---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <s3raphita@...> wrote :
How do we explain Barry's conviction that he witnessed Lenz rise up from the
Premise 1: The laws of physics imply that levitation events as claimed by
Barry are improbable-verging-on-the- impossible.
Premise 2: Barry is not communicating with us from the padded cell of an
institute for the incurably insane.
Premise 3: One in five people are suitable subjects for deep-hypnosis
Premise 4: Frederick Lenz was a hypnotist. (This seems likely in view of the
testimony of ex-followers who do claim that Lenz could use mass hypnosis.)
It's commonplace in hypnosis work to induce negative and positive visual
hallucinations - I've seen Derren Brown convince someone that he (Derren) was
invisible and that objects moving around in front of him were levitating -
though we observers could see Derren himself simply lifting up and putting down
the items. I can't see why a hypnotist couldn't persuade people that he was
That may not even be necessary: if Lenz was simply to give someone a
post-hypnotic suggestion that they'd have the memory of having seen the master
float - then induce amnesia of what was said during the hypnotic trance itself
- the subject would faithfully recall the miraculous event. As 20 per cent of
people are natural somnambulists, maybe Lenz selected from that group to be in
his inner circle. Barry may not be naturally somnambulistic but as he's been
into lots of weird shit he's probably trained himself to enter altered states.
So I wonder if Barry recalls ever being formally hypnotised by Lenz?
Maybe someone has another explanation?
All I know is bawee picked the wrong person to cross. You are so far out of
his league that it's almost criminal. Be gentle on him Seraphita, I know he
ain't seen nothin' yet.