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The GQ Experience

by Soforia the Enchantress

Hello Everyone!!!
I know how much we love to read and hear about what actually goes on behind the scenes.
So I thought I’d publish my recollection of The GQ Experience.

It began innocently enough with the email you see below.
With theexception of the author, *names changed to protect the innocent.


Subj:GQ artice
Date:7/27/01 10:28:58 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: macf@123xyz.com (David MacFarlane)
To: Soforia@hypnoticwishes.com, 97744194@pager.icq.com

Hello; I'm a writer who has been asked by GQ magazine to do a story onerotic hypnosis. I wonder if I could talk with you on the subject.Shouldyou wish to verify my credentials, my editor at GQ is *StephanieNelson,and GQ's number in NYC is 212-555-1212. Thanks. David Macfarlane

WOW - I thought! Is this for real? Andlook! It came in fromthe Hypnotic Wishes Website - Very interesting....No - I did not callhis editor - but I was very interested in pursuing this. Why?
Because I was curious! More about My Curiousitylater.




In a message dated 7/27/01 11:08:59 AM Pacific Daylight Time,macf@123xyz.com writes:

Subj:Re: GQ artice
Date:7/27/01 11:08:59 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: macf@123xyz.com(David Macfarlane)
To: Soforia@soforia.com

I'm a freelancer -- however the story is not being done on spec. It'sbeen assigned. David





At 02:25 PM 7/27/01 -0400, you wrote:

Fantastic!

I would prefer if you could email me a list of questions -then we couldconverse over the phone. After that - it would be delightful to haveyou come out to southern California to meet me in person.





Subj:Re: GQ artice
Date:7/27/01 11:30:23 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: macf@123xyz.com(David Macfarlane)
To: Soforia@soforia.com

Will do. I'll try to get questions off within the next week. I expectto be travelling throughout US in the fall, researching this. And soit would be a great pleasure to meet with you then. David




Subj:Re: GQ artice
Date:7/28/01 7:06:36 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: macf@123xyz.com(David Macfarlane)
To: Soforia@soforia.com


Thanks. More questions will occur to me, I'm sure. But here are a fewinitial ones.

(1) Do you have any way of gauging the size of the "erotic hypnosiscommunity." I expect this is impossible, but GQ will want to know thatwe're not talking about a small number of people here. Also, do yousense that this community is growing? Coming out into the openmore?

(2) I'm interested in the basic question of hypnosis. Are theretrances and trances? Will a man, under the erotic influence of ahypno-dommebe in as "real" a trance as, say, a woman hypnotized by ahypnotherapist for childbirth, for instance.

(3) Is there a difference between pretending to be hypnotized -- ieacting out a fantasy of being hypnotized by a beautiful woman -- andbeing hypnotized. Here I'm touching on the "all hypnosis is selfhypnosis"idea. If I say to myself, I'll pretend to be under your power (becauseit turns me on) am I really hypnotized? But just think I'mpretending?

(4) Is it accurate to describe erotic hypnosis as domination andsubmission but without the ropes and whips. Mental S&M?

(5) How much of what you do is simply giving permission to people todo what they secretly want to do anyway. If I want to wear women'slingerie, but am ashamed to do so, do I go to someone like you, to behypnotized and ordered to wear it?

(6) And, finally (for now) what percentage of your clients seehypnosis as a way to get to their fantasy -- meaning that you help themenvision that fantasy more vividly than they might be able to on theirown.If I want to be seduced by Rita Hayworth in Gilda's black satin gowncan you make me see that more vividly than I could conjure it myself.Oris it something else -- I want to get hypnotized because that is thefantasy: that hypnosis isn't a means to a fantasy, but an erotic kickonits own?

