The Nazi Seance: The Strange Story of the Jewish Psychic in Hitler's Circle

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Erik Jan Hannussen, a popular Jewish stage magician and mentalist from Austria, wowed audiences and amassed a small fortune in the 1920s and 30s. Perhaps his greatest trick, however, was that of becoming Hitler's personal psychic and advisor, moving comfortably in Nazi circles for many years while hiding his Jewish heritage. But for all his supposed clairvoyance, he failed to see what awaited the Jews of Europe in the years ahead. Much too late, Hanussen realized that even he couldn't beat Mephistopheles at his ...

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Overview

Erik Jan Hannussen, a popular Jewish stage magician and mentalist from Austria, wowed audiences and amassed a small fortune in the 1920s and 30s. Perhaps his greatest trick, however, was that of becoming Hitler's personal psychic and advisor, moving comfortably in Nazi circles for many years while hiding his Jewish heritage. But for all his supposed clairvoyance, he failed to see what awaited the Jews of Europe in the years ahead. Much too late, Hanussen realized that even he couldn't beat Mephistopheles at his own game. The story of Hannussen, of how he operated, and how he was eventually murdered, illuminates the character and proclivities of some of the men who would go on to destroy Europe. Fascinating and disturbing, The Devil's Prophet chronicles Hanussen's rise from obscurity to fame and his unusual powers that fascinated Europe and America before he came to the same tragic end that so many of his fellow Jews endured at the hands of the Nazis.

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Editorial Reviews

Timothy R. Smith
Hanussen's life is deftly told in The Nazi Séance. Arthur J. Magida…weaves a fascinating tapestry of 1920s Berlin—vibrant, corrupt, gilded, brittle, teetering toward Nazi control.
—The Washington Post
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"Hanussen's life is deftly told . . . Magida weaves a fascinating tapestry of 1920s Berlin." — The Washington Post

"An astonishing story, brilliantly told."—Roger Moorhouse, author of Killing Hitler

“Magida paints a vivid tale of the era.”—City Paper

"Hanussen (and his relation to Hitler) is one of the strangest enigmas of the pre-war era. Arthur Magida has done a great service in illuminating this figure of mystery—and the light his story reflects on the growing darkness surrounding him."—Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler and How the End Begins

“The Nazi Séance is a fascinating journey into the magical thinking of Hitler and his cronies, and the life of a Jewish conjuror who tried — and failed – the ultimate magic trick: to survive Nazi Germany as one of Hitler’s own.”—Stephen L. Macknik & Susana Martinez-Conde, authors of Sleights of Mind: How the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals Our Everyday Deceptions

“In a history that reads like a novel, Arthur Magida, gives us much more than a finely written researched and well-researched examination of the “Nazi” Jewish psychic.”—Lawrence Kushner, author of Kabbalah: A Love Story

“Magida's passion illuminates a thoroughly researched and engaging account of a momentous, sinister, and also at times tragicomic episode of German history.”–-Christopher Sandford, author of Masters of Mystery: the Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini

“Arthur Magida’s haunting and vivid historical portrait illustrates how opportunism and spiritual fashion flourished on the margins of the Third Reich. It is a chilling parable about the ultimate price paid by those who blindly allied themselves with brute power.”—Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America

"Magida gets inside the head of the notorious Jewish clairvoyant who helped the Nazis rise to power.”—Peter Lamont, author of The First Psychic

“Magida's narrative takes on the palpable dread of a thriller . . . The Nazi Séance not only demonstrates the impossibility of telling the future; it also shows how difficult it is to accurately understand the present.” – Urbanite Magazine

"Arthur Magida’s The Nazi Séance offers a fascinating and shocking portrait of a Jewish mind reader who moved into the highest echelons of German society just as the Nazi party was ramping up. It is a gripping portrait of a man who was a celebrity in his day and age and galvanized crowds. In the end, though, Hanussen was simply a mortal who could not immunize himself from anti-Semitism.”—Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League and Holocaust survivor

“Intriguing and disturbing.”—The Mail

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230620537
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/22/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 6.52 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur J. Magida is writer-in-residence at the University of Baltimore and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He has been a columnist for Beliefnet.com, a contributing correspondent to PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, senior editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times, environmental reporter for National Journal, and a writer and editor for Ralph Nader. He has received multiple Simon Rockower Awards from the American Jewish Press Association, A.D. Emmart Awards for writing on the humanities, and Smolar Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Preamble: "He Cannot Doubt The Genuineness Of His Mission" 1

Part 1 The Wonderful Land Of Make-Believe

Chapter 1 One Of The Finest Liars In Europe 17

Chapter 2 The Psychic Gravedigger 33

Chapter 3 "A Conjuror Is An Actor Playing The Part Of A Magician" 47

Chapter 4 The Iron Queen And The Jewish Samson 59

Chapter 5 The King Of Everything 73

Chapter 6 Hitler: "There's Room For A Little Subtlety" 79

Chapter 7 "This Man Must Be In League With The Devil" 89

Part 2 The Fuehrer, The Fire And The Actress

Chapter 8 Triumph In Berlin 101

Chapter 9 An Alliance Of Scoundrels 117

Chapter 10 The Noose Tightens 141

Chapter 11 The Fuehrer's Court Jew 155

Chapter 12 The Fire That Killed A Country 171

Chapter 13 A Ride To A Wild Prison 189

Chapter 14 Three Bullets In The Woods 203

Part 3 The Daughter

Chapter 15 The View From Italy 225

Acknowledgments 235

Notes 241

Index 265

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