Remember those wild and weird ads in comic books? You know, the ones for X-Ray Specs or Sea Monkeys?
Well, in 1957, there were ads hawking Hypnosis too!
A neighbor was clearing house and I was bequeathed some of his extensive library. One of the books happened to be:
These books are a kick to read but really do little to actually teach hypnosis.
This Sunday marks three years since the passing of one of the greats in modern hypnosis, Gil Boyne.
Today there are Schools of Hypnosis all over the country and they don’t even advertise in comic books!
Gil Boyne was Founder and Executive Director of the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners as well as Director of the Hypnotism Training Institute of Los Angeles.
From his obituary: “Gil believed that the best “protection of the public” was primarily achieved by proper training of therapists and by informing the public how to select, evaluate and if necessary, make a complaint about a therapist.”
It’s important, as a consumer, to qualify your hypnotist. Don’t hesitate to ask for credentials, certifications and educational background. A qualified hypnotist will gladly share all this information with you. Heck, most of us proudly display all our accomplishments on our office walls!
So, if you happen to find one of these treasures boasting “You Can Hypnotize Anyone”. Take your time and enjoy it or grab a comic book and order those X-ray specs. You know, just in case.