Author(s): Rauscher, William
Format: Hardbound with Dust Jacket
Publication Summary: 2002, 172 pp
The Mind Readers - William V. Rauscher - An array of past and present personalities in the field of psychic entertainment and private readings. Like a vaudeville show, the performers appear in a series of acts that confuse, confound and perplex their followers, and create ethical issues for laymen, researchers, and magicians.
This assemblage is a potpourri of remarkable characters whose talents, skills, performance styles, personalities and approaches vary greatly. For want of a better term, they are The Mind Readers, and they are Masters of Deception.
The players presented want their audiences to believe they possess strange powers. Their language capabilities, knowledge of psychology, and sheer nerve combine to accomplish their purpose, offering a lesson in the dynamics of mind control.
You will enjoy this book as a performance, a tour through a labyrinth of colorful, perplexing and enigmatic people who are committed to making you believe. Twelve chapters. Hardbound. 172 pages.
This is primarily a collection of profiles of historically prominent (and several obscure) mentalists from the unique perspective of Reverend Rauscher, a retired clergyman, scholar of conjuring history and devoted researcher of psychic phenomena. Fascinating material, profusely illustrated with ephemera from the author's collection. A partial listing of the personalities profiled: David Lustig, Joseph Dunninger, Annemann, Reese, Corinda, Fogel, Koran, David Hoy, Anna Eva Fay, Samri Baldwin, the Piddingtons, Chan Canasta, Romano, Cumberland, the Zancigs, Hanussen, Polgar, Marion, the Falkensteins, Max Maven, Eugene Burger, the Evasons, Richard Webster, Kuda Bux, Charles Buckner, Calvert, Uri Geller, Tim Conover, Lee Earle, Larry Becker, Kreskin, Stanley Jaks, Derren Brown, Marc Salem, Bob Cassidy and Banachek. At that is only about 2/3 of the performers discussed!