Ki Vinca The Man with the Mysterious Name



As a youngster, I was always interest in science. Although I was classed as a "dunce" at school, I had a way of picking up interesting ideas. As I got older, I took up photography, including the processing, and making radios.

My mother was interested in spiritualism. The rest of the family, including me, were extremely sceptical. At one meeting mum had her 18ct. wedding ring mysteriously disappear then a 9ct. one appears. We three boys went to the organisers to "sort it out," but to no avail. Obviously, this prejudiced me against spiritualism.

When I was called up for National Service in the RAF my first camp was at Padgate where we collected our kit and went through the induction process. We were all green. Just young kids of eighteen who had left home for the first time.

One of the corporals made the best of his captive audience and did demonstrations of hypnosis. I was very impressed. Having made friends with him, I asked him how to hypnotise people. He went into what I know now to be a lot of waffle.

After leaving Padgate I went to Hereford to do my stint of square bashing. I did not like it one little bit! After Hereford I went to Henlow for trade training and then onto an operational airfield at Abingdon. Here, things settled and I had a bit more time to spare. A popular source of reading was the Micky Spillane type of paperback. One publisher was the Dime Book Club and in one of these was an advertisement for a book entitled "Hypnotism and How to Do it" at the price of 7/6.

 This intrigued and fascinated me. I sent off my postal order and received the book. It was a good book, written by I believe, David Stewart, who had been in the Fleet Air Arm. In the book, he related how he had a major operation without an anaesthetic. Also there was a script for inducing hypnosis. So, with a few of the boys, and using the corporal's bunk-room I set out to try to hypnotise my first subject. Absolutely no success! Disappointed but not dejected we concocted a plan to convince the rest of the billet that it had been successful. We went into the billet very up-beat saying how well it went and how I had hypnotised one of the lads to make love to a broom. Looking back, it is surprising how easy it was to persuade them. They were immediately frightened of me. "Get away from me! Don't look at me!" they shouted. About five minutes later I had hypnotised my first subject.

At Abingdon, I did a good amount of experimentation. Some of these were: -

  1. Hypnosis by thought
  2. Commit a crime
  3. Thought transference
  4. Hypnotise against a person's will
  5. "Astral" travel
  6. Help to pass exams

 All these experiments were carried out as far as possible under controlled conditions. Some of my friends were university graduates, older than I was and more worldly.

Between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six I read about eight hundred books on hypnosis, spiritualism, and the occult. I believe that the ?Dewey? Decimal system code was 139.

On leaving the RAF in 1953 at the age of twenty, I did a little hypnotherapy. Some successful cases were: -

  1. Prolapsed womb - no operation necessary
  2. Colour blindness - could tell red box from green box
  3. Arthritis - improved movement
  4. Homosexuality - came to terms with condition


 My interest in hypnotherapy was extended to include the role of hypnosis in mediumship. At the time I was investigating healing, rescue work and astral travelling. I had a medium that I could not hypnotise. However, when in a mediumistic trance I hypnotised one of the personalities that manifested. I then transferred the hypnotic state to the medium successfully. The strange phenomenon that emerged from this event was that I could conjure up any "spirit" identity I chose while the medium was in hypnotic trance. The personalities that manifested were as convincing as those that were appearing while the medium was in a spiritualistic trance.

I believed that it was necessary for me to educate myself so that I could better use my knowledge of hypnosis and be acceptable to the public. Though still a bus conductor, and married with children, I chose to try for a medical degree not knowing the work involved or the financial costs. My studies started with English Language, Pure Mathematics, and Economics with the intention of progressing to physiology, chemistry etc.

 This was not to be. My marriage situation was not conducive to intensive study. In addition, as soon as I encountered people that had knowledge regarding the difficulties of taking a medical degree I realised that it was not possible. I then concentrated on obtaining a qualification in commercial subjects. My interest in hypnosis was put on the back burner for twenty years.

 In those twenty years I did a few demonstrations of stage hypnosis and helped a few people with hypnotherapy. As I had progressed to being a senior manager with a large organisation, it was considered infra dig for me to be seen to be dabbling in "funny things". Nevertheless, fate was determined not to let me set my talents aside. I had helped a work friend's mother, and several of my colleagues. I had also started to work semi-professionally as a stage hypnotist, the great Ki Vinca (Ki as in sky. Vinca as in incha!). Finally I was persuaded, against my better judgement to give up a good position and take up hypnotherapy full time. As a close friend said, "Ted, it's criminal of you to have those abilities and waste them."

I took a golden handshake and invested the money in setting up consulting rooms. The first was a success, but then things slowed down. Because of the high overheads I gave up the rooms and worked from home. The business then built up again, only to slow down once more. My golden handshake was gone.

In those two years, I treated about four hundred people for conditions ranging from aversion of needles to wasp phobia.

I am often asked why the business failed when the therapy was so successful. It is hard to give a true analysis. My answer has to be, "The phone just stopped ringing." People were not prepared to pay for health. Latter as an accountant I was to see that people would pay large amounts to avoid paying tax! There's a moral somewhere in there.

It had been my intention, when I started this section, to give a few interesting case studies, both of stage and therapy work. However, it did not turn out that way. Still, later, there may be another section to cover this.