Best wishes,

David



Subj:Re: GQ artice
Date:7/29/01 5:23:51 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: macf@123xyz.com(David Macfarlane)
To: Soforia@soforia.com


Hi; One other question. Do you know of the existence of hypno-clubs,or gatherings anywhere in the US? Do enthusiasts of erotic hypnosisget together -- in the way that S&M fans do? Fetish nights, etc. Arethere S&M, or D&s clubs where erotic hypnosis plays a role? Bestwishes,David



Subj:Re: GQ artice
Date:7/30/01 2:20:17 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: macf@123xyz.com(David Macfarlane)
To: Soforia@soforia.com

Here's yet another question. One that occured to me yesterday. Manyfetishes have a long history. S&M, for instance, goes back to theVictorian era, and beyond. But hypno-fetishism strikes me as being arelatively new phenomenon. Do you have any knowledge of a traditionlinkedto this particular enthusiasm. David



VIA EMAIL 07/31/01
Interviewer: David Macfarlane
Interviewee: Soforia the Enchantress AKA Lady Supre Macy

Q. Many fetishes have a long history. S&M, for instance, goes back tothe Victorian era, and beyond. But hypno-fetishism strikes me as beinga relatively new phenomenon. Do you have any knowledge of a traditionlinked to this particular enthusiasm?

A. This particular fetish seems to be partly media driven withspecific reference to the 1945 movie, "The Woman in Green", a SherlockHolmes movie with Hillary Brooks as the evil female hypnotist. Comedicreferences include, Bob Hope in one of the "Road" movies. Other mediafavorites include, Shirley Eaton as Sumuru, in the movie, "The MillionEyes of Sumuru", and the fiction work by Sax Rohmer, "The Sins ofSumuru" on which the movie is based. One of my particular favorites isa movie called Terror from the Year 5000, in which the female from thefuture is hypnotizing her male victim with her fingernails. This oneis very "campy". For more information on media, refer to the website,www.hypnosisinmedia.com by Terry O’Brien. He is not such a fan of whatwecall FemDom Hypnosis but his site is a good reference.

Q. Do you know of the existence of hypno-clubs, or gatherings anywherein the US? Do enthusiasts of erotic hypnosis get together -- in the waythat S&M fans do? Fetish nights, etc. Are there S&M, or D&s clubs whereerotic hypnosis plays a role?

A. I don’t know of any specific gatherings. Sometimes people planan informal get together. Occasionally the "leather" groups havehypnosis demonstrations. I would suggest taking a look at some of theYahoo clubs you can find by doing a hypnosis search.I have a !Yahoo group, called soforiashypnoticsilkenweb, which is amailing list I run. !Yahoo is a bit funny about adult material.After they announced they were going to promote adult material,there was a huge backlash that causedthem to swing to the right a bit and eliminate certain adult material.Part of my geocities website was eliminated because of this new"sensitivity" My AOL website had also been previously deleted, as wellas a website I had with a UK provider. My site didn’t even come close to 95%of the material out there that is now bordering on pornography. Mine wassimply about hypnosis and mind control. See www.hypnoticsilkenweb.comthat is like my original AOL website. I’ll have www.soforia.com upsoon. Another domain name I acquired is ladysupremacy.com, (which I'lllink to soforia.com. Another great site is www.mcstories.com.Again, the webmaster is not into FemDom hypnosis as much as he enjoysmind control.

Q. Do you have any way of gauging the size of the "erotic hypnosiscommunity." I expect this is impossible, but GQ will want to know thatwe're not talking about a small number of people here. Also, do yousensethat this community is growing? Coming out into the open more?

A. I believe 1 in 20 persons is a hypnofetishist. Some lean theother way away from their curiosity and actually fear hypnosis. Therest give in to their Hypnosis Fascination. Yes, the communitygrows larger everyday as people still write me and tell me, theythought they were the only one who felt this way.

Q. I'm interested in the basic question of hypnosis. Are there trancesand trances? Will a man, under the erotic influence of a hypno-domme bein as "real" a trance as, say, a woman hypnotized by a Hypnotherapistfor childbirth, for instance?

