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Stage Hypnotism - A Text Book Of Occult Entertainments | by Prof. Leonidas



I am not presenting this as a volume of rare English. My attempt has been to make it clear and descriptive. With that end in view I have used the narrative in most instances, supplementing the story with explanations of why I did these things. It may be found that other stage hypnotists and mind-readers will differ with me when it comes to my method of production. That will indicate merely that they and I are both original. I warn you all that there is to be nothing gained by imposing anything dangerous or uncalled for upon your hypnotic subjects.

TitleStage Hypnotism - A Text Book Of Occult Entertainments
AuthorProf. Leonidas
PublisherBureau of Stage Hypnotism
Year1901
Copyright1901, Prof. Leonidas
AmazonThe New Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism
-Author's Preface
Having finished this little volume on the art of entertaining in the fields of psychology, I wish to call the attention of the reader to a few facts. They are as follows: I am not presenting this a...
-Stage Hypnotism
There are distinctly three classes of hypnotic entertainments: The first is the twenty-minute vaudeville act, an entirely new departure from the old lines of entertainment; the second is the two-hour ...
-Stage Hypnotism. Part 2
Of course, he must wear fair clothes, but the rural make-up is the catchy one and is a whole show in itself. He will object to the wearing of his stage clothes on the street if his attire and role is ...
-Stage Hypnotism. Part 3
Ladies and gentlemen : It is with genuine pleasure that I am afforded this opportunity. My mission is not alone to entertain but to demonstrate the true side of hypnotism. This is a science that has ...
-Stage Hypnotism. Part 4
Ladies and gentlemen, I begin, addressing with that same old salute that has been spoken millions of times from the platform, I will now try my volunteers as a class. You may think, in fact you do ...
-Stage Hypnotism. Part 5
Carefully they move to the sides of this imaginary airship, grasping what they suppose to be the railing. Some of them take hold of chairs, as it is impossible for them to imagine something where ther...
-Stage Hypnotism. Part 6
Of course, here I have Albert and Harry. They really don't care what I do, for they are seeing the country and having what they call a good time. They are up on the stage every night with one object i...
-Stage Hypnotism 2
Yes, I remember, I met you last season at several vaudeville houses throughout the country. We were filling engagements at the same time when the fire broke out in Cook's. Haven't forgotten? Neither h...
-Stage Hypnotism 2. Part 2
Let us figure these things out in a social way, taking our time in discussing matters. Then, and not until then, will I teach you the deportment of the regular stage operator. I know a Professor wh...
-Stage Hypnotism 2. Part 3
Harris will be in town when he gets through with his Toledo people. When he comes we will get advertising deals closed and then we will be in a fair way to succeed. It is the silent work that alway...
-Stage Hypnotism 2. Part 4
Harris always looks trim and prosperous. Let us follow him as he approaches the manager of the Belleville Opera House, who is, incidentally, proprietor of the store next door and who also handles real...
-Stage Hypnotism 2. Part 5
Meanwhile we are going somewhere, and that is to Belleville! As the train rolls into the station, I look out and see the usual crowd. This is a good town, all right. There is an interest taken. Abo...
-Stage Hypnotism 2. Part 6
Just to pass the time away in the afternoon I believe that I will place some of the good townspeople in a sleep. We are sitting in the lobby after dinner, smoking and talking over various things that ...
-Stage Hypnotism 2. Part 7
My manager, Mr. Harris, always manages to look serious and business-like when this part of the entertainment is transpiring. He says that he works on the rules of suggestion. I believe that he does; t...
-Stage Hypnotism 2. Part 8
I repeat the words, Sleepy, drowsy, sleepy, deeper and deeper to steep, in a loud, deep voice, staring hard at the subject in the meantime. He is trained to this and passes into the sleep much slowe...
-Stage Hypnotism 2. Part 9
On the day of our show we will have little dodgers scattered about the streets to remind the people that we are to exhibit. Out in front of the postoffice and in the hotel and drug stores arc pictures...
-The Hypnotic Show
It is nearly eight o'clock, the seats in the Belleville Opera House are rapidly being filled. The orchestra is playing one of its modest selections. I call it an orchestra because the villagers do....
