The word “mesmerism” is synonymous for some with the word hypnosis or hypnotic trance. It originates from the research and experiments of an Austrian Doctor called Franz Mesmer who developed an interest in what he termed “magnetism”. Mesmer believed this magnetic energy came from the human body and he would imbue objects with this energy. He used a container of water called a “baquet” for patients to get into to (sometimes with him!) so that he could cure their ailments. Luckily hypnosis is not like that anymore.