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When a Century is not a Century

I just noticed that I now have over 100 posts in my blog. Usu­al­ly that would be a mat­ter of cel­e­bra­tion, except that sev­er­al of those posts (11, to be pre­cise, includ­ing this one) are more of a sta­tion-keep­ing nature (post about the blog) than actu­al­ly posts about what the blog is about, that being hyp­no­sis in fic­tion­al media.

There­fore, I will hold off any cel­e­bra­tions until I have pub­lished 100 posts exclu­sive­ly about the top­ics that this blog is about, and I expect that will hap­pen some­time in July: I already have four more posts sched­uled, as I will be busy the next cou­ple of weekends.

Looker

No, not the movie “Look­er” but some­one obvi­ous­ly based on it.

I’m talk­ing about the DC Comics char­ac­ter Look­er, and she was quite appro­pri­ate­ly named.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing “Look­er”

‘Hypnotized’ by Fleetwood Mac

It’s the same kind of story
That seems to come down from long ago
Two friends hav­ing cof­fee together
When some­thing flies by their window
It might be out on that lawn
Which is wide, at least half of a play­ing field
Because there’s no explain­ing what your imagination
Can make you see and feel

Seems like a dream
(They) got me hypnotized

One of Fleet­wood Mac’s less­er hits, off the “Mys­tery to Me” album, ‘Hyp­no­tized’ (writ­ten by Bob Welch) is a low-key, slow-tem­po song, almost intro­spec­tive in a way, but the almost dreamy aspect of the song lends itself well to the expo­si­tion of the sub­ject of hypnosis.

Ref­er­ences:

  • Link to com­plete lyrics

Hypnotist Teaches Lapdancers How to Hypnotize Their Audience

Look into my thighs… not around the thighs

Hypnotist teaches lapdancers

As report­ed in The Sun, a hyp­no­tist in Eng­land is teach­ing dancers some ele­men­tary hyp­not­ic tech­niques to help them get more mon­ey out of their patrons.

A HYPNOTIST is helping lapdancers lure men into spending more money on their sexy shows.

Enter­tain­er Grant Saun­ders was called in by club boss Jason Armitage as tak­ings slumped in the recession.

Grant, 34, said: “They will use a tech­nique called anchor­ing. The man’s sub­con­scious mind becomes open to sug­ges­tion as a dancer speaks to him and gives him a lit­tle touch on the shoul­der or the knee.

But no one will be put in a trance, in the style of Lit­tle Britain hyp­no­tist Ken­ny Craig — played by Matt Lucas — who used the line: “Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, not around the eyes.”

Com­men­tary: The Sun is Britain’s answer to the New York Post, both being rather sala­cious news orga­ni­za­tions with a focus on the sen­sa­tion­al. Here, the sen­sa­tion­al involves the sex­u­al and dom­i­na­tion stereo­type sur­round­ing hyp­no­sis and exot­ic dancers using that stereo­type, at least the blar­ing head­line: one might be led to think of dancers using mys­te­ri­ous hyp­not­ic tech­niques in their dances to entrance and enthrall their audi­ence into show­er­ing them with money.

How­ev­er, the accom­pa­ny­ing arti­cle itself is pret­ty straight­for­ward about the tech­nique (anchor­ing) used and its appli­ca­tion, a well-known tech­nique for hyp­no­tists and in the arse­nal of ‘seduc­tion mas­ters’ and hyp­not­ic ‘pick-up’ artists.

“Looker” (1981)

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Famous plas­tic sur­geon Lar­ry Roberts (Albert Finney) is under sus­pi­cion of mur­der when sev­er­al of his clients, all beau­ti­ful mod­els, start turn­ing up dead, and incrim­i­nat­ing evi­dence is found at the scene. The strange part, is that his clients were already quite beau­ti­ful but want­ed very minor but very spe­cif­ic adjust­ments made. Now, only one of these clients, CIndy Fair­mont (Susan Dey), is still alive and they come togeth­er to solve the mystery.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing ““Look­er” (1981)”

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