A. Yes, there are "trances" and "trances". But as you rememberdesire and intense imagination are at the bottom of a hypnofetish,realize that this same desire and imagination is what motivates otherstoseek out hypnosis as a complimentary medicine. I think most peopleagree that we become what we think about, don’t you?
If you accept the basic definition of hypnosis (Hypnotherapy, by DaveElman) to be, "the bypass of the critical faculty of the mind wherebyselective thinking is established", then it follows that hypnosis ishypnosis is hypnosis, but trance is another matter, for there is depthof trance with specific physical manifestations, such as noted in theStanford Depth Test, or as Dave Elman states: 5 characteristics ofhypnosis, body warmth, fluttering of eyelids, increased lacrimation,whites of eyes getting red, eyeballs going up into head.Now, how do we translate these physical signs into a telephone session?We can’t! so we have to use all of our senses to determine depth of trance.which is typically deepen, deepen, deepen. Realize that our clients can talkto us and we can determine by how they talk, how they breathe how they respond. Etc.Can this be faked? Sure! But why would they waste their money and mytime to fake this. If I realize someone is a role-player, I typicallywon’t work with him or her again.
It is just not as satisfying for me.

So the answer is yes, the man hypnotized by a hypnodomme is in as real a trance as a woman inhypnosis for childbirth. By the way, a few of us are professionally trainedHypnotherapists who do have clinical therapy practices.

Q. Is there a difference between pretending to be hypnotized -- i.e.acting out a fantasy of being hypnotized by a beautiful woman -- andbeing hypnotized. Here I'm touching on the "all hypnosis is selfhypnosis" idea. If I say to myself, I'll pretend to be under your power (becauseit turns me on) am I really hypnotized? But just think I'mpretending?

A. As mentioned above, some "fake", but realize that the use of"pretend" is an effective way to induce trance.

It is how we work - therapeutically with children. For you, when Iturn the right key in your mind, even though you may believe you are"only pretending", you would be hypnotized. For as soon as I suggestedthat you were unable to move your legs as though they were in bondageandif you "pretended" you were unable to move your legs, then as you testthem, you would find you were actually unable to move. BUT, if youdecided in that split second to move them, you would simply be provingto yourself that you were still in control. The body is merely a robotand responds to what the mind believes. Say you drop your pen and Isuggest to you to TRY and pick up the pen as long as you were trying topick up the pen, you would be unable to pick up the pen. Once you stoppedtrying .. you would either pick up the pen or you wouldn’t. As Yodasaid, and very Zen like, I might add "There is no try" there is onlydo or not do. It is like this: it is a combination of your free willand my * Hypnotic Spell *. My spell makes it easy for your free willto rationalize that you are doing what I want you to do because youwant to do it.

Q. Is it accurate to describe erotic hypnosis as domination andsubmission but without the ropes and whips. Mental S&M?

A. Yes, but not necessarily as S & M – which is sadomasochism.I have no desire to inflict pain on people –Though sometimes I do because I know they need/want it…. Preferably, Iwould work to help them overcome that need for self-punishment but onlyif that is what they want. In my opinion, the whole basis forself-punishment is the hypnotic messages we receive while growing upbut thatis another article and, only, my humble opinion. Now days, somepro-dominatrix are learning more and more about hypnotism, because theyknowit can enhance a client’s submission and openness. In the past, thepro-dommes have shied away from hypnosis- probably out of fear of theunknown. BUT people want to feel more these days – the media and thepoliticians are already hypnotizing us so that most of us just turnourselves off from really feeling anything these days. More likely,eroticD/s Hypnosis helps de-hypnotize us from the mind numbing effects ofmassmedia. By the way – you do know, most church pastors use coverthypnotic techniques when they give their sermons, don’t you?

Q. How much of what you do is simply giving permission to people todo what they secretly want to do anyway. If I want to wear women'slingerie, but am ashamed to do so, do I go to someone like you, to behypnotized and ordered to wear it?

A. I liken hypnotic domination and submission to having a coupleof social cocktails…. Loosens up the inhibitions.And yes, you could do just as you said.

