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Erik Jan Hanussen: Hitler's Jewish Clairvoyant Hardcover – November 20, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Erik Jan Hanussen psychic, hypnotist, astrologer, amateur detective and publisher of tabloids was born Herschmann-Chaim Steinschneider in 1889 in a Viennese jail cell and murdered in Berlin in 1933 on the orders of SA officers who owed him money. His remarkable life is the subject of Berkeley professor Mel Gordon's Erik Jan Hanussen: Hitler's Jewish Clairvoyant, a fascinating account of Hanussen's many activities, many names and many lovers, supplemented by excerpts from Hanussen's writings and scores of illustrations (publicity posters, Hitler's astrological chart and advertisements for Hanussen's Sex Creme, for example). Hanussen's association with Hitler, which began when he predicted the future fehrer would rule Germany, was very brief, but Gordon does a good job of exploring this baffling alliance.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Gordon (theater arts, Berkeley) provides a detailed reconstruction of the career of the shadowy figure Erik Jan Hanussen. An Austrian Jew who went through several stage names during his adult life, Hanussen is chiefly remembered as the clairvoyant who held s ances for Hitler and who was murdered by the Nazis in 1933. Gordon has assembled an impressive amount of material reconstructing not only the details of Hanussen's life but also how he marketed himself as a magician, psychic, and occultist. In the process, the reader learns a great deal about the underworld of central European carnivals, magic stage shows, and in particular the spiritualism that gained prominence after the Great War. Although his reconstruction of Hanussen's life is impressive, Gordon is on less firm ground historically, making several small errors (e.g., he refers to the Hapsburgs as the "Duo-Monarchy"). In addition, his thesis that Hitler was unelectable in 1932 until Hanussen's involvement changed the course of history is one few historians are likely to back. Recommended with reservations for public and specialized libraries. Frederic Krome, Jacob Rader Marcus Ctr. of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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only,himself,that he fooled so many of the german people for such a long time astounds me.derren brown has in his t.v. and stage shows ,demonstrated all of the effects in the book without trying to convince, or make people belive in the occult.our own keith barry debunks people who say they can talk to the dead and has an offer of $10.0000 on each show he does to anyone can prove they can,I was buried alive,in 1979 for over two hours,(see TONY SADAR HYPNOTIST.) on googel.nothing is impossible and we are only limited by how we think.hanussen seemed to give no thought to failure.
This book is a great read for anyone who wants an insight to how people can be coerced in to doing things.
It's also full of all playbills, photos, magazine articles from the period, clippings from Erik Jan Hanussen's "psychic newspaper" -- it's a great read.
why isn't there a Erik Jan Hanuessen movie yet?
Jan Hanussen was a man torn and tormented; on one hand he has an amazing success story as the abandoned teen that caught-on to the carnival-circus styles of entertainment -- the Side show. He had a natural propensity for Hypnosis and what was known in the day as "Contact Telepathy" (Dowsing) and with little other, managed to literally go from rags to riches. . . several different times in his life, the apex of which came in the late 1930s as he predicted the uncanny and "outrageous" rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the NAZI Party; how they would be the Saviour of the German people, but simultaneously bring calamity to all of Europe, the crescendo to which being the death of one and all in the upper-echelons of the Reich.
Unfortunately the documentations, photos and newspaper accounts on Hanussen are few and far between due to the Reich's attempt to distance itself with the "Hebrew" and, due to certain other events, all of the Occult when it came to public exhibit.
Though composed for the general public, every magic enthusiast should read this tome; especially those curious about the world of Mentalism/Psychic Entertainment. The book shows both, the old way (the "right" way) of doing Mentalism alongside the many questionable antics done by the cynics that sought to "expose" Hanussen, attempted to employ with the judicial system. His ultimate decline resulting in vengeance-based betrayal by past associates and foe alike, coupled by Hitler's paranoia when it came to having a Jewish Mystic as his primary counselor and guide.
Generally easy to read though it can be a challenge in some areas where the Germanic terms and perspectives come off as a bit "heavy", but I give it a big thumbs up.
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