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  1. The Luminarium has travelled around the world and has recently arrived for a few days in Compton Verney for a visit.

    After going along and experiencing it for myself, here's what you can expect if you find yourself inside the huge inflatable sculpture that is lit only by natural light..


    Luminarium Compton Verney ceiling lit by natural light

    What is a Luminarium?

    A Luminarium is a sculpture you enter for an encounter with light. This immersive art installation has been likened to a labyrinth. Walking through will awaken all of the senses, creating a sense of wonder and enchantment for all ages.

    Created by Architects of Air this is how they describe the experience..

    A visitor’s first reaction is often one of wonderment at the unexpected beauty of the light.

    Since 1992 more than 3 million visitors in over 40 countries across 5 continents have been welcomed into Architects of Air’s monumental luminaria, immersed in radiant colour that comes simply from daylight shining through the luminarium’s fabric.

    The luminaria designed by company founder Alan Parkinson are inspired by natural forms, geometric solids, Islamic and Gothic architecture. Each new creation is a maze of winding paths and inspiring domes where the visitors may lose themselves in sensory bliss. 

    It all began in 1992. This year Architects of Air is celebrating its 30 YEARS of designing, building and touring the wonderful luminaria. What an enchanting journey!

    Since 1992 the luminaria have shown their broad cross-cultural appeal by visiting more than 40 countries across 5 continents. 

    What to expect...

    It's not a bouncy castle but when we were waiting to enter I couldn't help thinking that a few of the children surrounding us were expecting to bounce around. In fact quite a few were rebounding off the walls as we watched from outside.

    It all began in 1992. This year Architects of Air is celebrating its 30 YEARS of designing, building and touring the wonderful luminaria. What an enchanting journey! Since 1992 the luminaria have shown their broad cross-cultural appeal by visiting more than 40 countries across 5 continents.

    As you walk in and are zipped up through an airlock you realise that you are in a maze like living sculpture that you can walk around and enjoy at your own pace. All the colours that you see are created by natural light. You wouldnt be in here at night time, and entering during the day it is hard to beleive that the sun is lighting up everything around you. It wasn't a very sunny day when we attended and yet the colours were as bright and vibrant as you can see.

    Luminarium Compton Verney ceiling lit by natural light

    There is gentle music playing and you can sit on the floor, as you have to walk around in socks the floor is kepy clean and it is just like walking on a rubber floor, it feels soft, but you won'r be bouncing around on it!  There are domes of different sizes and shapes and as you enter each one you can see a different colour drawing you in, or you can look down through the corridors of the domes and see how the colours bleed into each other and create their own living moving colour schemes.

    What is a Luminarium, it is lit by natural light and filled with colour.

    It is a very calming and safe feeling space. I have only one issue which I feel may make me a grumpy old man, but here we go. I think that having times for adults only would have helped to make it a more magical experience. We were surrounded by children running around, and as I mentioned even bouncing off the walls which does take some of the magic away. I can see that if you are bringing children it is a wonderful experience for them, however as the adults who were not wih children saw it was hard to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

    So, if you find yourself somewhere where you can enter and experience the Luminarium for yourself I do recommend it. It's a unique and very different way to spend some time encased in plastic.

    You can find out all about architects of Air here : https://www.architects-of-air.com/the-experience

    Compton Verney is a wonderful space and is somewhere to experience the wonder of Capability Brown's landscapes as well as a revolving set of exhibitions and experiences. Find out all about that Here: https://www.comptonverney.org.uk/


  2. Hypnotic movie starring Ben Affleck set to weave a tall tale about what really happens with hypnosis

    Film-hypnotic_in cinemas all about hypnosis

    The film Hypnotic is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 12, 2023, by Relativity Media and Ketchup Entertainment. It is a 2023 American science fiction action thriller film co-written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The film stars Ben Affleck, Alice Braga, J. D. Pardo, Hala Finley, Dayo Okeniyi, Jeff Fahey, Jackie Earle Haley, and William Fichtner.

    Here is the synopsis of the film:

    "A young woman seeks out a hypnotist to help her change her life, but soon finds herself caught in a dangerous mind game."

    The film has received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its suspenseful atmosphere and Affleck's performance, while others criticizing its predictable plot and lack of originality.

    What is the film Hypnotic about?

    Is the hypnosis in Hypnotic Fake? 

    Synopsis of Hypnotic


    Determined to find his missing daughter, Austin detective Danny Rourke (Ben Affleck) instead finds himself spiraling down a rabbit hole while investigating a series of reality-bending bank robberies where he will ultimately call into question his most basic assumptions about everything and everyone in his world. Aided by Diana Cruz (Alice Braga), an unnervingly gifted psychic, Rourke simultaneously pursues and is pursued by a lethal specter (William Fichtner) - the one man he believes holds the key to finding the missing girl - only to discover more than he ever bargained for.

    In cinemas May 26.

    Who is in the Cast of the movie hypnotic?

