On the morning of Wednesday, October 19, 2005, Ormond McGill
left us. He had what has to be one of the longest performing careers in
Show Business; spanning 7 decades of performing Hypnosis, Mentalism and
Ormond toured many parts of the world with his exciting stage shows: East
Indian Miracles, The Séance of Wonders, Real Mental Magic, South Sea
Island Magic, The Concert of Hypnotism and others.
He has been called the Dean of Stage Hypnotists, but he was also
recognized as one of the world’s authorities on Hypnotherapy. He was on
the Board of Advisors of the American Council of Hypnotic Examiners, and
taught classes and gave seminars as part of the Hypnotherapy Training
Institute. While engaging as a full time performer, he found time to
write 21 books, including the Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnotism, Secrets of
Stage Mindreading, Seeing the Unseen, Grieve No More Beloved, and The
Amazing Life of Ormond McGill.
Most magicians and mentalists are unaware that he was also a naturalist of
prominence. His contributions in entomology and conchology are well known
in those fields.
Perhaps what most of us that knew him will remember is that he was the
most loveable and kindhearted of souls. On stage, he ingratiated himself
with his audiences and they went home knowing that they had been in the
presence of a kind and true gentleman.
All who knew him share the feeling that the world has been diminished