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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.

Happy (Belated) Birthday — Pat Collins

A happy but belated birthday in the memory of the late Pat Collins, who was born May 7th. Pat was one of the most famous stage hypnotists of her time and appeared on several TV programs (including a “What’s My Line?” appearance before she was famous) and had two cable specials. She was also known for helping others with hypnosis, including several major television and film stars of her period.

According to the Facebook page here, the founder of the page is producing a documentary about Pat Collins and I for one am looking forward to seeing it.

Out of Control” Hypnotist? Or Maybe Just a Case of Mass Hysteria

It was just another show for stage hypnotist Miller Zambrano Posada. Several high school students were on stage, responding to his suggestions just as others had in the past.

But once it was over and the audience started leaving, then it happened. In what appears to be a case of mass hysteria, over 40 of the students began acting oddly. First a few, then several, then many of the students started displaying abnormal reactions. They were all taken to a hospital and all are reported to be okay. The hypnotist himself was taken into police custody as parents accused him of witchcraft.

With very little to go on, its hard to come to any other conclusion than this being a case of mass hysteria. It is known that only one of the students affected were ever on stage. It does also demonstrate the power of hysteria as it developed from just one person to a whole groyup. What I find interesting is the breakdown: out of the 41 students, only 5 were boys while 36 were girls. The article doesn’t say which was the one who was actually on stage but the odds are very much in favor of it being a girl.

Unfortunately this sort of thing (and the reporting that accompanied it) just furthers the stereotypes involved. Furthermore, the stereotypes here, where the hypnotist was accused of “Witchcraft”, are even worse than most here in the Us.

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Mandrake the Magician” Makes an Appearance

I have just seen news that Titan Books will reprint the original “Mandrake the Magician” Sunday comic strips. The first collection will be released in February, 2012, and cover the first two years of publication, 1935–1937.

As the release says:

From the very beginning in 1934, these are the original adventures of the famous comic strip detective — collected in full for the very first time!

Mandrake is a master of hypnosis, whose ability causes his opponents to encounter wild illusions, giving the heroes the upper hand in a fight. His enemies cover a broad spectrum, including gangsters, mad scientists, alien creatures, and characters from other adventures. His greatest ally is Lothar, “Prince of the Seven Nations” who gave up his crown to join Mandrake in his globe-trotting adventures. They are accompanied by the beautiful Narda, princess of a European nation and Mandrake’s romantic interest.

Mandrake was created by Lee Falk, who is also the creator of The Phantom, and is the classic example of the stage magician hero. He has the ability to hypnotize his opponents which adds to his mystic aura, yet he is also capable of actual feats of magic and mysticism, making him a superheroic character before the acknowledged first superhero, Superman, was published. This is something I am seriously looking forward to seeing

Pat Collins — More Pictures

I discovered a couple of images of stage hypnotist Pat Collins that I want to pass along here.

The first (above) is a publicity photo of Pat Collins: you can see her signature on the right.

The second (above) is a shot from her appearance on “What’s My Line?” before she became the sensation she was. She appeared on the program on May 7, 1961, Season 12 Episode 36 EPISODE #563, as a contestant. However, I have not been able to determine whether she stumped the panel or not.

 

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