Friday, May 16, 2008
Hypnotism at the Source
While I was sorting my mother's possessions, I came upon all sorts of things. This is the actual manual which my sister used to hypnotize me one summer long, long ago. The booklet must have bee printed in the 1800's judging by the typeface and language.
It was eerie to find her teenage notations in the margins of the booklet. And look, there near the bottom is information for hypnotizing chickens. Or crabs. Always useful.
Once I attended a group hypnotism session in Berkeley. In the middle of the group session, when everyone's eyelids were held down with imaginary lead weights, I opened mine and saw that my arm was held straight up, as was just about everyone else's in the room. But when she brought us out of the trance, most people claimed they weren't hypnotized. I know I was, because I bought the book. (which wasn't nearly as charming as this ancient pamphlet.)