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Pat Collins

Celebrity hypnotist Pat Collins, known during the 1960s as the “Hip Hypnotist,” died May 31 in San Bernardino. She was 62.

Collins had been in ill health since suffering a stroke several years ago, according to a family friend.

For many years, Collins ran her nightclub on the Sunset Strip, performing her hypnosis act some evenings and other nights teaching self-hypnosis to audience members who wanted to overcome emotional problems.

A celebrity’s celebrity, Collins once hypnotized Lucille Ball on an episode of Ball’s TV series in the mid-1960s. She also received feature billing in the Debbie Reynolds-Dick Van Dyke starrer “Divorce American Style.”

She counted among her close friends Ball, Robert Wagner and Ed Begley Sr., her daughter said.

Collins lived in Beverly Hills until 1987, then moved to Reno and performed there and in Lake Tahoe until 1992, when she moved to San Bernardino in poor health.

Collins is survived by two daughters, a son and six grandchildren.

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