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Obsolete term for hypnotize.
[see mesmerism]


(mĕz′mə-rīz′, mĕs′-)
tr.v. mesmer·ized, mesmer·izing, mesmer·izes
1. To spellbind; enthrall: "The dance was subtle ... but at the same time it was sensual, and it mesmerized him" (Robert Rosenberg).
2. To hypnotize.

mes′mer·i·za′tion (-mər-ĭ-zā′shən) n.
mes′mer·iz′er n.
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In this connection, Braid disagreed with the popular idea that the capacity to induce hypnosis was linked with a "magical passage" of a flowing influence (Richet's "ectoplasm") from the mesmerizer to the patient.
To be sure, the attitude of the one who, "nothing doubting," whatever he or she attempts, they "are almost sure to accomplish," reminds us of Blavatsky's (1877i: 109) remarks quoted above on the difference between the mesmerizer and the medium: the first, in order to be successful, had to have an indomitable will--much like the Prometheus figure in Byron's poem Prometheus or in P.
Lubin's frogs and the Chinese jugglers, mesmerizers, and acrobats of Cinematographes are listed in those companies' respective catalogues.
In addition, the French company Cinematographes offered films of Chinese jugglers, mesmerizers, and acrobats for the American market.
Baron Charles Dupotet de Sennevoy brought mesmerism to London; making passes over the bodies of his subjects, who then mimicked the actions of the mesmerizer, and prescribing remedies.
It is named for Sandy's cat Mesmerizer, and both the title of the book and the name of the club grow out of the fun Sandy and his friends have - not entirely incredulously - with "the old Negro superstition that black cats are the children of his Satanic majesty" (16).
Moreau), it is also possible for the reader to see Coeur as a failed hero, the first in a line of future mesmerizers.