Master Hypnotist, Healer and Educator
ways of inducting hypnosis are almost countless. And
while some methods take longer than others, they can all be used to
produce the deep state known as somnambulism... The methods of
achieving the trance state are limited only by your own imagination.
There is no way in which you cannot hypnotize a patient, provided you
know the art of suggestion... Since eye-closure is the first goal at
which you must aim, all you need is a device that will cause it.
will cause it, provided you know the art of suggestion and
provided the person expects to be hypnotized... This applies even to
patients who have never been previously conditioned.”
(Findings In Hypnosis P. 57)
was born May 6, 1900 in Park River, North Dakota and died on December
5, 1967. His interest in hypnosis was stimulated at an early age by his
father who was an accomplished hypnotist. When Dave was 8 years old he
began to realize the vast possibilities of hypnosis in the relief of
pain. This occurred when his father was dying of cancer and a family
friend relieved the intractable pain quite rapidly with hypnosis, This
friend was a well-known hypnotist with an enviable fame for performing
outstanding feats. Young Dave never forgot how his Dad was afforded
relief not available from traditional medical procedures. In his early
teens, Dave started working in show business during his school
vacations, usually as a comic. One season he did a hypnosis act, but
soon gave it up when he found that parents objected to their daughters
dating him. They were actually afraid of the "power" he'd wield over
them. Dave, who was an accomplished musician, specializing in saxophone
and violin, loved show business. He wrote all his own material as well
as songs. One season he tried New York and worked in night clubs for a
while. He didn't enjoy this type of work so he gave it up and got a job
working for music publishers. It was at this time that Dave became
acquainted with the famous W. C. Handy, with whom he worked for some
years, writing quite a few songs together. In fact, years after Dave
had given up this phase of his work, Handy sent him a contract for
royalties on a couple of songs that they had written, W.C. and other
members of the Handy family became Dave's close friends. It was while
working with Handy that Dave met the woman who was to share his life,
the future Pauline Elman. During the years 1923-1928, Dave was so
anxious to break into radio that he made a living at a daytime job and
worked for free on various radio networks in the evenings and on
holidays and weekends. In 1928, he got his first paying job with radio
station WHN. Soon after, he was hired by Columbia Broadcasting System
and worked on every major radio station in the metropolitan New York
area, where he became known as an idea man. He wrote, produced,
directed and performed in his own shows as well as others. Dave worked
with many of the great names in radio and one season took his Hobby
Lobby Show to California to replace the Jack Benny show when that group
wanted a vacation. He wrote a number of Kate Smith shows and worked
with all the major advertising agencies. Many show people do charitable
work and Dave was no exception. He would often get a group of his
friends together to put on a show for some worthy cause. In 1948, he
arranged such a benefit and a few days before the show date was
informed that the group would not be back in town in time for the
performance. Elman was on the spot; it would be impossible to get
another group together on such short notice. What could he do? How
could he entertain an audience for a couple of hours? He hit on the
idea of a hypnosis show, something he hadn't done in years. The
performance was a success and afterward he was approached by a group of
doctors who asked him to teach them what he knew about hypnosis.
Apparently, though they had taken courses, they had all tried it but
failed. Dave agreed to teach them and gave a course to a group of
twenty physicians. When that course was over, the doctors had another
group of twenty waiting for another course, and so it grew.
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native’s hobbies brought success
Curtis Eriksmoen, The
Published Sunday, February 12, 2006
Dakota is the birthplace of “The man of 100,000
That was the sobriquet
used to describe Dave Elman. He not only had many hobbies, but turned
several of those interests into profitable ventures. Elman was a noted
lyricist, radio host, comedian, writer, instructor and hypnotist. He
also helped the FBI nab Nazi spies during World War II.
Elman was born Dave
Kopelman on May 6, 1900, in Park River to Jacob and Lena Kopelman. The
family moved in 1902 to Fargo, where Jacob and Lena started a business
on Front Street making wigs, switches and other theatrical equipment.
In 1906, Jacob built
the Kopelman Building at 514 1st St. N. and moved their wig-making
business there. In the basement, they provided mikvah services so
Jewish women in the community could purify themselves through special
cleansing. Lena also began a hairdressing shop next door.