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 2
Telepathy is likely the base of much of the psychic phenomena presented. The fact that thought can be transferred without the aid of the five senses is well known among men of science. Carefully cond...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 3
Besides those who will come up for the purpose of being hypnotized, I would ask one or two physicians and as many other business op professional men to step upon the stage at the same time and examin...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 4
Out of twenty-three up on the stage, seventeen have found it impossible to open their eyes. Of course, many of these were subjects I had tried. But with seventeen subjects, the best entertainment poss...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 5
Now, when I snap my fingers, the rest of you will enjoy the scenery or talk, and the officials of the train will look after their respective duties. I want you all to have a good time and make as ...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 6
My two subjects are soon sound asleep and I will awaken them as silver-tongued orators. The moment I pass my hands over your heads, you will awaken and be orators. The world has never heard the li...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 7
As I pass down the aisle after my venders, I notice a boy of about nineteen who looks very self-conscious. As I glance at him going down, I notice that he has given up to severe concentration. I know ...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 8
First, I must draw the attention of the audience to the berrypickers. I will give them suggestions so that their acts are sufficiently funny to keep the audience in good humor; then I will work upon m...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 9
One by one they get up and take their seats, feeling a little ashamed, perhaps, but enjoying it for all that. There are many people who find much fault at their fellows being made fools of by a stra...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 10
When they have finished washing, I tell them that the balloon is descending rapidly. Look out. now. tor when it strikes it will shake you all unless you stand on your toes. Do this and you will avoid...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 11
Now, student, a word as to why I chose Mr. Williams: It was not merely because he was a rather somber, quiet-looking man, but because he was a good subject and an excellent, active somnambulist. Besid...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 12
Now the feeling is coming into your arm. Nothing whatever has happened to it. You will feel no pain on regaining the feeling in that arm. There will be nothing out of the ordinary. The arm will fe...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 13
I will give these two subjects a rest, then, and take three others who will go through something quite as funny and which will be real refreshing to the two who have lately starred. I draw three c...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 14
One of the boys is already happy. He looks foolishly at the audience, staggers a little closer to the footlights with an uncertain step and, running his fingers through his hair he shouts, Whee! Hurr...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 15
All close your eyes, tightly, keep them closed. That's right. They are fast now, very fast; you cannot open them. Try! They struggle in vain and I am now at liberty to tell them that they are at ...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 16
Standing in front of them I say: When I snap my fingers you will all be wide awake. I snap my fingers, and, behold! they are awake and looking at the queer things they find in their hands. They d...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 17
I snap my fingers, and, one by one, they get up and start to skate, cutting fancy figures, trying to skate backward and making themselves generally happy. I fancy that the audience appreciate the phil...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 18
The cakewalkers are up and starting to step. They do their act first rate and I do not blame them for enjoying the pastime. Even the sedate old deacon - I judge him to be - who would scarcely lower hi...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 19
He has to go to the field and the rest are promoted. So the game goes on for about five minutes, each batter doing his best. It is an interesting game and there is very little shouting done by the ...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 20
In regard to working on a subject of this kind before an audience, I wish to call your attention to a few valuable facts: Take a method that will induce sleep. Do not try to place your subject in somn...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 21
Let us see what faces you can make, I say, and the barber and his patron immediately stop their work and sit before the audience, twisting their features all out of shape. There is nothing so funny ...
-The Hypnotic Show. Part 22
If you gentlemen will kindly help me with this stone, I say, turning to the blacksmith and the members of my stage party, I will be greatly obliged. The physicians have remained on the stage to...
-Stage Hypnotism 3
So far I have been dealing with hypnotism. Now I am going to branch out into the broader fields of the occult and show how the Higher Phenomena can be produced on the stage. When I speak of these phen...
-Stage Hypnotism 3. Part 2
And continue it on those lines, giving nothing definite on that hanger, but making your announcement on another. Or, again, the hanger might be written on modern lines, giving just as much mystery and...
-Stage Hypnotism 3. Part 3
As the society has a hall of its own that is quite large enough to seat all who will come, they decide to use that, inasmuch as it is the most important hall of the town, aside from the opera house. ...
-Stage Hypnotism 3. Part 4
Do not go into districts where there is a large foreign element, do not play districts observing religious feasts and periods during those times, do not cause needless expense and do not let a few dol...
-Stage Hypnotism 3. Part 5
Telepathy is the easiest by far to produce in public of any of the higher phenomena. The contact mind-reading is much easier than any other, because there is much in the physical contact that aids the...
-Stage Hypnotism 3. Part 6
At first sight, this appears rather hazy. But after I have called your attention to a few facts, you will see that there is nothing impossible in the act. How often have you suddenly thought of some ...
