The Brick and the Balloon
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“As you imagine, so shall it become true.”

Author Unknown


In the fall of 1974 our small high school played host to a mesmerizing guest. Today, Romane is recognized as Canada’s stop smoking and weight loss guru, but back in the day his was a young stage hypnotist performing the high school, college and university circuit. At the time I didn’t know anything about Romane or hypnosis other than what I had seen on television or in movies. Stare at the swinging pocket watch as your eyelids grow heavy – that sort of thing.

Romane was a one man show and thus required help on stage with lights, music, props, and chairs. Our drama teacher, Mr. Beechy, had graciously volunteered the services of our class. We were to be at the school an before the show t...

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