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Monday, 18 February 2019

Hypnotic Heroes: Dave Elman


Dave Elman radio publicity shot circa 1937-41,
included with permission from Cheryl Elman
Born David Kopelman, son of Jacob and Lena, on May 6th 1900, Dave Elman was raised in Fargo, North Dakota, as one of a large family. Jacob ran a business making wigs and theatre equipment, which likely gave David a good knowledge base for his later performance career. When David was very young, his father Jacob was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and as it progressed it caused him severe pain, which traditional medicine failed to treat.

A family friend happened to be trained in stage hypnosis and was able to relieve Jacob’s pain with only a few minutes of trance. David saw how effective it was, and became fascinated with hypnosis as a treatment.