Posts Tagged ‘hypnosis’

Slightly Shady”, “Don’t Look Back” and “Late for the Wedding” by Amanda Quick

As if a head for business and a nose for trouble aren’t enough to distinguish fiercely independent Lavinia Lake from the other women of London’s fashionable Claremont Lane, there is one more feature to set her apart. Lavinia is also well versed in the practice of mesmerism, an extraordinary gift that far surpasses mere charm and physical appeal. Nobody knows this better than the usually coolheaded Tobias March, who seems to have fallen hopelessly under her spell. Fortunately for all, however, Lavinia uses her powers for good. And ever since a tragedy involving one of her subjects, she has even retired them in favor of her work with Lake and March, a joint venture providing “discreet private inquiries for individuals of quality.”

Mrs. Lake and Mr. March have a rocky first encounter: he is systematically rampaging through the tiny shop Mrs. Lake and her niece operate, all in an attempt to force them to leave and thus remove them from impending danger. Nevertheless, they find reasons to continue their relationship, despite the friction of their equally strong personalities. As these are romance novels, their relationship also continues to be fraught with unresolved passion.

Part of that passion and that friction is due to the fact that Mrs. Lake is a talented mesmerist, although Mr. March is quite hesitant to allow himself to be placed under her magnetic influence for medicinal purposes, even though he is quickly falling under her captivating spell as much as she is falling under his. However, in her new occupation performing private inquiries, Mrs. Lake finds his company and her mesmeric powers advantageous, and not always in the expected manner.

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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.

This Week in Comics — 2013/01/23

The Avengers” #4

I know that the Avengers TV series occasionally had episodes with mind control themes, but the comic, on the other hand, is really going overboard with them.

In the first three issues, the continued story line had a group of senior British ministers and ranking military officers all believing they were the survivors of a nuclear war and Britain was now under the control of the Hellfire Club. What gave the plot away was the fact that they all remembered having the same breakfast, a result of a hurried brainwashing effort during the set up of the plot. That wasn’t the only brainwashing that occurred: the whole purpose of the effort was to further brainwash the officials and return them to Britain. Thanks to the efforts of Steed and Mrs. Peel, they were thwarted, although not before we get to see Mrs. Peel in her leather and spiked collar from the television episode. Plus a demonstration of how Steed and Mrs. Peel arranged their own system of breaking mind control with each other.

But apparently that wasn’t all the brainwashing the Hellfire Club was up to. In issue #4, the plot continues, this time at a very fancy masque ball with the theme of black and white. One guest arrives wearing black, accompanied by two figures dressed in painted in white. Said figures were performers of an art form called butoh-fu, a Japanese form of dance epitomized by a Zen-like formless and gracefulness. The dancers were said to place themselves in a hypnotic state for their performance, a dead giveaway that hypnotic hijinks are upcoming.

Investigating a murder separates Steed and Mrs. Peel from the rest of the guests at a most propitious time. When they return to the dance floor, its almost empty except the man in black and the orchestra. It turns out that the dancers in white have the guests in a trance, blankly dancing away into the night, following the dancers like mute Pied Pipers, only to be rescued by Steed.

How perceptive. Their every move, every position, was an acted spatial engram directly affecting the neural pathways of anyone who witnessed it.”

In other words, mind control through sight and movement. As for the man in black, he’s conducing the orchestra, themselves entranced by the music they’re playing.

Its a downward spiral. Every note they play further ensures they must play the notes that follow. Aural hypnosis.”

Mrs. Peel, however, has some musical talents of her own, breaking their trance with a well-blown tuba blast. Then she confronts the conductor, whom she discovers was the person who performed the brainwashing in the previous issues, and he is still wielding some hypnotic tricks up his sleeve (or under his shirt, in this case, a set of speakers, not to mention spirals on the backs of his white gloves.)

The high sound is your nervous system. The low sound your circulation. I’ve learned to manipulate that high sound, and thus the nervous system and thus the brain.”

Fortunately Mrs. Peel is able to resist long enough to put a bullet through the speakers and through him, as well.

In the end, the question remains of what was the overall goal of the kidnapping attempt and therefore the question of whether or not it was successful is still unanswered. But the last scene shows a satellite overlooking Britain bearing the arms of the Hellfire Club. More mind control via satellite? Maybe next month will say.

Universo — “The Legion of Super-Heroes” Part 2

After his defeat at the hands of the Legion, Universo was (apparently) imprisoned but he (also apparently escaped) and commenced one of his campaigns to control the Earth. Being the master plotter that he is, he waited for or manufactured reasons for the Legion to be away from the Earth before beginning his plan for world domination. When the Legionnaires returned, they found that they were not only disbanded, they were hunted and outlawed!

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Dial H for Hero!”

A mysterious telephone dial-like device that is capable of transforming whomever dials the letters H‑E-R‑O on in into a superhero, or, rather, a series of different superheroes. (Of course, its a little hard to so describe the H‑Dial now, as telephones don’t have dials, they have keypads.) Boy scientist Robby Reed first discovered the H‑dial in a cave in Colorado and used it to protect the town of Littleville. Several years later, teenagers Chris King and Vicki Grant would discover a different pair of dials marked similarly, which they used to become superheroes. Later, others, too, possessed one of the H‑Dials. Currently, the power of the H‑Dial is passing among ordinary people in the New 52 DC era.

As might be expected, a few of the heroes these people transformed into had hypnotic powers.

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