Full disclosure: part of what led me to become a hypnotist was my own efforts as an author. As of this date I’ve written two novels, one novella, one novellete, and six short stories all with a stage hypnotist as the protagonist. He’s named the Amazing Conroy, and while he started out as a one-shot creation he quickly turned into something of a brand for my science fiction (along with Reggie, his alien companion animal who resembles a tiny buffalo but with the ability to eat anything and fart oxygen).
A lot of my background in cognitive psychology underlies these stories, and I quickly realized that I was probably taking some literary license with hypnosis, which in turn led me to better education and ultimately to becoming a hypnotist in my own right.
Further evidence that reality is always stranger than fiction.