Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The ASMR Vessel Directory

This is a directory of sorts that will list all the names of various people who are known to trigger ASMR events – from actors to artists, to hypnotists and medical professionals. I’ve decided to call these individuals “vessels”. Vessels possess the quality of being able to trigger ASMR in experiencers; they may or may not be experiencers themselves. Other names for vessels within the community include "inducers", “blissers” or “pushers”.

If these individuals have triggered any degree of ASMR for you at some point, then they should appear on this list. I’ve got a few names to start with, some my own and others who are commonly mentioned within the community and on the fringe too, so we’ll see how it works out. It’s a work in progress like the glossary, so it will be updated from time to time. You can leave any other recommendations in the comments below, and I may well add them in at some point in the future.

Criteria for consideration: the person must be at least reasonably well-known (particularly within the community); must be able to consistently trigger ASMR events in experiencers. You should also include names where possible; professions, nationalities; perhaps examples of where you’ve seen or heard them. As much info as you can find out.

Vessel Directory:

Adele – British singer-songwriter
Al Hirschfeld – American caricaturist, painter (deceased)
Alan Lee – British illustrator and conceptual designer: Lord Of The Rings
Alan Rickman – British actor: Harry Potter series of films
Alec Baldwin – American actor: 30 Rock Alexander McQueen – British fashion designer and couturier
Alex Turner – Narrator (NMI*)
Amore Bekker – South African radio presenter: RSG
Dr. Anastasia Tsaliki – Greek Paleo Pathologist: Vampire Island
Andres Williams – British actor, narrator: Search For The Giant Octopus
Andrew Bowen – American narrator: Fish Warrior
Andrew Johnson – Scottish hypnotherapist
Annelise Van Rooyen – South African singer, musician: “Rooi Kitaar”
Anthony "Tony" Benn – British Labour Party politician, former MP, Cabinet Minister
Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon – American singer songwriters, musicians
Barry Clayton – British narrator: Iron Maiden’s “The Number Of The Beast”
Bear Grylls – British adventurer, writer and television presenter: Ultimate Survival
Belinda Bauer – Australian actress: Timerider, Robocop 2
Benedict Cumberbatch – British film, TV and theatre actor  
Bob Ross – American painter, art instructor, and television host (deceased)
Björk – Icelandic singer-songwriter
Carl Sagan – American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author (deceased)
Chris Martin – British singer songwriter: Coldplay
Christelle Webb-Joubert – South African radio presenter, newsreader: RSG
Christopher Walken – American actor: Mouse Hunt
Corby Zvikler – British hypnotherapist
Craig Bennet – South African radio presenter: Heart FM
Daniel Thron – American video game and film artist, voice over artist: Thief series
David A. Smith – Sign artist (NMI*)
David Attenborough – British broadcaster and naturalist
David Bateson - South African Canadian actor, voice actor: Hitman series (Agent 47)
David Blaine – American illusionist and endurance artist: Street Magic
David Holt – British, character actor, narrator: Modern Marvels Deon Meyer – South African novelist
David Tennant – Scottish actor: Dr Who 
Dennis Hopper – American actor (deceased)
Eddie Zondi – South Africa radio presenter: Metro FM
Enya – Irish singer, instrumentalist and songwriter
Elie Wiesel – Hungarian-born Jewish-American writer, professor, political activist
Erik Thompson – American narrator: The Universe
Ernst Ingmar Bergman – Swedish director, writer and producer (deceased)
Erri De Luca – Italian novelist, translator and poet
Esther Ekhart – (nationality?) yoga instructor 
Ettienne Ludick – South African radio presenter: RSG
Franco Tenelli – Italian-American actor, singer
Frank Chavez – American actor, voice over artist: Grand Theft Auto III
Garrison Kiellor – American author, storyteller, humourist, and radio personality
Dr Harris Steinman – South African doctor
Heather Wibbles – American massage therapist
Hiaying Yang – Chinese relaxation expert
Hugo Weaving – American actor: The Matrix, V for Vendetta
India Fischer – British actress, narrator: Masterchef 
Dr Irwin David Yalom – Jewish American professor of psychotherapy, lecturer at Stanford university
Isaac Asimov – American author and professor of biochemistry (deceased)
Jacques Pepin – French chef, television personality, and author
James Earl Jones – American actor, narrator
James Harper - American voice actor: Diablo II (Dark Wanderer)
James Norwood Pratt – American author and authority on wine, tea and tea lore
James Wong – British ethnobotanist, garden designer, TV presenter: Grow Your Own Drugs
Jamie Glover – British narrator: Agincourt
Jan Horn – South African TV presenter
Jeannie D – South African radio DJ, TV presenter: Top Billing
Jeff Green – British comedian, writer: Jeff Green Up West
Jeremy John Irons – British actor: The Borgias Jo Brand – British comedienne
Joanna Lumley – British actress, TV presenter: Joanna Lumley’s Nile
Joe Frank – American radio personality 
John de Lancie – American actor
John McCalmont – American broadcaster: Sliced
Johnny Davids – South African radio presenter, RSG
Juliette Stevens – British narrator: Why Intelligence Fails
Keith Floyd – British TV presenter, wine connoisseur, chef: Floyd Uncorked (deceased)
Nigel Slater – British food writer, journalist, broadcaster 
Laura Fox – American blogger, Librivox reader
Leonard Cohen – American singer, musician
Liam Neeson – Irish actor
Lindsay Duncan – Scottish actress, narrator: Come Fly With Me
Lita Stone – American massage therapist, relaxation specialist
Liv Tyler – American actress: Lord Of The Rings
Loreena McKennit – Canadian singer, composer, harpist, accordionist and pianist
Lynette Francis – South African radio presenter, RSG
Mary Ann Wilson – Fitness instructor: Sit and be Fit
Matthew Barrett – Concept artist: Guild Wars 2
Michael Palin – British actor, presenter: Monty Python series
Michael Parks – Hispanic American actor: “Esteban Vihaio”, Kill Bill Vol. 2
Michael Sheard – American actor, narrator: The British UFO Files
Mike Rowe – American Media Personality  
Mike Shapiro – American actor, voice over artist: Half-Life 2 (G-man)
Mykel Hawke Pierce – American actor, TV presenter, former soldier: One Man Army
Nataniël – South African actor, comedian
Nigella Lucy Lawson – British TV presenter, food writer, journalist
Nigel Slater – British food writer, journalist, broadcaster 
Paula Deen – American cook, TV presenter, author, restaurateur, actress
Peter De Villiers – South African rugby union coach, former Springbok coach
Phoenicia Taylor – South African educator
Pieter Dirk Uys – South African comedian, AKA Evita Bezuidenhout
Ralph Lauren – American fashion designer and business executive
Randy Pitchford – American video game developer, Gearbox Software: Borderlands
Raymond "Ray" Mears – British woodsman, instructor, author and TV presenter
Renee Zellweger – American actress: The Diary of Bridget Jones
Renette van Rensburg – South African news reader
Renske Jakobs – South African radio presenter: RSG
Richard Hammond – British journalist, presenter: Top Gear
Richard Windley – British TV presenter, model builder: Ancient Discoveries Rini Khanna – Indian narrator: CTV
Rowan Atkinson – British actor: Mr Bean, Blackadder, Love Actually
Sandy September – South African radio presenter: Radio Tygerberg
Sarah Simblet – British artist, author, broadcaster
Saul Goldman – Professor Emeritus (NMI*)
Sherwin Bryce Peace – South African news reporter, SABC 3 news (lisper)
Shinohara Tomoe – Japanese artist
Sinead O'Connor – Irish singer-songwriter
Sian Lloyd – British weather presenter
Steven Alexander Wright – American comedian, actor and writer
Steve Sutton – American “internet legend”, Youtuber
Thinus Botha – South African pastor
Timothy Dalton – Welsh actor: Licence to Kill Timothy "Tiff" Needell – British racing driver, TV presenter: Fifth Gear
Tony Hart – British artist and children's TV presenter (deceased) 
TJ Miller – American actor: Call of Duty: Elite - “Legend of Karl” series
Tony Robinson – British actor, presenter: Blackadder (Baldrick)
Vicki Butler-Henderson – British racing driver and television presenter: Fifth Gear
Vincent Price – British horror actor: Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”
Dr. Zelina Selitsky – (NMI*): Ancient Aliens

