Magical mentalist

Yes, I do think it is funny that Keith Barry describes himself as a Erik Jan Hanussen: Hitler’s Jewish Clairvoyant.

I also found a particularly interesting-looking Spanish title on the subject, La Vida Y Los Tiempos Del Mago De Hitler, but I need to brush up on my Español before I crack into that one.  Details seem a little sketchy and to be honest I’m not keen on reading a book with a large red swastika on the cover on my daily commute.  Note how the Amazon listing translates the title as The Life and Times of Magician Hitler — not to be confused with the other well-known Hitler, he of genocide infamy.


Extract from ‘Holiday surprises and old favourites’, Sunday Independent, 31 July 2011. 

Barry never reads to chill out, “I only ever read books related to what I do, I enjoy them.  One I’m dying to read is Flipnosis: The Art of Split-Second Persuasion by Kevin Dutton.  It is all about learning how to make people do whatever you want them to do!”  Sounds like a handy trick for the man whose show, 8 Deadly Sins, includes mentally extracting the imaginary sins of audience members.  Barry doesn’t read novels, he prefers to biographies or history.

“Right now I’m reading a book about Erik Jan Hanussen, he was basically Hitler’s Jewish clairvoyant.  I don’t believe in psychics, a lot of people say they do no harm but two of the foremost psychics that ever lived were this guy Hanussen and another guy, Wolf Messing, who was Stalin’s right-hand man.”

And if you want to brush up  on your self-hypnosis skills Barry advocates Get the Life You Want by neuro-linguistic programmer Richard Brandler.  For something a little lighter Barry recommends Steve Martin’s biography Born Standing Up, “funny guy.”



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