Reviews of Memoirs of a Hypnotist: 100 Days
A blogger writing about her experience after the hypnosis. She writes quite detailed about the process. She writes about how Marcos guided the group into the hypnosis. She mentions that she is very sensitive, to alcohol, and maybe even to hypnosis, that her imagination and fantasy world is quiet strong. She was slightly uncomfortable by what she experienced, the thought it went by a bit too quick. Once she woke up she experienced anxiety, but after “waking up again” she felt flushed, tingly and a little bit high. She sums up the experience as close to meditation, but that she indeed remembers the hypnotic exhibition, just as vividly as she does a physical one. Finally, she gives the exhibition 4 spinning heads out of 5.
A column by Hanna Fahl who was at the Hypnotic Show. She writes about how it seems like a stunt – only a few cultural professionals are invited, there’s a feeling of exclusivity and mystery, but she can’t resist it. She describes the show: being cynical and pragmatic, it’s hard for her to close her eyes and allow herself to be hypnotized, but she does it. She has a preconceived notion of hypnosis through popular culture, horror films, American pulp fiction, etc. She wonders if ideas will be planted in her head like in the movie “Inception”. She mentions Deirdre Barett who studied hypnosis in popular culture, and the outcome is always negative, hypnosis is has been a medium for crime, mind control, etc… But this experience is pleasant and light; she doesn’t feel hypnotized. It’s more like listening to a fairy tale. She describes the exhibition, and the discussion afterwards. Some had the same images in their head, some completely different. She feels that she experiences a fun and light full gimmick.... After a few days, images from the exhibition start reappearing in her mind. She remembers it just like she physically was there. She comes to the conclusion, that if this is mind control, so is every art experience. It makes you travel and experience something different, it’s about letting oneself go, and having your mind altered a little bit.
An article about National Board of Health’s permit was sent out with the invitation. “Yes to hypnosis, no to mindreading” They go through the document on what is and isn’t allowed. “The hypnotist must inform the participants about what will happen, and not manipulate people in acting in an offensive matter, making people regress in earlier stages of life, or make the participant loose a bodypart.”