Soon thereafter, Jacob
was diagnosed with cancer. The pain was very intense, but he got some
relief from a personal friend who was a hypnotist. This had a great
impact on Dave Kopelman, who picked up the basic techniques of
Jacob died in November
1908, leaving Lena with six children and another child on the way. When
Dave reached his early teens, he worked odd jobs to help the family. He
was a talented musician on the saxophone and violin, had a quick wit
and loved to entertain people. To him, show business appeared to be the
ideal venue, so during summer vacations Kopelman worked around the
community as a comic.
(North Dakota Public
Radio’s “Dakota Datebook” on Feb. 24,
2005, reported that when Kopelman was 14, he quit school and joined
“a traveling medicine show.” The program also
stated that this was “followed by stints in a variety of
stock companies, Chautauqua's, showboats and repertory
headlong into acting, Kopelman did what many young Jews did before
pursuing a career in show business – he changed his name,
eliminating the first three letters of his last name to become Dave
Elman. He traveled to New York City in 1922 and soon found employment
on the vaudeville circuit and performing in night clubs. He next drew
on his musical talent and began composing songs. He caught the
attention of W.C. Handy, the “father of the blues.”
Together they composed several songs during the mid-’20s.
Their biggest hit was “Atlanta Blues.” It was
through his work with Handy that Elman met his wife, Pauline.
When radio started to
have a major impact in this country, Elman offered his services for
free just to get experience in this new medium. In 1928, he was hired
by WHN, a large radio station in New York City. CBS soon contracted
with him to write, produce, direct and perform on several of their
Elman soon became one
of the network’s top idea men. In 1937, he approached NBC,
the biggest network on radio, with an idea for a new show: Ordinary
people would become advocates about their unusual hobbies, which were
judged by an invited celebrity. NBC liked the idea.
“Hobby Lobby” on Oct. 6, 1937. It was an immediate
hit. Thousands of letters poured in each week from people who wanted to
talk about their hobbies. Many celebrities also sought to be on
Elman’s show. When Elman went on vacation on Aug. 2, 1939,
first lady Eleanor Roosevelt eagerly accepted the invitation to be his
replacement as host. “Hobby Lobby” was on the air
until 1948, when Elman decided to pursue teaching hypnosis to doctors
During World War II,
he instituted the Dave Elman Victory Auction and raised millions of
dollars by selling war bonds. Elman’s greatest contribution
to the war effort was something that happened by accident. His suite of
offices in New York City was across from a hotel. One afternoon,
something in the neighboring hotel caught his wife’s
attention. She thought a child was playing with a light switch because
the light kept going on and off. Elman thought there was a pattern to
it and immediately informed the FBI. Agents arrived within minutes.
After questioning Elman, they went to the hotel. The next day the FBI
informed Elman the hotel occupants were Nazi spies who were giving
signals to sink U.S. ships.
Elman’s new calling in 1948. Recalling how hypnosis had
helped his father with pain caused by cancer, Elman believed that
hypnosis was something that needed to be taught to physicians. There
was a greater demand for his services than he could provide. To help,
he published his course in book form and also put it out on records and
“Hobby Lobby” in 1959 for its television audience.
Elman was approached to be the host. Believing the need was greater to
continue his work in hypnotherapy, he declined. Elman continued to
teach hypnosis to doctors into the 1960s and died on Dec. 5, 1967.
I am indebted to John
Bye, University Archivist for the Institute of Regional Studies, for
the subject of this article.
are transcripts of three induction performed by Dave Elman in
a teaching session.
I am going to take three puffs on this cigarette. With
the first puff your eyes are going to get tired, the second puff
you’re going to want to close your eyes, but wait until the
third puff, at which time close them. They will lock and you
won’t be able to open them. Want that to happen- expect it to
happen- and watch it happen... Here’s the first puff (taking
a puff) - notice how tired your eyes are getting and let them get
tired. (Taking second puff) Now they’ll get so tired
you’ll wan to close them but don’t let them close
yet. Now when I take the third puff they’ll close and lock-
let them. (Taking third puff) Now close them. You’ll find
they are locked... The harder you test them, the less they’ll
work. Test them and you’ll find you can’t make them
work. They just won’t work at all. That’s right.
Now when I snap my fingers you’ll be able to open them very
readily. (Snapping fingers) All right, you can open them...”
