Svengali


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Svengali

Hungarian hypnotist, mesmerizes artist’s model who becomes a famous singer under his influence. [Br. Lit.: Trilby]

Svengali

mesmerizes artist’s model, making her a famous singer under his influence. [Br. Lit.: George DuMaurier Trilby]
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It's a bit of everything really, a lot of mixed feelings; it's the thrill of meeting your music idols, then it's the pressure of performing in front of them and being up to the standard, and then there's trying to win over the crowd who came to see Sepultura and have no idea who Svengali is, and also there's the general nervousness of playing a gig.
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Daniel Pick's Svengali's Web: The Alien Enchanter in Modern Culture (2000) also argues for the dominance of Svengali the mesmerist over Trilby the mesmerised: 'there is one such shadowy entrance whose name has become synonymous with psychological manipulation: Svengali.
Svengali n [Svengali, villainous hypnotist in the novel Trilby (1894) by George du Maurier]: a person who manipulates or exerts excessive control over another
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