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Mesmer was a human man.

DescriptionEdit

Mesmer was an illustrious 19th century magician, whose association with hypnosis was so great that "to be mesmerized" came to be synonymous with being in a trance or hypnotized.

Behind the scenesEdit

Mesmer is mentioned, and a statue of him glimpsed, in the 1957 story Mickey Mouse in Magic Land.

Franz Anton Mesmer was a genuine historical figure, who inspired the expression "to be mesmerized", though the actual Mesmer was not a magician or charlatan, but instead was a physician claimed to have discovered a scientific theory of animal magnetism. (Amusingly, an actual famous magician & hypnotist took the stage name of Messmer decades after the printing of Mickey Mouse in Magic Land.

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