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 (mĕz′mə-rĭz′əm, mĕs′-)
1. A strong or spellbinding appeal; fascination.
2. Hypnotic induction believed to involve animal magnetism.
3. Hypnotism.

[After Franz Mesmer.]

mes·mer′ic (-mĕr′ĭk) adj.
mes·mer′i·cal·ly adv.
mes′mer·ist n.
Word History: Franz Anton Mesmer, a visionary 18th-century physician, believed cures could be effected by having patients do things such as sit with their feet in a fountain of magnetized water while holding cables attached to magnetized trees. Mesmer then came to believe that magnetic powers resided in himself, and during highly fashionable curative sessions in Paris he caused his patients to have reactions ranging from sleeping or dancing to convulsions. These reactions were actually brought about by hypnotic powers that Mesmer was unaware he possessed. Eventually, Mesmer's practices came to be called mesmerism (a term first recorded in English in 1784). The related word mesmerize (first recorded in English in 1829), having shed its reference to the hypnotic doctor, lives on in the sense "to enthrall."
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Noun1.mesmerist - a person who induces hypnosismesmerist - a person who induces hypnosis  
psychologist - a scientist trained in psychology
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Perhaps there was really a magnetism about the mesmerist; perhaps there was even more magnetism about the man mesmerized.
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In addition, there were such diverse draws as Levine the mesmerist, with a most entertaining exhibition, and Jem Mace, the champion of England in pugilism."
Westervelt, Zenobia's former lover and a mesmerist, gives public demonstrations of a "phenomenon in the mesmeric line" that grants, as a spectator tells Coverdale, "miraculous power of one human being over the will and passions of another, such that settled grief was but a shadow, beneath the influence of a man possessing this potency" (3: 5, 198).
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Mesmerism originally referred to 'the transfer of energy between the mesmerist and the client to induce a special trance state to heal him/her of a physical ailment or to reconcile emotional or physical issues.'
My fingers spin a song of joy and mesmerist flute twirls melodiously with happy tune my soul plays out.
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Thus, in mesmerism the active will power of the mesmerist is the crucial factor; while in mediumism what is essential is the degree of passiveness that the will can attain--the higher the degree, the better the results.