Well, he was no Svengali, no alchemist and, obviously, they would have happened without him.
But one look at the film is enough to dispel all notions of Svengali.
When Svengali gazed into Trilby's mouth and exclaimed, "Himmel, what a roof!"
His touch on either canvas or paper was like Svengali's on the key-board—unique.
Besides, he didn't believe Svengali would show fight; and in this he was not mistaken.
He forgets that there's a fellow called Svengali for the world to talk about!
She had a singularly impressionable nature, as was shown by her quick and ready susceptibility to Svengali's hypnotic influence.
But Svengali merely turned round and bowed—there were to be no encores that night.
He could be very funny, Svengali, though he was German, poor dear!
She stared at him with a cold stare of disdain, and cut him dead—so did Svengali.
"one who exerts controlling or mesmeric influence on another," 1914, from hypnotist character of that name in the novel "Trilby" (1894) by George Du Maurier.