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 '18 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. – Emsley Wyatt Jan 29 '18 at 23:42
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    Hmm, might have to browse all Playboys up till now... For erm... Research. – Möoz Jan 30 '18 at 0:25

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.

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