Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Early American Mesmerism.

Charles Poyen St Sauveur came to America in 1834. As a student he had come across mesmerism in 1832. A sickly man he became hooked when a mesmerized clairvoyant described all his symptoms. He spent the rest of his life lecturing and giving demonstrations.

Bringing volunteers from the audience to the stage, Poyen frequently succeeded in inducing trance and eliciting the usually associated phenomena.

It was Poyen's stage demonstration in Belfast, Maine that first interested Phineas Parkhurst Quimby in mesmerism.


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