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I. FOR PROFESSIONALS: CLOSE-UP HYPNOSIS COLLECTION

As the name implies, this Collection showcases professional hypnotism and mentalism effects, achievable in real-world close-up settings, without any assistants, props, preparation or stage requirements. These exclusive, rare books are available only through this site or a few selected magic and hypnosis dealers.


Stop-Smoking Mentalism, by Fabio Tabbo'
 

Stop-Smoking Mentalism, by Fabio Tabbo' - 173 pages

A "cult" book targeted to professional magicians, mentalists, hypnotists and psychic entertainers.

This highly-acclaimed volume (the first of the "Close-up Hypnosis" series) is available in hard-copy only - please visit the Stop-Smoking Mentalism page for further details, availability and reviews.


II. FOR GENERAL AUDIENCES: CLASSICS COLLECTION

The Classics Collection includes variegated hypnotism and suggestion-based Ebooks of historical value: newly-designed Underwords editions of great classics at a discounted price. All Ebooks are typeset for easy reading, professionally produced in high-resolution PDF, and contain fully-annotated texts in a printer-friendly format.

Spend a few days conversing with great minds of the past, through the following titles:

Neurypnology, by James Braid

Neurypnology, by James Braid - 236 pages

Not the sexiest of titles, but a true classic in the history of hypnotism.

In 1841, Dr. Braid became interested in hypnosis after watching a demonstration by a "Mesmerist" (the stage hypnotists of the days). He started investigating into the matter, and presented the findings of his experiments in this book. He was naturally bashed by all sides: the Mesmerists were furious for seeing their cherished secrets divulgated, and for his undermining of their "occult" powers; on the other hand, the medical community were still incredulous and believed that the hypnotic experiments were achieved through trickery. 

In Part 1, the author explains in details several induction methods, including the effect where a subject is unable to open his eyes. Ever wondered about how this is done? In Part 2, you are allowed to peek into his private files, containing 60 startling medical cases duly described and annotated.

A fascinating journey into the world of a 19th-century hypnotist.

Practical Mental Influence, by William W. Atkinson

Practical Mental Influence, by William W. Atkinson - 74 pages

The more metaphysical volume of this Collection... William Walker Atkinson was a very influential figure of the New Thought Movement, a set of religious doctrines that originated in the US during the late 19th century and that professed the primacy of the mind over the physical world, placing great emphasis in positive thinking, affirmations and meditation. He wrote more than one hundred books on the subject (often under pseudonyms) - notably The Secret of Mental Magic, Suggestion and Auto-Suggestion and of course Practical Mental Influence.

Main topics include visualization, concentration, hypnotic influence, thought force, personal magnetism and will-power. The book also features many bizarre ideas on "psychic" activity and Black Magic ("Thoughts act like Boomerangs, in their tendency to return to their sender; guard against employing the power for evil purposes, for the fate of the Black Magician is a sad one...")

The Science of Hypnotism, by Alexander Cannon

The Science of Hypnotism, by Alexander Cannon - 78 pages

This manual was written by a British Medical Doctor in the late 1930's, and gives a clear picture of how Hypnotism was perceived at the time. It contains a number of induction methods and theoretical notions on the hypnotism of animals, the suggestions of colors etc.

It can be read with interest, despite its rather authoritarian tone and a fair amount of babbles such as the "thought-reading machine", Aryan Hindus of Atlantis, a White Lodge that could have found its place in David Lynch's Twin Peaks, and other arcane issues typical of how occultism got mixed up with hypnosis in the past.

Still, it is an important reading not only as part of a historical view of the subject: Dr. Cannon was one of the first to point out that we live by suggestion. We dress according to the clothes suggested by advertisements; we involuntarily act upon the suggestion of others. Hence his famous statements "A word is greater than a sword", and "Every word has magic power".

Mental Chemistry, by Charles F. Haanel

Mental Chemistry, by Charles F. Haanel - 200 pages

"For every problem, there is a solution. For every person, a meaning. For every success, a formula".

