Posts Tagged ‘stage hypnosis’

“Bachelor Goes to a Hypnotism Party”

The Decem­ber, 1964 (Vol­ume 5, num­ber 6) issue of Bach­e­lor mag­a­zine pub­lished a five page pho­to spread of a “hyp­no­tism par­ty”. The pho­tographs include female nudity.

“What will they think of next? Among the arty set, the old par­ty pick­ups like alco­hol and mar­i­jua­na just can’t hold a can­dle to the kicks one can get from a can­dle-wav­ing hypnotist.”

“Dur­ing soiree at sculp­tor Ed Lass’ apart­ment in N.Y.‘s Low­er East Side, dull moments were end­ed when hyp­no­tism began.”

⇒ Con­tin­ue read­ing ““Bach­e­lor Goes to a Hyp­no­tism Party””

“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.


“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

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