Part 6: Frosty: Hypnotist, Lord trashed, Saint Landa

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Part 6: Frosty: Hypnotist, Lord trashed, Saint Landa

Postby radiofan » Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:36 am

Frosty the Hypnotist, Dave poops on Lord Recording Epic, Landa’s own words.

by Brian Lord

Before we get into the intriguing story of Brian Forst in Mystery-land
I gotta mention a thing that Frost and I did prior to his ventures
into hypnotism. Jerry Lee Lewis, having been drummed from the record
charts for marrying his 13-year old cousin – they did that kind of
thing in Faraday Louisiana – tried to sneak back into the business in
1961 by releasing the old Glenn Miller hit ‘In the Mood’ recorded in
an instrumental piano version. It was straight boogie-woogie and he
used the pseudonym “The Hawk”. We loved it at CFUN and Dave McCormick
made it a CFUN ‘Twin Pick-Hit of the Week’. Lewis fooled no-one,
however; every DJ in North America recognized the piano style, many
refused to play it and the record never got off the ground, not really
even in Vancouver.

On the flip side was an old tune called ‘I get the Blues When it
Rains’ and I knew the words. So Frosty went into the recording booth
while I sang the song in the big studio. Forst laid down a track of me
singing along with The Hawk. We made an acetate and gave it to Dave
McCormick to play on his 2-6PM shift. Dave decided to ask the
question “Does anybody think Brian Lord should try and have a singing
career?’ and then played my song. I was heartbroken; he could have
given it a plug and said nice things, although in retrospect the
record was a piece of crap. Unfortunately and not surprisingly his
audience response on the telephones was less than gushing. My singing
career lasted as long as it took us to make the acetate.

--

Brian ‘Frosty’ Forst got into hypnotism. Now, I wanna tell you,
hypnotism is a very real practice and one that people shouldn’t fool
with, however Forst had read books and studied from a guy who
understood the phenomenon. Don MacDonald, our Sales manager was
auditioning women to undergo hypnosis. Some big theater that was
running a horror film had bought an ad package on CFUN and Don’s idea
as a promotion for the movie was to lay this woman out on a slab with
blood and whatnot all over her in the theatre lobby while she stared
into a vast emptiness.

One day, Don grabbed Frosty, who was in the aisles at the station,
asked him to come in and witness the hypnotizing of one of these
woman; that’s the law, you have to have a third person in the room in
case there’s a freak-out or some such dismal mess. The whole thing
intrigued Brian to the point that he took it up himself. As I said --
he read books, given him by McDonald, who also gave him instructions.
Forst went home and practiced on his wife.

A coupla years later when I was in California, Frosty and his wife
visited my wife and I and the evening’s subject turned to hypnotism
and Frosty gave ME the treatment. He put me “under” by saying I was
getting sleepy (which I was); he had me stare at a candle and told me
I’d say “Call the Fire Engines” or some fool statement every time one
of the other three said some innocuous phrase like ‘It’s warm in
California”. My wife and the two Forsts kept slipping this phrase
into normal conversation and I’d yell: “Call the Fire Engines” like a
goof.

The next afternoon Forst’s wife had a headache and Frosty offered to
get rid of it by means of hypnosis. However he threw in a little
something extra. He told her I was Harry Belafonte who happened to be
her favorite singer at the time. She was crazy about “Jamaica
Farewell”, “Come Back Liza”, “The Banana boat song” etcetera. I was
sitting at the opposite end of the couch from her and as Frosty
brought her out, he motioned my way and said “Look who’s here”.

She turned to look at me and I have never seen a transformation come
over a person’s face as I did that day. Her eyes opened wide as
manhole covers and her face, as I smiled at her, went from normal to a
bright, beet red. You simply cannot fake that kind of reaction. She
got all fidgety and kept looking at Frosty and making little squeaks
and pointing at me. What was I supposed to do? get up and yell
“DaaaayOooooh…” or “highleee deadleee black tarANTULA….”, “Brown skin
girl come home and mind babeeee”. I sat there grinning like a boob,
said, “Hello” while she was all-a-twitter and my wife and Frosty were
suppressing giggles. I tried to imagine myself as a Jamaican with
billowing sleeves and curly hair and failed. Didn’t matter. Frosty’s
wife thought I was freakin’ Harry Belafonte. I finally got up and
left the room paying her a fond farewell, and Frosty, bringing her out
of hypnosis told her she’d remember nothing of what happened. Thank
goodness … I had visions of some awful Caribbean fish for dinner.

As an addenda to this, I talked to Brian and learned the basics and
tried it out on a friend one day, much later.

I put her under, told her she was going back (regression) to a time
when she was 4 years old and to draw a house. She picked up a pencil,
and, tongue between her teeth, drew a perfect 4 year olds idea of a
house … with the chimney sticking out at an angle. Hypnosis works.
And it can be dangerous. Let your mind wander to all the things that
could transpire-- although Frosty told me: people, when in a hypnotic
state will seldom do anything drastic -- things they would not do
normally.

--

Okay, Jerry Landa DOES dye his beard on St Patrick’s day. His
rambling prose, awhle ago, bless him, had led me astray. I was under
the impression he dyed his beard on March 2nd. Following are Jerry’s
words sent after my last column:

“I have a comment on “The Beard” turning green. March 2nd is the
anniversary of the last time I saw my "naked” chin, free of whiskers …
but, it first turned green on Saint Patrick's Day, 1958 and every
subsequent 17th of March, in honour of my Irish mother. March two is
the day my pointed chin last saw a razor. Ur welkum. Later. I must
get back to curling”. (Jerry is an award winning Curling announcer)

Next time. McCormick and the Everly Brothers, Cam Bell tries to tell
Brian Forst a joke and Jordan throws a fit.
Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who couldn't hear the music.
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Re: Part 6: Frosty: Hypnotist, Lord trashed, Saint Landa

Postby Steve Sanderson » Wed Feb 25, 2009 10:35 am

More great stories!
Hummmm...I wonder if Frosty ever tried hypnotizing Jennifer Thomson???
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Re: Part 6: Frosty: Hypnotist, Lord trashed, Saint Landa

Postby Brian Lord » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:47 am

I don't think Brian continued the hypnosis stuff much after he'd thrilled all his friends. Like anything, it goes away after time. As for Jennifer??? I highly doubt it.
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Re: Part 6: Frosty: Hypnotist, Lord trashed, Saint Landa

Postby Brian Lord » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:49 am

Sandclan... you've mentioned...if it is you... the line What happened in the 70's. It's coming... I mean it's gone but what was, will be discussed. Thanks... Brian
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Re: Part 6: Frosty: Hypnotist, Lord trashed, Saint Landa

Postby Steve Sanderson » Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:09 am

Brian Lord wrote:Sandclan... you've mentioned...if it is you... the line What happened in the 70's. It's coming... I mean it's gone but what was, will be discussed. Thanks... Brian


Mr. Lord...I'll be waiting for that story. The 70's are a little fuzzy to me!
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