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Hitlerís Psychic Prophet

HE WAS A charismatic stage clairvoyant and mentalist who came to the attention of the Nazi Party during its rise to power in early 1930s Germany. Erik Jan Hanussen might have had genuine psychic gifts, but he used his fame and powers of persuasion to increase his own wealth and his standing in the corridors of political power. He might have even contributed directly to the early success of Nazi Germany. But in the end, one of his most startling prophecies would lead to his death.

Erik Jan Hanussen was his stage name. He was born Hermann Steinschneider on June 2, 1889, a Jew whose father was an actor and a caretaker of a synagogue. Hanussen abandoned his school education to join the circus, where he developed his showman skills as a knife thrower, fire eater, and the strong man.

It was during World War I as a soldier that Hanussen first began to demonstrate his psychic abilities. At one point, his company was cut off from its supply of water, and the troops were becoming desperate. Hanussen, without the use of a divining rod or any other apparatus, successfully dowsed water for his comrades. His entertainment background and charismatic personality eventually got him a transfer to perform for the troops.

When the war was over, Hanussen further developed his stage act as a clairvoyant and mentalist, performing at music halls across Germany and surrounding countries. One feat during one of his shows that brought him much attention was his revelation of details about a local murderer details that only became known to the public when they were later published in a newspaper. Its suspected now that Hanussen may have had a confederate at the newspaper or the police department that fed him the information, but at the time, many were impressed by this prediction.

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