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    "Hip Hypnotist" Pat Collins Dead

    Pat Collins, the "hip hypnotist" of '60s and '70s fame, died in San Bernardino, California, on Saturday from the effects of a stroke. She was 62.

    Collins was a regular on talk shows and a panelist on the game show I've Got a Secret. She once hypnotized Lucille Ball on "I Love Lucy". And she appeared in the movie Divorce American Style.

    For years, she ran a nightclub on L.A.'s Sunset Strip, where she performed her hypnosis act and taught self-hypnosis to audience members struggling to overcome psychological problems or nicotine addiction. Olympic skater Dorothy Hamill was one of her serious students. Collins herself had suffered a mental breakdown as a child and been helped by hypnosis.

    "She's the one who brought (hypnosis)...to the public's mind," a friend, Carol Reed, told the Associated Press, "by her honesty and by not letting people think she had power over them."

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