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• 1972: In England, a locally produced version of "Spellbound" went to air with huge success on ITV (Independent TV Network).

• 1974: Exploded on German TV screens with his German version of "Spellbound" titled "Hypnoland", which was one of the highest rated TV Specials ever. Two subsequent shows triggered an unprecedented 560,000 phone calls to the TV studioswhere a special telephone exchange was set up for two weeks - Viewers claimed to have been hypnotised with only positive effects.
• Several live shows throughout Germany were so successful that in the Berlin Symphonic Auditorium, 3,000 people gave a standing ovation for several bows. Holland, Switzerland and Austria followed with his now famous show.

• 1975 - 1977: Demonstrated a hypnotic induction to 20 million viewers on television with no after effects, proving there were no dangers associated with his act.

• Ceased performing for two years to study and perfect an idea of closed circuit TV to help teach people the therapeutic use of hypnosis.

• Uninvited he presented himself at the "House of Lords" and "House of Commons" in London to discuss a Bill, which proposed to ban stage Hypnosis. Succeeded in having the Bill rejected.

• Became the instigator and founding member of the Federation of Ethical Stage Hypnotists and was Vice President of this organisation.


• 1977: Opened his closed circuit TV centre on July 4, 1977, in Leeds, Yorkshire. This therapeutic educational course in video expanded to over 20 centres throughout England within the first year of operation. Thousands of people were helped to stop smoking; lose weight and cope with stress related problems.

• Glowing reports appeared in such leading magazines and newspapers as Cosmopolitan, Woman's Journal, London Express, She magazine, Slimmers Journal, Insight, The Times and the Evening Standard.

• After investigating the first 250 people to complete the SRC (Suggestive Relaxation Conditioning) course, the BBC's Man Alive program found Martin's SRC Stop Smoking Course had the highest success rate of any system to help people to stop smoking. The BBC released this statement: An independent investigation carried out by the BBC's "Man Alive" team reported that out of 150 replies only 12% had not derived any benefit from the SRC therapy method to "Stop Smoking".

• As a result of SRC's success rate the leading London newspaper "The Times" quoted Martin St. James as the "Best Known Practitioner in Great Britain."

• 1978 - 1979: Invited by members of the British Medical Association to lecture 100 doctors at the Post-Graduate medical School in Watford, UK, which resulted in many doctors employing his techniques.

• 1980: Appeared on the famous Michael Parkinson Show, which was screened as the Christmas special, receiving the highest audience viewing index ratings of any BBC show.

• Negotiations were in progress to produce "Spellbound" in Great Britain - suddenly when the tenth episode was broadcast in Australia. Martin had to answer a barrage of London journalists phoning him in Australia. The front page of the "People", one of the largest Sunday newspapers in the UK, displayed huge 2-inch bold headlines "DID THESE EYES KILL?" and a 10-inch by 8-inch photo of Martin. The story went on to exaggerate and distort an incident which Martin was in no way connected. They had used Martin's photo - it was a case of the Tall Poppy Syndrome. Over a decade earlier two people had died by accident. One had been hypnotized earlier by Martin. Detectives on the case cleared Martin completely as did the coroner; however, the paper saw fit with no concern for the consequences to make it a lead story a decade later while Martin was enjoying success with his television series. This situation resulted in the Spellbound TV Show being terminated in Australia and Martin being banned from TV. Twenty-one clubs in the UK cancelled contracts. Negotiations world-wide ceased.

• For two years Martin was unable to perform while lawyers sought justice to no avail. Batley Variety Club, the largest and most famous club in Europe, eventually gave Martin the opportunity to perform for a week. The rest was history; he was so popular he was held over for an incredible year.

• The ridiculous story without truth came back to haunt him later after drawing the highest audience index ratings for the 1980 Christmas special of the Michael Parkinson show. He was offered several more appearances; however, he was then banned by the BBC. This time because he had hypnotized volunteer members invited by Parkinson himself from the British secret service, MI5. The fictitious story

"DID THESE EYES KILL?" was once again resurrected. The case against the newspaper had been dropped by Martin's lawyers and was never finalised. Martin is at present writing his biography, he will describe how the powers that be were instigated by the powerful lobbying of persons with vested interest - the tobacco companies. Martin was seen as a threat when he opened up 20 hypnosis centres in the UK to help people quit smoking.


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