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Reviewed by Rachel McGrath for Readers' Favorite
The Kid Hypnotist by Steve Zimcosky opens your eyes to the art of hypnosis; something that has always fascinated me. Mind control and a human being’s ability to listen to subconscious or spoken messages and follow instructions is intriguing. Certainly an art form and a skill that not many people possess, we have seen these skills used for entertainment and also for real therapy. This is the story of young Walter who possessed the gift to hypnotise his school peers. Word quickly spreads of his ability as he endeavours to help other school children and their siblings with real life problems (bed wetting and confidence, for example). Zimcosky tells of how Walter’s ability becomes a kind of pride and, as word spreads, even the parents of his friends engage him and his skills. This offers him monetary rewards for his efforts, giving him the idea that he could in fact support his college education with his hypnotism.
I found The Kid Hypnotist to be a good, interesting, in-depth view of hypnotism, giving me personally a better understanding of the skill behind it. The author tells it as the story of Walter finding his own ability, learning and growing this on his own, and building his confidence. This could be applied to any skill or ability, and it encourages you to think about how your own confidence helps you to overcome obstacles. It also tells of Walter’s graduation towards being a professional hypnotist through the encouragement of his efforts and then sponsorship by a stranger named David, who helped direct him in his adult career towards this vocation. It was a pleasant and short read, and one that was certainly incredibly eye opening for me.