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Originally posted by Durden
However normally I would tend to doubt David Icke's claims.
[edit on 20-7-2004 by Durden]
Ramelle Macoy (I have been a stage hypnotist for the past thirty years and have hypnotized thousands of volunteers...)
One of the routines that I do on stage is to have a person negatively hallucinate a certain person, normally a friend who happens to be present in the audience. The subject will give every indication of being unable to see the invisible person (and have on occasion slapped me in the face when I had the invisible person pinch her on the fanny) and yet, on some level and in some way, must be able to see the person in order to identify whom it is that they can not see.
When the invisible person is seated in one of several otherwise empty chairs and the subject is asked to "imagine" who would be seated in each of the chairs if there were someone seated there, he or she will usually "imagine" the invisible person in the chair in which they are in fact seated.
I find it difficult to resist the conclusion that the visual information in both cases is stored in more than one area of the brain and that we have conscious access to the information in one area but not the other.
Few people ever think they were hypnotized. To make that point to a class of college students, I once turned to a member of the class, Doug Smith, and asked him if he had ever been hypnotized. Doug was a super subject and everyone in the class had observed him when hypnotized. While I confidently expected him to insist that he had never been hypnotized, Doug surprised me by answering "Yes". I asked him how he knew and after a moment's reflection he replied: "I guess because of the things people have told me."
Mentioning Doug reminds me of another super subject, Ted Hansen, who provided dramatic testimony to the reality of the mystery. Ted was fond of cats and I had several times given him the post-hypnotic suggestion that upon awakening he would be petting a cat. One evening I decided not to remove the suggestion but to simply wait and see how long it would take to wear off. For more than half an hour Ted sat comfortably and contentedly in a chair stroking the cat before turning to me and, as he hefted the imaginary cat, saying: "This is mind boggling. I see the cat. I feel the weight of the cat. I feel the warmth of the cat. I feel the texture of the cat's fur. I feel the moistness of the cat's nose. And yet I know there is no cat."
I seldom encounter faking and if they're acting then my suggestion to any Hollywood talent scouts out there is to follow me around for a while. What talent they will discover. I recently gave a young man a pair of "X-ray glasses" that permitted him to see through people's clothing so that everyone appeared nude. I momentarily turned my attention to another subject and when I turned around found that the subject with the glasses had walked to the front of the stage, sat down with his legs hanging over the edge of the stage and was ogling the audience with lascivious and unconcealed delight. I asked him to return to his chair and as he stood up I saw immediately why he had sat down. He was wearing tight jeans and was in what must have been a most uncomfortable predicament. Faking? Acting? Please.
2.7.4. Pain control (analgesia and anesthesia)
Hypnosis was at one time frequently and successfully used for surgical anesthesia. It is still sometimes used effectively for dental work, childbirth, and chronic pain of various types. Pain control is one of the most reliable and most studied of the hypnotic phenomena.
2.7.5. Dermatological responses
Some of the most interesting hypnotic phenomena involve the apparent precision production of subtle skin responses by suggestion. Allergic reactions, pseudo-sunburns, blisters, and weals have been produced by suggestion. In addition, it has long been known that certain highly troublesome skin conditions have been influenced or healed in some people by suggestion (with or without hypnotic induction).
2.7.6. Control of bleeding
Experiments with hypnosis during surgery have found that suggestion during and after surgery can reduce bleeding significantly, as well as help with the management of pain.
2.7.8. Enhanced strength or dexterity
The effect of hypnotic suggestion in apparently enhancing physical performance under certain conditions seems to relate to the unusual control over focus of attention available in hypnosis, which permits improved concentration and increased motivation in some athletes, and can be used to modify or lessen the influence of inhibiting beliefs or attitudes. Similar effects are seen when athletes are motivated in other ways, outside of hypnosis.