British Library Artist in Residence 2012

Focus all your attention on me and only me. I am researching hypnotism at the British Library as part of their inaugural Artist in Residence scheme. I will be recording my adventures here. Take a deep breath and count down slowly from ten.....

Henry Blythe on YouTube again

A great Pathe newsreel featuring the fantastic Henry Blythe.  Sports hypnosis was unknown in these days.  He was a pioneer.  And his book is hilarious too.

Henry Blythe on YouTube

A very unfair sniggering reference to my friend Henry Blythe, featuring his recording helping you to stop smoking.  He was WAY ahead of his time…..

Bit rude to call him ‘the worst hypnotist ever?”  Still there is hope in that question mark.

Karlyn seems to have been an excellent exponent of the hypnotist’s art.  And his little guidebook tells you all the secrets of the trade.  Don’t hunt it out if you don’t want to be disappointed!

And a great moustache.  Possibly my favourite so far!

images - Copyright British Library

Whilst hosting the Penny Reading event yesterday I spotted this two author graffiti on the wall of the gents in the British Library Conference Centre.  I’m not sure about the original author and why they wrote ARSE on the wall - we can only show them compassion.  But it seems very BL of the second person to turn this aggressive, almost nihilistic, statement in a joyful reminder that we all live in a state of upbeat farcical playfulness.  That’s what I got out of it anyway.  I don’t endorse writing on the wall in public buildings, in any way, shape or form BTW

Whilst hosting the Penny Reading event yesterday I spotted this two author graffiti on the wall of the gents in the British Library Conference Centre.  I’m not sure about the original author and why they wrote ARSE on the wall - we can only show them compassion.  But it seems very BL of the second person to turn this aggressive, almost nihilistic, statement in a joyful reminder that we all live in a state of upbeat farcical playfulness.  That’s what I got out of it anyway.  I don’t endorse writing on the wall in public buildings, in any way, shape or form BTW

Contact

I am now official at the British Library following my induction (“We have to guard against awful things like the Milan bombing, you know, the one in Spain”) this morning.  So I now have an email address.  Please feel free to contact me on christopher.green@bl.uk

It’s early days on here but please spread the word amongst friends and colleagues that you think might be interested.  

Inspired by Annie De Montford.  A lady mesmerist.  Will be find out a lot more about her I hope.  She seems to have been very versatile.  Intrigued by the mention of the publication entitled “The Daily Mesmerist”