Q. And, finally (for now) what percentage of your clients see hypnosisas a way to get to their fantasy -- meaning that you help them envisionthat fantasy more vividly than they might be able to on their own. If Iwant to be seduced by Rita Hayworth in Gilda's black satin gown can youmake me see that more vividly than I could conjure it myself? Or is itsomething else -- I want to get hypnotized because that is the fantasy:that hypnosis isn't a means to a fantasy, but an erotic kick on itsown?

A. Both! That’s the good news! Some want to vividlyexperience a personal fantasy and some want to experience hypnosisbecause, intheir belief system, hypnosis itself is inherently erotic.



Subj:Re:
Date:8/23/01 10:58:01 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: macf@123xyz.com(David Macfarlane)
To: Soforia@soforia.com


Hi; Can you tell me where you are? What city? Near what airport?How far from LA? I need to set up a travel itinerary so that GQ canbookthe trip. David



At 04:20 PM 8/22/01 -0400, you wrote:


Well then, I'll meet with you the first week of October!



In a message dated 8/22/01 6:05:21 AM Pacific Daylight Time,macf@123xyz.comwrites:

Subj:
Date:8/22/01 6:05:21 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: macf@123xyz.com(David Macfarlane)
To: Soforia@soforia.com


Hi; I'm in town for a couple of days, and picking up on my assistant'scommunications with you. Sorry -- yes, I know you're in California.Andit was in the first week in October -- not September -- that I'd liketosee you.



Subj:Re:
Date:8/23/01 3:15:35 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: macf@123xyz.com(David Macfarlane)
To: Soforia@soforia.com


I think N.... has told you this, but it looks as if the 3 of Octoberwill be when I come to you. I'll drive down from LA that morning ifthat's convenient. Now how should we best do this? It would beusefulfor me to meet you, the hypnotherapist, and to discuss erotic hypnosiswith you from that perspective. But also to encounter you as Soforia,and to experience her as well. (Confidentiality will be guaranteed --locales and names and any other identifying factors can be changed.)I'm not certain how you feel about taking on both of these --especiallyin the course of a single day. I don't want to take up too much ofyour time. But I suppose from my point of view, the best arrangementwould be a formal interview with you, the hypnotherapist. And then,later,a separate encounter with Soforia. For purposes of the story, I canimagine the encounter being a journalist calling on Soforia for aninterview but, as the interview gets going, being hypnotized instead.Don'task me how we explore the erotic implications of my being hypnotized,but I guess that's would be the point. And, by the way, I'm quiteprepared to pay for the "session" with Soforia if you think that'sappropriate. On the other hand, if you would prefer to have me simplyinterview you, the hypnotherapist, or you as Soforia, let me know.That'sfine, too. Thanks for your help. David



We had discussed a dual meeting like this - but we simply ran out oftime.....
The whole point of having an experience with Me is to have somethingdifferent than what happened to the last client or the next client.Sometimes I follow a similar path to a training goal, but in mostinstances, different events occur with each individual..as you read onand getto the part that we are sitting at the dinner table- realize - before Imoved the candle - that I had no clue as to what was going to happen -I knew I wanted to hypnotize him right there- but was I going to use aprop? - or My Eyes? - My Pendent? - My Voice? - and once I had himhypnotized - what was I going to do with him......it is almost alwaysspontaneous with Me!



Subj: Re:
Date: 8/25/01
To: macf@123xyz.com


David,
I have been giving it a great deal of thought, and, it seems to mesince we have time, that you should embark on this mission as thoughyouwere actually just starting out in your quest for truly melting into adeep hypnotic trance! My preference is for clients to begin aconditioning program prior to our fist session together..particularlyif theperson is coming in from out of town for the express purpose of havingasession with me. Therefore, it makes sense for you to do as theydo...which is to obtain a few of my recordings. As you are goingthrough theprocess, I will be happy to share with you and editorialize on the why,ifyou like. So, begining now, as I go through what I call an initiationprocess with a potential client, I give them some small suggestions andrequests for them to do certain things....to get them more fullyprepared, psychologically, to accept stronger suggestions/commands frommelater.
You can easily obtain some of my recordings from www.MP3.com/soforiaand begin to get acquainted with my style by listening to the samplesand ordering the "Basic Induction" I highly recommend that you bring iton the road with you as it is very helpful in assisting with deepsleeping the road as well.

