|Born||Ormond Dale McGill
June 15, 1913
Palo Alto, CA, U.S.
|Died||October 19, 2005
Palo Alto, CA, U.S.
Ormond Dale McGill (June 15, 1913 – October 19, 2005) was a stage hypnotist, magician and instructor who was considered to be the "Dean of American Hypnotists". He was also a writer and author of many books including Hypnotism and Mysticism of India (1979) and The New Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism.
Early Life and Career
Born in Palo Alto, California, McGill became interested in magic as a child (and was later considered legendary in magic circles), but first studied hypnosis in 1927 while still a teenager. He wrote the seminal Encyclopedia of Genuine Stage Hypnotism (the acknowledged bible of stage hypnotism) in 1947, and continued to teach courses and lecture right up until a few days before his death. He died in his native Palo Alto. He has explained in his book about position of chicken that present them as motionless and appear as hypnotized. McGill explained that the reason for a chicken's hypnotism was due to the tonic indolence that the chicken adopts to save itself from predators by bluffing them as being dead.
From 1947 to 1954, McGill performed hypnotism and magic under the stage name of Dr. Zomb. His "Séance of Wonders" show featured horror-themed routines and costumed assistants typical of the midnight "spook shows" which were popular during that era. He has performed in several stage shows all over globe in 20th century. Ormond McGill also trained students for therapeutic applications through hypnotism.
McGill continued to collaborate with other colleagues including Gil Boyne, whom he mentored, and to teach hypnotherapy until his death in 2005 with Randal Churchill at the Hypnotherapy Training Institute.
In addition to his career as a world-traveling magician and stage hypnotist, McGill was also a skilled hypnotherapist and a student of Eastern mysticism. He wrote between twenty-five and forty books (sources disagree on the total), including such titles as Grieve No More Beloved (about his afterlife contact with his deceased wife), Hypnotism and Mysticism of India, and his autobiography, The Amazing Life of Ormond McGill. McGill has revealed truth behind magical events such as Indian rope trick and others during his visit to India.
Books and Publications
- The New Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism
- The Search for Cosmic Consciousness: the Hypnosis Book Einstein Would Have Loved
- How to Produce Miracles
- Hypnotism and Mysticism of India
- The Secrets of Hypnotizing Women: How to Entrance and Charm Women, Communicate Subconsciously, Enhance Romance, Flirt Successfully, Sexually Enthrall
- The Many Lives Of Alan Lee
- McGill's Hypnotherapy Encyclopedia
- Religious Mysteries of the Orient
- Professional Stage Hypnotism
- Chalk Talks!
- The Mysticism And Magic Of India
- Seeing the Unseen: A Past Life Revealed Through Hypnotic Regression
- Mind Magic - Tricks for Reading Minds
- Secrets of Stage Mind Reading
- Atomic Magic
- Paper Magic
- Secrets of Dr. Zomb: The Autobiography of Ormond McGill, Dean of American Hypnotists
- The Encyclopedia of Genuine Stage Hypnotism: For Magicians Only
- Voice Magic
- Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Everything
- The Amazing Life of Ormond McGill: Dean of American Hypnotists
- Entertaining With Magic
- Science Magic: 101 Experiments You Can Do
- The Amazing Life of Ormond McGill
- Grieve No More, Beloved
- Secrets of Stage Mindreading
- Hypnotism and Meditation: The Operational Manual for Hypnomediation
- The Secret World of Witchcraft
- Grieve No More, Beloved: The Book Of Delight
- Balancing Magic and Other Tricks
- Healing Is Remembering Who You Are
- Beyond The Strange
- The Amazing Stone-Deaf Hypnotist - Dr. Rexford L. North
- The World's Greatest Hypnotists
- The How To Book Of Hypnotism
- Hypnotism: A Hypnosis Training & Techiques Manual: The Real Questions & Answers
- Confessions of a Regressionist: Is There a Life Or Time Other Than the Present? ISBN 1475907427
- The Power of I Am: Creating a New World of Enlightened Personal Interaction ISBN 1583941428
- Ormond McGill Biography
- Hypnotherapy: A Client-Centered Approach ISBN 1589800524
- They Were Giants 2007 ISBN 0595871526
- Paranormality: Why we see what isn't there ISBN 0230758908
- Ormond McGill's Bio at Hypnotherapy Training Institute
- Ormond McGill Memorial Site
- San Francisco Chronicle obituary (SFGate through Legacy.com)
- Tribute to Ormond McGill at the Wayback Machine (archived March 17, 2013) (originally http://www.durbinhypnosis.com/mcgill.htm)