-Stage Hypnotism 3. Part 7
Arising, I turn to the audience and say: Ladies and gentlemen, now that the blindfold is securely fastened so that there is no chance of seeing, I will instruct the committee and, incidentally, the a...
-Stage Hypnotism 3. Part 8
This time I go among the audience more rapidly and am not long in locating the object sought. It is often difficult to locate an article at the start. But when it is found, although it may seem a long...
-Stage Hypnotism 3. Part 9
Having again returned to the stage, I will make my next experiment a little more interesting. In the meantime, I wish to discuss briefly a few popular mistakes regarding the manner in which this work ...
-Stage Hypnotism 3. Part 10
The man returns from the audience - I take for granted that we have had but one in this experiment - and before I take his hand, I say: Now, are you sure that you know the location of the murdered on...
-Stage Hypnotism 3. Part 11
Having taken a drink of water - which the student will find he will do without any previous instruction! - I address the committee and the audience: Ladies and gentlemen, in this next test, I will...
-Stage Hypnotism 3. Part 12
In my entertainments, I never failed to call the attention of my audience to the actual occurrences of people buried alive. Some cases have come before my personal notice. I remember a lady who was ta...
-Stage Hypnotism 3. Part 13
A little merriment, to relieve the solemnity that oppresses every one, is always acceptable, and, where it can be indulged in to the extent of saying something bright and catchy, it should be taken up...
-Stage Hypnotism 3. Part 14
He says that everything is in readiness. So I start. All my energies are bent on this one object, all the work of the evening has been getting me up to the successful performance of this one test. I a...
-Stage Hypnotism 3. Part 15
I stated in the first pages of this part that the mind-reading street test should be advertised by little diamond-shaped cards, which are to hang in store windows or any place where they will he read....
-Stage Hypnotism 3. Part 16
Where you catch the vibrations, if vibrations they can be called, through a copper wire, it takes a good deal of time in practice. But it is certain in your drive that you cannot get your vibrations a...
-Stage Hypnotism 3. Part 17
Still, I am speaking as though boys or men were the only ones qualified in this class of work. The opposite is the rule generally. The boy makes the best hypnotic subject. It would scarcely do to keep...
-Stage Hypnotism 3. Part 18
Then I illustrated the performance of the street tests, taking both those in which you will drive and those in which you will walk or run. Later you have been told that you are to select your subjects...
-Stage Hypnotism 3. Part 19
In the presentation of these entertainments I have given you the idea. I cannot give you the intellect nor the experience. I have told you all I can tell you to a certain limit: beyond that you must l...
-Stage Hypnotism 4
Now that we have finished with the show - the entertaining part of psychology - we will consider it as it will be presented on the lecture platform. The field as a lecturer along these lines is not in...
-Stage Hypnotism 4. Part 2
Primarily, we are told, the mind expresses itself through the material brain in two ways: One is the conscious, or the Observation, the Will, the Judgment and the Senses, while the other is through ph...
-Stage Hypnotism 4. Part 3
However, psychology rightly applied may become a moral agent. There are millions who will not seek betterment in a church. They will refuse to take up the formalities of any creed. Why, I cannot say. ...
-Stage Hypnotism 4. Part 4
I present these, merely as little examples of the practical side this thing - hypnotism - teaches us. I will now pass onto other phases showing this force - so-called - in another direction and under ...
-Stage Hypnotism 4. Part 5
In reply, she said, Oh, I guess if I think the right thoughts it won't make any difference what there is in the water! Get the germs of typhoid in your system and let that system be in the condit...
-Stage Hypnotism 4. Part 6
Thus, we find that hypnotism offers to us utility in: Curing certain ailments; as an anaesthetic for minor and some of the greater operations; as a means of education; as a means of correcting bad hab...
-Stage Hypnotism 4. Part 7
Our own beloved Lincoln, standing before a mirror saw a shadowy form back of him. He turned but did not see it then. He was told that this was a warning that he would not live through a second term to...
-Stage Hypnotism 4. Part 8
We will say that, when the test conditions have been imposed, the one who is to send the message will take a white card and hold it against a black background. Here he is projecting a mental image. It...
-Stage Hypnotism 4. Part 9
The housewife will be busy ironing and will keep up this wonderful process of mediation. She will do her work mechanically - subconsciously - and, although her body is not resting, she finds that in t...









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