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 Hypnotism Collection

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Hypnotism is in old time radio shows is often used by the villains. Like ventriloquism, hypnosis is a skill that can be learned and developed. However, there would be some very short episodes if a good guy was able to reform all the No-goodniks by swinging a pocket watch in front of them.

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The popular perception is that hypnosis is a form of unconsciousness, and therefore, similar to sleep. Supposedly, while under hypnosis, the subject is particularly vulnerable to suggestion, and this is the power that gives the villain an advantage. In fact, the subject is  very awake, in a highly focused state. The focus can be so intense as to cause physical relaxation. This can be particularly useful in psychotherapy.

There are a few rules to hypnotism in literature (or on the radio). There is usually a “Stronger mind” imposing its will on a weaker subject. Supposedly, the subject cannot be hypnotized if they do not want to be. For this reason, the bad guy often tricks his subjects into allowing hypnosis.

The Man of Steel, of course, is too strong willed to be placed under hypnosis himself, but those Superman cares about the most are not so fortunate. This is the case with Lois Lane in “Black Narcissus”.

Hypnosis is used on pretty, naive girls who eventually find themselves under Boston Blackie's protection, but they only receive that protection after murder has occurred.


Mind ControlStage hypnosis can be used part of an illusionist's act. While the act might be fake, it is just the sort of device to be used by magician crime-fighters like Mandrake the Magician, Blackstone, and Chandu the Magician.

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Hypnotism will even be something the No-goods will use in the future, as Dantro The Planet Man discovers when planetary officials from Mars begin to run amok.

Hypnotism is a skill that can be learned.

This notion has a chilling effect on Quiet Please when a device playing music hypnotizes people with music.

The effect is somewhat lighter on Fibber McGee and Molly and Duffy's Tavern. Both Fibber and Archie learn hypnotism out of a book. Or do they?

See also: Quack Doctors Collection.

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Volume 1: 30 shows - total playtime 14 hours 34 minutes
Blackstone 490320 25 Missing Palmist
Blackstone 490807 45 Ghost In Crypt
Bob And Ray 591116 101 Professor Fallinger, Hypnotist
Boston Blackie 450806 Hypnotic Murder
Boston Blackie 470702 129 Johnny Burns Imported Wool
Burns & Allen 471211 Lady Killer
Chandu 330222 253 Chandu Recognized
Chandu 480705 006 Search For Dorothy Aka Hypnotic Persasion
Chandu 490303 005 Spell Of Dimitri
Chandu 490414 011 Voice Of Darkness
Clock 470706 Hypnotist
Crime Club 471016 47 Cupid Can Be Deadly
Danger With Grainger 12 Murder By Hypnosis
Dick Tracy 380221 0036 Pat Hypnotized
Duffys Tavern 510216 397 Archie Hypnotist
Edgar Bergen And Charlie Mccarthy 560311 720 Gary Crosby
Fibber Mcgee And Molly 530331 0727 Mcgee, Hypnotist
Gasoline Alley 481015 14 Hypnotized Hero
Hidden Truth Hypnotism Etc Aka Death From Bed
I Love Adventure 480606 07 What Big Teeth You Have
Let George Do It 490725 Lauras House
Let George Do It 500717 Eleven Oclock
Life With Dexter 000000 058 Hypnotist
Mandrake Magician 055
Mandrake Magician 058
March Of Time 360520 00x Townsend Plan
Moon Over Africa 350907 26 Last Show Treasure Of Anc
Ozzie Harriet 450128 Hypnotism
Planet Man 035
Planet Man 036
Quiet Please 480913 065 Symphony in D Minor
Ralph Slater Hypnotist 451003
Sleep No More 570109 10 Waxworks & Man And Snake
Speed Gibson 380528 074 Barney Found Wandering
Strange Wills 460615 02 Alias Doctor Svengali
Superman 421022 039 Black Narcissus
Superman 480120 1662 Dead Mans Secretpt 05
Suspense 440316 083 Narrative For Clarence
Unsolved Mysteries 000000 00 Hypnotist
Weird Circle 450408 71 Case Of Monsieur Valdemar
Whistler 430110 035 Nemesis


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