Monday, September 24, 2012

Case Study No. 0541: Lucy Logan

Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism
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["Hardwick House Orphanage, Roll Call" appears on screen, as the headmistress enters and performs roll call]
AGNES: Jinx Eames!
JINX: Here, Miss Adderstone ...
AGNES: Hazel Hackersley!
HAZEL: Here, Miss Adderstone ...
AGNES: Cynthia Redmon!
CYNTHIA: Here, Miss Adderstone ...
AGNES: Craig Redmon!
CRAIG: Here, Miss Adderstone ...
AGNES: Molly! Molly Moon?!
[she looks around, then cut to a young female student running down the hallway]
MOLLY: Rocky, let's go!
[cut to her running outside and into another building, then cut to a young male student exiting the bathroom (as a loud flushing noise can be heard)]
ROCKY: Ahh ...
[he starts running, then cut to both of them running down a hallway in slow motion ... except that Rocky eventually trips and Molly leaves him to run into the room and slams the door behind her]
MOLLY: Here, Miss Adderstone!
[out of breath, she smiles, but the headmistress simply gives her a dirty look]
AGNES: Late again, Molly, as well as Rocky! Molly, you have cleaning duty this week!
[she turns and addresses the other students]
AGNES: Children, dismissed!
["Brieresville Library" appears on screen, then cut to inside a library, as a young female librarian sits down at the information desk before being berated by an unseen male patron]
SIMON: [from off camera] Do you have the book?
LUCY: [nervously] N-No, I'm sorry ...
SIMON: [from off camera] But I need that book, lady! How could you lose it in two days?!
LUCY: [nervously] I'm sure it'll turn up somewhere ...
SIMON: [from off camera] For your sake, it better!
[cut to Molly sitting on the floor, reading a book, when she sees another book on the shelf with "ypnotism" written on the spine (the "h" appears to have been ripped off)]
[cut to Molly placing the book in her bag, then walking out of the library]
[cut to Molly holding up a small daschund dog]
MOLLY: Act like a dog ... so I can hypnotize him!
[the dog starts "growling", then cut to Molly standing outside of a Broadway show]
MOLLY: I knew I was good, but this is just crazy!
[cut to Molly appearing on stage and acting in a play]
MOLLY: Ground control to Major Wilbur, do you read me? Ready for lift-off, over. Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one, zero ... We have lift-off!
["Molly uses her powers to hypnotize her audience" appears on screen, then cut to Molly standing on stage and addressing the audience]
MOLLY: You will be bowled over by the show, it'll be so good! My dancing, my singing, will thrill you to bits! My jokes will give you all giggling fits! My blockbuster debut is destined to be ... the star of the twenty-first century is me!
[the curtain is drawn, then cut to the shadow of a man appearing against a brick wall]
SIMON: [from off camera] I have your dog, and I'll kill her if you don't do what I say! We're gonna rob a bank using your hypnotism, but you may have one partner! Mwah ha ha!
[he starts to cough]
SIMON: [from off camera] Do we have a deal?



"Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism" is the first book in the five-book Molly Moon series written by Georgia Byng.

Molly Moon, an orphan at Hardwick House Orphanage in Briersville, England, is living a "boring and plain" life with her best friend Rocky Scarlet, another orphan. She is usually harassed by Ms. Adderstone, the woman in charge of the orphanage, and Hazel, a snobby orphan girl. During a cross-country race at school, Molly and Rocky have a fight and Molly storms away to the town library. As she walks in, she finds a man yelling at the librarian about a book he ordered, but ignores him. While looking in a curious compartment of the restricted section, she finds a book on hypnotism, placed in the wrong section because the "H" was ripped off the spine. Intrigued, she steals it and sneaks out of the library. She takes it to the orphanage to read it.

