Controller or master figure.
Example: Gucci is the svengali of fashion. Everyone wants to wear his designs.
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the musician in a novel by George du Maurier who controls Trilby`s singing hypnoticallyFound on http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=Svengali
Svengali is a musical with a book and lyrics by Gregory Boyd and music by Frank Wildhorn. It is based on the 1894 novel Trilby by George du Maurier. The title character in this Gothic tale is a vocal coach who uses hypnotism to transform the tone-deaf Trilby into an acclaimed singer and steals her away from Little Billie, a sculpt...Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svengali_(musical)
Svengali is a fictional character in George du Maurier`s 1895 novel Trilby. Scholars cite Svengali as a classic example of anti-Semitism in literature because he is Jewish, of Eastern European origins, and he seduces, dominates and exploits Trilby, a young English girl, and makes her into a famous singer. The word `svengali` has come to refer t......Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svengali
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