One other thing, in order for you to more deeply understand what Iconsider a media driven fetish, you might want to obtain and view avideoof the 1945 Sherlock Holmes movie entitled,"The Woman in Green"starringBasil Rathbone. This is most certainly one of the most covertly eroticof all "hypnosis" movies.

Hypnotizing & Enchanting you Always,
Enchantress Soforia
Mistress of Deep Hypnotic Sleep



Subj: Re:
Date: 8/31/01
To: macf@123xyz.com


This is definitely a media inspired fetish. I hope you'll give me somecredit for helping you with your "research".



In a message dated 8/31/01 1:29:55 PM Pacific Daylight Time,macf@123xyz.com writes:


Subj:Re:

Date:8/31/01 1:29:55 PM Pacific Daylight TimeFrom: macf@123xyx.com (David Macfarlane)
To: Soforia@soforia.com



Thank you for the tip re. Woman in Green. Amazingly, I was able to seesome of it on the web, on a site called Like television. I think I sawthe hypnosis scene to which you refer. The flowers in the water? I'mquite interested in pursuing this idea of a media inspired fetish, asI'vealready been struck by how many people refer to scenes in horrormovies, sci-fi etc, that they came across by accident at animpressionableage. I see, for instance, that one of the stories on your web-siterefersto Dracula's Daughter -- which I have seen. David



It was right around this time period thatDavid had a phone session with Me. It is always wonderful to work withnew clients and David did want to experience the "client" side ofhypnosis as well as be able to write about - I have to admit that hisnaturalright-brained-ness made him a joy to hypnotize. He responded verywell to the phone session as we continued on as though he were a newclient - much like the frog in the pot of water papetjames refers to inhismusings.



Subj
Re:
Date: 9/2/01
To: macf@123xyz.com


Hello there!
I'll be mailing your package on 04 Sept. so you can gauge its arrival.What is your complete travel schedule?
I know we are getting together Oct. 3rd. in the afternoon??? as yousaid you were driving down from LA after seeing Krystal on Oct. 2nd.You were also going to be in Denver to see whom again?
And to talk to see Look Deeply ....

Great feedback on the request to tell me about yourself.
Have you read Corporate Package yet?
Am I fishing for a compliment from a professional writer?
Well, maybe.


Hypnotizing & Enchanting you Always,
Enchantress Soforia



Subj: Re:
Date: 9/2/01
To: macf@123xyz.com



The afternoon and evening would be better for me.

I wrote the first chapter - and Liplover was primary writer of 2, 3, &4. The concept of the capture and most of the details were mine..I lethim do most of the writing - and I let him have some leeway involvinghis make - up fetish.



In a message dated 9/2/01 1:02:04 PM Pacific Daylight Time,macf@123xyz.com writes:


Subj:Re:
Date:9/2/01 1:02:04 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: macf@123xyz.com (David Macfarlane)
To: Soforia@soforia.com


Thanks re. the CD. I trust you'll let me know what I owe you. I'll beable to confirm travel plans after speaking with GQ early in the week--although if you wanted to meet in the a.m. as well as later that wouldbe fine. I understand it's not too far, and so I can get to you in themorning as well. I keep getting interrupted trying to read CorporatePackage, I'll try again this evening. Did you do all the chapters orjustthe first? David



Subj: Re:

Date: 9/23/01To: dmacf@123xyz.com


Yes, please do proceed as planned. I have been meaning to call you allweek.I hope you are enjoying the CD.



In a message dated 9/23/01 1:23:51 PM Pacific Daylight Time,dmacf@123xyz.com writes:

Subj:Re:
Date:9/23/01 1:23:51 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: dmacf@123xyz.com (David Macfarlane)
To: Soforia@soforia.com


I'm going to proceed as planned, if that's okay. Please let me know.David



Subj: Re:
Date: 9/24/01
To: dmacf@123xyz.com



So you need to get a reservation in Orange county on the night ofOctober 3rd?

