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“Favorite Stories of Hypnotism” by Don Ward, editor

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Background: When I graduated from junior high school to high school, I continued to be a student volunteer in the library. Again, I would be disappointed (but not surprised) that the school library did not have any books on hypnosis. (As opposed to the county library, where even sometimes the mobile library van that would come around the neighborhood every Friday during the summer would have one or two.) However, I was surprised to discover, at the very end of the story collection shelves, a hardcover copy of "Favorite Stories of Hypnotism" (1965) edited by Don Ward. The black cover with its shadowy female face, concentric circles radiating out from her left eye, is just so stereotypical but to my mind back then, so demonstrative of hypnosis that, of course, I had to check it out. I was not disappointed in what I found, and even today, many of the stories are still worthwhile, though dated.

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“The Hypnotic Eye” (1960) Part I

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Beautiful women disfigure themselves under the hypnotic control of a suave stage hypnotist and his sinister assistant. Part I (here) consists of a description of and the history of the movie: subsequent parts will include selections of the promotional material and press images (from my extensive collection) generated to promote the movie.

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“The Hypnotic Eye” — It Has Arrived!

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For those of you not familiar with this little curiosity of a movie, "The Hypnotic Eye" is a B&W horror movie from 1960 and featured a suave hypnotist whose female subjects all disfigured themselves. It has been a minor quest of mine to locate a decent and legal copy of it for my collection, but for years, the only copies available were obvious bootleg copies of varying quality.

When I first was aware of the availability of the DVD through Amazon, I was skeptical about the quality, but it also was the only way to get a legitimate copy, so about two weeks ago I ordered a copy as a Christmas present for myself.

Well, today, it arrived, and here's my reaction to it.

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