Trying to find this one for someone on another site. The plot synopsis as we both remember it is that a man has mental powers probably controlling type, gets into see the President and as he is leaving he's whacked on the head with a hammer and killed. My additional memory is that someone says: "He never said he could read minds."

I also remember the artwork illustrating the story because I cut it out and used it on a collage.

Story artwork showing eyes with "fire eye lashes"

Pretty sure it was in Playboy but a search of published short story titles rang no bells.

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    produto.mercadolivre.com.br/… - Those eyes are cropped from the cover of World Without Stars by Poul Anderson
    – Valorum
    Jan 29, 2018 at 23:33
  • I suppose I should have mentioned that I did a Google image search and found that Portuguese cover, but World Without Stars is a novel, not a short story. Probably just a case of the artist making two sales of the same piece. Jan 29, 2018 at 23:42
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    Hmm, might have to browse all Playboys up till now... For erm... Research.
    – Möoz
    Jan 30, 2018 at 0:25

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Found it. The story is called "The Most Powerful Tailor in the World" by Michael Crichton, published in The Best of Playboy Fiction, Volume 1

The burning eyes can be seen on the cover image below.

Cover of "The Best of Playboy Fiction". It says MICHAEL CRICHTON in large letters, and then "The Most Powerful Tailor in the World" directly underneath. Below that is a pair of eyes with fire covering the eyelashes and extending upwards.


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