You can call my cell phone 949-555-1212 almost anytime.



In a message dated 9/23/01 5:54:52 PM Pacific Daylight Time,dmacf@123xyz.com writes:

Subj:Re:
Date:9/23/01 5:54:52 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: dmacf@123xyz.com (David Macfarlane)
To: Soforia@soforia.com


Hi; In LA I'll be staying at Hotel W -- in Westwood on the nights ofOct 1 and 2. The phone is 310-555-1212. Please email your phonenumbers,and details about where and when you want to meet. I'll be in NY fromTuesday to Thursday of this week. Should I try to call one of thoseevenings? David



Subj: Re:
Date: 9/29/01
To: dmacf@123xyz.com



Very good!



In a message dated 9/29/01 5:10:23 AM Pacific Daylight Time,dmacf@123xyz.com writes:

Subj:Re:
Date:9/29/01 5:10:23 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: dmacf@123xyz.com (David Macfarlane)
To: Soforia@soforia.com


I'm staying at the Doubletree in Irvine for the night of the 3rd.D.



Subj: Re:
Date: 10/9/01
To: dmacf@123xyz.com



Hi David,

Yes, it was a lot of fun hypnotizing you! Do you have a fax?

Ms Me Always.




In a message dated 10/9/01 8:31:34 AM Pacific Daylight Time,dmacf@123xyz.com writes:


Subj:Re:
Date:10/9/01 8:31:34 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: dmacf@123xyz.com(David Macfarlane)
To: Soforia@soforia.com


Thanks for a truly remarkable experience. Certainly, I have no doubtsnow about how real hypnosis can be! As I said before, you are very goodat what you do. Can you please send me an itemized invoice (for myexpenses with GQ) . Thanks again. With Best Wishes, David




And here is an excerpt of the GQ article...


"......Soforia has a soft, smooth, voice. Hers tends a littlemore toward the domme than hypno. Still, listening to it - listening to it for severalhours-proves a surprisingly nice thing to do.

As ordered, I become very very relaxed. My breathing is regular. And,indeed, my eyelids become too heavy to keep open. I do what I am told.

.......She asks me whether I've ever given any thought to how lovelythe flame of a candle can be. The candle on our table, for instance...Half an hour later, I'm back in my hotel room,stretched out on my bed. I may as well be tied up,since I am unable to move."

GQ-cover

Hypno-enthusiasists have taken the Svengali-inspired netherworld ofscience fiction, horror films, comic books they encountered as kids andbuilt a feticsh on the mysterious impact of that childhood experience.In *Martin Knight's case, the moment occurred one day in 1959, when hewas in ihis parent's living room watching the Movie Missle tothe Moon on television.
*His name has been changed for this article.*

(For Me, Soforia, that moment came while watching "Terror from the Year5000". I must have been about 11 or so at that time I knew than thatthe ability to hypnotize a man was very valuable indeed. In fact, I hypnotized myfirst boy when I was in fourth grade - he was chasing me around the playground atschool - trying to kiss me! Suddenly I turned on him and said "FREEZE". He did just that - completely unable to move a muscle.....))

Hypnosis can facilitate control..............Having uncovered asecret--something the man has told no one else, ever: a foot fetish, a need to dress like alittle girl--the erotic hypnotist is then invested with enormous power by herclient. She controls him not only with her hypnotic skills but wishes. Beinginstructed by a female hypnotist to wear, or to imagine wearing, women's clothing is probably themost common fantasy in this regard.

When I arrive at a hotel in Orange County, California, for my interview withSoforia the Enchantress, a package is waiting for me at the front desk. It containsfour of Soforia's CDs, as well as a handwritten note. The letter is not a greeting,but a page of instructions as to how I will spend my afternoon. CALL MY CELL PHONEAS SOON AS YOU CHECK IN. LEAVE YOUR ROOM NUMBER ON MY VOICE MAIL. Iwonder if this is she routine for visitors who come great distances to be hypnotically bossedaround.