A precursor of modern self-help and motivational books, in the tradition of Haanel's best-seller The Master Key System. Mental chemistry, in the words of the Author, is the science which treats of the changes which material conditions undergo through the operations of the mind - just as the transformations in applied chemistry result of the orderly combination of materials. In this book, you will discover the "secrets" of how your thoughts and perceptions shape the world around you, and how you can use your mental faculties to control these processes as much as possible.

Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion, by Emile Coue'

Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion, by Emile Coue' - 43 pages

Emile Coue' exerted a profound influence on the medical community for what concerns the nature of hypnosis and the suggestibility of the unconscious mind. At the beginning of the century, he established a clinic in France for treating patients suffering from both mental and physical disorders, and described his techniques of autosuggestion in this classic manuscript. 

Today, we might argue with Coue's method of brainwashing children during their sleep, or with his magic formula "Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better"...  There is, however, a lot of good sense in his methods for implanting suggestions in the subconscious. The exercises he outlines to increase the suggestibility of subjects are still used by many professional stage hypnotists, because they continue to be the most effective available. 

The Power Of Thought, by Henry T. Hamblin

The Power Of Thought, by Henry T. Hamblin - 66 pages

After the sudden and unexpected death of his ten-year-old son, Henry Thomas Hamblin began to write The Power of Thought, which was to sell over 200,000 copies. Hamblin believed that as long as people blamed the circumstances they were stuck in, and played the 'victim role', they would not be able to overcome their difficulties; but if they lived in harmony with their environment, they would lead a healthy and peaceful existence.

In the words of the Author: "You are the architect of your own life: it is yours to make or to mar. By the power of thoughts you are building; are you building alright? The power of thought, as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, is a spiritual power - the greatest power that man has at his disposal. What a man thinks, he becomes. Man is the author of his own troubles, which are created in his mind both consciously and subconsciously; by thought man either cures or curses himself." 

The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce

The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce - 276 pages

Completely off-topic (this isn't a satanic booktest!), but we couldn't resist the pun: Under-words, underworld... Devils dictionary... Ah, better now...

Besides, this dictionary is a hilarious demonstration of lucid, merciless cynicism, which balances the positive thinking, political correctness and meditative approach of our other books. If you are offended by ANYTHING, simply delete it!


he Foundations of Personality, by Abraham Myerson
 

 The Foundations of Personality, by Abraham Myerson - 402 pages

An exhaustive treatise on character reading (both from the organic and environmental points of view), along with a detailed analysis of the main human emotions such as Excitement, Monotony, Interest, Love, Friendship, Hate, Pity, Duty, Compensation, Escape, Courage, Resignation, Sublimation, Patience etc. and relevant case studies.


The Master Key System, by Charles Francis Haanel

The Master Key System, by Charles Francis Haanel - 281 pages

Known as the "father of personal development", Haanel's commonsense wisdom has revolutionized conventional thought. Originally created in 1912 as a weekly course, the Master Key System sold more than 2 million copies. It has also been the motivation behind many enterprising individuals and has inspired future leaders to attune their thoughts to greatness.

The main concept of The Master Key System reveals that everything in the world we see around us was initiated by the creative energy of thoughts. Thoughts are powerful catalysts in transforming any idea into physical reality. Based on this principle, The Master Key System teaches us how to use the power of thought to realize our dreams. Each lesson contains exercises to train and develop your mental skills as well as a summary of all the key points.

Your Forces and How to Use Them, by Christian D. Larson

Your Forces and How to Use Them, by Christian D. Larson - 236 pages

This is a rather straightforward book on the crucial topic of how our thoughts manifest our reality, and how you can learn to use the power of your own thoughts to create the reality you want. Christian Larson takes you through this process step by step, each chapter building upon the last, and analyzes topics such as the forces of the subconscious, the power of suggestion, concentration, higher forces etc.

Psychic Self-Defense, by Dion Fortune

Psychic Self-Defense, by Dion Fortune - 266 pages

"If we look at the universe around us, we cannot fail to realize that there must be some overruling plan coordinating its infinite complexity..."

After finding herself the subject of a supposed psychic attack, Dion Fortune (a.k.a. Violet Mary Firth Evans) wrote this detailed instruction manual for safeguarding yourself against paranormal malevolence. Fortune explores the elusive psychic element in mental illness and, more importantly, details the methods, motives, and physical aspects of psychic attacks, and how to overcome this negative energy.

