You know what an excitement there has been about mesmerism in Paris this summer?
Animal magnetism or mesmerism had been involved in mystery and empiricism.
Animal Magnetism: showing that the phenomena of mesmerism are as incredible as the Bible miracles.
Then I'll tell you what: there is going to be a lecture on mesmerism to-night.
And so "mesmerism" was left for the quacks and traveling showmen.
"It must have been done by mesmerism, I fancy," rejoined Mr. Meek.
A little while ago you observed that mesmerism was a force Spiritual; but I am not so sure that you are correct.
I have heard it said that there isn't any truth in mesmerism.
He conceded (‘Footfalls,’ p. 68) the principle lying at the base of mesmerism.
Why they ought to teach the science of mesmerism in the divinity schools.
"hypnotism," 1802, from French mesmérisme, named for Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815), Austrian physician who developed a theory of animal magnetism and a mysterious body fluid which allows one person to hypnotize another. Related: Mesmerist.
mesmerism mes·mer·ism (měz'mə-rĭz'əm, měs'-)
A strong or spellbinding appeal; fascination.
Hypnotic induction that is believed to involve animal magnetism.