia Laf­fan as the title character.

A real­ly awful aliens-from-space movie: Mar­t­ian woman Nyah (Patri­cia Laf­fan) comes to Earth to kid­nap Earth men to help repop­u­late Mars after a dev­as­tat­ing war between the sex­es. She traps a group of peo­ple inside an inn with­in an “elec­tric wall”, which allows the film to be shot in the stu­dio instead of on loca­tion. Nyah pos­sess­es the pow­er of invis­i­bil­i­ty and a hyp­not­ic stare, and a robot com­pan­ion named Chani who uses a dis­in­te­gra­tor ray. The movie’s ad line says it all: “She Want­ed to Take Young Men Back To Mars.” Com­par­i­son to “Mars Needs Women” are obvi­ous, even though the lat­ter was pro­duced over a decade later.

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.

“Miss Pat Collins” — The Documentary

She was the most famous female hyp­no­tist ever. She appeared in four cable net­work spe­cials, numer­ous talk shows and game shows, at least four dif­fer­ent TV pro­grams as her self, and one movie appear­ance. She had her own club on the famed Sun­set Strip in Hol­ly­wood and was friends with numer­ous Hol­ly­wood per­son­al­i­ties. In between that, she also had a suc­cess­ful hyp­nother­a­py prac­tice and instruct­ed oth­er pro­fes­sion­al hyp­no­tists. Very few, if any, did more to dis­pel the fal­lac­i­es about hyp­no­sis dur­ing her life.

She was Pat Collins.

No oth­er hyp­no­tist had such an impact on the pop­u­lar cul­ture, yet few peo­ple now remem­ber her. Well, now that should change.

Now a doc­u­men­tary on the life of Pat Collins is avail­able for view­ing. It includes mate­r­i­al from her movie and TV appear­ances in a doc­u­men­tary about her life. Enclosed here is the trail­er for the documentary:

To pur­chase a copy of the doc­u­men­tary, go to the Miss Pat Collins web­site. I know I will.

“The Avengers” (2012)

[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0848228/]

The sum­mer’s biggest movie so far, and like­ly the biggest of the whole sum­mer, is Mar­vel’s “The Avengers”. Direct­ed and script­ed by Joss Wheton, it has all the action any­one would want in a movie as well as the humor, the char­ac­ters, even the pathos.

And, it even has mind con­trol. NOTE: Spoil­ers Ahead! You Have Been Warned!

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing ““The Avengers” (2012)”

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