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.

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

“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!

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

“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.

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing ““Dial H for Hero!””

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