Water Drinking Induction
All right, want this to happen, expect it to happen and
watch it happen. I’m going to take a drink of water
– just one swallow- and when I do, your eyes will close, they
will lock and your won’t be able to open them. Want this to
happen and watch it happen. (Taking a sip) Close your eyes and
you’ll fond now they’re locked. They
won’t work at all. Test them you’ll find that you
can’t make them work. The harder you try, the less
they’ll work. When I snap my fingers they’ll open
very readily. (Snap) Now you can open them...”
Head Tap Induction
I’m going to tap my head – and when I tap my head
your eyes will close and lock and you won’t be able to open
them. Want it to happen and watch it happen... (Dave tapes his own
head) Now close your eyes- You’ll find they’re
locked already and when you test them they won’t work at all.
Test them and you’ll see they won’t.... All right
you can open your eyes now...”
Dave Elman Induction
Modified 7 Steps Dave Elman Induction" - Zali Segal)
of the 7 steps
A) Relax eyelids to the point they
don’t work. Unless you chose to remove the relaxation they
will not work. When you know you accomplished it, give it a good try.
B) Relax body. Move relaxation of eyelids to
the rest of body.
C) Open eyes.
Close your eyes
and double relaxation.
D) Drop arm. Lift and drop arm. Relax. (If
client cannot relax say: ”Make a fist so tight you
cannot make it any stronger. Throw down hand and open/relax the
E) Relax mind. Count from 300 down. Deeper
Relaxed. Push numbers out of mind.
F) Fractionation. 1-2-3, Open eyes, Sleep Now
(snap finger). Test (1-2- pause- 3).
G) Deepening. Count down from 10 to 1.
A) Close your eyes. Concentrate you
attention on your eyelids and the muscles around your eyes. I wonder if
you can relax all the muscles around your eyes and especially the
eyelids to the point they will not work.... that’s right.
Just relax them completely and unless you chose to remove
that relaxation they will not work. When you know you have
accomplished this, give them a good test... (If client opens eyes say:
“Good now you proved that you can control your eyes and open
them. Now lets try it the other way. Use your strong will power and
prove to yourself that you can do
That’s good… stop trying...and go deeper....
B) Now spread that relaxation to
your entire body...Let go of all tension in your whole body.
C) In a minute I will ask you to
open your eyes and then close them. Each time you close your eyes
double your relaxation. “OK now
open your eyes (Hold hand in front of eyes), close and double your
relaxation.” (Repeat a few times).
D) I am going to lift your arm now.
I want you to let me do all the work. Just let your arm be loose limp
and relaxed. (Lift arm by the wrist and rotate). As I let your arm drop
into your lap you will let yourself go deeper. (Repeat and verify
relaxation). Great. Now that your body is so relaxed, I wonder how fast
you can relax your mind, just as well as you relaxed your
E) In a moment you will start
counting backwards from 300 by threes. After every count you will say:
“deeper relaxed”. Like this: “300, deeper
relaxed, 297, deeper relaxed”. With each count double
your mental relaxation. Soon your mind will be so relaxed
that you will relax all the numbers out of your mind. You will allow
your mind to relax so deeply that the numbers will just fade away. If
you understand me nod your head…good.
Start counting now . ....
That’s right... Good... Let them fade...Push them out of your
mind... Are they all gone? … Feels good doesn’t
it? … Good, go deeper now. (If client counts more than 10
numbers say “That’s good enough stop counting and
F) Now we are going to have an
agreement. From now on when I say Sleep Now (Snap
your fingers for an auditory anchor), you will immediately close your
eyes and allow yourself to instantly and effortlessly go into a deeper
hypnotic state. Not because I say so but because you want the
experience and because it is the wonderful nature of your inner
creative mind to achieve a profound state of mind relaxation. Each time
I say Sleep Now (Snap finger) you will find yourself going deeper then
before, easily and effortlessly. I am going to count now from 1 to 3.
Keep your eyes closed until I say Three. At the count of 3 you will
open your eyes and emerge from hypnosis. 1... 2...
3... open, GOOD. Sleep
now! (Snap fingers). Repeat rhythmically until client is deep
in hypnosis. Test by pausing between the count of two and three [One..
Two.. (pause)..Three. Client is in hypnosis if he does not open eyes
until the count of three].
G) I will help you now to go even
deeper. I will count from 10 to 1. With every count allow yourself to
go deeper. 10-Deeper now, 9-Deeper yet ,8 drift
deeper than ever before…
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