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Regarding the booklet Worauf beruht das?: I found the copy that Jimmy Bix gave me -- he has republished it -- and it is basically a very thin outline of some of the principles that are in Mindreading and Telepathy. It doesn't really go into the detail that the larger book has. Basically, it's about 1/10 of the information.

I should point out that in both books, Hanussen describes false tricks, as he calls them. That is, he explains how other mindreaders deceived the public, not that he would ever do such a thing, you understand. Smile Smile

He goes into much more detail in the larger book.
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On 2008-06-20 03:14, Bill Palmer wrote:
No. Worauf beruht das-?! is a very small book, roughly 40 pages, saddle stitched, and it doesn't tip nearly as much. It's more of a pamphlet about developing psychic skills. I have a copy of it. Jimmy Bix has also republished it. There are no plans at this time to translate it into English.

There are a couple of things to bear in mind about Mel Gordon's work. He does not read German, so he has had to rely on other people's translations. He is basically a sensationalist. If you look at the other books that are published by Feral House, you will get an idea of what I mean. Wilifried Kugel feels that Gordon basically ripped him off for some of the information in his book. However, most of the material in Gordon's book is public record, and Kugel basically provided a pathway for him. Kugel's book is very dry. Gordon's is anything but that.

Also, Kugel is unwilling to say that Hanussen was not a genuine psychic. His reason is that before one of his performances, his front man, who was supposed to be doing the pre-show work, was detained by the authorities, and Hanussen still managed to score 100% accurate, according to one of his associates.

I don't find this a very convincing argument.


I need to correct a couple of things in this post.

1) Worauf beruht das? is actually a bare bones beginning of the material that later showed in a much more complete, amplified version in the book I recently translated.

2) I received a nice e-mail from Mel Gordon today. He corrected my statement that he does not read German. Actually he does read it, and translated many of the items you see in his various books about Germany. I was misinformed.

In any case, translating Worauf beruht das? would actually be pointless at this time. It does not contain any information that is not available in the other book, and it isn't as complete as far as the real details of "the work" is concerned.

Some have accused Dr. Gordon of pinching material from the Kugel book. I don't think this is the case. The books are not at all alike. For one thing, Mel Gordon's book is actually fun to read!
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Bill,

Thanks for the information.
I was wondering if Peter Lorre ever talked about Hanuussen or mentioned him in articles? Apparently there was a connection.

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Finally! I can order it now! Hank Lee has it.. they just send me an email
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Mel Gordon was my college drama history teacher at NYU from 1976-1980. Just thought I'd throw that out there. Fascinating guy. Funny as heck, too.
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On 2008-07-14 14:00, Snt Mich wrote:
Finally! I can order it now! Hank Lee has it.. they just send me an email


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Bill, is there a better source to purchase this book from besides hanklee?
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H&R Magic Books is my bookshop of choice. They will tell you precisely how many they have IN STOCK at the moment you call. I believe they just got a shipment in within the last couple of days.
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Han Fans should also consider checking out the 2001 film Invincible.

Tim Roth plays the part of Hanussen.
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I just bought the movie. I see Hocus Pocus also has the book.
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Is Istvan Szabo's film "Hanussen" with Klaus Maria Brandauer any good? Not that I'd necessarily expect it to be historically accurate, but anyone know of this is of interest?
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From the info from the forward to this book, have any known copies of Hanussen's 300 page book 'Die Weltseele' survived?
Will it be only H&R who get signed copies of this title?

Great info in this thread, thanks!

As far as Iain's original question, I'm currently researching Rasputin, the RJ Minney book is very thoroughly researched and gives a solid sense of who he was. The Seventh Sense by Lyn Buchanan, a "psychic spy", is loaded with useful info about RV for DD routines etc. Theyre practically giving these books away too.

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The German booklet "Worauf beruht das?" is now available as ebook from the Lybrary http://www.lybrary.com/worauf-beruht-p-73224.html (with permission by Jimmy Bix).

We also have the bigger cousin - translated by Bill Palmer - available as printed book http://www.lybrary.com/mind-reading-telepathy-p-1102.html

And for all interested in Hanussen, his life and his tricks there is now a new book available. It is currently only available in its German original (English translation is in progress). Written by Robert Kaldy-Karo http://www.lybrary.com/erik-hanussen-her......257.html
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Chris:

Who's doing the translation and when is expected to be ready?
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The translation is done by a professional translator who is not known in the magic field. Exactly when it will be ready I can't tell you. I don't want to make promises but my expectation is sometime later this year.
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The translation is done by a professional translator who is not known in the magic field. Exactly when it will be ready I can't tell you. I don't want to make promises but my expectation is sometime later this year.

The translation was completed? I can not find it at the lybrary.com
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