Some men are so intrigued with the idea of being hypnotized intogroveling submission that they will order Soforia the Enchantress's hypnotic CDs,"Blissful Obedience","The Sound of My Voice", and"Snap to It!", and listen tothem dozens of times, in part because Soforia tells them that is what they aregoing to do.

"I know you crave to be hypnotized by Me," She commands.And, in fairness to Soforia, She is telling Her to crave the sound ofHer voice only partly because it improves business. The other elementof this somewhat convoluted equation is that being ordered to craveSoforia's voice is exactly what Her submissive clients want tohear.

.........Soforia has a soft, smooth, voice. Hers tends a little moretoward the domme than hypno. Still, listening to it - listening to it forseveral hours-proves a surprisingly nice thing to do.As ordered, I become very very relaxed. My breathing is regular. And,indeed, my eyelids become too heavy to keep open. I do what I am told.

When I meet Soforia in the lobby at six,it is, I have to say, a little weird. She's a solid, pleasant looking woman,neatly and conservatively dressed. She has something of the look, posture, andmanner of a girls' basketball coach about her--a kink that would be a bit of a stretchfor me. Probably , there is a good deal of interest in submitting to a woman whoknows when to pass and when to shoot and when, precisely, to call a time-out.The only outward indication of her exotic vocation is the crystal pendant around herneck.

???????????????????????????????????????

..............She asks me whether I've ever given anythought to how lovely the flame of a candle can be.The candle on our table, for instance... Half an hour later, I'm backin my hotel room, stretched out on my bed. I may as well be tied up,since I am unable to move. On the hotel bed I realize I cannot lift even a finger from the bedspread. I may as well be gagged, since I cannotspeak. I am in a trance again--If indeed I'd ever been out of trance since theafternoon when I listened to Soforia's custom CDs. The only difference this time isthat the owner of the voice I've had ringing inside my head for hours, is actually sittingon the other bed in my hotel room, reading through my notebook.

She's what??? I think to myself. Until I realize that nobody can read mynotebook! The handwriting is indecipherable. Apparently Soforia has arrived at thesame conclusion. The next thing I know, I'm sitting up, reading my private notebookto Soforia.

I'm what??? I think to myself. Until I realize I haven't yet had a chance to goover my notes from my encounters in L.A. with Krystal Mesmer. This may be agood opportunity to review, I decide.

This is the classic rationale of the hypnotized subject [I'm not really hypnotized,but I may as well go along with what the hypnotist says"].

Soforia wants to know what happened next! I can't blame her. I am more than alittle curious myself. But there is a problem; a frustrating gap in mynotebook at this very juncture. My notes are full of frustrating gaps. Itis their most consistent quality. But Soforia is not as familiar with myineptitude as I am. She's not at all willing to let the discretion of a gap remainunexamined! She insists on knowing exactly what happened when Krystal hypnotized me andinstructs me to recall the entire session in graphic detail!

Frankly, I think Soforia's curiosity trespasses on my hard boundaries. But what Idecide to do, rather than simply refuse to obey Soforia, is to see if I can make thingsup while I am hypnotized. I'm curious to find out if this ispossible.

It occurs to me, as I spin my story for Soforia--describing the candles, the scent of theperfume, the intensity of Krystal's hypnotic gaze, the seductive temptation ofsubmission--that I should write it down someday. As hypnotic fantasies go, it has a certainflair. The details are certainly impressive.

It is only much later, long after Soforia has gone, when I wake up in a dark hotel room andlisten to the distant drone of traffic on the California interstate, that I wonder ifI am certain I made my story up...

Condensed from the May 2002 issue of GQ Magazine, byDavid Macfarlane [author of "The Danger Tree..."] Please purchase a copy ofthis wonderful magazine for the complete 6 page article.


Is "Blackstone Merlot" the equivalant of Citizen Kane's"Rosebud"?

What happened in that 30 minute "blank time" after Soforia hypnotizedDavid at the table?
Did Soforia hypnotize David to do somethingagainst his will?
What did David tell Soforia about his session with Krystal?

Find out all this and more in The Missing 30 Minutes