Last updated on Monday, the 13th of February, 2012

* Needs more information


  1. Hi Andrew,

    That's interesting. I must admit that I was not aware of ASMR. I read here: http://www.asmr-research.org/ that ASMR is a positive, pleasurable sensation.

    My name is on your list. I am really flattered that my name appears among those of such important people. However, if I had the ability to cause such a nice feeling to some people, shouldn't I be able, at least in theory, to "win" the crowds and have kind of a "fan club"?! The reality is that I am crap at networking and human relations.

    Anyway, maybe I don't know enough on the subject to understand how ASMR-media works.

  2. Well, that is interesting. You're on the list, are you? I'm honoured to have you leave a comment.

    You couldn't perhaps tell us your name? Or do I have to guess? ;)

  3. I can just say that I wish I were Carl Sagan, Tony Robinson or Vincent Price!

  4. Bob Ross should be in bold :) Rowan Atkinson in "Love Actually" was masterfully ASRM without actually trying - I would suggest him for this list. Also Belinda Bauer (Timerider, Robocop 2).

  5. Thanks for the suggestions, Anon. I'll add them to the list when I have time. :)

  6. Only found your blog now, nice to be on the list thanks allot :-)

    Ettienne Ludick

  7. Hi, Ettienne. I've also corrected the spelling of your name! Honoured to have you comment here. Say "hi" to Christelle for me - she triggers like nobody else.

  8. Sister Wendy, the art critic nun - best trigger I know and lots of YouTube clips!

  9. Sian Lloyd was my favourite. As a kid I'd set reminders to watch the weather forecast :D


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