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Svengali

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Svengali: Someone who manipulates or controls the minds of others, especially through hypnosis or mesmerism, often for sinister ends.
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I think @TheSupercargo missed the Svengali point there. Of course, he’s pinched the idea (and the joke) from other Artwiculati, but now I have you under my control, here’s my RT round-up for the evening.

As everybody knows (by now) Svengali was a hypnotist who mesmerised a young woman with the unlikely name of Trilby into performing … acts.

RT @Gardencomet “I’ll be Trilby to your Svengali,” I told him, “but keep it under your hat”

The original book is called Trilby, the films based on the book are almost always called Svengali, suggesting that the evil manipulative Svengali has a feral attraction which the submissive manipulated Trilby lacks.

Judging by some of today’s tweets we have both Artwiculati who feel the Svengali attraction AND those who see themselves in the role:

RT @pamellati Svengali lover, controlling my every desire, pleasuring me into insanity. #Artwiculate

RT @BurningHawk1969 I long to be Svengali enough to know which words to say to cause you to surrender to me body, mind and soul. or at least body and mind. 🙂

RT @MaxRaunchiness Redhead and brunette / Convinced to join me for love / I am Svengali! #maxku

RT @BeaSempere @artwiculate I find it rather easy to portray a Svengali. Being manipulative and overbearing come naturally to me.

RT @hfeaga If I were a svengali I’d have to stock up on dark eye makeup and spooky music.

RT @Squawkingalah I am Svengali the Galah. Look into my eyes. Give me all your birdseed.

The addicitve nature of our game was also likened to Svengali:

RT @baccatum Art Wiculate is quite the Svengali, and those under his spell impulsively check in for retweets and his kind words.

And if not the game, then perhaps other players:

RT @dsceiorg I’ve no Svengali / I am independent / Right, Silia? Sil? #haiku #artwiculate

It also seemed to bring out the dark side in some of us:

RT @Wifsie Mother by day, svengali by night. Beware my dolls with needles, if you don’t do what’s right. #artwiculate

But some at least took Trilby’s part and there were a few serious protests against the idea of manipulation.

RT @lasereraser @artwiculate You’re not going to Svengali me into thinking you are the sun my world revolves around.

RT @gBaYgUrl Abused day to day, manipulated to stay, svengali go away, I no longer want to play #artwiculate

Which reminds me of @TinaNguyen’s challenge

RT @TinaNguyen Svengali? I’d like to see you make a poem out of THAT! #artwiculate

Oh, Tina, Tina! OF COURSE the Artwiculati can make poems out of that!

RT @lippy73 Snake in the garden / a seductive svengali / spelled Eden’s demise #artwiculate #haiku

RT @gilliewhitewolf boos and hisses as / svengali takes centre stage / and the pantomime unfolds #artwiculate #katauta

And songs:

RT @noooworries @@ you’ve got those Svengali eyes @@ (to the tune of “Betty Davis Eyes”) #artwiculate. Oh-oh, it’s stuck in my head now…

The late night (local time) announcement of a political alliance between Tories & Liberal Democrats in Britain attracted a tweet or three:

RT @ecoflic I wake up to a svengali in government. Proletariat outnumber the bourgeois greatly, my good Cameron; beware. Clegg, I am disappointed.

RT @JonPowles Nick Clegg? Svengali? In his dreams …

Which so neatly encapsulated my own, that I’m going to break a rule & RT my tweet Of The Day – because I really want people to look at the picture!

RT @TheSupercargo Cameron and Clegg: Which will play Svengali to the other’s Trilby? http://bit.ly/a4CYC7

I promise I won’t do that again in a hurry. Perhaps there was a touch of @StarOfSavannah over the last tweet?


RT @StarOfSavannah Svengali. Svengali. (vote for this tweet.) Svengali. Svengali. (RT this tweet.) Svengali. Svengali.
[@StarOfSavannah’s ploy seems to have worked – this tweet ended up garnering most votes and winning her the crown.]

I obey. Mistress! No, wait, I’m trying to be Svengali here, aren’t I?

RT @DaveCurry Wishy-washy Svengali? Always changing his mind control.

RT @bwlightning Why did the svengali cross the road? To see if he could hear you cluck like a chicken from the other side.

Our themes did quite well out of this word. I’ve used a couple already. Here are some more:

RT @kado56 Desp-Otto the odious octopus used to be an eightgali but when a fierce goldfish bit off one tentacle he became a mere svengali.

RT @TiddK No-one’s happy to see Svengali walk into a bar – they always seem to end up paying for his drinks. #artwiculate

@fiberqat educated me …

RT @fiberqat Svengali: a Minnesotan oath.

I did not know that! Have to remember next time I’m in rural Minnesota. There were some other Sven-type jokes. I liked this:

RT @mwartwiculate Brand new ski instructor Sven Gali was one of the best teachers on the mountain #svengali #artwiculate

I’m going to wind up with the tweet I thought was the funniest today:

RT @mazpowles Any svengali is welcome to my mind – I’m not using it.

And that’s it. A good crop. Wonder what tomorrow will bring? Till next time: You WILL continue to read the RT Round-up, You will …

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Artwiculate is a game played on Twitter. Visit http://artwiculate.com for more information. The winning tweet and the most popular runners up for today’s word are listed at http://www.artwiculate.com/words/svengali (And, for addicts, don’t forget Salon ArtWois at http://www.salonartwois.com/ )

2 thoughts on “Svengali

  1. WINNER!!!
    RT @StarOfSavannah Svengali. Svengali. (vote for this tweet.) Svengali. Svengali. (RT this tweet.) Svengali. Svengali.
    [@StarOfSavannah’s ploy seems to have worked – this tweet ended up garnering most votes and winning her the crown.]

    I obey. Mistress! No, wait, I’m trying to be Svengali here, aren’t I?

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