Ever read Trilby by George Du Marier? If not, put it on your list. Trilby introduces us to the character of Svengali (not to be confused with Svengoolie) who, years before Lamont Cranston, was successful in clouding men’s (and especially women’s) minds and getting them to do all sorts of nefarious things. When I was about fifteen I too considered studying mesmerism as a means to control the minds of nubile young girls down at the beach. Of course it never worked and my reward was sadly to wear a towel around my waist most of the day. Puberty was hard.