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An all-new, mesmerizing adventure from the masterful Gordon Korman!

Jackson Opus has always been persuasive, but he doesn't know that he's descended from the two most powerful hypnotist bloodlines on the planet. He's excited to be accepted into a special program at the Sentia Institute -- but when he realizes he's in over his head, Jackson will have to find a way to use his
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Scholastic Press (first published May 1st 2013)
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Jax Opus has a gift…although for a long while he has no clue as to what he can do. He can hypnotize people to do what he wants. Take for example the fact that he could tell a basketball rival to not play well or a bus driver to get him to his stop “as soon as possible” and they do it. Or that he can tell a hypnotist to act like a chicken…and he does. To Jax it seems just like an ordinary amount of luck and odd coincidences mixed together. But when Dr. Mako shows up and tells Jax he is special an ...more
Harry Brake
Jul 17, 2013 Harry Brake rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Middle School boys and girls
When you have a text that also has the deeper levels of a moral value, this makes the story more real to you as a reader. This is the case in Korman's text. There is an underlying theme of morality and stream of consciousness amid others that can;t find their way to reach beyond events that benefit themselves the most. The selflessness is not lost on the reader they see Jackson Opus work through higher levels of maturity through his decisions and resisting peer pressure to do otherwise. That und ...more
Book with such good promise by such a good author. I was listening to it on audio and thought the first two chapters were funny. Then switched over to the hardback to finish. Boy can hypnotize people and gets training to do so better. It was an excellent topic however I couldn't understand why he was so naïve. It starts off with him being able to hypnotize someone but he doesn't realize it. For example he tell someone to jump off the roof and he's puzzled when the guy actually tries to do so. Th ...more
Cheryl Chang
In the book The Hypnotists, Jax is faced with an inner conflict. His inner conflict was either helping Dr. Mako hypnotize everyone in New York into voting for Senator Douglas and saving his parents or letting his parents die for the sake of democracy. It all starts when Jax realizes that Dr. Mako isn't who he seems and "Dr. Elis Mako has devoted his life to New York City education and is an inspiration to every single one of us"(157) is simply a false statement that he hypnotized people to think ...more
Gordon Korman has wowed my students several times over the years. It looks like he's going to do it again with his new Hypnotists series. Jackson Opus is a lucky guy - really lucky. It seems like he can charm just about anyone when they glance into his multicolored eyes. His best friend, who happens to be colorblind, sees through the blarney and calls him on it though, so for the first twelve years of his life Jackson is pretty much a normal guy. That is, until weird things start happening. When ...more
Maddie Magee
This was a really good book, defiantly not for everyone though. The plot and the characters were great, but I felt like it was going really fast and not everything was explained in detail enough. If it had just been a little slower and went further into detail, I think it would have been a better book. This is why I gave it four stars. But, if you really are looking for a good, quick book to read, this might be the one you're looking for.

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In the book, I felt like there were a lot of actions tha
Jackson Opus a 12 year old boy wanted to live a normal life, But he keeps on seeing himself from other points of views. So his parents sent him to the most expensive therapist to see what is going on with their son. When Jack is talking with the therapist he sees himself from a different side and says something that made the therapist almost jump out of the window. Then the next day when he goes to school he finally realized that he has special hypnotizing powers allowing him to hypnotize anyone ...more
Harrison Schwartz
Who has read a book about hypnotism? I certainly hadn't. So when I
heard Gordon Korman released a book about hypnotism, and he was going
to be at a Barnes & Noble in my area, I HAD to go. I knew Gordon
Korman was a good author because I had read the books he wrote in the
39 Clues series, so I had high hopes for this book. When I met Gordon
Korman, he was really nice. He answered every question and even read
us a portion of The Hypnotists. Below is a picture of me with Gordon

