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mes muh ri zuhm

  • n  the act of inducing hypnosis

  • Salter is a quick, intense, 30-year-old Manhattan psychologist who has made a very good thing out of mesmerism.
  • Lanois has a kind of tensile fragility: you can hear it in the uninsistent mesmerism of his voice as well as in the sorcery of his songs.
  • Psychoanalysis and all its offshoots may in the final analysis turn out to be no more reliable than phrenology or mesmerism or any of the countless other pseudosciences that once .

  • Tilda Swinton in
    It's a very difficult thing, because it's a sort of mesmerism,Swinton says, wryly, on the phone from New York recently. "It's a very, very powerful drug. People become involved in the fantasy of living a life like the life that Emma Recchi...

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