Peter Bruce Editor-at-large & columnist

When I was growing up in Umtata in the 1950s and '60s, travelling shows used to come to town. A magician, a circus. Once Cliff Drysdale, Gordon Forbes, Abe Segal and Frew McMillan played exhibition matches on the same courts I played on. What a thrill. Drysdale reached the final of the US Open in 1965. Forbes once beat the best tennis player in history, Rod Laver. But the best entertainment was always the hypnotist. What was good about the hypnotist if you were a kid was that he always got some difficult adult you had to deal with onto the stage and made a fool of them. It was very satisfying. He'd have the butcher behaving like a baby, or the sanctimonious librarian pretending she was a cocktail waitress.Is hypnotism still a form of entertainment? Look into my eyes. You're feeling very sleepy. When I touch your forehead it'll be January 9 2018. Next year. There, open! Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma not only won the race to lead the ANC last month, but yesterday, delivering her inaugural Ja...

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