The book isn’t r
Dawn Moews
Gordon Korman is a good storyteller with a great deal of appeal for middle school/intermediate grade readers. I think this story will also appeal to them. I was not as enthusiastic about it as I have been about some of Korman's other works. I'm not sure if it is actually any flaws in this book, or if it is just that I'm not particularly fond of this genre. I know that most 'tween and YA works are kids versus adults, but I'm kind of tired of that. I felt that the story was contrived. Marianne Moo ...more
When strange events start happening as people gaze into Jax Opus's color-changing eyes, he starts to believe he is hypnotizing them to do odd things. Jax and his parents search for someone to help him at the same time when Jax is recruited by Dr. Elias Mako, founder and director of The Sentia Institute as a mind-bending prodigy. Dr. Mako's most famous slogan, one that is repeated often, by many, is "Dr. Mako has devoted his life to New York City education and is an inspiration to every single on ...more
Christian Touhey
"Hypnosis, you know, it ain't as easy as it seems", The Hypnotists (The Hypnotists, #1). "The Hypnotists' By Gordon Korman is a science fiction novel about a boy that comes from a family of hypnotists, and slowly learns his powers. While learning, he is faced with an organization that say they can change the world with his powers. He does not know whether he should change the world, or keep the powers to himself. He then realizes, the choice isn't fully up to him.
I was really expecting more out
Rachel Witt
The Hypnotists was definitely not the best Korman book i've ever read. i mean, it's Gordon Korman, it's hardly bad book, but i have liked and loved some of his others, so i was kind of disappointed. it seemed a bit phony, especially the beginning, when it was going all ' I'm a hypnotist! no, I'm NOT a hypnotist! wait, i thought for sure i was a hypnotist... no way, that's not possible, i can't be a hypnotist. OMG IM A HYPNOTIST!!!' it got a bit over the top unbelievable. by half way through, it ...more
This book was a quick read, but very interesting.

It was kinda your average adventure novel but the book also dived into moral issues, which I thought made the story actually pretty good.
Gibson Gallant
the hypnotist is a decent read it starts off with jax a kid with the unnatural power to hypnotize people but he doesn't know it yet until he's recruited by dr. mako who tells him that he is a hypnotist and is told to come to sentia but mako isn't all that he seems in would recommend this book tom people who like action novels
Anna L
I have recently finished another wonderful and intense book by Gordon Korman, The Hypnotists. We first meet Jackson Opus (nickname: Jax), a very special boy with some unique powers. It turns out that he can hypnotize anyone who looks into his eyes (except his color-blind friend, Tommy who is immune). It turns out that he has come from a long line of famous hypnotists, The Opuses. He tries his best to cope with his powers, until he finds out that he is excepted into some odd place called Sentia r ...more
I am sad that I didn't like this book. I normally enjoy what Gordan Korman writes, but this story is so contrived. At one point the hospital asks a 12 year old to fill out his own paperwork - really? Is that even legal? When the concept of blow-back comes up, I had no idea what they were talking about. When Jax's parents are named at the end (I think it was their names - or it could have been someone else), I had no idea who Korman was referring too. This book seemed like a first draft.

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The Hypnotists

The book The Hypnotists written by Gordon Korman is a book about a boy named Jax who has color changing eyes which can hypnotise people. Jax is not able to control his powers so he literally hypnotising people by accident. The only person who was immune to this effect was Tommy because he was color blind.

The biggest theme I found in this book was great power comes with great responsibility because Jax has the power which hypnotises people but is not able to control it. Another
Sandra Stiles
I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
I’ve read several of this author’s books and like them. This book starts out action packed. Jackson Opus (Jax) keeps seeing visions. When he does, strange things happen. For example, in the beginning of the book he and his friend are running late for the championship playoffs. One bus after another pass them by. Jax steps out in front of an oncoming bus. He has a vision then the bus stops. As he hops on he tells th
Murphy, Kevin
Oct 10, 2014 Murphy, Kevin is currently reading it
I'm on page 99. The main character, Jax, learned to hypnotize people. He goes to get pizza after he is done working at Sentia, the place where they do research on hypnotism, and he meats this weird guy with a pony tail who tries to hypnotize him. The weird guy is part of another group of hypnotists called the "Sandmans' Guild." He tries to convince Jax to come, and says that Dr. Mako hypnotizes the people who work for him, and that he might be up to something. Jax decides to go to the meeting, b ...more
Just relax, you are falling under my spell...a book about a child hypnotist? Yup, sign me up!

I was touch and go on the whole premise of this book at first but Gordon Korman definitely taps into the 12 year old mind and delivers a roller coaster ride of thrills.