    • Ben Affleck - Danny Rourke
    • Alice Braga - Diana Cruz
    • JD Pardo - Nicks
    • Hala Finley - Minnie
    • Dayo Okeniyi - River
    • Jeff Fahey – Carl
    • With Jackie Earle Haley - Jeremiah
    • And William Fichtner as Dellrayne


    • Robert Rodriguez

    This isn't the first film with hypnosis in and it wont be the last. I wrote about the Netflix created film called Hypnotic when the news came out a couple of years ago and you can read all about that here:


    So is Hypnosis real? Well obviously the movie is fake when compared with real hypnosis and hypnotherapy

    The best way to talk about what actually happens with hypnosis and how we are all really in control of our own minds is to demonstrate for you something that shows we can use the power of our mind to make physical changes.

    So, take a look at this video and try it for yourself.. can I hypnotise you in 30 seconds?


    Is the Hypnosis in Hypnotic realistic?

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    The film Hypnotic is not entirely realistic about hypnosis. Like most films the truth would be a little boring so they do take liberties with the facts for entertainment purposes.

    While hypnosis is a real phenomenon that can be used for therapeutic purposes, it is not as powerful as it is portrayed in the film. For example, in the film, the hypnotist is able to control the protagonist's thoughts and actions, even when she is not in a trance. This is not possible in real life. Hypnosis can be used to suggest things to people, but they are still in control of their own thoughts and actions. You are always in control and no one can make you do something that you would not do anyway.

    When you see people on stage in stage hypnosis, rest assured that they are doing things they want to do.

    Additionally, the film portrays hypnosis as a dangerous and mind-controlling force. This is not the case. Hypnosis is a safe and effective tool that can be used to help people with a variety of problems. It is important to remember that hypnosis is not a magic bullet, and it is not a substitute for professional medical care.

    Overall, the film Hypnotic is an entertaining thriller, but it is not an accurate portrayal of hypnosis.  

    Who helped advise on the film? Were there hypnotists involved in making the story?

    According to an article in The Hollywood Reporter, the film Hypnotic had a number of consultants on board to help with the accuracy of the hypnosis scenes, including:

    • Dr. David Spiegel, a psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University
    • Dr. Steven Sultanoff, a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of South Florida
    • Dr. Richard Bandler, a co-founder of neurolinguistic programming

    These consultants helped the filmmakers to understand the science of hypnosis and to create scenes that were both realistic and suspenseful. Of course there is always the caveat that any film about hypnosis will take liberties with the truth, but of course this movie is all about entertainment so if we take it with a pinch of salt we can just enjoy the ride.

    Review of Hypnotic. Is the hypnosis real or based on fact?

    Don't believe everything you see or hear in Hypnotic, it’s a mind-bending thriller with more twists than Minnie's tightly braided ponytail.

    Who is Minnie in Hypnotic?

    Minnie is the young girl who goes missing in the opening scene of the film, when her father, police detective Daniel Rourke (played by Ben Affleck), looks away for a second. But is she really missing? It's possible that Minnie doesn't even exist. The police caught the man who abducted her, but Minnie's body was never found, which suggests that this wasn't a typical kidnapping.

    Rourke is a police detective who spends the rest of the film obsessed with finding his missing daughter, Minnie, which of course you would expect! However, he is so focused on his case that he doesn't even notice when a bank robber with the power to bend people's minds hypnotizes him. The next thing he knows, he is on the run from the very same psychic. The twists and turns keep on coming.

    Keeping up with the psychic is like trying to run on a treadmill that is constantly changing speed. Just when you think you have a handle on things, the psychic changes the rules. This is a mind-bending thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.

    Affleck gives a solid performance as Rourke. He brings the right amount of intensity and desperation to the role. The supporting cast is also good, especially Alice Braga as the psychic.

    Hypnotic is a well-made thriller with a few twists and turns. It is not a perfect film, but it is an entertaining ride. Hypnotic is a film that will keep you guessing until the very end. It's a must-see for fans of psychological thrillers.

    Nods to Alfred Hitchcock – the master of the thriller

    The title of the film, Hypnotic, is a hat tip to Alfred Hitchcock, and the film's MacGuffin (that is, the thing everyone wants, while audiences amuse themselves with its pursuit) is an all-powerful hypnotic called "Domino." The goal is first to find the puzzle pieces and then to assemble them into something resembling a coherent picture.

    While that plot engine is spinning overtime, director Robert Rodriguez returns to the matter of Minnie, whom Rourke never forgot about, and whose fate brings everything else into focus for a climactic surprise — namely, that for all the pyrotechnics and rug pulls, "Hypnotic" has mesmerized us into caring about these characters.

    Robert Rodriguez knows better than practically any filmmaker out there that movies are a form of hypnosis. We lose ourselves in the story, the images and the sounds. It's all sleight of hand, designed to make us care about a story and characters that don't exist, so why not embrace that spirit in the execution?  

    Overall, "Hypnotic" is a well-made thriller with a few twists and turns. It is not a perfect film, but it is an entertaining ride. If you are a fan of psychological thrillers, then you will probably enjoy this film.