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MESMERISM EXTRAORDINARY

The Dunedin' 1 Star's" London correspondept describes an ex raordinary, sensational, and uncanny exhibition ot mesmerism by a French mesmerist, or magnetiser, named Milo de Meyer. After describing a number of experiments similar to those which Dr Oarr used to perform, the correspondent gives an account of one which is most uncanny from the faot that the patient acted oat some complicated instructions. He says :— De Meyer won ad np the first part of the performance with a veritable^ tour de force Having thrown a good eubjeot into a trance, he addressed him through the interpreter thus : Professor : Do you undei stand me ? Subject (m a muffled far away voice) : Yob. Professor (very imperatively) ; You,, must obey we. Subject (docilely) : I must obey you. . Professor: You must murder your father Subject (m tones of unspeakable horror) : Oh ! no, no Professor (looming right over him) : You must. Subjeot (almoßt m a whisper) : I must Protestor : You will obey me ? Bubjeot (dreamily) : I will obey you. Professor : Very Well. Now, listen; Two minutes after I wake you from this trance you will go to your father, who you see is lying there (pointing to a O3ntral part of the stage) and stab him three times. Afterwards you will laugh and chuckle and be muoh pleased with yourself for thirty seconds. Bemorae will then seize you for thirty seconds more, and finally) after throwing yourself on the body, you must come to of your own accord. The subject repeated this all by rote, as if learning a lesson and then— "pouff," woke up. '.. He had, of coorae, no notion what had pa Bed, and began chatting with his neighbor, whilst the Professor, by way of a brif interlude, ran pins into somebody s magnetised arm. * This went on for, two minutes, and then a thrilling scene was enacted. In the midst of a commonplace conversation the involuntary parricide suddenly started up, and with a face of unutterable horror and agony, advanced with faltering steps towards what he supposed to be the side of his sleeping father. Large drops of prespiration rolled down his cheek, and it was obyiova that a desperate struggle was going on between bin natural v9sb.es and the iron force dominating his will. Clearly, however, he felt the impossibility of resisting, for with a hollow groan he daßhed at the supposititious knife, and. turning his head away so as not to see his victim, felt for where the heart would be, and then stabbed him three times rapidly and foioibiy. An awful ory burst from his lips, but hardly had it left him before he was gleefully gloating over the corpse as directed by De Meyer. This lasted for thirty seconds, when we were treated to a far more terrible aDd dramatic scene of remorse than I have ever witnessed on the stage. This, ended appropriately enough with the young* fellow falling with « shriek on what he believed to ba his father's corpse. The inbjeot then calmly came to and pioked himielf op wonderlngly, apparently m no wiee the worse for all tbe emotions he had ; gone through, Numbers of other w.oni dtrfol experiments might be deiorlbed if J h|d (pace, As it ft, on» more mast suffice* Dr Meyer sent down some half dozin sensitive snbjeots unmagnetlsed to sit ■bout among the audience. "I am now," he said, ''going off the stage for some refreshment, but whilst taking it I ihall send, or rather will, all these gentlemen to sleep, and do what you will yon; won't be able to keep them awftke, or wake them after I hey 'ye fallen, asleep. When I return \ ohaU wak,Q them all together, not by spealfiqg but by a stroke on a gong." So saying the man of. wyntery disappeared, and In a. few minute* the subjects, who were talking to their neigh* bora vivaciously, suddenly dropped their heads oq their atooa, and fell fait aileep. In vain we pinched, •hook, and hmtled them. They remalDed wript In (anpatently) deep dreamless sleep illl i& e l Professor reappeared, ana »Uh one stroke j of a gong restored thejg all to swulbllttjr; I some of them^ndejßdf, going on with their oormrfla«oi / B l whe« : e, they had left off before gpjng to sleep.

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MESMERISM EXTRAORDINARY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2062, 13 February 1889

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MESMERISM EXTRAORDINARY Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2062, 13 February 1889

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