This is a quick read and plops the reader right in the middle of the action from the very beginning. I liked the flow and ebb of this book overall. The characters are great and definitely fit the mold of the middle school child with all th
Jackson Opus has strange eyes. They seem to change color depending on his mood. When they are purple strange things can happen; it is almost like he has a special power. Turns out he does; he has the power to hypnotize people. He is recruited by Dr. Mako at Sentia to learn more about and develop his power. Everyone believes Dr. Mako only wants to learn more about hypnotism, but is he truly good? Jax meets some people who don't believe he has the world's best interests in mind. Unfortunately, Jax ...more
Barb Middleton
This fast-paced novel starts out exciting only to backfire like a sputtering car. Gordon Korman has terrific descriptions that involve all the senses and allow readers to get sucked into the plot like a "speeding jaggernaut." Chapter one was my favorite and reminded me of the movie, "Speed." The promising plot went downhill from there with its predictability and pacing that has the reader knowing long in advance what is happening before the protagonist does. I'm okay with a little bit of this bu ...more
“Everyone’s a little weird around you. It’s been happening since kindergarten.”

Jackson (Jax) Opus seems to always have things go his way. His best friend, Tommy, says 'people are different with you. It’s like there are two sets of rules in the world - one for you and one for the rest of us.” Is it luck? Is it because he's such a nice guy? He finds the answer when he goes on a field trip and sees a hypnotist called "The Amazing Ramolo." Out of anger, Jax turns the table on Ramolo and suddenly the
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Mrs. G's Reading Literature
My book review is on THE HYPNOTISTS by: Gordon Korman. This book is realistic fiction. It has a hypnotists,villains,hero's, and even everyday ordinary people! This book is for people who enjoy suspense, a little action, and the everyday life of a hypnotist in seventh grade. If you love hypnotism, you'll LOVE this BOOK!
My overall rating for this book is 5 point for being FANTASTIC! 1 points for being sucked-everything in-between feelings. This book is a great read! I could not put this book dow
Jennifer Lynn
When you put a kid who can hypnotize people and a school that wants to teach him his powers, you know that the bad guy is going to be at the school and the story will have tons of fun ideas. I think that it is hard to rate this book, I want to give it between a three or four, because while kid's books can be for adults also, it's hard to remember that the things happening in the book are geared toward younger minds. I read some reviews talking about how the main character was naive and clueless ...more
Dan Rogers
Jackson (Jax) Opus has a gift, he can hypnotize people, only he's not aware that he's doing it. Then Dr. Elias Mako invites Jax to attend the Sentia Institute. Here Jax learns, not only that he can hypnotize people, but also that he comes from a long line of hypnotists. As Dr. Mako helps him develop his gift, Jax begins to wonder about the motives behind Dr. Mako's interest in his ability. As he learns the answers to his questions, Jax realizes that not only he, but also his parents and his best ...more
Nov 24, 2014 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
This was a very interesting and quick read. Though being only 232 pages long, that's not saying much in it's self. I could have honestly read this book in a day. The book held my interest from page 1.

It starts off with Jax (Jackson) Opus, who either has really good luck or there is something else special about him. If you are like me (and guessed his "special ability" from the title of the book) then you aren't in for a big surprise there. Luckily, the author doesn't draw this "Oh gosh is he ju
This book was great! It started off with a bang. 13 year old Jackson (nicknamed Jax) and his friend Tommy were running to the bus stop to catch a ride to their basketball game. Suddenly the bus appeared out of nowhere and almost ran them over. Jax jumped in the road, threw up his hands, and yelled "STOP"! That's when Jax discovered that he was a very powerful hypnotist. Since birth he has had color changing eyes which are affected by his mood and are the source of his hypnotic powers. He has bee ...more
Lonna Pierce
Jax has no clue he is a descendant of talented hypnotists on both sides of his family. He is so gifted, Dr. Mako of the Sentia Institute, recruits him so he can use Jax's astonishing powers to manipulate politics and people to suit his own nefarious plans. Funny and thoughtful at the same time,(Korman's strong suit)the only problem is that it is the first in yet another series.
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Korman wrote his first book, "This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall", when he was 12 years old, for a coach who suddenly found himself teaching 7th grade English. He later took that episode and created a book out of it, as well, in "The Sixth Grade Nickname Game", wherein Mr. Huge was based on that 7th grade teacher.

Korman moved to New York City, where he studied film and film writing. While i
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