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Bérénice Bonaccord [ Board Mod ]
40 Posts  •  33  •  Prince Charming  •  played by laura
[lesson one] the closer you look the less you see [open]
« on: March 21, 2019, 08:23:34 AM »
Bérénice sat on the edge of her desk, hands folded in her lap and holding her wand loosely. Her dark hair was up in a classic chignon, and her robes were a pale, baby blue, so she almost blended in with her students. Her students. It was official now, wasn’t it? She was a substitute no longer. In fact, she’d quickly been bumped straight up not only to Head of Ombrelune House, but also Deputy Headmistress. She knew why, though she would never admit to it publicly – they wanted someone they could trust, and they thought she was it. Was she? She wasn’t sure where she stood, right now.

Bérénice got to her feet, heels clacking quietly on the tiled floor, and smiled warmly at the faces peering at her. If she gave off the aura of being calm and composed, perhaps they wouldn’t be concerned about anything other than the lesson at hand. That would be preferable, at least. “Good afternoon,” she greeted them softly. It was the end of summer and a warm breeze was blowing through the open windows of the classroom, the sheer drapes billowing lightly every few minutes. Desks were arranged in pairs, with the anticipation that those who sat together could work together once the practical part of the lesson began.

“Welcome to Hypnosis, I am Professor Bonaccord. A little about me for our new faces; I am a trained hypnotist, and worked as a hypnotherapist at the magical hospital in Paris.” Best not to name-drop that particular institution – she didn’t want to bolster any rumours of her family name being anything to do with her success here or in her previous career. “Today we will be covering some basics of hypnosis. As you should all know, hypnosis is a trancelike state in which the subject – or subjects – enter a heightened level of awareness, and reduced interest in the periphery. In this state they are more susceptible, and we, as the hypnotist, are able to suggest to them.”

“Can anyone tell me the two forms of hypnosis, the difference between them, and how they might be utilised?” She paused, "And for extra points, what skill would be particularly useful for someone hoping to entertain with hypnosis?"
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Sabrina Sasseville [ Papillonlisse ]
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Re: [lesson one] the closer you look the less you see [open]
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2019, 07:31:20 PM »
Sabrina was, uncharacteristically, a little unsettled for this class. It wasn't the subject itself that bothered her, it was the fact that things were changing again. Was it too much to ask for a little consistency in her education? The Papillonlisse wasn't quite used to the new Deputy Headmistress being as such yet, especially since she was still getting used to the idea of her being the permanent Hypnosis professor. Sabbie wanted to like her, she wanted to perform well in front of the older witch. Particularly since it was her final year at the school, so her thoughts were already starting to turn to the exams that she'd have to take. Though studying was important, of course, the ballerina's main focus remained on her dance. However, since she no longer needed to spend ridiculous amounts of hours in the library searching for clues to her mystery illness that was no longer a mystery... well, the French witch had suddenly come across a lot of free time.

The sickly witch had chosen a seat near to one of the windows, appreciating the warm breeze that washed over her every so often. Her eyes lifted towards Professor Bonaccord as she heard the quiet clack of the other witch's heels, smiling back at the professor. The Papillonlisse studied her carefully, noticing the calmness and the warm way she comported herself and likening it to herself. Her smile grew slightly, feeling much more at ease already.

The ballerina listened carefully, frowning a little as she thought about the questions being asked. Sabs hated to admit it, but she still often struggled with the subject even if she was a seventh year student. She did enjoy Hypnosis though, and found it very interesting so she kept trying as hard as she could. Sabrina hated the idea of people being entertained by hypnosis, however, so before her face could even move to scowl she'd moved on to Professor Bonaccord's original questions. There was no way she'd get extra points, and the ballerina was okay with that. After a few seconds, the French hesitantly raised her hand in the air. She wasn't too sure how to deal with the third question, but she fairly sure she was right for the first two. "The two forms are stage hypnosis and hypnotherapy and uh..." Sabbie paused, lowering her eyes to the ground and twisting a strand of hair while her thoughts caught up with her. "Hypnotherapy is designed to help the subject and the other controls the subject for the sake of entertaining other people." Her distaste for the latter was obvious, as her thin lips drew into a line and her tone tightened. She didn't think forcing other people to embarrass themselves was very fun at all.

Louis Proulx [ Bellefeuille ]
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Re: [lesson one] the closer you look the less you see [open]
« Reply #2 on: Today at 09:11:54 AM »
Hypnosis was not Louis' favourite subject, nor was he particularly good at it. He wasn't sure if it was because, in his mind, he saw it as unethical -- or at the very least unpleasant: the prospect of controlling someone else. He knew that hypnosis could be used for good, too, but more often than not the potential bad uses came to mind. Being on the receiving end of some of these over the years in this class probably hadn't helped him to feel good about it.

He entered the room and took a seat at an empty desk, not wanting to push his luck by sitting next to anyone he wasn't certain was on good terms with him -- he'd arrived a bit too early to have much choice. He watched Professor Bonaccord with quiet suspicion. He'd read the papers and heard other students talking about how strange it was that she'd gone from substitute, to professor, to Head of House and Deputy Headmistress so quickly. He had to agree... it was a bit... odd. As Louis continued to gaze at the Professor, however, he found himself questioning his own opinions: she didn't look suspicious. She actually seemed very nice. Kind, friendly. Not like most Ombrelunes.

She began the lesson once the last person took their seat and Louis was already propping his head up with his hand. His eyes flicked sideways to Sabrina as she answered, and he found himself nodding along, mimicking her expression as the idea of stage hypnosis was brought up. Louis' light brown eyes glanced back to their Professor and his brow furrowed; he wanted to be able to answer her bonus question, but he couldn't think of what it might be. A wand seemed an obvious tool, but not what she was referring to. A skill...

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