Today in NC State History: Polgar puts audience to sleep

October 22, 2013
By Chris Saunders

blog_series6At the time of his appearance at NC State in 1957, Franz Polgar claimed to have put more than one million people to sleep. No, he wasn’t a boring lecturer. He simply used the power of psychology and suggestion to get people to do what he wanted under the power of hypnosis.

And on this day in 1957, he came to campus to demonstrate his mystical powers.

Born in Hungary, Polgar first came to the U.S. in 1933 and started to tour the states showing what people could be willed to do under hypnosis. Such performers would become a staple on the college circuit and still continue to this day.

dr_polgar_1a-400x518The Technician was quick to point out that students could take Polgar’s “medical” opinion with a grain of salt: “No medical man, the ‘Dr.’ representing doctors of psychology and doctor of economics acquired in his native Hungary, Polgar nevertheless is convinced hypnosis has many beneficial uses in medical science and is campaigning for its wider application in psychiatry and surgery.”

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