It's amazing the lengths a person will go in order to seem more important and "special" than they really are, Erik Jan Hanussen, a Jew, not only denounced his easily argued Jewish roots and converted to Catholicism, he likewise joined the NAZI party. . . because the highest ranking, most influential of members to said order, liked him and even promoted him; in return he poured donations to the fledgling cult and served as a chief loan source. Then again, he hosted very quietly set "Orgies" alongside his many "Séances" -- demonstrations of his uncanny gifts of Telepathy and Precognition coupled with Hypnosis, not the whole speaking to dead people idea most think of when hearing that word -- "Séance" (a gathering and seating of people).
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.