Tussen wetenschap en spektakel. Hypnose op de Belgische theaterscène, 1875–1900

Kaat Wils
Between Science and Spectacle: Hypnosison the Belgian Theatre Scene, 1875–1900 This article focuses on the performances of itinerant magnetiser/hypnotist Donato and on the public debate he generated on his travels throughout Europe. Around this time, magnetism was increasingly being presented in a new form – hypnotism – which walked the line between scientific experiment and public spectacle, navigating the realms of alternative medicine and of recognised medical therapies. This article explores Donato’s use of the...
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