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Recently, I had to choose a historical figure for a report in a history class of mine. As you can guess from the Subject, I picked Hanussan. If anyone knows a good source for information on him (books would be best), it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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I know some good chapters have been written on him in books on mentalism, the occult, etc., though no book names readily come to mind.

A European film was made, "Hanussen," dramatizing his life. It sold him as a natural hypnotist, like the Orson Welles film, "Black Magic" (about Cagliostro).

I know that's not much help, but it does let you know that material HAS been written on him.

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Have a look at this:

'Erik Jan Hanussen: Hitler's Jewish Clairvoyant' by Mel Gordon

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN......-5320439

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There was an article I believe in Magic or Genii as a fellow gave a talk on him at the LA Conference. He was quite a character to say the least.
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It was in Genii, just a few months ago. The article was very well-written.

If you do a search on him, be sure to spell the name correctly. "Hanussen," not "Hanussan."

But don't rely solely on the internet for information. You need to hit the library.
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On 2005-03-18 02:43, Bill Palmer wrote:
It was in Genii, just a few months ago. The article was very well-written.


Genii magazine, July 2004 : "Hanussen: Hitler´s Clairvoyant"

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Yes, I believe the article in Genii was an excerpt from the book mentioned. Thanks everyone for all the responses though!
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There is also a movie that was loosley based on Hanussen. It called "Invincible" I believe. Tim Roth portrayed Hanussen. Excellent movie. It's out on video, not sure about dvd.
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Wonderful! I didn't know about that. I'll have to look into it.
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Mel Gordon is a very respected theatre historian--however some dispute his interpretation of Hanussen's role in the Nazi party. I believe there was a very interesting thread on this on the Genii forum a few months ago. Probably worth doing a search there for more sources.


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