She fakes to be sick so she can study the book better. Curiously, she finds that chapters 7 and 8 ("Voice-Only Hypnosis" and "Long Distance Hypnosis") are missing. Not long after her discovery of the book, she learns that Rocky has been adopted and taken to America with his new family. Determined to see her friend again, she gains the actual ability to hypnotize from the lessons in her book, first successfully hypnotizing the orphanage dog, Petula. Later on, she is able to hypnotize both Ms. Adderstone and their orphanage chef Edna. Using her ability, Molly wins a large sum of money from a local talent competition, by hypnotizing the crowd into believing that she is a talented singer and dancer. She uses the money to fly to New York City, taking Petula with her. Before leaving, she buys a large gold pendulum, where the mysterious professor from the library learns about her, after he bought some anti-hypnosis glasses.

Soon after arriving, Molly hypnotizes her way onto Broadway, landing the lead in a musical called "Stars on Mars". However, she steals this part from a real child star, named Davina Nuttel, in the process. The show is a roaring success, and catches the attention of a man named Simon Nockman, who has passed himself off as a "professor" of hypnosis, but is truly just a criminal. He theorizes Molly must have obtained the book and learned hypnosis, and formulates a plan. After one performance of "Stars on Mars", Nockman kidnaps Petula, threatening to kill her if Molly does not comply with his orders, and she cannot hypnotize him because he always wears the anti-hypnotic glasses he bought in Briersville. He orders her to use her power of hypnosis to rob some rare jewels from a bank for him.

Having no choice, Molly agrees. All goes as planned with the robbery until she finds Rocky, who much to her surprise has also learned hypnosis. He had previously stolen and learned from the missing chapters of Molly's hypnotism book, "Long Distance Hypnosis" and "Voice-Only Hypnosis". He also reveals that he had intended to take Molly with him when he was adopted, but had not been able to hypnotize his parents. Since then, he left them as they were not much fun. Together, the two pull off the robbery, but later form a plan to return the jewels. Rocky uses his talent to hypnotize Nockman into giving up his life of crime. He then helps Molly return the stolen jewels by placing them in hollow garden gnomes and placing them around the city. However, Molly keeps one diamond, which Petula found in her jacket.

Molly gives her part in "Stars on Mars" back to Davina, and returns home with Rocky. Out of sympathy for the broken man, she takes Nockman with her. Before leaving, they work together to record a commercial, using their hypnotic powers to convince people to be kind to their kids. However, when they return, they find Ms. Adderstone and Edna have disappeared, leaving the orphanage in chaos. With Nockman's help, Molly and Rocky get the orphanage back into a livable condition, and get Ms. Trinklebury, the orphanage maid, to run it along with Nockman. The orphanage is renamed 'Happiness House' and the money that Molly earned in New York is used to buy new things and decorate the orphanage. However, it is implied that Nockman has returned to his old ways as he steals a camera, a lollipop and five pounds from children in the orphanage.

At the end of the book, Molly is mysteriously summoned to the library by the librarian, Lucy Logan. Lucy explains that she is the descendant of Professor Logan, the man who originally wrote the hypnotism book, and is a skilled hypnotist herself. She had purposely hypnotized Molly into finding Professor Logan's hypnotism book and keeping it for a month. Now, Molly must return it.

In an epilogue, it is revealed what happened to Ms. Adderstone and Edna; Ms. Adderstone left to become a pilot, and Edna is now an Italian chef.



Lucy Logan is the great-granddaughter of Dr. Logan, the hypnotist who wrote the book which Molly discovered. In the first book, she is portrayed as the librarian in Briersville Library and has a major role in leading her daughter to discover her hypnotic talent (using hypnosis herself). It is was revealed in the second book that Lucy Logan had been hypnotized, put in a deep trance and controlled for eleven years by her twin brother, Cornelius Logan. It was also revealed in the third book that Lucy Logan is the mother of Molly and Micky Logan, and her husband is Primo Cell. Primo Cell (who was also hypnotized by Cornelius Logan) is also a hypnotist. A fake Lucy (Cornelius) tried to kill Molly in book 2 because Primo had been de-hypnotized.

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