Origin and Nature of Emotions, by George Washington Crile

Origin and Nature of Emotions, by George Washington Crile - 180 pages

A book mainly targeted to medical doctors. Dr. Crile, a surgeon from Cleveland, analyzes the origin of human emotions, showing the links existing between the brain, the adrenal and the liver. The erudite reader will note the liberal use of cocaine (later substituted by Novocain) in some of his experiments.


The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
 

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz - 70 pages

The little brother of "The Devil's Dictionary", described above; "an exhausting work of reference to un-certain English words - their origin, meaning, legitimate and illegitimate use". While softer than Ambrose Bierce's masterpiece, this compilation of "under-words" will still offer a few laughs.

"CHUMP: Anyone whose opinion differs radically from ours."

Within You is the Power, by Henry Thomas Hamblin

Within You is the Power, by Henry Thomas Hamblin - 79 pages

The purpose of this book is to "help men and women bring their inward powers of mind and spirit into expression, wisely and in harmony with universal law; to build up character, and to find within themselves that wondrous Self, which is their real self, and which, when found, reveals to them that they are literally and truly sons and daughters of the Cosmos. This work does not offer vain promises of an easy life - for, if this were possible, it would be the greatest of all disasters. Rather, it endeavours to show how to become so strong that life looks almost easy by comparison (the life or fate does not necessarily change or become easier, but the individual alters and becomes stronger), yet it does show the reader how to avoid making his life more difficult than need be. Most people's lives would be less filled with trouble and suffering if they took life in the right spirit and acted in harmony with the Universal Process. It is hoped that this book may assist many to come into harmony with the rhythm of life and thus avoid much needless suffering: to find the Greater Self within, which discovery brings with it a realisation that within you is the Power..."

 
Power of Will, by Frank C. Haddock
 

Power of Will, by Frank C. Haddock - 394 pages

A massive success book focusing on suggestion, will power, imagination, moods, concentration, self perception and self control.

One of the first "Success Home Course", complete with over 100 exercises for each of your senses!

Art and Science of Personal Magnetism, by Theron Q. Dumont

Art and Science of Personal Magnetism, by Theron Q. Dumont - 129 pages

"Theron Q. Dumont" is one of the many pseudonyms of William Walker Atkinson. The New Thought movement of the turn of the twentieth century combined Christian spirituality with paranormal power in an effort to give practical expression to the forces of the universe (or so its proponents believed). One of the most influential thinkers of this early "New Age" philosophy promises here to show the reader how to develop your personality and how to develop a dominating hypnotic influence through such exercises as Projecting Nerve Force, Mental Radiation, The Positive Aura, The Magnetic Duel, Magnetic Self-Defense, The Power of Controlling Others etc.

The Power of Concentration, by Theron Q. Dumont

The Power of Concentration, by Theron Q. Dumont - 144 pages

Another book from William Walker Atkinson, this time more "success-oriented" than metaphysical.

We all know that in order to make a success of anything, you must be able to concentrate your entire thought upon the idea you are working on. In this book, the author provides several tools and exercises to improve your concentration and allow you to reach complete self-mastery.

Secrets Of Mental Supremacy, by W. R. C. Latson

Secrets Of Mental Supremacy, by W. R. C. Latson - 79 pages

In the words of the Author, "I shall try to give you plain directions, stripped of all verbal and pseudo-scientific flummery, for the acquisition of mental activity and mental supremacy": main topics include the training of the perspective faculties, memory development, ideas association, visualization techniques, psycho-physical development, how to cultivate imagination, how to concentrate attention and much more.

Thought Vibration, by William Walker Atkinson 

Thought Vibration, by William Walker Atkinson - 77 pages

This volume focuses on the Law of Attraction and the Law of Mental Control: "When we come to see that Thought is a force - a manifestation of energy - having a magnet-like power of attraction, we will begin to understand the why and wherefore of many things that have heretofore seemed dark to us. There is no study that will so well repay the student for his time and trouble as the study of the workings of this mighty law of the world of Thought - the Law of Attraction".

The roots of today’s groundswell for self-help, personal empowerment and pop spirituality can be explored in this one small, entertaining book.


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